A Crikey reader has sent us an example of some quality Ugandan headline writing:

Bloomin heck. Former Gardening Australia presenter Peter Cundall has been arrested! The celebrity gardener was taken into police custody at an anti-pulp mill protest outside Tasmania’s Parliament House, after he and 50 other activists refused to vacate the front steps. Curiously, many news organisations are reporting that Cundall stated he had “never been arrested before” … Oh, except that one time when he was arrested by Tito’s forces in Yugoslavia after World War II and held in solitary confinement for six months. Yeah, that. — Ruth Brown

Googled: from brainchild to behemoth. NPR speaks to Ken Auletta who has written a book on Google. Google has grown into a global conglomerate with a yearly turnover of $21 billion and tentacles that stretch across several media outlets. While its famed algorithms have revolutionised the way consumers use the internet, the company now faces anti-trust actions, copyright suits, and questions about consumer privacy.

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While Google’s AdSense has enabled consumers and advertisers to find one another more efficiently, it has also decimated the media landscape by taking away the need for traditional media. Google’s mysterious algorithms have been criticised for favouring established media outlets over smaller, but Auletta argues that part of the reason Google refuses to reveal its algorithm is because it does not want advertisers to be able to circumvent the system.

Auletta says that while Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”, Google’s decision to allow the Chinese government to block certain images was a form of censorship, and were a major compromise on Google’s part. — Crikey intern Michelle Loh

Rupert’s rich people. The Wall Street Journal has the wealthiest readership among print readers, according to a new survey from Mediamark Research & Intelligence, by way of BtoB Online.

This is why Rupert Murdoch is trying to build stronger paywalls around his sites. — Business Insider

Oprah’s out. It’s official: After 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show will end its run on September 9, 2011. Winfrey broke the news to staffers at her Chicago-based Harpo production company on Thursday. She’ll officially announce her exit on Friday. — Variety

Demi Moore loses a hip. W magazine is facing the wrath of entertainment bloggers after a chunk of Demi Moore’s hip was apparently photoshopped out of the cover of its December issue. In the image, the 47-year-old actress’s hip appears to have been cut several centimetres skinnier than it should be above the cut of her sarong. Some bloggers are calling it the “worst photoshop ever”, and even the Chaser’s Chas Liccardello has weighed in with a comment on his Twitter yesterday. “Either Demi Moore’s been photoshopped or she needs hip replacement surgery,” he wrote. — ninemsn

Books: the trailer. A company called Circle of Seven, which produces videos for an impressive array of trash, trademarked the term book trailer in 2002, but the phrase has caught on broadly, and there will be no turning back. A consideration of the form might begin, and even end, by dwelling on the word trailer itself, conventionally used to indicate a montage that, running in a movie theatre before a feature, gives away too much of the plot of a film not yet released. — Slate

Facebook 1, Bebo 0. The Facebook juggernaut has claimed the scalp of AOL Time Warner’s $US850 million ($921 million) acquisition of Bebo, with the social media site tipped to close its Australian operation before Christmas as part of a global retreat and rethink. — Sydney Morning Herald

Twitter to Murdoch: open up! Newspapers should become “radically open” if they want to make money in the online world, the co-founder of social networking site Twitter has said. Biz Stone said that he would “love to see what happens” if newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch went ahead with plans to block Google from his websites. “The future is in openness not (being) closed,” he told the BBC. Mr Murdoch recently said that search engines could not legally use material such as headlines in search results. Mr Stone said he should be allowed to “fail fast” with the proposal. — BBC

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