9 April 2008

Stories from 9 April 2008

Video on Flickr: An apple of dischord

  9 April 2008

Seventeen hours after its creation, the Flickr group "NO VIDEO ON FLICKR!!!" already has more than 5475 members and 670 items. What is even more amazing is that another group, "We Say NO to Videos on Flickr", created 2 hours later, has more than double the number of members of the previously mentioned group, and both are composed of flickr users who oppose the idea of having video on the platform traditionally used for uploading pictures. On the other hand, the groups created for uploaded videos hardly have more than 30 members yet. What is the reason for this insatisfaction with Yahoo and Flickr's decision to make video uploading and viewing possible on their site?

Macedonia, Greece: Against “Radicalism”

Say: Macedonia speaks up against “radicalism” that seems to be more and more prevalent in the Greek-Macedonian relations: “I wish to condemn any violent form of ‘resolving’ the issue and to ask everybody to cool down, because the problem will stay, and in the meantime the gap between the two...

Bolivia: Poor Service by Hipermaxi

  9 April 2008

Andrés Pucci [es] and Renzo Colanzi [es] have started an online campaign against poor service by the supermarket Hipermaxi in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Colanzi writes that the supermarket has begun the habit of giving out candy instead of coins, of which they claim they are out. He makes the calculation...

Egypt: Uneventful Local Elections

“The local council elections were today, but their results were a foregone conclusion even before the country’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, withdrew its candidates and called for a boycott,” writesElijah Zarwan, from Egypt, who goes on to discuss the Mahalla protests and general strike.

Iran:If Ahmadinejad resigns

Jomhour writes[Fa] that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that some ministers should leave government because country needs progress and innovation.The blogger adds may be it is time that Ahmadinejad resigns too.

East Timor: What commentators don't say about Tibet

  9 April 2008

On publishing a Guardian video about the situation in Tibet, Daniel Arruda [pt] comments: “The sentences are clear: “China does not want the reality of Tibet to be known” or “the Chinese propaganda machine started working.” A video that shows what many of our commentators have tried to deny.”

Brazil: Blogosphere debates infanticide

  9 April 2008

“We are discussing the superiority of Western Christian civilization over the indigenous peoples because of infanticide. Well, we may disagree, and want to do something about it, but the indigenous tribes do what they do for one reason clear: in their way of life, it is very difficult to keep...

Uganda: FrontlineSMS for farmers

  9 April 2008

Farmers using SMS to get coffee prices in Uganda: “Tonight, a hundred and fifty farmers and their families who I have never met will be going to bed better off. Not only is this significant for the farmers, it's also significant for me. Because without FrontlineSMS, which is being used...

Africa: How many Africans are on Twitter?

  9 April 2008

Kikuyumoja wants to know the number of Africans on Twitter: “How many African twitterdudes & -dudettes are there on Twitter? Am asking because of my friends on facebook who feel like being spammed with “JKE is twittering:…” messages on their feed pages. I’ve received at least two “what is this...

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