Compare these two covers. On the left, Spanish science divulgation magazine Muy Interesante has an article titled "Myths and Truths About the Penis". On the right, your typical Cosmopolitan smut, from "50 Kinky Sex Moves" to "Your Other G-Spot."
In a slight change in policy, Twitter just announced that it enabled the ability "to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country—while keeping it available in the rest of the world." Basically, if a tweet is illegal in a certain country, it will be censored in that country. In the rest of the world, it'll still be completely visible.
The scientists who created an airborne and extremely contagious strain of bird flu say they are temporarily halting their research for 60 days. Oh good! Looks like we don't have to be cripplingly terrified until April.
Virgin Media's automated censoring tool has been giving everyone a good laugh over the weekend, thanks to over enthusiastically scanning programme listings and removing potentially rude words regardless of context.
So brilliant writer and Iraq War apologist Christopher Hitchens died last night. Almost immediately, #GodIsNotGreat started trending on Twitter. It's the title of one of Hitchens' books, of course, but it made a lot of people angry.
Universal Music's legal department sure has been busy! Late last week UMG had a song defending Megaupload removed from YouTube on a false copyright claim. Then on Monday, the company had a news report removed on the same grounds.
BT's efforts to stop users accessing the Newzbin usenet archive doesn't appear to be working, thanks to a combination of Newzbin's own bypassing app and the general technical awareness of those who enjoy the internet's last great untamed wilderness.
The front page of Wikipedia Italy is not its usual trivia-filled self today. It's a full-page editorial outpouring against possible new Italian legislation, which would require sites to publish apologies to offended parties within 48 hours of offence being caused.
Rihanna has spoiled it for everyone -- new guidance from TV regulator Ofcom has again called for broadcasters to watch the amount of grinding and bottom shots in music videos and performances shown before the 9.00pm "watershed" psychological barrier.
The informative and often inadvertently amusing iPhone BBFC app is now on Android, if you need specific knowledge of the strength of swearing a film contains. Shame it still doesn't give timecodes for when nudity occurs, though.