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What we're reading this week...
August 29th, 2013
06:12 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

We’ve got a busy show planned this Sunday when Brian Stelter of the New York Times returns to guest host ‘Reliable Sources.’ We’ll discuss the latest coverage out of Syria amid rising tensions in the region, but until then, here are some other stories that caught our attention this week:

‘Why bloggers fell for a fake TechCrunch story about self-driving cars’ Slate’s Will Oremus took note of a recent TechCrunch story titled ‘Dispatch from the Future: Uber to Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google.’ Only problem? The post, complete with a July 25, 2023 dateline, was fictional. That didn’t stop some journalists, who tweeted, blogged and incorporated the post into their stories as though it were factual. While Google announced its plans to invest $258 million in the car-service mobile app earlier this month, it appears that, for now, entire fleets of driverless cars are still a phenomenon of the future.

‘Murdoch to purchase Los Angeles winery’

He’s one of the most well-known media moguls in the world, and Rupert Murdoch is now adding wineries to his list of acquisitions. Politico reports this week that Murdoch is in the process of closing a $28.2 million deal to buy a combo estate/vineyard in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Spanning 13 acres and 7,500 square feet, the property was originally owned and built by Victor Fleming, director of Hollywood classics like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Gone With the Wind.’

‘Will this be the tweet heard ‘round the world?’ The Washington Post’s Dominic Basulto speculates what Twitter can learn from Facebook’s 2012 IPO amid rumors that the social media giant could also go public in 2014. He notes that if/when and IPO should arise, Twitter would join other publicly traded media companies like Google, Instagram, and Linked In. Basulto writes that as social media companies expand, so does Wall Street’s influence and a subsequent focus on mobile platforms to generate revenue.

‘Elmore Leonard talks writing in never-before-seen videos’

Famed crime/suspense novelist Elmore Leonard passed away August 20, but his writing expertise is the focus of several never-before seen videos. In two videos, Buzzfeed highlights Leonard’s 10 rules for writers. His tips range from lighthearted to serious, including ‘try not to show off with your writing,’ and ‘try to leave out the parts that writers skip.’ Over his lifetime, 26 of Leonard’s books were adapted into screenplays.

‘No, ‘twerk’ and ‘selfie’ have not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary’ ‘Twerk’ was the word of the week after Miley  Cyrus’ over-the-top VMA’s performance, but the word caught people’s attention for another reason, too. Critics were quick to point out that ‘twerk’, among other words, was not added to the Oxford English Dictionary, but added to the separate entity, Oxford Dictionaries Online. Multiple media pundits were quick to pick up on the error, but not before several outlets misreported the additions. Among other notable words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online were ‘selfie,’ ‘emoji’, and ‘food baby.’

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