Gordon Wood trial aborted. The trial of accused killer Gordon Wood has been aborted in sensational circumstances after jury members were accused of planning an unauthorised night-time excursion to the claimed crime scene. Justice Graham Barr this morning aborted the trial after two days of secret hearings into the possible jury misconduct. The court was alerted to the problem after a woman claiming to be a member of the jury telephoned 2GB broadcaster Jason Morrison. She told him another female jury member was already convinced of Wood’s guilt and had urged other members to travel to the gap at night to “prove it”. — Daily Telegraph

We’ll show you what privacy means. So, Channel 10’s late news had a story about Google Street View, how it blurs faces, but is an invasion of privacy. They say this while broadcasting their own video footage of people crossing the street at traffic lights… their faces clearly visible. I’m confused. — Stilgherrian

Forget Nick Hornby, this is a Top Five to be reckoned with. Here are Brisbane Times’ most read stories:

Classic ad placement. Crikey reader Byron spotted this unfortunate ad placement.

New York Times the victim of fraud. The Wall Street Journal‘s Law Blog reports on a $227,000 fraud scheme carried out against the New York Times. A local newspaper distributor in La Crosse, Wisconin named Michael Holtet has been charged with one federal count of wire fraud for creating thousands of fake subscribers — all of whom curiously selected “Bill Me Later” — and running away with $0.55 per weekday paper and $1.10 per Sunday paper delivered to these fake subscribers. — Huffington Post

BBC’s actions just ain’t cricket. The England and Wales Cricket board has attacked the BBC for failing to make any formal bid in the latest TV rights negotiations, after BSkyB retained all England home Test matches as part of a £300m deal that keeps live games off free-to-air TV until at least 2013. Today’s four-year deal struck by BSkyB and Channel Five, which with its continuing Test match highlights will offer the only non-Sky television coverage of England home international cricket between 2010 and 2013, has re-ignited the argument that cricket would best benefit from being widely available on free-to-air TV. — The Guardian

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