To celebrate the #Jan25 revolution, Egyptian names firstborn “Facebook”

“According to Al-Ahram (one of the most popular newspapers in Egypt) a twenty-something Egyptian man has named his first born daughter “Facebook” in tribute to the role the social media service played in organizing the protests in Tahrir Square and beyond.” — Tech Crunch

What effect has the internet had on journalism?

“The web’s effect on news reporting is considered the most clear evidence that this is a revolutionary technology: news editors – and in some cases, the governments that they observe – are no longer the gatekeepers to information because costs of distribution have almost completely disappeared. If knowledge is power, the web is the greatest tool in the history of the world.” — The Guardian

Welcome aboard the anti-Huffington Post bandwagon; took you long enough!

“Why, in 2011, are so many people suddenly agreeing with me? Beyond the fact that money ($315 million) changes everything, I think HuffPo has just pushed its luck one too many times not only with its anti-journalistic practices, but with its audience.” — Advertising Age

Coverage of green issues becomes more specialised

“Journalists are a little less wide-eyed, and a little more picky. The cutting-edge coverage today does not typically revolve around the greening of fill-in-the-blank company. Instead, topics like “Who’s not going green?” and “What are the difficulties of going green?” are being seen more frequently.” — The New York Times

Self-regulation ‘council’ for Indian media on the cards

“Union Minister Ambika Soni today said that a ‘Council’, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or ex-Chief Justice of a High Court, would be soon formed for self-regulation of the media.” — The Hindu

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