Stories from 18 July 2010
Hasin Hayder (Bangladeshi geek, blogger and entrepreneur) shares in his blog ‘The Storyteller’ the background stories of the launch of the web based service MiproApps, a visual designer for Facebook fanpage.
Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics shares an innovative idea yet to be explored by startups – a service for getting together at places with friends of friends.
Indian administered Kashmir valleys are boiling over tensions and rage against Indian security forces over killing of a number of young protesters. An SMS ban ensued to stop rumors and Kashmiri youths are increasingly relying on social media tools to share news and carry on with their protests amidst crack down on them.
LJ user bobasta discusses [RUS] ongoing speculations if it really was the governor of Saratov, Pavel Ipatov, who was caught by Italian police on a yacht in the Mediterranean last week on suspicion of smuggling.
Baobab is a blog by The Economist that focuses on African politics, economy and culture.
Here are the winners of Highway Africa New Media Awards 2010. Highway Africa is an annual conference that focuses on journalism and new media.
Nkwazi Mhango questions the recent ban on bras and beard shaving in Somalia by Somali terrorist groups: “With shock and dismay, I read news that men in Somali capital were given 30 days to mandatory grow beards and trim their mustaches.”
From Australia to Ghana is a new book by a blogger based in Ghana and Global Voices author, Gayle Pescud.
When Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva assumed office in 2008, he sent an SMS to millions of Thai mobile phone users asking for unity. Now he is facing a corruption charge for receiving a "gift" from telecom companies. He is also accused of violating the privacy of cell phone consumers
Photographer Ken Umemoto dedicates a post [ja] to Tuvalu [en] and the disastrous effects of human intervention and climate change on the island. The post also includes fascinating “auteur photos”,
LJ user expp publishes [RUS] an excerpt from an interview with an activist of the Putinist youth movement Nashi, on what is taught at the organization's Seliger summer camp – an event drawing much attention in the recent week.
Voices from Russia muses on the fact that Russian news agency, RIA-Novosti, has issued instructions on “How to cook and eat a hot dog.”
Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum reports that negotiations between Hungary and international financiers the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on support for an economic crisis programme have broken down.
Siarhei Bohdan of Belarus Digest discusses the ongoing propaganda war between Belarus and Russia, as previously reported, following a gas conflict earlier this year.
A resolution taken by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1991 declared July 7 as the National Day of the Condor in Ecuador. Unfortunately, the day goes by unnoticed by many Ecuadorians.
Carmen McCain reports fresh killings near Jos, a city still recovering from deadly riots earlier in the year. “It is with a sick feeling in my stomach that I post this. One of my friends, Godfrey Saeed Selbar… called me around 11:51am this morning, telling me that there had been...