Archive for January, 2008

Agence France Presse bans Wikipedia and Facebook as sources

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

“Agence France Presse banned its reporters from using Facebook and Wikipedia as sources last week, as news organizations still struggle to safely use online (re)sources,” according to “Some newspapers picked up pictures on Facebook about Mr Bhutto, which turned out to be fake.” Clarifying this point, Lesourd said that journalists couldn’t use these sites […]

Boston Ice Cream News

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

The Toscanini Ice Cream store in Central Square has reopen after making a partial payment for back taxes from donations. Here’s the rest of the story: This should make j happy! Also Brigham Ice Cream is offering 42,000 free cherry on top ice cream bars at all Brigham locations from Jan 25 through Feb […]

Boston Globe Price Increases, Online Readership Grows & Wall Street Journal to Still Charge

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I learned The Boston Globe’s newsstand price will increase just after reading in the print Globe online US newspaper readers increased 6%. Below that article is one indicating The Wall Street Journal will keep its subscription model.

PBS Frontline Growing Up Online Jan 22

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The following upcoming event was posted on Web4Lib: FRONTLINE presents GROWING UP ONLINE Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS Jessica Hunter was a shy and awkward girl who struggled to make friends at school. Then, at age 14, she reinvented herself online as *Autumn Edows,* an alternative goth artist and […]

Simmons GSLIS Offers Podcasts

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science is offering a large series of podcasts including Next Generation Catalog as well as News Librarianship: Link via Catalogblog:

Advanced WordPress help sheet

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The WPCandy website has some help sheets available including for advanced users: Link via What I Learned Today: Posted by Rich

OLPC XO Review and Teardown

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

nbsp; has a review and teardown of the OLPC XO laptop: “Conclusion As a cheap notebook for children to use who have no other prior computer experience this notebook is designed and built very well. It is extremely rugged, offers a simple repair solution, and has incredibly simple to use software. For power users this […]

Opus on eBooks

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

While digging through a stack of newspapers last night, I discovered the December 30 comic Opus by Berkeley Breathed gives a common and amusing take on ebooks.

Massachusetts Libraries Commercial

Monday, January 14th, 2008

During the 5 o’clock news this evening, I watched a commercial for the Massachusetts Libraries. It featured a nice series of rhymes highlighting library content and services, including lots of cool things (like iPods) many people don’t realize libraries have and a mention of being able to use some library tools from home. Nifty!

MTV Trains Own Journalists for Political Coverage

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

A project to grow their own journalists to add pizzazz to the channel’s political coverage, MTV hired and trained one young journalist for each of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC. “The idea behind MTV’s project, known as the Street Team, is having citizen journalists across the country bring a fresh perspective and grass-roots […]