The Digest: Facebook restricts violent videos… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Christmas Tech Trumpet: Rudolph around the world


It’s the second Christmassy Tech Trumpet, where I attempt to make vaguely musical (and festive) sounds using a variety of gadgets and computers.

Last week you got a slightly different version of O Come All Ye Faithful. This week, I’m paying tribute to Rudolph, the infamous red-nosed reindeer.

In a hat tip to Santa, who has to travel the entire globe in just one night, this version uses lyrics gleaned from multiple automatic translations from Google Translate.

The original English lyrics were translated into Bulgarian, then Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Filipino, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, and then back into English…

Welsh out-of-office autoreply ends up on road sign


Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd. Anfonwch unrhyw waith i’w gygieithu. That’s welsh for “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated”. Certainly not “No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only.”

That’s what Swansea council wanted, but they got an out-of-office autoreply instead, and put it on the sign anyway. That’s what you get for putting the work experience kid on translation duties.

(via BBC)

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Facebook offers German version


Facebook has announced that it has launched a version of the site fully translated into German. Thanks to around two thousand German-speaking users on Facebook who chose to be part of the translation effort, the whole site was transformed in under two weeks.

Matt Cohler, VP of Product Management, said that there were currently over a million active users in German-speaking countries. “We look forward to making it even easier for them to connect and share information with family and friends,” he said.