Nick Summers

As Facebook Takes a Beating, a Brutal Movie Is Set to Make Things Much Worse

On Oct. 1, The Social Network, an Aaron Sorkin–penned movie about the site's controversial founding, hits theaters. A draft screenplay circulating now is a brutal read. Based on Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, it portrays Zuckerberg as a borderline autistic, entirely ruthless conniver. Nothing sways public opinion like a movie—and this scorcher could counteract the entire body of good press Facebook has received till now.

War at The Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire

Media baron Rupert Murdoch had his eyes on The Wall Street Journal for decades, and on May 2, 2007, he set a plan in motion that would pry the world's leading financial newspaper out of the hands of the bickering Bancroft family. Sarah Ellison tells the inside-the-boardroom story of that $5 billion acquisition.

In Google-China Fight, an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object

China's decision today to block access to Google's search sites represents a dramatic, but perhaps inevitable, escalation in the conflict between the open search service and the closed government. (UPDATE 12:35 p.m.: Google spokesperson Christine Chen said in an email to NEWSWEEK that while the full site is not currently blocked, "certain sensitive queries" are.

To Steal or Not to Steal?

On March 18, 1990, two thieves stole $500 million in art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—including works by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. None have been seen since (their frames hang empty). Art theft may sound glamorous, but such high-class crimes rarely pay.

Why Google Will Keep Playing Fast and Loose With Your Privacy

In December, a delegation from Google visited the NEWSWEEK offices to make the case that the search giant was bullish on privacy. They touted recent decisions to reduce the length of time that Google stores users' search histories, new measures to anonymize data, and other considerations meant to improve users' peace of mind as they entrust the company with more and more of their personal information.

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