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Canadian ‘Globe and Mail’ columnist accused of plagiarism

One of Canada’s leading newspaper columnists has been accused of plagiarism. After extensive and detailed research by a blogger, Globe & Mail writer Margaret Wente was alleged to have reproduced other people’s work in several columns (see here). The blogger, Carol Waino, has written several postings about the matter. And at…

Vietnam bloggers ‘anti-state propaganda’ trial opens

Hundreds of police surrounded a court in Vietnam on Monday for the opening of the trial of three bloggers, including one whose case has been raised by US President Barack Obama. Heavy security flanked the building in southern Ho Chi Minh City as the case began against Nguyen Van Hai,…

Thriller ‘Homeland’ dethrones ‘Mad Men’ at Emmys

Spy thriller “Homeland” won best TV drama at the Emmy awards Sunday, ending retro cult show “Mad Men” four-year unbroken run, while “Modern Family” was named best comedy for the third straight year. Election campaign film “Game Change,” about John McCain’s Republican running mate Sarah Palin’s implosion in the doomed…

Louvre opens Islamic art wing to the public

Paris’s famed Louvre museum on Saturday opened to the public a new wing of Islamic art in a bid to improve knowledge of a religion often viewed with suspicion in the West. Costing nearly 100 million euros ($131 million), it is funded by the French government and supported by handsome…

Creepshots and revenge porn: how paparazzi culture affects women

The row over topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge continues. But Kate is not alone. Young women everywhere – famous and non-famous – are increasingly becoming victims of voyeurism in our internet age On the popular website Reddit, where users submit and share content, a member of a forum…

Twitter chief says it’s helping television

Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Friday that the Internet Age one-to-many text messaging service is turning out to be a boon for good old television. “There is a fascinating relationship between Twitter and tune-in, and Twitter and TV,” Costolo said during an on-stage chat at an Online News Association gathering…

YouTube seeking education video ‘gurus’

YouTube on Friday was searching for education “gurus” with knowledge to impart to fast-growing ranks of students turning to online videos for lessons. The globally popular Google-owned video-sharing venue teamed with Internet education innovator Khan Academy to find, train and promote 10 “super-talented and engaging content creators.” “We have seen…

Publisher allows protagonist in young adult novel to remain gay

Yuki, the gay protagonist of a young adult novel whose authors were told to make him straight if they wished to find a publisher, has found a happy ending after Viking Penguin acquired the book he stars in – and allowed him to remain gay. Last year the American novelists Sherwood Smith…

Newcomers aim to knock ‘Mad Men’ off Emmy throne

Cult retro series “Mad Men” and comedy hit “Modern Family” are Emmys favorites again this weekend — but a bunch of newcomers could yet produce surprises at US television’s annual awards show. “Mad Men,” which has broken records by winning Best Drama every year since its 2007 premier, is vying…

James Murdoch set to run News Corp’s U.S. Fox TV business

James Murdoch is reportedly being lined up to run News Corporation’s Fox TV business in the US despite being sharply criticised by British broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Thursday. The role being discussed would put him in charge of the Fox Networks Group, which includes the Fox terrestrial TV network as…

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