[I]A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ~Mark Twain. [/I] This week we learned what can happen when Citizen Journalism runs amok when an untrue rumor began circulating that Apple CEO had suffered a severe heart attack. As soon as the original report hit the CNN Citizen Journalism site, [URL="http://www.ireport.com/index.jspa"]iReport[/URL], the rumor spread like wild fire around the internet. Within the hour, however, [URL="http://www.mahalo.com/Johntw"]some professional journalists [/URL]made some phone calls and learned it wasn't true--Jobs was fine. The SEC is now investigating the citizen journalist who wrote the piece--who goes …

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Dan Meredith and Andy Golding are software engineers at Google, working as part of the News Team responsible for developing the Google News service. They might just have made one of the most important statements to come from the direction of Google for a long time. Posting on the official [URL="http://googlenewsblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/perspectives-about-news-from-people-in.html"]Google News Blog[/URL] they have announced that "Starting this week, we'll be displaying reader comments on stories in Google News." OK, on its own nothing to get too excited about, but read on because there is a twist of epic proportions. "We'll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments …

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