Embargo Watch

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Archive for April 2013

Irony? Guardian piece promising “there can be no turning back now” removed “because it was launched too early”

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guardianThree or four times per year, a Google Alert lands in my inbox revealing a story in The Guardian that has been removed because it broke an embargo. One of those arrived today, so I tweeted a link to the story.

While looking at that page, Emily Lakdawalla noticed that a number of the related stories — presumably generated automatically — were also “removed.” One in particular caught my attention.

The headline said: Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Ivan Oransky

April 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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New embargo record, from NEJM: 38 minutes!

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nejmI’ve written it before, but I have to write it again: Never underestimate the New England Journal of Medicine.

The holder of the Embargo Watch Short Embargo Record, with an impressive 49 minutes, has shaved another 11 minutes off its time. Today’s media list email, which went out at 4:22 ET: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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New York Times breaks PNAS wine-climate change study embargo

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pnas 2413The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has lifted the embargo early on a paper on the effects of grape growing on biodiversity after a New York Times story went live hours before the scheduled embargo.

Here’s a note that went out to the journal’s media list earlier today: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

April 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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