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PBS reporter Miles O'Brien opens up about amputation

PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien says his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury turned serious.

In a blog post published Tuesday and verified by PBS, O’Brien recounts the Feb. 12 injury that occurred while he was on assignment in Asia and how it progressed to a life-threatening stage.

O’Brien says he was diagnosed with “acute compartment syndrome,” in which blocked blood flow in the body can cause serious consequences.

The PBS reporter says his doctor told him removing part of the arm was a choice between “a life and a limb.” He says he’s grateful to be alive.

PBS spokeswoman Anne Bell says O’Brien has continued working, despite the ordeal.

Skype hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

They’re at it again: The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of online activists who support embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is apparently responsible for hacking Skype’s blog and social media accounts Wednesday.

NBC News reports that the Internet calling service’s Twitter account, Facebook page, and official blog were all infiltrated. Each posted messages advising readers not to use “Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook)” because the company is “monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments.” Microsoft also owns Skype. READ FULL STORY

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post

Jeff Bezos, the founder who helped bring books into the digital age, is going after another pillar of “old media”: the newspaper.

Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million, The Washington Post Co. announced Monday. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Inc. is not involved.

Washington Post chairman and CEO Donald Graham called Bezos a “uniquely good new owner.” He said the decision was made after years of newspaper industry challenges. The company, which owns the Kaplan education business and several TV stations, will change its name but didn’t say what the new name will be.

Bezos said in a statement that he understands the Post‘s “critical role” in Washington and said its values won’t change.

“The paper’s duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners,” Bezos said to Post employees in a letter distributed to the media. “We will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads, and we’ll work hard not to make mistakes. When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely.”

Associated Press' Twitter account hacked

Another indication that you shouldn’t believe everything you read online: Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, the Associated Press’s official Twitter account sent out a message indicating that two explosions in the White House had injured President Obama.

Though the tweet quickly began circulating, it was a fake; as the AP’s media relations team wrote on its own account five minutes later, “That is a bogus AP tweet.” The AP also posted the following message on its official Facebook page: “The Associated Press Twitter account (@AP) has been hacked. Please do not respond to news posted there in the last 20 minutes.”

The hack comes just three days after the Twitter feeds for CBS’s 60 Minutes and 48 Hours were similarly compromised. On Saturday, a hacker or hackers posed messages on both accounts saying that President Barack Obama was “shamelessly in bed with Al-Qaeda.”

Read more:
’60 Minutes’ and ’48 Hours’ Twitter accounts hacked
NPR hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
Beyonce, Donald Trump among celebs targeted by hackers with Russian ties

'Dear Abby' advice columnist dies at age 94

Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running “Dear Abby” advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94.

Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Phillips’ column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. READ FULL STORY

Newsweek ending print publication, all-digital by year's end

Newsweek announced this morning that it will cease print publication and transition to an all-digital format. In an article published on, Tina Brown, the editor-in-chief and founder of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, cited a “challenging print advertising environment” and the company’s rapidly growing digital audience as reasons behind the decision. “In our judgment, we have reached a tipping point at which we can most efficiently and effectively reach our readers in all-digital format. This was not the case just two years ago. It will increasingly be the case in the years ahead.”

Brown said that the Dec. 31 issue of the 80-year-old print magazine will be its last.The digital publication will be called Newsweek Global and will require a paid subscription.

Brown indicated that layoffs will accompany the move. “Regrettably we anticipate staff reductions and the streamlining of our editorial and business operations both here in the U.S. and internationally,” she wrote.

The announcement is not a complete surprise. Newsweek merged with in 2010 and Brown was made editor of both. Despite splashy magazine covers grabbing headlines since then, the print magazine has continued to struggle with advertising. Over the summer, Barry Diller, head of the company that owns Newsweek, indicated that the publication was considering a transition to digital-only.

Former 'Cosmopolitan' editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown has died at 90

Trailblazing magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown has passed away after a brief hospitalization, according to a Hearst Corporation press release. She was 90.

“Widely heralded as a legend, Gurley Brown’s impact on popular culture and society reached around the globe, first with her 1962 bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl, and then for the more than three decades she put her personal stamp on Cosmopolitan in a way rarely replicated by editors,” the release reads in part. “Under her reign, Cosmopolitan became the bible of ‘single girls’ worldwide and remains the magazine of ‘fun, fearless, females’ to this day.”

Gurley Brown was born in Green Forest, Ark. on February 18, 1922. After stints at Texas State College for Women and Woodbury Business College, the future publishing superstar took on a series of secretarial jobs. She eventually transitioned into writing advertising copy, then cemented herself as a public figure in 1962 with the publication of Sex and the Single Girl. Gurley Brown went on to become Cosmopolitan‘s editor-in-chief in 1965, transforming the conservative periodical into a must-read magazine for young, single women. She left her position in 1997, moving on to become editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan‘s international editions (which now number 64).

Gurley Brown will be remembered for her impact on the publishing industry, her contributions to the culture at large, and sly quips like this famous line: “Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.”

Zakaria suspended for copying other writer's work

Columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria has apologized for lifting several paragraphs by another writer for use in his column in Time magazine. His column has been suspended for a month.

Zakaria said in a statement Friday he made “a terrible mistake,” adding, “It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault.”

Former Murdoch tabloid boss Brooks faces phone hacking charges

One of Rupert Murdoch’s most trusted lieutenants and five people close to her were charged with conspiring to hide evidence of phone hacking, bringing the scandal that has raged across Britain’s media and political elite uncomfortably close to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The charges Tuesday against former U.K. tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charlie and four aides are the first prosecutions since police reopened inquiries 18 months ago into wrongdoing by the country’s scandal-hungry press.

Brooks, 43, faces three separate allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice — an offense that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

For years, Brooks was the star in Murdoch’s media empire, the top editor of two of his tabloids, a friend of his daughter Elisabeth and a close friend of Cameron, who has known her husband Charlie Brooks since they both went to an elite high school. Cameron is a neighbor, a friend and an occasional horse-riding companion of the couple.

The prospect that courts will hear potentially explosive accusations against Brooks and her husband could rock both Murdoch’s global media empire and Cameron’s political career.

To critics, however, Brooks was “The Witch of Wapping” — a ruthless figure at the heart of a media company in that London neighborhood that showed little remorse over its frequently intrusive reporting on celebrities and ordinary people in thrust into the public glare.


Vogue bans too-skinny models from its pages

Vogue magazine, perhaps the world’s top arbiter of style, is making a statement about its own models: Too thin is no longer in.

The 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world made a pact to project the image of healthy models, according to a Condé Nast International announcement Wednesday.

They agreed to “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder,” and said they will ask casting directors to check IDs at photo shoots and fashion shows and for ad campaigns.

The move is an important one for the fashion world, said model Sara Ziff, who was discovered at 14 and has since founded the Model Alliance, dedicated to improving the working conditions of models and persuading the industry to take better care of its young.

“Most editions of Vogue regularly hire models who are minors, so for Vogue to commit to no longer using models under the age of 16 marks an evolution in the industry,” she said. “We hope other magazines and fashion brands will follow Vogue‘s impressive lead.”

American, French, Chinese and British editions of the fashion glossies are among those that will start following the new guidelines with their June issues; the Japanese edition will begin with its July book. READ FULL STORY

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