Monday, July 25, 2011

Morning Brief: Apple adds 33 more countries to App Store roster; U.S. media slow to reject single-sourced jihad claim; the debt ceiling talks and highway robbery

Need to reach readers in Anguilla? Well, now Apple makes it a bit easier by opening up its iTunes App Store and Mac App Store to another 33 more countries – 123 in total now.
The list of new countries may not make a media mogul salivate, but they do fill in some gaps in Apple's coverage, necessary if the company is going to downloads-only for new software:

Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Montserrat, Nigeria, Oman, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uzbekistan, Yemen
But based on the pictures I've seen online of Anguilla, I would think it best that you convince your boss that you need to visit the country in order to determine if it is a good place to do business.

As events unfolded Friday in Oslo, the media was hard pressed to inform readers who was behind the twin attacks in Norway. The first "credible" reports said that a previously unknown group called "Helpers of the Global Jihad" had taken credit for the attacks.

Where did that information originate, and why was it that the American press was so late in moving away from this information?

Reports this morning point to a single source for the original information that "Helpers of the Global Jihad" had claimed responsibility: Will McCants, adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. His post here appears to have been the source of the information.

The real question, in my mind, was why one third party source good enough to go with at the NYT? Later, once the NYT had passed on the claim, other news sources followed suit. This unanimity in the press is why I passed on the information myself in my first post on the subject.

But my last post Friday said that it looked like the attacker was "Nordic" and that one person was to blame for both attacks. I passed on that information because I could see that the Norwegian press was further along on the story, and was quoting people directly involved in the case. After posting my update I saw that The Guardian, within its live news blog, was reporting the same information.

But the U.S. media continued to be several hours behind and continuing to stubbornly report the McCants claim. Why was this? If one blogger, equipped with Chrome, could translate the reports coming out of Norway, why couldn't the NYT and Washington Post?

The news this week will be dominated, no doubt, by the debt ceiling issue.

I can't help but feel that I am watching a bank robbery in slow motion. One side insists on huge cuts that will effect the poor and middle class while demanding guarantees that the wealthy will not have their taxes raises, while the other side is saying that they will agree to cuts that will effect the poor and the middle class and say they will not raise taxes on the wealthy.

And yet the two sides currently won't come to an agreement. Yet.

Face it, they will come to an agreement in the end. And at the end, one side will say there was not enough cuts, and the other will say there was not enough sacrifice on the part of the wealthy. But in the end, there will be cuts that will effect the poor and middle class, and there will be no increases in the tax rates of the wealthy.