28 fevereiro 2007


Mais uma teoria da conspiração? Que confusão...
BBC Reported Building 7 Had Collapsed 20 Minutes Before It Fell: Revealing, shocking video shows reporter talking about collapse with WTC 7 still standing in background, Google removes clip
BBC Announced 9/11 Building 7 Collapse Before It Happened: Video of a BBC News broadcast from the World Trade Center area on 9/11 has surfaced revealing that the BBC reported the collapse of Building 7 approximately 23 minutes before it actually went down. The reporter is seen in the video apparently reading a teleprompter reporting the collapse while the building is still standing in the background behind her.
The BBC has claimed that it lost all of the video of its reportage on 9/11, but a copy of the report has been played on a British television program and is now posted on the internet.
Part of the conspiracy? The 9/11 conspiracy theories are pretty well known by now. The BBC addressed them earlier this month with a documentary, The Conspiracy Files, shown within the UK.
Until now, I don't think we've been accused of being part of the conspiracy. But now some websites are using news footage from BBC World on September 11th 2001 to suggest we were actively participating in some sort of attempt to manipulate the audience. As a result, we're now getting lots of emails asking us to clarify our position. So here goes [...]
BBC Responds to Building 7 Controversy; Claim 9/11 Tapes Lost: Pathetic five paragraph blog rebuttal does not answer questions as to source of report that Salomon Building was coming down, BBC claims tapes lost due to "cock-up" not conspiracy


Al Gore nabbed in $30,000 electricity shocker: That's an awful lot of energy-saving lightbulbs, Al
Al Gore is under fire for apparently failing to practise what he preaches, spending $30,000 on gas and electricity at his Nashville estate last year – 20 times the national average.


The innovation gap with the US keeps narrowing: For the fourth consecutive year, the innovation gap between the US and the EU has decreased. The Nordic countries and Switzerland continue to be the innovation leaders worldwide, while many of the new Member States are steadily catching up with the EU average. These are some of the main findings of the European Innovation Scoreboard 2006, published today. The report presents a comparative analysis of the innovation performance of European countries, the US and Japan. [...]
Based on their overall innovation score and their recent historical trend, the authors grouped the countries in four categories (...):
* Innovation leaders: Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Japan
* Innovation followers: UK, Iceland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, US
* Catching-up countries: Slovenia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania
* Trailing countries: Estonia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia
Luxembourg, Norway and Turkey would not fit in any of these categories.


Longe de mim defender quem ganha mais de 200 mil euros por ano :) mas não deixa de ser esquisita esta notícia ontem de que "Vítor Constâncio ganhou 280 mil euros em 2005", salientando-se que "Em comparação com 2004, a situação económica do governador não se alterou significativamente: ganhou nessa altura 272 628,08 euros".
Quanto aos outros administradores, e a fazer fé igualmente num texto replicado de O Independente de Junho de 2005, em que "Os cálculos foram feitos pelo Independente através das declarações de rendimentos dos membros do conselho de administração do BdP depositadas no Tribunal Constitucional" e "Algumas das declarações, porém, referem-se ao ano de 2003 e outras ao de 2004", eles ganham (e ganhavam então) o seguinte:
- José Martins de Matos: 244 536 euros (237 198 euros)
- Manuel Sousa Sebastião: 226 081 euros (227 233 euros)
- José Silveira Godinho: 224 634 euros, dos quais 109 379 euros de pensão (mais de 273 mil euros e pensão de 139 550 euros)
- Vítor Manuel Pessoa: 225 240 euros, dos quais 30 101 euros de pensão (276 983 euros e reforma adicional de 39 101 euros)
- Pedro Duarte Neves: 254 586 euros (não era administrador do BdP)

Em resumo, com a excepção de José Martins de Matos e de Vítor Constâncio, os outros três viram diminuídos os vencimentos (declarados e sem qualquer cálculo às mordomias inerentes aos cargos). Não seria esta a notícia?

27 fevereiro 2007


À atenção das forças de segurança, tribunais e media portugueses: Top German Court Boosts Press Freedom: Germany's highest court has ruled that security services breached the constitution by searching the offices of a magazine which had published extracts from a confidential police report. Journalists have hailed the ruling as strengthening the freedom of the press. [...]
In what media are hailing as a significant reaffirmation of press freedom in Germany, the court ruled that the search had breached the constitution which enshrines the right of journalists to protect their sources.

Já agora, deste "Censorship: Still a burning issue", algumas pérolas sobre censura:
JOHN MILTON, 'AREOPAGITICA', 1644 - 'Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.'

MARK TWAIN, 'NOTEBOOK', 1896 - 'If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.'

NOAM CHOMSKY - 'The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.'

JOHN STUART MILL, 'ON LIBERTY', 1859 - 'The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.'

WALT WHITMAN - 'The fact is that we are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past. In the present ... we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.'

EM FORSTER, 'THE TERCENTENARY OF THE "AREOPAGITICA"', 1944 - 'Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, for ever.'

NADINE GORDIMER, 'CENSORSHIP AND ITS AFTERMATH", 1990 - 'Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.'

HEINRICH HEINE, 'ALMANSOR', 1821 - 'A censor pronouncing a ban, whether on an obscene spectacle or a derisive imitation, is like a man trying to stop his penis from standing up... The spectacle is ridiculous, so ridiculous that he is soon a victim not only of his unruly member but of pointing fingers, laughing voices. That is why the institution of censorship has to surround itself with secondary bans on the infringement of its dignity.'

JM COETZEE, 'GIVING OFFENCE: ESSAYS ON CENSORSHIP', 1994 - 'Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.'

ALFRED WHITNEY GRISWOLD, 'THE NEW YORK TIMES', 1959 - 'All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships'

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, ANNAJANSKA, 1919 - 'We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.'

VOLTAIRE, 'DICTIONNAIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE', 1764 - 'Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.'

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN, NOBEL PRIZE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, 1972 - 'You can never know what your words may turn out to mean for yourself or someone else; or what the world they make will be like. Anything could happen. The problem with silence is that we know exactly what it will be like.'

HANIF KUREISHI, 'LOOSE TONGUES', 2003 - 'If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how then with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books should be banned.'

HERMAN MELVILLE, 'THE ENCANTADAS', 1856 - 'If a man is a fool the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.'

WOODROW WILSON, ADDRESS TO THE INSTITUTE OF FRANCE, 1919 - 'Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.'

SALMAN RUSHDIE, 'THE GUARDIAN', 1990 - 'The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.'

SAMUEL JOHNSON, 'THE LIVES OF THE POETS', 1781 - 'Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.'

THOMAS JEFFERSON, LETTER TO JAMES CURRIE, 1786 - 'The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy.'

BENJAMIN DISRAELI - 'He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.'

THOMAS PAINE, 'COMMON SENSE' 1776 - 'I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.'


À atenção do Ministério da Economia e da Inovação: How to Keep America Competitive
Reforming the green card program to make it easier to retain highly skilled professionals is also necessary. These employees are vital to U.S. competitiveness, and we should welcome their contribution to U.S. economic growth.
We should also encourage foreign students to stay here after they graduate. Half of this country's doctoral candidates in computer science come from abroad. It's not in our national interest to educate them here but send them home when they've completed their studies.
During the past 30 years, U.S. innovation has been the catalyst for the digital information revolution. If the United States is to remain a global economic leader, we must foster an environment that enables a new generation to dream up innovations, regardless of where they were born. Talent in this country is not the problem -- the issue is political will.

O autor é "chairman of Microsoft Corp. and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His wife is a director of The Washington Post Co."


Could you make it without media for 4 days? Just ask a dozen communications students at Seattle University who recently attempted a 96-hour "media deprivation" experiment:
No listening to iPods or car radios. No checking e-mail. No chatting on cellphones. No surfing Web sites such as MySpace.com or Facebook.com. No watching "Desperate Housewives" or "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
The experiment originally was supposed to last a week, but it was scaled back when the students protested. But even four days was too much — each of the students cheated, some more than others.


3 types of blog: closed, conduit and participant in the conversation

Closed Blogs are, as the image here shows, at the centre of an audience that resembles a closed network.

Blogs as Conduit of Information are blogs that act as the conduit between individual audience members and information or ideas.

Blog as Participant in "The Conversation" are connectors of ideas and people, but also of conversations that flow between them.


The 12 Main Sources of Blog Traffic: in looking over my stats and referring links here are the top ten types of links that are currently driving traffic to my blog (in order from most traffic to least):
1. Blog Post Link
2. Search Engine Link
3. Social News Link
4. Tags or Social Bookmarking Link
5. Republishing Link
6. RSS Link
7. Email Forward Link
8. Comment Link
9. Forum Link
10. Quote/Endorsement Link
11. Directory Link
12. Blogroll Link


SnoopStick is a USB flash drive type device that allows you to monitor what your kids, employees, or anyone using your computer is doing while on the Internet. And, you can monitor them live, in real time, from anywhere in the world.
Simply plug the SnoopStick into the computer you want to monitor. Then run the setup program to install the SnoopStick monitoring components on the computer. The whole process takes less than 60 seconds.


"Famous sounds" are sounds that have been created or used by somebody, liked and then copied by many others, and thus earned a "classic" status.


Printable Cold Sores allow us to take action! Bring these people back down to our level, and tell advertisers that you don't agree with their message. How can you help? It's easy...


Fake Your Space: a new and exciting service which offers help to all the men and women out there who don't feel like they are popular enough on social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Friendster. If you are tired of seeing everyone else with the hottest friends and want some hotties of your own, then this is the place for you.

26 fevereiro 2007


(imagem daqui)
Silicon Valley has become Media Valley - someone should tell NYC: Some of Silicon Valley's largest companies are media companies: Google, Yahoo, EBay, for example are media companies--they publish pages of content and advertising around it.
Some of the most interesting and most valuable new Silicon Valley companies, such as Youtube, Facebook are based here in Northern California. So is Craigslist, the seventh largest online media company in the English language world (in terms of traffic).
Take a look at Business 2.0's 25 startups to watch and look at how many of these mostly "social" media and advertising companies and are based in the Bay Area:18. Only two are based in New York. [...]
Let me help out the New York media industry...
Five basic rules for media company success:
-Tomorrow's media industry is all about being technology-enabled and community-powered.
-Get your content as near-to-free as you can with machine harvesters such as spiders and searchbots.
-Use algorithms and community-power (also nearly free) to organize the content.
-Publish it widely and in many forms (video, podcasts, etc) through the amazing scale that the global internet provides and that our media technologies (RSS, media platforms, TCP/IP, etc) provide.
-And remember Foremski's First Law of New Media: Content is infinitely scalable.

Web 2.0: Does ‘old media’ get it? The notion that high powered "old media" titans, be they in New York City or elsewhere, are somehow blind or indifferent to the rapid transformation of media production, consumption and usage, has been put forth, at length, by John Battelle. Battelle worries, however, that "old media" is beyond help! [...]
Machine and user powered "almost free" content aggregation and distribution are beautiful Web 2.0 things.
The fundamental fact that content must be produced, and should be paid for, before it can be aggregated and distributed is given short drift, however. User preference for old media expensive to professionally produce content over fellow user generated "friends and family" fare is also neglected, perhaps deemed to be Web 2.0 politically incorrect.

The real-time encyclopedia: Wikipedia had the Anna Nicole Smith story as it broke, plus a full bio -- all despite the wiseguys. [...]
But while old media struggled to get its ducks in a row, online an unlikely news team snapped into action. Toiling in a million secluded cubbyholes, the anonymous, all-volunteer army of Wikipedia brought the fastest, most complete Anna Nicole coverage to the Internet.

Time Warner Tops ZenithOptimedia Ranking of Global Media Owners: Time Warner is number one on ZenithOptimedia’s new ranking of the top 30 global media owners, followed by News Corporation in the number two spot.
The top 30 companies collectively generated $215 billion in media revenues. The rankings are based on revenues from activities that support advertising. The revenues are from 2005, or the nearest equivalent for companies whose financial years are different from calendar years.
Time Warner generated $29.8 billion, 13 percent of the total. News Corp, the second largest, generated just over half that—$16.7 billion. In the number three spot was NBC Universal’s parent company GE, with $14.7 billion in media revenues, followed by CBS Corporation with $13.4 billion and The Walt Disney Company with $13.2 billion. The five top media owners are all based in the U.S. Each has at least a 50-percent stake in a U.S. television network.
In all, 16 of the top 30 media owners are from the U.S. The other countries with media owners in the top 30 are Japan, France, the U.K., Germany, Italy and Mexico.

2007: The Online Video Era? How publishers’ work-in-progress philosophy is reaping rewards.
If collective consciousness has any power over the magazine publishing industry, nowhere is it more evident than in the pursuit of video content. During 2006, chatter about online video reached an all-time high at tradeshows as more publishers hopped onto the video bandwagon. As a result, last year became a build-up, working-out-the-kinks period for many. It was all in preparation for 2007—the year that some have dubbed as the official start of an online video era for magazine professionals.
Sure, a few publishers were ahead of the game, and, certainly, others are straggling behind. When all is said and done, 2007 will see a fusion of two seemingly incompatible entities—print and video.
But, why now? Are readers settling for nothing less, and are advertisers finally embracing the video phenomenon?


Reflections on the first decade of blogging: Within a decade blogging has became mainstream, by virtue of the fact that bloggers are highly influential in forming public opinions, although not necessarily canonical truths. Every entity, from newspapers and political campaigns to corporate executives and PR pros, has adopted blogging as a communications medium, many from a defensive posture. So-called citizen journalists and notions of participatory journalism are reshaping, in fits and starts, how news is gathered and disseminated.

Along with the millions of voices churning out blog posts and the long tail of conversations spawned by them comes the noise, and the noise to signal ratio is way out of whack. But, the unacceptable, illogical alternative is going back to old world, with the concentration of power and expression in the hands of a few rather than spread out to reach the edges of the network. [...]

The genie is out of the bottle. It's not a battle to the death of mainstream media versus the blogosphere. Over time, better filters and search mechanisms; measures of authority and trust; and natural selection will improve the noise to signal ratio, potentially for every individual's preferences, and change perceptions about what constitutes mainstream media.

Tráfego nos blogues dos EUA cresceu 210% contra 9% dos 'sites' de jornais
"Blogosfera e jornalismo devem complementar-se"


The movie magic is gone - Hollywood, which once captured the nerve center of American life, doesn't matter much anymore.
It is hardly news that for years now the American motion picture industry has been in a slow downward spiral. Though by some accounts attendance was slightly up in 2006 over the previous year, the box-office tracking firm Exhibitors Relations reported that attendance actually declined yet again, reaching its lowest point in 10 years. And though defenders of the industry protest that foreign markets account for 40% of a film's revenue and that those proceeds are compensating for falling domestic box office, foreign receipts have been down too, and even DVD sales are plateauing. In short, the overall trends remain discouraging.

Even more worrisome than what could be just a cyclical dip is how people are regarding motion pictures and the moviegoing experience. A recent Zogby survey found that 45% of American moviegoers had decreased their attendance over the last five years, with the highest percentage of that decrease in the coveted 18- to 24-year-old bracket; at the same time, 21% of respondents said they never went to the movies. The two most-cited reasons for seeing fewer movies were rising ticket prices and the quality of the films (a perpetual culprit).

Another survey, this one conducted by PA Consulting for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, reached an even more chilling conclusion. Eighty-three percent of its respondents said they were satisfied with the content of the films they saw, but 60% nevertheless expected to spend less of their income on moviegoing in the future, citing dissatisfaction with the moviegoing experience and the emergence of better alternatives for their time and money.

25 fevereiro 2007


DN não publica direito de resposta do CSM sobre O juiz macho e o apalpão latino e explica porquê.


O "futurista" do Público está a fazer um bom trabalho, a "pensar os jornais".


Primeiro filme português 'online' estreia em Março (Porém, já em 2004 o realizador David Rebordão tinha estreado na Internet a curta-metragem A Curva)
O site
O blogue


4º no mundo, entre 200 países: Total police personnel per 100.000 pop.
1. Mauritius 756
2. Italy 560
3. Barbados 516
4. Portugal 491
5. Hong Kong 487

Duas questões:
De quando são os dados? É que trata-se do mesmo valor do ano 2000...
E não se contabilizam os 34.403 seguranças privados, certo?

24 fevereiro 2007


A ler e a discutir - será assim o futuro dos media?
How the Coming Newspaper Industry Collapse Will Reinvigorate Journalism
The near-total collapse of the American newspaper industry as we know it is inevitable. Anything newspapers could have done to stop it should have been done years ago. (Slate recently wrote that newspapers saw this coming in the mid-'70s.) All the social, demographic and economic trends are lined up against the industry. Over the next decade, there will be agonizing rounds of layoffs, consolidation and bankruptcies. It will be painful to watch, but it will be a necessary process for the industry to reinvent itself.
In this essay, I’ll outline the reasons I believe this and propose a new and very different model of publishing and journalism that will take hold as this cycle plays out. This will be a very exciting evolution, but it will be very painful, too.

23 fevereiro 2007


The 51 Best* Magazines Ever:
1. Esquire - Under Harold T.P. Hayes (1961–1973)
2. The New Yorker
3. Life (1936–1972)
4. Playboy
5. The New York Times Magazine
6. Mad
7. Spy - Until it was sold to fun-sponge Jean Pigozzi (1986–1991)
8. Wired - Early years until Condé Nast buyout (1993–1998)
9. Andy Warhol’s Interview - Until Warhol’s death (1969–1988)
10. Colors - The first 13 issues, under Tibor Kalman (1991–1996)
11. Rolling Stone - Before the move to New York (1967–1976)
12. National Geographic
13. Collier’s Weekly
14. New York (1968–1976)
15. Atlantic Monthly
16. Ebony
17. Details - Original incarnation, pre-Condé Nast (1982–1988)
18. Ramparts
19. Might
20. Portfolio
21. National Lampoon - From its founding through its best-selling issue (1970–1974)
22. Wallpaper (1996–2002)
23. Cosmopolitan - Under editor Helen Gurley Brown (1965–1997)
24. Highlights
25. Sassy
26. The Saturday Evening Post
27. The Face (1980s)
28. Sports Illustrated
29. Eros
30. Fuck You/ A Magazine of the Arts
31. Vanity Fair
32. The Whole Earth Catalog - Original incarnation (1968–1972)
33. Fortune - Until the death of founding editor Henry Luce (1930–1967)
34. People
35. Ms.
36. Games - Before it was sold (1977–1990)
37. The Paris Review - Until George Plimpton’s death (1953–2003)
38. Popular Mechanics - In the golden industrial years (1930s–1950s)
39. The Little Review
40. Ray Gun - During the peak of the grunge era (1992–1996)
41. Brill’s Content
42. Domus
43. Wet
44. Lucky
45. Vogue
46. The New England Journal of Medicine
47. Architectural Record
48. Punch
49. Loaded
50. The Source - Until the start of the burnout (1988–1994)
51. Tiger Beat


Top 10 Admin Passwords to Avoid:
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O que sou? Um Double Gloucester...
(já agora, ainda no plano da comida, KetchupArt)


Shutdown Day: The idea behind the experiment is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate!
Shutdown your computer on this day and find out! Can you survive for 24 hours without your computer?


Estes gráficos, retirados do texto "Working in France, in Style of Silicon Valley", mostram bem o que é a indústria de capital de risco europeia: o grande investimento é feito em 2000, quando quase tudo já está a estoirar. Podem ser empresas, podem ter capital mas risco é algo que desconhecem... e depois lixam-se, claro.


Como funcionava a Enigma? A resposta.

22 fevereiro 2007


Para os que se interessam pelos media, a ler estas entrevistas sobre news war.


Eu concordo: Nobody Wants the PDF Paper. Prefiro este formato.


Para quem ficou preocupado com este fabuloso texto (gostei principalmente da actualidade: "os investigadores americanos do Centro para a Recuperação de Dependência da Internet publicaram esta semana no site oficial um teste" - basta ler aqui para perceber que esta foi a semana em que os autores do texto o descobriram...), recomendo este tratamento:

A 12-year-old boy is treated with a series of low-voltage shocks in a therapy that doctors at an Internet addiction clinic in China say helps patients sleep better. (By Greg Baker -- Associated Press)

In China, Stern Treatment For Young Internet 'Addicts':
Tao and his team of 15 doctors and nurses defended the treatment methods. He said that while some clinics depend wholly on medications -- in one experiment conducted in Ningbo, a city south of Shanghai, suspected Internet addicts were given the same pills as drug addicts -- only one out of five patients at the Daxing clinic receive prescription drugs. Tao did agree with Guo that Internet addiction is usually an expression of deeper psychological problems.
"We use these medicines to give them happiness," Tao said, "so they no longer need to go on the Internet to be happy."
Still, for all the high-tech treatments available to Sun at the clinic, the one that he says helped him most was talking. He looks forward to returning to school and getting on with his life.
The first task on his agenda when he gets home: get online. He needs to tell his worried Internet friends where he was these past few weeks.


The answer to stagnating R&D can be found in the creativity of the movie industry.
The number of new drugs that the US Food & Drug Administration has approved has fallen by half since 1996, with only 20 approved in 2005. That was the second lowest number of approvals in the history of the agency. Failures in the last stage of clinical development, Phase III, are particularly excruciating. Phase III trials consume 70% of clinical development costs, yet 40% of compounds now fall at this final hurdle compared to only 20% failing 10 years ago. Half of the failures come from inability to demonstrate superiority to a placebo, 30% are due to safety concerns, and 20% occur because no advantage relative to available therapies can be shown. These failures have a high profile and tend to perturb perceptions about the companies concerned, especially among investors. [...]
There is a precedent for pharma emulating Hollywood: Pharma's main preoccupation, the creation of blockbusters, was directly copied from Hollywood. The blockbuster model is really defined by broad and aggressive marketing, though the term is less accurately, if more commonly, used to define revenue thresholds. Hollywood's blockbuster model was created in 1951, when the term was first applied to the movie Quo Vadis because of its then-huge budget of $7 million and the unprecedented zeal of its promotion.
Glaxo created the first pharma blockbuster in the 1980's with the ulcer medication, Zantac. The drug was a modestly effective but very safe compound that ultimately attained sales of more than $2 billion a year as a result of extremely aggressive marketing.


Blogger Gets 4 Years for Insulting Islam: An Egyptian blogger was convicted Thursday and sentenced to four years in prison for insulting Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and Egypt's president, sending a chill through fellow Internet writers who fear a government crackdown. [...]
"I am shocked," said Wael Abbas, a blogger who writes frequently about police abuses and other human rights violations in Egypt. "This is a terrible message to anyone who intends to express his opinion and to bloggers in particular."


Conservapedia: A conservative encyclopedia you can trust.
Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American. On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian "C.E." instead of "A.D.", which Conservapedia uses. Christianity receives no credit for the great advances and discoveries it inspired, such as those of the Renaissance. Read a list of many Examples of Bias in Wikipedia.


The New Yorker portfolio of covers from all forty-seven issues of 2006


Read me first - Web 2.0 is giving all of us a voice. But is anyone really listening?

20 fevereiro 2007


Como se fazem revistas a sério (negritos meus):

What is Monocle?
We believe it’s time for a new, global, European-based media brand. With a keen focus, strong reporting, sharp wit and more classic approach to design, we’ve dubbed our venture Monocle. At the core there’s a monthly magazine delivering the most original coverage in global affairs, business, culture and design. Alongside, there’s a web-based broadcast component covering the same areas through a variety of bulletins, mini-documentaries and talk formats. Focused on informing and entertaining an international audience of disillusioned readers, listeners and viewers, it is our intention to create a community of the most interested and interesting people in the world.

MONOCLE ACCORDING TO TYLER BRULE [também criador da Wallpaper*]: Some of the 244 pages of the first issue.
A magazine-book with more than 50,000 words.
And a few quotes from Tyler Brule, founder of Monocle magazine, in The Observer: [...]
“We didn’t focus group it,” says Brule, emphasising that advertisers are paying full rate from the outset. “They had to buy a first-class seat,” he says. There were no discounts and no special favours.
“The Economist or Der Spiegel shows you can do quality journalism and hold your ground. We’ll just do it in a more visual way.”
Articles are long and well-researched, with every picture and story generated internally, and all foreign travel and expenses paid for by the magazine. “There is not one story generated by a press release,” Brule says.

19 fevereiro 2007


Para ajudar à conversa sobre os novos (e velhos) media na mesa do Abrupto, Adufe 4.0 (e ligações), Bloguítica, Indústrias Culturais e Mas Certamente que Sim!, duas ideias fortes (os negritos são meus):

Content already is free: First, this is a post-scarcity media economy. Most news is a commodity. And that which isn’t faces no end of competition. OK, so I can get the Wall Street Journal only because I pay. And, yes, it’s good. But there is plenty of other media coverage of business out there, covering mostly the same news. And I don’t have an expense account anymore. So I’ll find plenty that is good enough. If your content is not free, you have to compete with free, and that’s damned hard. [...]
In addition, the value in media is — and always has been — the relationship, not the sale of the physical product (the manufacture of which also brings considerable cost not included in these envelope-calculations). If you cut off that relationship, you diminish your value — just ask those Times columnists trapped behind their wall — and cede that value to your many new competitors. Indeed, if you are really smart, you’ll realize that our “consumption” of that “free” “content” — our remixing and tagging and linking and recommending and correcting and behavioral-data-making — adds value. But you have to be quick enough to capture it.
Who cares whether content wants to be free? It already is. Deal with it.

[BTW, Paulo, sobre a pobreza ou riqueza do DN Online, só um pormenor: a direcção foi demitida há dias, o novo director interino já assumiu funções e escreveu editoriais e o que se continua a ler no DN Online?
Segunda, 19 de Fevereiro de 2007
Edição Papel
Director: António José Teixeira
Directores adjuntos: João Morgado Fernandes, Eduardo Dâmaso e Helena Garrido]


It may hit Earth ... but don't worry, we've got a plan: A £150 MILLION space mission should be launched to deflect an asteroid which is set to pass dangerously close to Earth, experts warned yesterday.
The call for action to protect the world from Apophis - named after the Egyptian god of destruction - came from a coalition of astronauts, engineers and scientists with close links to US space agency NASA.
Scientists have estimated the asteroid has a one-in-45,000 chance of striking Earth on 13 April, 2036. Travelling at 28,000mph it could release 80,000 times the energy of the Hiroshima bomb.
The group believes the United Nations should assume responsibility for a space mission - using a vessel called a "gravity tractor" - to knock Apophis off course.
UN urged to adopt asteroid impact treaty: The number of known near-Earth asteroids which have a chance of hitting Earth in the next 100 years currently stands at 127, but that figure is expected to rocket to as high as 10,000 by 2020 , after Congress changes NASA's mandate to include surveying space for such threats.

Lista actualizada de asteróides que podem embater na Terra em Near Earth Object Program.


New International Radiation Symbol

New Symbol Launched to Warn Public About Radiation Dangers: With radiating waves, a skull and crossbones and a running person, a new ionizing radiation warning symbol is being introduced to supplement the traditional international symbol for radiation, the three cornered trefoil.
Red triangle with skull and crossbones is for danger – new UN radiation symbol: A skull and crossbones, a running person and radiating ionizing waves, all on a deep red triangle, joined other more common warning symbols today as part of a United Nations effort to reduce needless deaths and serious injuries from accidental exposure to large radioactive sources such as food irradiation and cancer therapy equipment.
The new symbol will not be visible under normal use, but only if someone attempts to disassemble a device that is a source of dangerous radiation. It will not be located on building access doors, transportation packages or containers.

Ao contrário do que é dito no primeiro texto, o novo símbolo não vai substituir o antigo mas antes é acrescentado para certas situações.


What is the Homicide Report?
The Homicide Report is a weekly listing of all homicide victims reported by the Los Angeles County Coroner, with additional information obtained from various sources. Any human being who dies at the hand of another in Los Angeles County, and whose death is recorded by the Coroner, is included on the list.
The Report seeks to reverse an age-old paradox of big-city crime reporting, which dictates that only the most unusual and statistically marginal homicide cases receive press coverage, while those cases at the very eye of the storm -- those which best expose the true statistical dimensions of the problem of deadly violence -- remain hidden.

17 fevereiro 2007


Morreu Robert Adler, um dos inventores do controle remoto.
A propósito, disponibilizo aqui um texto escrito para a revista Vídeo & DVD nº 27 (Dezembro de 2005):
Controlo remoto comemora 50 anos
A ideia original de ter um aparelho a comandar à distância um televisor deve-se a um homem que vendia televisores mas não acreditava no triunfo da televisão comercial.
Eugene McDonald Jr., fundador e presidente da Zenith Electronics (então Zenith Radio), considerava que os espectadores não iam apreciar a publicidade e um controlo remoto podia, pelo menos, tirar o som aos “irritantes anúncios”.
O conceito de controlo remoto foi patenteado em 1898 por Nikola Tesla. Os primeiros tiveram aplicações militares, nomeadamente na II Guerra Mundial em aviões, barcos e bombas. Terminado o conflito, aproveitou-se a tecnologia para fins mais pacíficos (abrir portas de garagens, por exemplo).
Em 1952, a Zenith desenvolveu o conhecido por “Lazy Bones” (“ossos preguiçosos”), um controlo ligado ao televisor por um fio. Apesar das pessoas gostarem do conceito, ele não pegou porque tropeçavam no cabo.
Três anos depois, surge o primeiro controlo remoto sem fios, o “FlashMatic”, desenvolvido por Eugene Polley. Funcionava direccionando a sua luz a cada um dos quatro cantos do televisor, onde se encontravam fotocélulas que activavam funções pré-definidas (aumentar ou baixar o som e mudar canais). O sucesso foi relativo porque as pessoas baralhavam-se com as definições e irritavam-se com as interferências provocadas pela luz solar.
Em 1957 (ano em que o Sputnik foi lançado para o espaço) surgiu o “Space Command”, com tecnologia de ultra-sons. Também aqui havia problemas, desta vez com os sons metálicos. O elevado preço não ajudava mas acabou por ser licenciado ou copiado por outros fabricantes. No total, foram vendidos mais de nove milhões de aparelhos e para isto contribuiu a desregulação das comunicações por satélite nos anos 70, abrindo caminho ao aparecimento de inúmeros canais por cabo. Antes, como se exagerava, “só os incapacitados necessitavam de um comando”.
No início dos anos 80 a tecnologia por infra-vermelhos eliminou a maioria dos problemas e generalizou o comando remoto nos televisores e em inúmeros aparelhos da electrónica de consumo.
Actualmente, é um produto universal. Em 2000, a Consumer Electronics Association estimava que um lar norte-americano tinha, em média, quatro destes equipamentos.
É usado tanto por homens como por mulheres da mesma forma e sem grandes disparidades no que toca a classes, etnias ou grupos raciais, revelam estudos sociológicos. Mudou a forma como vemos televisão mas também alterou a programação televisiva, tornando-a mais rápida, apostando em inícios de programas cativantes ou na interligação imediata entre o fim de um programa e o início do seguinte.

16 fevereiro 2007


If a Blog Falls

Voos da CIA: Luís Amado põe "as mãos no fogo" pelos seus antecessores
: O ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros realçou ainda que "o relatório não evidencia que tenha ocorrido em território português qualquer ilegalidade" e apenas aponta "suspeitas e indícios".

"Finalmente, e mais importante, não há nenhuma evidência de qualquer acto de cumplicidade deste ou de anteriores Governos no transporte ilegal de prisioneiros e tortura de prisioneiros", destacou.

Parlamento Europeu aprovou relatório final sobre a CIA: Na versão final do relatório, o Parlamento Europeu: [...]

- Constata, em particular, o caso de Abdurahman Khadr, alegadamente transportado a bordo do Gulfstream IV N85VM de Guantânamo para Tuzla, na Bósnia-Herzegovina, em 6 de Novembro de 2003, com escala num aeroporto português, em 7 de Novembro de 2003; exorta também as autoridades a investigarem outros possíveis casos de detidos transportados através de território português (alteração 231 ao § 116); [...]

- Regista as 91 escalas de aeronaves operadas pela CIA em aeroportos portugueses e expressa a sua profunda preocupação acerca do propósito de tais voos, os quais eram provenientes de – ou dirigiam-se a – países ligados ao circuito das extradições não judiciais e da transferência de detidos (alteração 16, 1ª parte, ao § 119);

- Manifesta a sua preocupação pela lista suplementar que a Comissão Temporária obteve, que indica que, para além das 91 escalas efectuadas, aeronaves civis e militares de vários países com destino a – ou provenientes de – Guantânamo que, entre 11 de Janeiro de 2002 e 24 de Junho de 2006, utilizaram o espaço aéreo português e realizaram mais 14 escalas em aeroportos portugueses; verifica que o Governo português forneceu informações relativamente a 7 dessas escalas efectuadas no âmbito da operação "Enduring Freedom" (alteração 233 ao § 120).

Debate sobre o relatório CIA:
Giusto CATANIA (CEUE/EVN, IT) referiu o "embaraçoso silêncio da Comissão" e duvida que Durão Barroso, enquanto primeiro-ministro de Portugal, não tenha sabido de nada.

Ana GOMES (PSE): O relatório prova ainda que governos europeus, como o português, continuaram a autorizar e a não controlar voos para Guantânamo, uma prisão ilegal, nada secreta, mesmo depois de já estar criada esta Comissão Temporária do Parlamento Europeu, e procuraram manter parlamentares nacionais e europeus no desconhecimento de que tais operações prosseguiam. Assim não se colaborou na luta contra o terrorismo. Métodos destes jamais permitirão condenar em justiça os verdadeiros terroristas".

Voos - Ministro da Defesa lança repto a deputados: Se me provar isso eu demito-me

Não houve indícios de ilegalidades cometidas em Portugal. Foi esta a conclusão a que chegou o grupo de trabalho intermininisterial. O ministro do Estado e da Defesa Nacional, Luís Amado, admitiu ontem, contudo, que se demite caso se prove que passaram por Portugal voos ilegais da CIA na sua vigência, enquanto membro do Governo. E não conseguiu assegurar que não tenham passado pelo País. Apenas destacou que não tem “nenhuma prova”.
“Quero é ser julgado por ter cometido, enquanto ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros e membro do Governo, uma cumplicidade ou uma conivência com uma ilegalidade cometida em território português e quero que o senhor deputado seja capaz de me provar isso. E, se me provar isso, eu demito-me no dia seguinte!”, declarou Amado numa das respostas ao deputado comunista Jorge Machado.

Alegadamente, efectuaram-se 91 voos da CIA com passagem por Portugal. E ninguém questiona por ou para quê?


Escreve-se no Glória Fácil: Isto sim é que uma “cooperação estratégica” muito cooperativa, mas mesmo mesmo muito cooperativa
Ao início da tarde, disse o sr. Presidente:

Lisboa, 15 Fev (Lusa) - O Presidente da República, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, defendeu hoje que a Assembleia da República deve analisar as "boas práticas" existentes nos países desenvolvidos da União Europeia antes da nova lei sobre a Interrupção Voluntária da Gravidez (IVG).
"Eu próprio já estudei as práticas que vigoram em todos os países desenvolvidos na Europa e concordo com aquilo que foi dito - que se analisem as boas práticas. Deixemos que a Assembleia da República observe as boas práticas que existem por essa Europa fora", afirmou o Chefe de Estado português.


E assim falou o ministro da Presidência, Pedro Silva Pereira, umas horas depois.

Lisboa, 15 Fev (Lusa) - O ministro da Presidência, Pedro Silva Pereira, frisou hoje que o processo de regulamentação pelo Governo da futura lei do aborto será "eminentemente administrativo" e procurará corresponder ao exercício das melhores práticas europeias.
(…) O Governo terá então "o sentido de procurar que essa regulamentação corresponda às melhores práticas europeias" ao nível da interrupção voluntária da gravidez, acrescentou.

Isto sim é entendimento, entre o engº José Cavaco Silva e o prof. Aníbal Sócrates…

E, digo eu, o entendimento é anterior porque assim falou o primeiro-ministro no dia 11 (cujo autor da notícia também é do Glória Fácil):
Sócrates recusou, por exemplo, explicar que taxas moderadoras serão aplicadas no Serviço Nacional de Saúde. Tudo o que afirmou, repetidamente, é que a legislação irá ter "presente boas práticas" europeias. "Temos tempo para fazer a regulamentação", afirmou.
Eram 21.00 quando o secretário-geral do PS comentou, na sede nacional do partido - e, como de costume, auxiliado na intervenção inicial pelo indispensável teleponto -, os resultados do referendo, nessa altura já claramente indicando uma vitória do "sim". [...]
Toda a intervenção inicial foi destinada a passar a mensagem de que agora é tempo de "virar a página" nas fracturas provocadas pelo debate do referendo. "Os portugueses querem que este tema deixe de ser um foco de conflito e de disputa política e que haja também uma mudança na realidade que permita combater o aborto clandestino na linha das soluções adoptadas pela larga maioria dos países mais desenvolvidos da Europa", afirmou.

Ou seja, a cooperação estratégica parte de Sócrates, bate em Cavaco e rebate em Silva Pereira...


Virus: un relato sobre el peligro de los rumores en las organizaciones, com "Generador de rumores" (via)


Isto é serviço público? National Public Toilet Map, A project of the National Continence Management Strategy.

Já agora, mantendo o nível da conversa, a ver este Male Restroom Etiquette

15 fevereiro 2007


Il corpo racconta


Mais um aviso. E quem está a ouvir?
Old v new may cost billions: IBM has warned of a looming crisis with old and new media on a collision course over how and where content such as TV, news and user-created will be carried, and says billions of dollars in revenue are at risk.
The report, to be released later today in New York, warns that the conflict between traditional and new media is seeing the emergence of a media divide that could erase hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from the bottom line of the world's leading media companies.
"The current clash between traditional and new media has reached a fevered pitch," says the report, Navigating the Media Divide.
"Industry incumbents are responding - but perhaps not quickly or completely enough. While they are fighting an escalating competitive battle on this front, traditional media cannot ignore the impending division in its own ranks."
Steven Abraham, global industry leader, IBM media and entertainment, said the music industry had already demonstrated the dangers of mismanaging the transition.
"We estimate that the music industry lost between $US88 billion ($114 billion) and $US190 billion in its transition to digital," Mr Abraham said. "Television and film companies will be next if companies don't systematically navigate the media divide. Now is the time to determine changes in business models, innovate and re-evaluate partnerships. Media companies must take action before it is too late."


Arte das ruas
Artists want to send a message: Signs made by the homeless are to be used in a performance art work at a Santa Ana gallery.

Graffiti Artist's Work Goes for $200,000: Bombing Middle England, a work in acrylic and spray paint by the artist Banksy depicting well-heeled lawn bowlers tossing bombs, sold for double its pre-sale estimate at Sotheby's auction house.

14 fevereiro 2007


Microsoft warns of calendar problem: For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs ''should view any appointments... as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.''
Wow, that's sort of jarring -- is something treacherous afoot?
Actually, it's a potential problem in any software that was programmed before a 2005 law decreed that daylight-saving time would start three weeks earlier and end one week later, beginning this year. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings.


Momento tablóide: The man who fell 12,000 ft ... and survived (vídeo aqui, para que não falte nada)


Don't spread panic about bird flu, WHO urges media: The United Nations health agency urged local and international media on Tuesday to boost coverage of bird flu and avoid misleading information about the disease.
"We are appealing to the media to make people more aware. We need awareness, not panic," said Ibrahim el-Kerdany, a World Health Organization (WHO) regional media adviser.
"Just this morning on one of the television stations we saw wrong messages being transmitted, people talking about vaccines when there are no yet available. The vaccines are for birds not for humans," he told reporters.


Isto é uma boa notícia: 1º Ranking Netscope de Tráfego de Sites: O Netscope, como ferramenta site-centric de métricas web, recolhe todo (trata-se de um recenseamento) o tráfego de um site gerado por cibernautas, independentemente da sua origem geográfica e do tipo de local (lar, trabalho, escola, etc.). Trata-se, portanto, de uma cobertura universal, enquanto o Netpanel mede por amostragem e apenas os acessos de um universo mais restrito: Portugal continental e, presentemente, apenas a partir de casa. A vocação do Netpanel é fornecer dados de perfil dos cibernautas, como o perfil socio-demográfico e os hábitos de consumo dos internautas, e fornecer informação inter-sites, como é o caso da duplicação de audiências entre sites. Estes são dados que não podem ser recolhidos por medição centrada nos sites, como é o caso do Netscope.


Disponíveis desde 31 de Janeiro, as cartas ao director da Economist já estão "online". A última, a repor a verdade:
"Sir -
Your article ("A Painful Choice", Feb 10th 2007) contains two inaccuracies that reveal rushed research, quite unusual for such a reputable and respected publication, I am sure. First, you describe Portugal as one of “Europe’s most conservative, religious and rural countries”. That might have been true in 1970. Maybe it is time one of your correspondents made a visit? The Communist Party and the “left block” party (Marxist left) consistently win more votes than Portugal's CDS/PP, a prominent, moderately conservative, centre-right party. The share of agriculture, forestry and fishing combined in the country's GDP is below 7%, a very small figure for the world’s biggest cork exporter that at the same time has a sizeable production of wine, olive oil and paper pulp. The service sector accounts for over 60% of GDP. On the religious front, church attendance is at an all time low, with less than 20% of those polled claiming to attend mass regularly.
Second, you claim that in Spain the abortion law is “somewhat more liberal”. It isn’t. It is almost identical to Portugal's, the real difference being the way doctors interpret it. Whereas in Spain most doctors will claim serious psychological harm to the mother in order to perform legal abortions, invoking an identical clause in Portugal's and Spain's abortion laws, most doctors in Portugal take a different view.
Francisco da Cunha e Távora"

13 fevereiro 2007


Radiografía de la blogosfera: El perfil del bloguero europeo se corresponde con una mujer de 31 años, licenciada superior o estudiante y que pasa 16 horas de media a la semana conectada a Internet.

Atão e eu, o que sou?...

"una minoría de blogueros, sobre un 7%, son los auténticos creadores de contenido, los innovadores. Un segundo grupo de tamaño similar, los críticos, revisan y mejoran lo creado. En una tercera fase, le toca el turno a los recolectores. Su misión es la de recoger y difundir por la Red el nuevo material. Por último, la gran masa de lectores, los pasivos, reciben la información".


Jornalismo "open source"?
Wikia Launches Three "Open-Source Magazines": Three new magazine-style wikis launched at Wikia.com today: Entertainment, Politics and Local.

Jornalismo tradicional?
Twelve of the Top 25 Newsstand Publications Saw Declines in the Second Half of 2006


A 135 mil euros cada conferência, Al Gore pode muito bem recusar isto: Does Al Gore really believe in catastrophic global warming? Since Al Gore was offered the opportunity (in person) to facilitate serious debate on the underlying science of global climate change, 1 year, 1 month, 1 week, 2 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes, and 10 seconds have elapsed.

Curioso foi só ter visto esta imposição escrita num blogue, de onde retirei a imagem: "N.B.: Registe-se que, por razões contratuais, esta Conferência não é aberta à comunicação social, não podendo ser registada em nenhum suporte, pelo que as Senhoras e Senhores jornalistas convidados são-no a título pessoal e não enquanto profissionais da imprensa, no exercício das suas funções."

Não vi qualquer outro jornalista a assumir isto mas afinal houve quem a tivesse relatado (não procurei muito mais).
Outro lado curioso é como a agência Cunha Vaz organiza a conferência e não quer o relato da mesma, tão só os efeitos paralelos da mesma. A comunicação hoje em dia anda mesmo estranha...

[act.: An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change: Nigel Calder, former editor of New Scientist, says the orthodoxy must be challenged: Twenty years ago, climate research became politicised in favour of one particular hypothesis, which redefined the subject as the study of the effect of greenhouse gases. As a result, the rebellious spirits essential for innovative and trustworthy science are greeted with impediments to their research careers. And while the media usually find mavericks at least entertaining, in this case they often imagine that anyone who doubts the hypothesis of man-made global warming must be in the pay of the oil companies. As a result, some key discoveries in climate research go almost unreported.
Enthusiasm for the global-warming scare also ensures that heatwaves make headlines, while contrary symptoms, such as this winter’s billion-dollar loss of Californian crops to unusual frost, are relegated to the business pages


The Baghdad Battle Mess in a Map: The information presented in the Baghdad Order Of Battle is based entirely on open source information, which includes Multinational Forces Iraq press releases and media reports.
We believe this an accurate representation of the Baghdad Order Of Battle, and will update the map with any corrections or changes on a weekly basis.


AWN's "Best of the Web" Showcase 2007: a showcase of 20 of the best animated productions to premiere on the Web in the last year.


Imagining the Ten Dimensions: incredible flash presentation that explains every single dimension, from the first dimension to the tenth


Credit: Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC

Lunar Eclipse: The next eclipse is right around the corner: Saturday, March 3, 2007. Stuck on Earth, we can't see the ring of fire, but we can see the red glow it produces on the moon. The phenomenon will be visible from parts of all seven continents including the eastern half of North America.

12 fevereiro 2007


Quantos dos jornalistas que escreveram que a Wikipedia podia acabar dentro de três ou quatro meses vão escrever sobre isto?
The Wikimedia cash crunch story: what Devouard really said
Let's start by saying that the most-digged story on this (by several thousand people) was by a blogger that was not at the conference. Laurent Haug, the producer of LIFT, has already made clear that Devouard did not say that Wikipedia is going to shut down, nor used the word "disappear" during her speech. [...]
So Devouard's call for support at LIFT07 was a legitimate and serious one, because Wikipedia's growth requires resources. But she did not suggest at any moment that Wikipedia, which has become an essential resource for the world, is going to "disappear" or "shut down" anytime soon.


Quando será colocado o primeiro jornalista nacional no Second Life?
Certo, os portugueses são apenas 0,39 por cento daquela população e existe uma muito boa cidadã-repórter. Mesmo assim, há muito trabalho, a julgar por este
Journalists: Get a Second Life - and explore a bigger patch:
BBC Radio 1 recreated the 2006 One Big Weekend event on a 64-acre virtual island in Second Life.
Dell sells PCs in Second Life.
Endemol is running version of Big Brother in Second Life.
And Reuters has a news bureau, which reports news in the virtual ‘SL' universe: secondlife.reuters.com.
There are even a number of Reuters news feeds including the Second Life feed available to players via RSS.

Mas há mais:
It is quite conceivable to make a small virtual living, enough to make the rest of the game free, as an SL reporter.
If you can get yourself a decent story and dash off a couple of paragraphs then you can make 300 to 1,000 ‘Linden Dollars' per post, paid by the 'papers'. There's currency conversion to Sterling, so you can pocket what you earn. Or buy up some virtual real estate.


€755 million boost for Europe's film industry: Launched yesterday evening in Berlin, the EU's new MEDIA 2007 programme will provide a €755 million boost to Europe's film industry over the next seven years. Almost 65% of the total budget will help broader circulation of European works to other countries in Europe and worldwide. MEDIA 2007 provides easier access to finance – in particular for SMEs – and increases the use of digital technologies, making Europe's audiovisual sector more competitive.


Are blogs really that important?
John Zogby, president and CEO of Zogby International, gave some stats that showed the different view of the media inside and outside the industry.
- Only 27% of the public said they were satisfied with the news but 76% of people inside it are satisfied.
- Only 12% of the public read newspapers but 26% of the industry reads them.
- 32% of the public get their news from Tv but only 5% of the media does.
- 40% of the public gets their news form the internet but 60% of the media industry does.
- Just over half the public said blogs are important but 86% of the media said they are.


(Sean Mackaoui)
'Content' is king again — this time, on the cellphone: Videos and blogs invade mobile phones
Yahoo Will Show Ads on its Mobile-Phone Home Pages


Partidas na rádio (já é antigo mas só agora descobri). Muito divertido, apesar da pronúncia irlandesa...
A ouvir este Little Becky wants her school demolished, com a história da Becky.


Discover Hackistan


Amazing flame fractals

10 fevereiro 2007