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Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story
October 3, 2011 – 8:47 pm | 70 Comments
Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story

I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site. In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published its pre-written story the moment the ...

Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers
September 23, 2011 – 10:17 am | 2 Comments
Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers

Trick people's friends into thinking they have an STDs, are leaving their partner or looking for a new job.

The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is
September 4, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected my complaint about the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) advertising itself as independent.
I don't consider the PCC to be independent because it is "charged with enforcing the Code of ...

The Sun buries its Chris Jefferies apology – another nail in the coffin of self regulation
July 31, 2011 – 10:42 pm | 3 Comments
The Sun buries its Chris Jefferies apology – another nail in the coffin of self regulation

The Sun's website search doesn't show its libel apology to Chris Jefferies when you search for his name.

Ryan Giggs affair injunction: the front pages
May 23, 2011 – 10:21 pm | 5 Comments
Ryan Giggs affair injunction: the front pages

How the newspapers are running the Ryan Giggs injunction story

The injunction DID protect the footballer Google search volumes show
May 22, 2011 – 11:20 pm | No Comment
The injunction DID protect the footballer Google search volumes show

Until this weekend, Google shows the injunction has been fairly effective. But on Saturday, there were 425,000 searches for his name ...

394,000 web pages name Imogen Thomas’s anonymous injunction footballer
May 16, 2011 – 9:04 pm | No Comment
394,000 web pages name Imogen Thomas’s anonymous injunction footballer

How much privacy has the injunction footballer got left after all the rumours on Twitter and hints on newspaper sites?

Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all
May 11, 2011 – 7:01 am | 4 Comments
Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all

Six newspaper stories from the last week that told you who the names of those with superinjunctions were.

Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush
May 10, 2011 – 7:38 am | 3 Comments
Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush

No one is going to prison over the Twitter superinjunction leaks

Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]
May 9, 2011 – 9:59 am | No Comment
Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]

The biggest problem is, oddly, not that you can find out on Twitter or via Google. It's that the lawyers involved didn't seem to think it's necessary to tell Google or Twitter that an injunctions exists.

Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical
May 6, 2011 – 7:00 am | 6 Comments
Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical

The Express newspaper has cocked up its implementation of the rel=canonical command SO BADLY that it has created an infinite number of duplicate webpages ... many of which now have links from elsewhere on the internet.

Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs
April 19, 2011 – 11:06 am | 7 Comments
Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs

You can change Indy URLs to anything if you leave the unique ID number in. Google's started to index the fake ones people are circulating on Twitter ...

Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep
April 19, 2011 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep

John Naughton wrote an Observer article at the weekend complaining that news websites such as Gawker "allow ratings to dictate content". What's wrong with that, I say?

A simple graph shows why the Guardian’s future does look bleak
April 7, 2011 – 10:33 am | 15 Comments
A simple graph shows why the Guardian’s future does look bleak

Dear the Guardian: Please let me give you more money. This graph shows how my switch to your digital services is costing you a fortune.

Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word
March 24, 2011 – 10:04 am | One Comment
Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word

I confess to not having read it. But because they've decided to offer the primary desktop version of it as page-turning online magazine, here are 6 things I already hate about it.

News of the World cloaking stories and breaking Google paywall rules
March 15, 2011 – 6:00 am | One Comment
News of the World cloaking stories and breaking Google paywall rules

The News of the World is cloaking its stories - showing Google one thing to get into Google News and then showing searchers a registration page.

Fred Goodwin’s “affair” super-injunction shredded by internet
March 12, 2011 – 1:25 pm | One Comment
Fred Goodwin’s “affair” super-injunction shredded by internet

Claims about Fred Goodwin's injunction are out in the open - in Google, on social media sites, on newspaper sites, on Wikipedia and on popular blogs.

Are newspapers buying links now?
March 10, 2011 – 11:53 am | 2 Comments
Are newspapers buying links now?

An interesting email thread has been passed my way... Suggesting that at least one newspaper may be willing to buy links

How to bookmark a moving target: the latest minute-by-minute Guardian report
January 26, 2011 – 7:30 am | No Comment
How to bookmark a moving target: the latest minute-by-minute Guardian report

How I implemented a URL that always redirects to the latest Guardian minute by minute football report - and how you can do something similar.

6 tiny New Year’s resolutions for newspapers
January 5, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
6 tiny New Year’s resolutions for newspapers

Here's a few small changes that I would like to see newspapers make in 2011. If you could just get a developer or someone to sort these out, that would be awesome, thanks.