Branson steals Murdoch’s virginity

“This is not a battle! This is not a war!” Richard Branson declared, guns blazing, at the launch in New York today of his new digital venture — a monthly interactive magazine custom-designed for the iPad. Fighting words from the Virgin tycoon, intended to squash reports that his entry into the exploding iPad applications market brings him head-to-head with Rupert Murdoch who is soon to launch his own digital-only iPad publication, the Daily.” — The Guardian

A royal 3D wedding

“Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB wants to add an extra dimension to the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The satcaster is considering broadcasting the signal to British cinemas and 3D TV-enabled homes as a way of generating standout coverage of an event that could have the biggest global audience in television history.” — ABC

Facebook founder turns to charity

“Chris Hughes, one of the founders of Facebook and the chief digital organiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, knows a thing or two about building online communities. Now he is applying his expertise to a new venture called Jumo, which aims to connect people with nonprofits and charitable organisations.”  — NY Times

Bank on more WikiLeaks scoops

“In a rare, two-hour interview conducted in London on November 11, Assange said that he’s still sitting on a trove of secret documents, about half of which relate to the private sector. And WikiLeaks’ next target will be a major American bank.” — Forbes

Google joins the e-book revolution

“Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital books are sold.” — Wall Street Journal

Facebook sued for being too private?

“Last week Facebook was hit with yet another patent lawsuit, this time by Walker Digital, an “invention company” founded by Jay S. Walker, co-inventor of Priceline.com.  And boy does this one come straight out of left field.” — TechCrunch

New BFFs, George Dubya and Mark Zuckerberg?

“One of them sometimes gets called the most powerful man in the world; the other is George W Bush. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has broken bread with the retired President of the US, revealing that despite their 40-year age gap and divergent political backgrounds, the duo have more in common than you might expect.

In an hour-long chat from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters, broadcast on the website, Mr Bush, who is touring the country promoting his memoir Decision Points, compared his eight years in the White House with Zuckerberg’s shorter, stratospheric period at the helm of the world’s most successful social networking website.” — The Independent

Will Mitchell actually sue?

The Australian newspaper on Tuesday distanced itself from claims it would sue journalism academic Julie Posetti over messages it said were defamatory about its editor on Twitter.” — Sydney Morning Herald

Honouring bad s-x

“With one killer sentence using the image of a butterfly collector — “like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” — the novelist Rowan Somerville demolished all comers and secured this year’s coveted Literary Review Bad S-x award.” — The Guardian