Note to Huffpo: the world is not America. While we understand the need to utilise citizen journalism to the max in this fast pace online world of content cannibalism, the folks at Huffpo seem to have forgotten that America’s public holidays are not celebrated anywhere else:

The Fourth of July marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a document that established independence for the United States of America from Britain. Very important in America, not so important anywhere else.

Herald Sun multimedia fail. Yesterday the Herald Sun posted this story about MTR, the company set to take over Melbourne’s public transport system in December. The same company runs the metro in Hong Kong and London, so the tabloid decided to demonstrate the efficiency of these public transport systems using videos from YouTube. Unfortunately in video two (now mysteriously missing) displaying the train system in Hong Kong, they have clearly posted without reviewing the footage. Five seconds into the film comes up with a message “f-ck you virgin for not asking to use this video could have at least given me 5 pounds. lol”

The global media made me do it. Iranian demonstrators are being shown on a loop on state-run TV confessing to having protested at the behest of foreign media. All demonstrators make their confessions using the same words that have opened the nightly news bulletin for the past week: “Bismillah, al-rahman al-rahim. I admit that I demonstrated under the influence of the BBC, the radio Voice of America and other foreign media”. The confessions are aired at every hour of the day and night to show Iranians the extent to which those disputing the presidential election were persuaded by western agents to take part in an “orchestrated plot” against the Islamic Republic of Iran, confirming the words of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. — Reporters Without Borders

BBC directors spend big. 12 former and current members of the BBC’s executive board have spent £363,963.83 on a variety of expenses including champagne, fancy hotels and meals and a handbag. The worst of the offenders is director general, Mark Thompson who spent £77,823.35. Our ABC’s Mark Scott pales in comparison, no? — Guardian

UK sofa shop uses Twitter for evil. Hate or love it, Twitter’s increasing popularity means increasing importance for the media landscape. However, like the rest of the internet, not everyone in the Twitterverse is out there innocently trying to save democracy or talk about what they had for breakfast. The latest scandal has been British furniture company, Habitat, who have been using popular hashtags such as #iranelection to place their ads on the screens of Tweeters. The discovery of their exploitation has done nothing for the company’s global press. — Social Media Today

Best Picture Oscar to have 10 nominees. The number of nominees for the best film is set to double, prompting Hollywood media to say the industry is going to make twice as many deserving films. Really? Practical impacts includes greater investment in an industry affected by the GFC, more blockbusters in the top ten and a greater lag time between announcement of the nominations and the awards themselves. — TIME

Boston Globe union saga breakthrough. After three months of intense negotiations, The Boston Globe‘s management have made a $10 million dollar desicions with union representatives of former staff, meaning the paper isn’t set to close. Yet. — AAP

Make Benefit Glorious — Kazakhstan passes tighter media laws. The Kazakhstani parliament has passed a law subjecting all blogs, chat rooms and social networking sites to possible criminal prosecution, enabling the courts to block all websites considered in breach of Kazakh law. Media activists are decrying it as a way for the government to crackdown on dissenters. — Al Jazeera

You’ve sold out, man! The lawsuit against Minnesota woman, Jammie Thomas, for illegally downloading 24 songs has disappointed many, including British supergroup Radiohead and American music artist Moby. Moby wrote on his website, “Argh. What utter nonsense. This is how the record companies want to protect themselves? Suing suburban moms for listening to music? Charging $80,000 per song?” Is this the future of filesharing? — Crikey intern Cameron Magusic