Morning Media Summary


Gagging orders: Twitter prepared to hand over user data:
“A senior executive from Twitter yesterday admitted for the first time that the website would turn over information to authorities if it was “legally required” to do so.”

Apple’s iOS 4 hardware encryption has been cracked:
“Russian company ElcomSoft is claiming to have cracked the 256-bit hardware encryption Apple uses to protect the data on iOS 4 devices, and is offering software that allows anyone to do it.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Greenpeace warns of radioactive sea life off Japan:
“Environmental activist group Greenpeace warned Thursday that marine life it tested more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) off Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant showed radiation above legal limits.”

Insurance / Gambling:

PM digs in on gaming law change:
“THE Prime Minister has sent a strong message to James Packer and his new lobbyist Karl Bitar – Labor is not for turning on its gambling reforms.”

Health / Safety:

Greece: Police clash with doctors:
“Police in central Athens have used pepper spray to disperse protesting doctors and state hospital staff, in the latest protest against public spending cuts.”


Oil at $101 amid weak dollar, mixed demand signs:
“Oil prices hovered above $101 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid a weaker dollar and mixed signs about U.S. crude demand heading into the summer driving season.”

CBO: Stimulus law will cost $43 billion more than estimated:
“The Congressional Budget Office said in a new report that President Obama’s economic stimulus law will raise the federal deficit $830 billion over ten years, $43 billion more than the initially estimated cost of $787 billion.”


Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes:
“Question: What do the following have in common? Eckert Cold Storage Co., Kerly Homes of Yuma, Classic Party Rentals, West Coast Turf Inc., Ellenbecker Investment Group Inc., Only in San Francisco, Hotel Nikko, International Pacific Halibut Commission, City of Puyallup, Local 485 Health and Welfare Fund, Chicago Plastering Institute Health & Welfare Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Teamsters Local 522 Fund Welfare Fund Roofers Division, StayWell Saipan Basic Plan, CIGNA, Caribbean Workers’ Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Health and Welfare Plan.”


SEIU trying to drag state’s GOP toward the middle:

“As if you needed any more evidence that California’s political scene is entering a weird new phase, get a load of the ideas rattling inside David Kieffer’s shaved head.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Stanford weighs in on high-speed rail:
“The California high-speed rail project has been a hotly contested issue at the state level since voters passed the nearly $10 billion California Proposition 1A in 2008. As the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) moves closer to beginning construction on the project, members of the Stanford community, students and experts alike, are weighing in on the prospects and perils the high-speed rail could face.”