Ancestry.com: the DNA database it's fun to be on

Tired of the surveillance society never giving you anything back? Now you can get something nice in return for handing over your most intimate information. Thursday’s Telegraph reported that geneaology website ancestry.com has built a huge DNA database that enables…

Bloggers strike for Burma – but what did it achieve?

You may not have realised it, but yesterday there was a worldwide bloggers’ strike. Orchestrated by a group called Free Burma, the aim of the strike was to show support for the Burmese people protesting against their country’s ruling military…

PATHETIC HUMANS CAN'T HANDLE FACEBOOK!

We interrupt this programme to bring you the text of an email from Fox News which has just arrived in my inbox, verbatim apart from the phone numbers, which I have redacted: GREETINGS: BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION, MY NAME IS…

Polyvore: it's Web 2.0 for girls

(I’ve been watching the other half mowing down splicers in Bioshock all week, so I reckon I’m entitled to go a bit girly for a moment.) I came across this fantastic site Polyvore yesterday, via this story on Valleywag. Polyvore…

I am not a technophobic loon

It’s not every day that a national newspaper suggests that I need counselling, or that I get called a ‘complete technophobic loon‘ by Valleywag. But apparently the fact that I deactivated my Facebook account for a few days in June…

Citizen journalism: 'interesting' is not the same as 'important'

The Financial Times noted* yesterday that news stories that are popular with Web users have little commonality with the stories deemed important by professional news organisations. The FT was reporting the results of a week-long study conducted by the Project…

Facebook to knock down garden wall

Long criticised for being a ‘walled garden’ that doesn’t share its data with the wider internet, Facebook is now preparing to make its members’ profile information searchable by Google. While some will see this as a victory for transparency and…

The curious incident of the female bloggers in the night-time

CNet reports that last week’s BlogHer conference for female bloggers was a media wash-out, with only three pieces of coverage in the local Chicago press, and none in the national press. (via Deep Edition) “While a 2006 Pew report found…

Can social media save local media?

Via Cultural Snow I recently came across an inspiring story from the BBC in India. The BBC reports that Gaurishankar Rajak, a barely-educated washerman, has dedicated the last 21 years to publishing a handwritten local newspaper, Din Dalit, exposing corruption…

Keeping up with the Joneses

You don’t need to have read Jeremy Paxman’s soul-searching MacTaggart lecture from the recent MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival to know that the British television industry is in a bit of a flap. Shrinking audiences, more channels competing for the…

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