Kara Swisher

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Code Genius Alan Turing Gets Royal Pardon — 60 Years Too Late

Alan Turing, one of computing’s most significant pioneers and a key codebreaker in World War II, was given a posthumous royal pardon in Britain for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality, after which he was punished via chemical castration. While it does not correct the past and the devastating impact of history’s discriminatory laws, this tragic injustice done to the tech luminary is now in the dustheap it always should have been in.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald