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This Week’s Headlines: New Applications Team at NPR, Pakistan Bans Twitter

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Here’s a look at the media and publishing headlines that caught our eyes this week:

  • NPR creates news applications team as part of strategy for ‘multimedia audio’: Despite reports from The Washington Post that NPR is running a $2.6 million deficit halfway through the fiscal year, the news organization is building a seven-person news application team headed by Brian Boyer of The Chicago Tribune.
  • Pakistan’s Ban on Twitter is a Test of Censorship Ahead of Elections: For eight hours on Sunday, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) banned Twitter after the social networking site didn’t respond to a complaint about allegedly blasphemous tweets. Many see this move as a sign that the country’s civilian government could restrict free speech as the election approaches. However, some Twitter users were still able to access the site through proxy servers.
  • Sequel to Pulitzer-Winning ‘Goon Squad’ to Debut on Twitter: This week, the New Yorker announced plans to release “Black Box,” a sequel to Jennifer Egan’s award-winning novel, A Visit from the Good Squad, in 140 character installments on Twitter. The story will appear in its entirety in the New Yorker‘s science fiction issue, scheduled to arrive in newsstands next week.
  • Senate Cybersecurity Bills Under Fire From CISPA Opponents: In response to a proposed US Senate bill on cybersecurity, Fight for the Future has started a campaign called “Privacy is Awesome.” The Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CIPSA) would give companies and the government permission to web users’ personal information, which the nonprofit advocacy group claims the bill would threaten online privacy.
  • Google takes down 1.2 million search links a month over piracy, copyright issues: On Thursday, Google released data on the millions of links it removes from search results following requests from content owners and content writers. The report shows that the company takes down a quarter million search results each week, more than the number of links removed in an entire year back in 2009.
About Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.