Does the N.Y. Times’ Star Tech Reporter Understand Its Ethics Policy?

J.K. Trotter · 11/19/13 10:39AM

So here’s a question for the Paper of Record: Can a reporter ethically accept a gift from a company he covers if the reporter gives it to a family member, or a friend? We ask because superstar tech reporter Nick Bilton admitted to doing so—or at least attempting to—on last week’s episode of Leo Laporte’s "This Week in Tech" podcast. Here’s what Bilton said:

Alison Pill Tweeted Her Boobs Because Blackberry

J.K. Trotter · 09/05/13 02:51PM

Nearly a year ago, Newsroom star Alison Pill accidentally tweeted a very NSFW picture of herself lying in bed. On Tuesday’s episode of Conan, Pill blamed her then-new touchscreen Blackberry phone. (She was apparently accustomed to the phone manufacturer’s physical keyboards.) Discussing the incident, she told Conan O’Brien:

For America's Losers: a Guide to Owning a BlackBerry in 2012

MTanzer · 10/16/12 09:35PM

There's nothing worse than owning a BlackBerry in 2012. At least that's the picture The New York Times painted today with its portrait of grief, "The BlackBerry as Black Sheep." We're not all as fortunate as one of the article's subjects, Nick Mindel, who is now making the upgrade to an iPhone 5. BlackBerry owners need some ground rules if they're going to keep these dreaded things around. This is the BBMB—the BBM bible.

Two BlackBerry Executives Got So Drunk, They Grounded a Jet to China

Seth Abramovitch · 12/01/11 10:03PM

To say it had not been a great fourth-quarter for Research in Motion, the Canada-based makers of BlackBerry, would be putting it mildly. There was that embarrassing North American outage, flatlining sales of their new smartphones amid steady growth for competitors, and a stock that has depreciated 77 percent since February of this year. What these guys could really use right about now is some positive publicity. Hahahahahahaha! Sorry.

Blackberry Outages Sweep North America

Maureen O'Connor · 10/12/11 01:54PM

White collar professionals across America are spinning their trackwheels in vain today, the day the Personal Digital Assistants died. Widespread BlackBerry outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India reached North America today, leaving thousands of cubicle dwellers in the U.S. and Canada mashing their fingers against microscopic keypads in vain.

Blackberry Hacked for Cooperating with London Police

Adrian Chen · 08/09/11 09:52AM

The London riots are being blamed in part on the encrypted Blackberry Messenger service British youth are using to communicate. Blackberry manufacturer RIM has pledged to cooperate with the police. Now hackers have hit back, and are threatening to release sensitive information if RIM gives up rioters' Blackberry info.

Barack Obama Drops His Phone: A 3-Part Odyssey

Maureen O'Connor · 05/16/11 03:57PM

Arriving in Memphis to give a commencement address today, the leader of the free world dropped his Blackberry. Then he picked it up again. No casualties reported, other than the poor sap at The Daily Mail forced to squeeze a 500-word article out of it. [Daily Mail, images via Getty, AP]

Your iPad Is the Reason You Can't Sleep

Brian Moylan · 03/07/11 01:46PM

According to a recent study, the artificial light emitted by iPads, computer screens, Blackberries, and all those other electronic devices that you rely on so heavily is keeping you from falling asleep. Yes, technology makes you tired.

The Black Eyed Peas Will Do Anything for Money

Jeff Neumann · 04/09/10 05:49AM

No one buys music anymore. So what to do if you're a pop band trying to make it big? It's simple — whore yourself out to any company that will give you cash. And start flash mobs for Oprah.

The BrickBreaker Breakthrough

Foster Kamer · 09/13/09 03:15PM

For all of you BlackBerry owners who are addicted to BrickBreaker, there's now an entire Styles Section article devoted to your stupid, primitive, ridiculous hobby. Please pay attention to the world. Now, I have to go: DoodleJump beckons. [NYT]

Watch Schlubby Dennis Kneale Cry, Over a Blackberry

Ryan Tate · 07/24/09 11:29AM

Sporting some kind of hideous quarter-goatee, Kneale, then at Forbes, allowed the Today show to confiscate his BlackBerry, back in 2007. He surely though it would be a glorious publicity stunt on a national stage; that Kneale only lasted 40 hours out of a week indicates he lost control of the situation, and that his on-camera tears were real.

NY Times Scribe Graphically Exposes Affair-Having Friend

The Cajun Boy · 07/13/09 02:36AM

So earlier we were innocently reading the Sunday New York Times, happily taking in your typical "Times writer has lunch with affair-having friend" Magazine article, when things got a little, uh, disgusting.