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Interesting ethical debate of the day: how journalists use one another’s work online. It’s prompted by this article, an excerpt from Charles Duhigg’s new book The Power of Habit.

If you’re into journalism ethics, check out the debate. If you just want to know how Target is arguably scarier than Facebook — and also how you can stop biting your nails — just skip to the story itself.

Via j-source.

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, The Current had a discussion about online dating this morning. The host, Anna Maria Tremonti, interviewed a couple who met in an Internet chat room in 1996. He lived in the U.K. and I didn’t catch where she lived, but I think it was in Canada. After a week of chatting, he bought her a ticket to visit him in England. An excerpt of the interview, paraphrased:

Anna Maria: Weren’t you afraid he was an axe murder?
Her: That’s what my friends were worried about, but I figured that an axe murderer doesn’t buy someone a plane ticket.
Him: Plus I’ve never hurt an axe in my life!

I laughed most of the way to work.

Speaking of axe murdering… well, murdering, anyway… here’s a cheerful (but sort of fascinating) read.