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Letters - July 16-31, 2014

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2014
Two minutes is not too much

Left sees red over Marx copyright

Issue Date: May 31, 2014
There is outrage, fury and indignation—but no revolution, of course—in the rarefied world of Marxist intellectuals. A whole lot of them are in a lather over the taking down of Marx and Engel’s collected works from a popular Marxist website because of copyright issues.

Celebrating Documentaries

Issue Date: May 15, 2014
JUST like its moniker, there is something no-nonsense about the home page of this site. It opens to a list of documentaries on top of the charts. And at once we are directed to a veritable treasure trove of contemporary environmental issues, captured on celluloid: fracking, salmon fishing, global warming. Not just the environment.

A dig at scientists

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2014

Rhyme and reason

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2014
“People in Ukraine took over power. Celebrated a few days, then the party went sour…,” raps Sharon Bwogi, aka Lady Slyke, on NewzBeat, a weekend show that airs on Uganda’s channel NTV in both English and Luganda, the local language.

Back to print

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2014
US magazine Newsweek returned to hard copy on March 7 for the first time since the magazine ended its print edition in 2012. The magazine resumed its print version with a cover story on revealing the identity of the creator of virtual currency bitcoins. Newsweek stopped its print edition in December 2012 after 80 years, amid falling advertising revenues as readers moved towards online publications.

Celebrities liable for commercials

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2014
DID your shampoo lead to hair loss instead of removing dandruff as promised by the mesmerising advertisement by Kareena Kapoor? Did you try unsuccessfully to overcome fear the way Hrithik Roshan does in the commercial for a soft drink? You may now sue all those involved in advertising a product, right from manufacturer and advertising agency to artists, celebrities and the media platform, for making false claims.

‘Our subscribers don’t miss newspapers’

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013
What exactly is Breaking News on Mobile? It is a mobile phone-based service in which any important current event is delivered as a short text message to its subscribers. These days, a mobile phone has almost become like an extended limb. It’s always with you—at home, in the office, even when you are on the move. These news alerts on mobiles keep people informed 24x7.

New age politicos

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013
Iranian ministers are taking to Facebook like fish to water. Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, was the first. In August Zarif announced he and his children were updating his Facebook page. He quickly gathered 160,000 “likes” and became known as the “minister of Facebook”.

Value of a tweet

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2013
Old media still has an edge over social media when it comes to breaking news. But new media has inched ahead in disaster reporting. Scientists at the Edinburgh and Glasgow universities in Scotland developed a software algorithm to track Twitter activity.
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