Retelling the news: Seven does a Nine. Last Thursday we reported that Nine News’ story about asylum seekers living in a suburban Brisbane hotel was, well, not actually news. Keen not to get left behind in the old news stakes, Seven News in Brisbane ran a piece this Tuesday that was about four years out of date.

According to Seven, a “new supervised housing estate” in western Brisbane will soon play home to 30 sex offenders who have done prison time but “can’t be trusted”. The new housing apparently comes “in response to community protests” that had already driven convicted sex offender Dennis Ferguson out of six Queensland communities.

Unfortunately for Seven, the housing mentioned in its story has not only been built already, it has been housing convicted sex offenders for four years. Ross McSwain, a senior official with Queensland Corrective Services told Crikey: “The housing at the reserve has been used to accommodate offenders who are under Dangerous Prisoner and Sex Offender supervision orders since September 2006.” — Crikey intern Matt de Neef

Murdoch seeks digital media allies

“Within the next two weeks or so, we’re supposed to hear about Rupert Murdoch’s digital news subscription service — the one he has been trying to put together for many months.” — All Things Digital

Pakistan bans Facebook over Prophet pictures

“Pakistan’s government ordered internet service providers to block Facebook on Wednesday amid anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.” — Associated Press

Advertisers flock to Twitter

“Twitter, the rapidly expanding microblogging service, plans to have hundreds of advertisers using its new ad system in the fourth quarter as the company ramps up plans to become a self-sustaining, profitable business.” — Reuters

New media experts seek old media jobs

“Why are there so many young people desperate to get into mainstream media? Every year since I’ve been teaching journalism at City University London, the postgrad courses have been oversubscribed.” — The Guardian

The Huffington Post turns five

“The Huffington Post is now five years old. In those five years, the site has gone from a tiny blog featuring posts from famous friends of founders Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer to one of the largest independent news sites in the world.” — Business Insider

Old papers go digital

“The British Library is to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages and then make them available online. They will include papers — local, regional and national — dating back to the early 1700s.” — The Guardian

Cash for comment in video games reviews

“Former Zoo Weekly deputy entertainment editor Toby McCasker last month posted on Facebook part of an email that seemed to show a game maker demanding a positive spin on its latest title.” — News.com.au

New e-store for Aussie books

“Australians will be able to read e-books written by Australian authors with the launch today of an eBooks store from Redgroup, which operates the Borders Australia and Angus & Robertson book chains.” — The Australian

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