Today show confuses Whitney with Saddam Hussein. I sometimes watch Nine’s Today show in the morning with the sound turned down and the teletext subtitles on (while my other-half sleeps). Yesterday morning, every time Whitney Houston appeared on the screen, the subtitles were talking about a comeback by Saddam Hussein. I’m not sure which comeback would be more impressive …  — Crikey reader

How Rupert ruined the WSJ. On the second anniversary of Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the Wall Street Journal, current and former writers say his conservative politics have tainted the paper’s editorial objectivity and quality. — New York Times

R18+ for computer games. The Rudd government has raised the possibility of introducing an R 18+ rating for adult computer games after rebuffing moves by the games industry for this type of classification in the past. — Smarthouse

How to write a good generic caption. ABC Online shows how important the editing process can be.

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Where were you when Kurt Cobain died … in 2004. A quick web search would have saved The Age from making this error. Kurt Cobain died in 1994, not 2004. Whoops.

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The Tiger brand in as much trouble as the man himself. In less than two weeks, the composition of Google search results for Tiger Woods has gone from 95% favourable to 50% hostile. The digital trail that has been built around the Tiger mess will act like a perpetual “Reminder-gram” as the web does not easily forget.  — Advertising Age

Rivalry between WSJ and NYT turns nasty. WSJ editor-in-chief Robert Thompson has taken a swing at David Carr and Bill Keller for a piece published in the NYT today about the Journal’s Washington bureau, saying that “principle is but a bystander at The New York Times”. — The New York Observer

Facebook more popular than email. According to a survey from Prompt Communications, Facebook has now surpassed email as the second most popular form of communication, second only to phone calls. — Boston Business Journal

Former call girl to write advice column for The New York Post. Ashley Dupre, the former Manhattan call girl who brought down New York governor Eliot Spitzer, will write a Sunday advice column for the Post about sex, love and relationships. — USA Today

The real reason Google is getting into the mobile business. Google’s new mobile business isn’t only about selling gadgets or pushing mobile ads. It’s about Google wanting to control the way you buy mobile phones. — The Business Insider

Ad complaints on the rise. The number of complaints made to the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) increased this year, as did the number of ads that were complained about. An ad for Gasp denim featuring topless women in jeans was the most complained about ad this year. — mUmBRELLA

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