Finland makes broadband a basic human right. Under a new law that goes into effect in July 2010, every Finn will be guaranteed a one-megabit-per-second broadband connection. By 2015, it’ll be 100Mb/s, though that may be varied to allow the access to be provided by mobile networks. Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications says they’re the first country to create laws guarantee in broadband access — which is true. However in June this year, France’s Constitutional Court overturned a law proposed to disconnect internet users for online copyright violations. — Stilgherrian
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Meghan McCain: why are people so unkind? Following a week of twitter quitters (Miley Cyrus, Courtenay Love, Kanye West etc..) an interesting little twit fight is brewing after Meghan “daughter of John now Daily Beast columnist” McCain ‘innocently’ posted a twitpic of herself after tweeting about her “spontaneous night in”…
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McCain initially tweeted about her night in: @McCainBlogette my Andy Warhol biography and takeout….I’m getting old.
Then followed a series of very offended tweets:
@McCainBlogette so I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing but apparently anything other than a pantsuit I am a slut, this is
@McCainBlogette why I have been considering deleting my twitter account, what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment
@McCainBlogette I am going to take some more time to think about it but seriously I was just trying to be funny with the book and that I’m a dork staying in
@McCainBlogette when I am alone in my apartment, I wear tank tops and sweat pants, I had no idea this makes me a “slut”, I can’t even tell you how hurt I am
@McCainBlogette ok I am getting the f-ck off twitter, promise not to delete my account until I sleep on it, thank you for the nice words supporters
@McCainBlogette I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic, I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended.
And the twitpic in question?
Vice TV goes Oz. Programming created for Vice magazine’s online video portal VBS TV is now being seen by Australian television audiences after the company signed a deal with subscription TV channel Fuel TV. The agreement covers three VBS shows: Epicly Later’d, Hi Shredability and Shot By Kern. VBS launched two years ago. It contains a mixture of pop culture, documentary content and music. — Mumbrella
No bids for Globe. The New York Times Co has abandoned its plan to sell the Boston Globe, according to a Times Co. regulatory filing. The Globe, Boston.com and “related businesses” will remain within the company, stated the filing, posted this afternoon. — Boston Business Journal
WSJ biggest-selling paper The Wall Street Journal has surpassed USA Today as the top-selling daily newspaper in the United States. The Audit Bureau of Circulations won’t be releasing its latest figures until October 26 but the Journal said on Wednesday that it gained about 12,000 subscribers in the April-September period, compared with a year earlier. That puts its average Monday-Friday circulation at 2.02 million. The Journal claimed the top spot last week after USA Today released its circulation figures early but had not given out specifics until Wednesday. USA Today, which has long been No. 1, said last week that it had its worst circulation decline ever, dropping 17% to 1.88 million. — The SMH
Kidnappers attack! According to a report published this week in American Journalism Review, 93% of all newspaper sales can now be attributed to kidnappers seeking to prove the day’s date in filmed ransom demands. — The Onion
Photos of military deaths in Afghanistan banned. The US military in eastern Afghanistan recently changed its media embed rules to ban pictures of troops killed in the war. “Media will not be allowed to photograph or record video of US personnel killed in action,” says a ground rules document issued September 15 by Regional Command East at Bagram Air Field. This language is new. A version of the same document dated July 23 says, “Media will not be prohibited from covering casualties” as long as a series of conditions are met. Pictures of American military deaths are rare, but until now they have not been officially banned during either of the ongoing wars. — Editor & Publisher
Twitter’s still not making any money. Newspaper people are flummoxed by having more readers than ever and less money than ever. By some cruel twist of fate they now have an increase in demand and less means to shell out the supply. Go for a tour of Hearst Castle and wonder why they never saw that one coming. Because the concept doesn’t make any sense. It’s like a broke superstar. How can you be broke if we’re sick of hearing about you? Anyway, Twitter has still yet to make money. — Fishbowl LA