Investigative ongoings

A UK spy agency intercepted the webcam images of millions of Yahoo users, the Guardian's James Ball and Spencer Ackerman report. Or as Ball billed it, "Big Brother Is Watching You Touch Yourself," because the agents discovered "a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts." Colleague Claire Phipps pointed out that this "surprise" indicates these spies were "quite innocent-minded, it seems."

At the NYTRavi Somaiya details how the New York Observer appears to have printed a smear piece on New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman at the behest of Donald Trump (the Observer's publisher is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka). To further spice up the story, the first person allegedly hired to write the profile ultimately refused to do so -- and was recruited from an ice cream shop. The New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson remarked, "A paper’s in trouble when the local ice cream parlor dude is doing longform and teaching ethics."

In another reveal, BloombergBusinessweek asserts that UNC failed its athletes by fabricating hundreds of "fake" classes. BW's Josh Tyrangiel shared this gobsmacking detail: "In the 1990s and continuing at least through 2011 UNC... offered more than 200 lecture courses that never met."

And finally, here's WSJ with the disappointing observation that Google's doodles celebrate more men than women. In fact, a whopping 82 percent of Google doodles between 2010 and 2013 featured men.

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