A few bits and pieces that have fallen into the web:

  • Networks closing on Facebook will restrict journalists’ access. Facebook is moving users from network pages to groups. When you read what the British journos have to say about this, it doesn’t seem that big a blow to reporting. The fact they’re talking about it all tells how much times have changed.
  • The Chinese earthquake and Twitter – crowdsourcing without managers. Like a lot of others, I learned about the horrible earthquake in China first from Twitter and that’s where I’ve been following the updates throughout the day. Paul Bradshaw takes a look at how the microblogging service “covered” the news, and there’s a lot in his post both about how the story developed and some of the other tools that those following it were using. See also Mathew Ingram’s Twitter: The first draft of history? and Twitter’s quicker debate over, at the Frontline Club.
  • Tripods in three…two…one… A guide to the suddenly essential tripod from veteran shooter Cyndy Green. Everything you need to know.
  • The Demise of Newspapers: Economics, Copyright, Free Speech. I find it tough to buy the argument that there should be “some sort of statutory license or levy on commercial Internet service providers and news aggregators” that would flow back to newspaper to fund journalism. (For one thing, if you can’t fund journalism with profit margins in the mid-teens, your heart just isn’t in it.) The comments on Neil Netanel’s post are worth reading, though. Via JD Lasica.
  • The Challenge Of Non-Local Newspaper Advertising. Scott Karp on advertising online and in print. A nice primer on the advertising hurdles that newspapers are struggling to get over.
  • YouTube Video Upload Tool for Mac’s iSight – Vidnik. The video universe continues to expand with new tools and new possibilities. This is one of them.
  • OpenOffice 3.0. Another tool, this time a beta version of the open source answer to Microsfoft’s Word package. For the first time, it runs natively on Mac, the way NeoOffice does. I’m going to check it out.
  • Creative Contrast in Photoshop CS3. And one more tool, this one a very good tutorial for getting contrast under control in your photos.
  • Apple Mac Music Video. Just for fun: I’m not a big fan of the song (although it will get stuck in your head), but this music video, created from what’s happening on a Mac screen, is hugely entertaining and creative.

Currently playing in iTunes: Adio Kerida by Yasmin Levy