Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Etta James

Here’s what I tweeted to @romenesko followers today:
* LAT ran Etta James’ open-casket photo after deciding it “had a quiet dignity about it”
* AP to reinstate internship programs this summer after a year’s hiatus
* Selena Roberts leaves Sports Illustrated to develop mobile device sports app
* NYT’s Sulzberger tells analysts that the search for a new CEO “is in its early stages” | Read the transcript
* Yahoo News hires former New York Times columnist Virginia Heffernan as National Correspondent
* Huffington Post Streaming Network won’t be CNN, YouTube or “The View,” but will have elements of all 3
* New venture from ex-Tribune innovation officer Lee Abrams is called “Think TeleVisual Network”
* Mediagazer’s Sauthoff: We have an awesome algorithm, but I try to beat it to the punch as often as I can

David Pogue

After thinking it’s too bad there’s no List of Things That Were Once Amazing, but Are Really Kind of Old News at This Point, tech journalist David Pogue came up with his own:

1. Kids Adapt to New Technologies Faster.
2. Consumer Technology Turns Over Quickly
3. Operating Systems Turn Over, Too.
4. Printer Ink Is Expensive.
5. The License Agreements Are Overreaching.

* David Pogue: Things that were once amazing obit is a Wikipedia copy-and-paste job.

* h/t Aaron Manfull. He tells me: “I had one of my students send me the link last night and I was just shocked it was still up this morning.”

UPDATE: I see that Charles Apple has more on this.

“I stopped working at Google in 2006 but I only stopped loving it this month,” writes the blogger-in-chief at Nelson’s weblog. “I took the company’s side in the Kenya mobile fiasco up until the company admitted that, indeed, employees were lying to steal customers from Mocality. Then the big stories about Google Search+ and Google’s new privacy policy. I think one is actively bad and the other is mostly harmless, but both changes are so complex and unpleasantly self-motivated it makes me sad.”
* No longer loving Google


* Trump for Gingrich? Trump for Romney? Trump for who cares!

The Sacramento Bee has suspended one of its photographers pending an investigation and is apologizing to readers for publishing an altered photo taken at a bird festival:

While the original photo did show that same snowy egret grabbing for the frog from the great egret, the photographer merged in a different image of the great egret, in which the frog was more visible. As a result, the published photo included duplicated images of the plants.

The Bee’s ethics policy strictly forbids such manipulation of documentary photography.

News10 reports the photo was taken by longtime staffer Bryan Patrick.

* Setting it Straight: Photo manipulated

Editors of Suffolk University’s Suffolk Journal tell readers:

In today’s issue of The Journal, we published an inappropriate sub-headline in the article “SLI Involvement Fair a success.” We want to apologize profusely for the mistake and make it clear that we in no way harbor ill feelings towards the Student Leadership and Involvement Office, nor any of the students and staff that work there. The sub-head was put in as a joke, by editors, that unfortunately slipped through our editing process later in the night. We want to make it clear that the reporter who wrote the article had no idea or anything to do with the subhead.

Nobody answered the newsroom phone when I called this morning. I’ve left a message, hoping to get campus reaction to “the mistake” and the apology. (ABOUT PAGE: “The Journal consists of 10 editors, 2 advisers, and a staff of 25 writers, photographers, videographers, and copy editors.”)

* Suffolk Journal’s ‘Dumb Fuckers’ typo prompts apology

NEW YORK—Shocked and saddened witnesses at the Huffington Post’s news-aggregation facility have confirmed that employee Henry Evers, 25, died Wednesday after being sucked into the website’s powerful news-repurposing turbine, where his body was immediately torn to pieces.
From the latest Onion

* Mediagazer’s Patricia Sauthoff explains how she aggregates the news

A front page story in today’s New York Times mentions that graffiti artist David Choe took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of Facebook’s first headquarters and that his shares are expected to be worth about $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly.

Who is David Choe? Here is is his Wikipedia page and here is his Twitter feed. On Facebook, his friends are congratulating him and asking: “Are you really a gazillionaire now?”

On his website, Choe shows off the mural painting he did for the first Facebook office, and writes that he “found out they cut the walls out of all my paintings and sent them to all the facebook offices around the world.”

I posted a link Wednesday to the story about a former Harper’s Bazaar intern suing because she didn’t get paid. Here’s how some of my Facebook friends reacted to it: