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Syria joins list of countries where journalists' murders go unpunished

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 14:57

The targeted murders of journalists in Syria means that the war-torn country has entered the annual "impunity index" produced by the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ).

Syria joins Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines, and others on the list of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free.

There was some (slight) good news. Four countries on the index the Philippines, Pakistan, Russia, and Brazil achieved at least one conviction in a case involving a journalist's murder.

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Is Captain America’s Shield a Capacitor?

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 14:52
I’m not the only one that has fun combining physics and comic books (or comic book movies). Check out this awesome post contemplating the physics of Captain America’s Shield by Matt Shipman (@ShipLives). You should read the article, but let me highlight a few points to consider. Collisions and Momentum. Things hit the shield. Really, […]

Where are the murders of journalists most likely to go unpunished?

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 14:43

The Impunity Index 2014 published by the Committee to Protect Journalists has named Iraq as the 'worst offender' and included Syria for the first time. See the full list of countries where journalists' murders are most likely to go unpunished

Syria has joined a list - compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists - of countries where journalists murders are most likely to go unpunished.

The 2014 Impunity Index, published today by the committee, shows that Syria - which topped the world's most dangerous country for journalists index - has been ranked the fifth worst country for where journalists murders are most likely to go unpunished. The CPJ say that Syria's appearance on the list "highlights the rising number of targeted killings".

In a positive development, convictions took place last year in four countries on the Indexyet in only one case were those who ordered the crime apprehended or tried, reflecting a global pattern.

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Sunday Times journalists win right to appeal over Cruddas story

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 14:42

Two Sunday Times journalists have won permission to appeal against a high court judge's finding that they defamed Conservative party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas.

Lord Justice Maurice Kay and Lord Justice Laws, sitting in the appeal court, gave the pair - Insight reporters John Calvert and Heidi Blake - permission to appeal against the previous finding by Mr Justice Tugendhat.

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Paul Weller's children awarded £10,000 for 'intrusive' Mail Online pictures

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 14:32

Singer Paul Weller has been awarded £10,000 in damages because Mail Online published unpixellated pictures of three of his children.

Weller sued the website's owner, Associated Newspapers, for misuse of private information on behalf of his daughter Dylan, who was 16 at the time the pictures were used, in October 2012, and his twin sons, John Paul and Bowie, who were then 10 months old.

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BBC's The Big Allotment Challenge rakes in 2.5 million viewers | TV ratings - 15 April

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 14:05
BBC2 show gets off to blossoming start, attracting more viewers than ITV's Midsomer Murders but fewer than BBC1's Holby City

New BBC2 show The Big Allotment Challenge came up smelling of roses on Tuesday night, pulling in 2.5 million viewers.

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Paul Weller wins privacy damages over children's photos on Mail Online

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 13:17
Associated Newspapers pays £10,000 over seven pictures on teenage daughter and twins on Mail Online in 2012

Singer Paul Weller has won £10,000 privacy damages for three of his children whose faces were "plastered" over a newspaper website.

Weller, 55, sued Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information on behalf of daughter Dylan, who was 16 when the seven unpixellated pictures appeared on Mail Online in October 2012, and twin sons John Paul and Bowie, who were 10 months old.

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Pickles pursues the wrong policy as people reject local newspapers

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 13:01

The estimated population of the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is somewhere north of 180,000. From 25 April, those residents will not have the opportunity to read a printed local weekly newspaper because Trinity Mirror is closing the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle..

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Beyond Fargo: 10 Movies That Would Make Great TV Shows

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
Now that FX has turned a Coen Brothers cult hit into a TV series with Fargo, here are a few other flicks that deserve their time on the small screen.

This Open Source Graffiti Drone Will Give Cops Nightmares

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
Katsu pilots the craft remotely, but every movement is translated through the machine's need to keep itself aloft.

Cool Idea: Using Tiny 3-D Printed Parts to Hack Other Products

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
Though Muji served as a muse for this initial series, its ambition is much broader.

BlackBerry Just Had Its First Good Idea in Years

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
BlackBerry has had its fair share of missteps over the years, but investing in the health tech startup NantHealth isn't one of them.

Skip the Back Button: A Secret Swipe for Navigating Safari in iOS 7

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
In the Safari version of iOS 7, when you want to go back a page, just swipe from the left edge of the screen instead of hitting that back button.

All Your Favorite Spaceships, Compared by Size

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
There are a lot of online resources for information about space history, but none can rival the combination of thorough and adorable you’ll find at Historic Spacecraft. The site is full of information about recent and past launches, old space programs, and much more, but it owes its unique charm to the drawings of spacecraft that […]

YouTube’s Big Plan to Turn Its Stars Into Real Celebrities

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
YouTube wants to be treated with the respect of a full-fledged television network. So it's advertising on real television. Here's why that's good news for everyone.

Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:48
Google's Project Ara could reinvent the way we buy and upgrade our smartphones.

Andy Coulson tells phone-hacking trial he heard David Blunkett voicemails

guardian media - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:37
Ex-NoW editor tells jury Neville Thurlbeck played him recordings of former home secretary declaring love for a married woman

Andy Coulson has revealed he heard voicemails of the former home secretary David Blunkett declaring his love for a married woman.

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Worth the Weight

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:32
It used to be simple to weigh myself. I'd climb on my bathroom scale and my current weight would appear in an inch-wide window. But times have changed.

Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like

wired - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:32
If U.S. citizens knew how it felt to be in the sights of killer aerial robots, would it shape their attitudes toward drones? This is the question Tomas Van Houtryve is asking with his series, Blue Sky Days.

Oregon State Media Advisor Quits Over Public Records Dispute

mediashift - Mer, 16/04/2014 - 12:05
There’s good, bad and ugly in the tale of former Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson. “Former,” because in January 2014 she resigned from her position at OSU after a three-month battle over an open records request she made under Oregon’s Open Records Law. Willson requested campus crime statistics and employee compensation information [...]

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