Brian Williams Leaves NBC Anchor Desk for ‘Several Days’ Amid Controversy

NBC News anchor Brian Williams said Saturday that he would not anchor Nightly News “for the next several days” while he deals with growing controversy over his disputed account of coming under fire while reporting in Iraq.

“In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” Williams said in a statement. “As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”

Williams has been under scrutiny in recent days after his tale of being in an aircraft that came under fire in Iraq in 2003, told often over the years, was disputed by military service members who were there. He apologized and recanted the story on Wednesday. He now faces an internal NBC News investigation.

The powerful cheat for themselves, the powerless cheat for others

Research has previously shown that upper-class individuals are more likely to behave unethically than lower-class people. But, says David Dubois, lead researcher of a new paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, it’s not that simple: both groups behave unethically in different contexts.

Dubois’ research group found that people with higher socioeconomic status (SES) were more likely to behave unethically when the behavior benefitted themselves, while lower-SES people were more likely to be unethical to benefit other individuals. “Many people think of unethical behaviour in terms of selfish behavior—violating moral standards to give yourself an advantage,” explains Jared Piazza, who was not involved with the research. “But the researchers here draw a distinction between violating a moral standard like ‘it’s wrong to steal’ to benefit others, and violating a moral standard to benefit yourself.”

This distinction is important, says Dubois. Previous research has only tested unethical behavior that is selfish—it turns out that when unselfish unethical behavior is tested too, lower-SES individuals are just as likely to be unethical.

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Sites featuring terrorism or child pornography to be blocked in France

This week the French legislature published a decree that will force ISPs to block websites that incite or advocate acts of terrorism, as well as sites that have pedophilia-related content on them.

The decree had been in the works since July, though it was only published in France’s Official Journal this week. The rules take effect in the context of the recent Charlie Hebdo killings, when terrorists gunned down a number of employees and bystanders at the offices of the satirical magazine. Since the attack in early January, leaders in the European Union and beyond have called for stricter measures to allow monitoring of the Internet—from UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s misguided call for backdoors in encrypted messaging services, to the revivification of a “terrorist site reporting” scheme proposed by EU officials.

France’s Decree No. 2015-125 was signed by president François Hollande and prime minister Manuel Valls. Although similar measures have been proposed since 2010, previous versions had thus far been shot down.

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John Whitehead, former leader of Goldman Sachs, dies at 92

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Whitehead, a former senior partner and co-chairman of Goldman Sachs who helped make it a top-tier Wall Street firm and led its international expansion, has died, the investment bank said on Saturday. He was 92.

Gillmor Gang: Heroes & Villains

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, David Sifry, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include Crunchies, @handle, continued Microsoft spending spree on email and calendar, an @dannysullivan snap master class on search, an update on Robert Scoble. Plus, the latest G3 below on Women who Code, or should they?
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Pepperidge Farm Makes Massive Bagel Recall

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain undeclared peanuts or almonds.

The recall includes plain, everything and cinnamon raisin bagels, as well as whole wheat, cinnamon raisin and brown sugar mini bagels.

The company said Friday that no illnesses have been reported. The fear is that traces of peanuts or almonds in the bagels could set off allergic reactions.

The affected bagels were sold in 23 states.

Search Stops Here, Starts Afresh On Mobile

stops When Yahoo started, it was just a flat hierarchical directory of new sites on the web – “Cool Site of the Day!” was actually a thing. But the web quickly outstripped the ability of that structure to keep up to date: the Cool Site of the Day would have to be site of the hour, or minute, or second, as the number grew exponentially. Read More

Biden says Ukraine has right to defend itself against Russia

MUNICH (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that Washington wanted a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine but added that Kiev had a right to defend itself against Russia and that the United States would provide it with the means to do so.