Media magnate Rupert Murdoch applauds the iPad, defends paywalls, slams Google (again)

Rupert Murdoch, the News Corporation chairman and massively rich media-maestro, has once again attacked Google in defence of his plans for paywalls on his news sites. "We are going to stop people like Google or Microsoft or whoever from taking…

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Gerald LynchMedia magnate Rupert Murdoch applauds the iPad, defends paywalls, slams Google (again)

First Guardian iPad app is … a gallery?

With Apple's iPad being touted as the revolutionary device to save the flailing newspaper publishing industry, you have to wonder what the thinking behind the Guardian's first iPad app is. Rather than offering interactive access to the Guardian's sterling editorial…

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Gerald LynchFirst Guardian iPad app is … a gallery?

Court rules against family driven out of town due to MySpace rant

Cynthia Moreno will be careful about what she puts on the internet in future. Her family has just lost a lawsuit against their local newspaper after they were driven out of their hometown following a minor rant on MySpace by the daughter.

Cynthia, originally from Coalinga, California, had just visited her family and returned to the University of California at Berkeley. She composed a short blog entry on her MySpace page, titled “Ode to Coalinga”, which began “the older I get, the more I realize how much I despise Coalinga”. It detailed her frustrations with her hometown and made a bunch of negative comments.

She probably amused a few of her top eight with it, some of whom were likely from Coalinga themselves. One person who wasn’t amused, though, was the principal of Coalinga High School, who spotted it and sent it to Pamela Pond – the editor of the local newspaper, the Coalinga Record.

Pond considered this a submission, for some reason, and printed it on the letters page of the paper. The community was incensed. Cynthia’s parents, David and Maria, and her younger sister Araceli, claim that they received death threats and gun shots were fired at their home. Her father’s business, which had been going strong for 20 years, was forced to close because it lost so much money. The family had to move out of town.

The Morenos filed a lawsuit against the principal of the school, the newspaper and its publishers, as well as the local school district. They alleged invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress. On 2nd April, however, the judge ruled against them, stating that:

“Cynthia’s affirmative act made her article available to any person with a computer and, thus, opened it to the public eye. Under these circumstances, no reasonable person would have had an expectation of privacy regarding the published material.”

The judge did rule, however, that their complaint of emotional distress should go before a jury. The family contend that the principal didn’t have permission to submit the blog post to the paper, so it’ll be interesting to see whether a jury agrees.

In the meantime, what do you think? It seems clear that a silly blog post shouldn’t have to force a family to move out of a town. Who’s in the wrong – the girl? the principal? the newspaper editor? Maybe just the population of the town for overreacting? Let us know your opinion on Twitter – message us at @techdigest.

(via Law.com)

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Duncan GeereCourt rules against family driven out of town due to MySpace rant

Google to start archiving 30 glorious years of Page 3 stunnas, with its Newspaper Search

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Google will soon start the mammoth task of scanning in decades worth of old newspapers, allowing us to finally search information and news from before the internet period. Everything that happened in the 1980s will start to exist again.

In a similar fashion to Google’s impressive but under-the-radar Book Search, the newspaper service will let us browse through old papers, bringing entire pages up as zoomable, Google Maps-style images. The Times already does…

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Gary CutlackGoogle to start archiving 30 glorious years of Page 3 stunnas, with its Newspaper Search

Measuring 13.4", would YOU carry this Epson electronic newspaper with you?

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Epson doesn’t just make printers, you know. They just showed off this 13.4″ electronic paper, which as you can see is designed to replace print newspapers. You can hear e-book reader manufacturers sniggering into their small newspaper-replacements, can’t you?

With a pixel count of 3104 x 4128, and 385ppi definition, it was created using electrophoretic electronic ink and polycrystal Si-TFT, if those words mean anything to you. Does lugging one of these…

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Katherine HannafordMeasuring 13.4", would YOU carry this Epson electronic newspaper with you?

Sega collaborates with Japanese newspaper on new Nintendo DS title

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I’m suffering from a huge amount of Japanese-envy at the moment, with my best friend arriving home from Tokyo after four months away, an extra suitcase stuffed to the brim with Hello Kitty, Studio Ghibli and other assorted goodies. Someone get me over there, fast!

My latest reason for envying everything Japan has to offer comes courtesy of WiiWii, who have reported that a new DS title will be available over there, full of major Japanese events from the last 135 years….

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Katherine HannafordSega collaborates with Japanese newspaper on new Nintendo DS title