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Google may start ranking sites on truthfulness, not popularity

From New Scientist (“Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links“):

The Internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness. (more…)

Mon, March 2 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Saudi blogger could face retrial, possible beheading

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger whose writings have earned him a 10-year sentence and 1,000 lashes, could be facing a fresh hell — a retrial that would include the capital crime of apostasy, or renouncing his religion.

The new worries come from his family. (more…)

Sun, March 1 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

An excellent backgrounder on fighting Boko Haram

Geoffrey York, the Globe and Mail‘s veteran Africa correspondent, has written an excellent long feature on the difficulties of bringing Boko Harum to heel in northern Nigeria (“How not to fight Islamist extremism“). (more…)

Sat, February 28 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Bangladesh Islamists use machetes to kill atheist blogger


Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation. (more…)

Fri, February 27 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Leading Russian opposition figure Nemtsov assassinated

From the Globe and Mail (“Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow“):

One of Vladimir Putin’s harshest critics was silenced on Friday when veteran opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in the centre of Moscow. (more…)

Fri, February 27 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Islamic State killer ‘Jihadi John’ has a real name

From BBC (“‘Jihadi John’ named as Mohammed Emwazi from London“):

The masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named. (more…)

Thu, February 26 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Charlie Hebdo sees stunning rise in subscribers after attack

From Mashable (“‘Charlie Hebdo’ now has 25 times as many subscribers as before deadly attack“):

Prior to the attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, when two gunmen stormed the magazine’s office and killed 12, the satirical publication had a print run of between 24,000 and 50,000 copies a week, with 8,000 subscribers.

On Wednesday, some 2.5 million copies of the latest issue hit stands, and Charlie Hebdo has more than 200,000 subscribers. (more…)

Wed, February 25 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Citizenfour’ wins Oscar for best documentary film

Citizenfour, the absorbing and frightening story of NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks about the surveillance state to filmmaker Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, earned the Oscar for best documentary film of 2014. (more…)

Mon, February 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Toronto Star ‘unpublishes’ controversial vaccine story

The Toronto Star has taken the rare but probably necessary step of “unpublishing” its controversial and disputed story on Gardasil, the vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV), from its website.

Publisher John Cruickshank announced the move late Friday on Twitter and in the Saturday Star. He concluded (in “A note from the publisher“): (more…)

Sat, February 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Two Moncton Times & Transcript editors depart over ethical issues

From CBC News (“2 Moncton Times & Transcript editors out after ethics probe“):

Two senior editors at the Moncton Times & Transcript are no longer with the newspaperafter an internal ethics probe by Brunswick News Inc.into one editor’s acceptance of a trip to Larry’s Gulch, according to the company’s ombudsman. (more…)

Mon, February 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off