Friday news picks

Posted on 25 February 2011

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WordPress’s visual editor that I usually use to put links in isn’t working today so I’ve put these in manually. Let me know if they’re not working.

NASA is about to launch a new satellite that’s going to monitor airborne crap on Earth.

Oil prices are the highest they’ve been in two and a half years because of the conflict in Libya.

In Latvia, a man shot and killed another man who had complained he was eating popcorn too loudly. He waited until the lights came on to do it.

A new app has been approved by Facebook: the Breakup Notifier. In the words of one commenter: “This is the most pointless, trivial, absurd, creepy app I’ve seen in a while. Signed up. I think it will be massively successful!”

Leading on from her work with non-profit Samasource, Leila Chirayath Janah writes about how online work could help save America’s economy.

Middle aged women are the most connected online according to new research.

A website appeared the day after the Christchurch earthquake to help people who need places to stay get in touch with people who can help.

Australians are still refusing to believe that climate change is caused by human activity in the face of overwhelming evidence.

There’s a battle over beer a-brewing in Illinois between ‘craft brewers’ and big brands.

A professor in Austria has been convicted for calling Mohammed a paedophile because he had sex with a nine-year-old. Um.

There’s an awful lot of noise around that case and a bunch of others about freedom of speech being undermined across supposedly free Europe.

A guy in India has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren. He’s head of a sect that allows men to have as many wives as they like. His family holds the record for the biggest family in the world.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, made a speech about the Liberal party’s suggestion this week that we start restricting the immigration of people based on their religion. It’s on his site.

TV stations in America are starting to tap into the Twitter conversations that go on about popular shows like American Idol and awards shows.

Liberal MPs have been given a guide to using social media. Very smart idea. Although so obvious one wonders why this is news, unless it is a new thing for politicians, which is kind of ridiculous.

Burma’s government kind of threatened to murder the opposition leader if she continued, like, opposing him.

Something I think we’ve been noticing for a while: Facebook is taking the place of some blogging functions like sharing photos and videos.

A CBS journalist was badly assaulted in the Egypt uprising and some people started blaming her. Here’s a response.

An editor at one of AOL’s sites resigned because the company wanted to publish more content than he thought was good for journalism. Go him.

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