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Buffalo HD-HXU3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 03:29 PM PDT

Buffalo has announced its new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external hard drive, the DriveStation HD-HXU3. Coming in a slick, glossy black design, the reader is available in 1.0TB, 1.5TB or 2.0TB of capacity and provides transfer speeds up to 125 Mb / s.

Buffalo HD-HXU3 SuperSpeed USB 3

The reader is also backward-compatible and seamlessly compatible with USB 2.0 computers, laptops and netbooks. The Buffalo DriveStation HD-HXU3 will be available in Q4 for a price yet unannounced. [via techfresh]

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Sony Alpha 850 SLR Digital Camera

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 12:02 PM PDT

The Sony A850 is slower when it comes to shooting continuous offering 3 fps compared to the A900 (5 bps). Compared to competitors equipped with a full digital SLR camera, the A850 trails also slightly below average. In addition, the optical viewfinder with a coverage of 98% frame is slightly below the 100% coverage of the Alpha 900 offers. Other differences are found in very small things, like a slightly more saturated color as default.

Sony Alpha 850 SLR Digital Camera

The operation of the Sony Alpha 850 is similar to the Sony A900. This means that the improvement points that we highlight in the Sony Alpha 900 review, will instead remain the same. When he arrived at the dual slot card, we have heard some criticism. Sony has simply failed to do such work Card slot with maximum functionality. It is not possible, for example, to program the slot to write RAW files to the CF card and JPEG for MS Duo Pro card.

It is not possible to write data on the Map 1 and Map 2 at the same time (backup), or tell the camera to use card 2 to write in the card case 1 is full. Either by using the Fn key or the menu you can choose which card should be used at some point, but insofar as it goes. A missed opportunity for Sony with the Sony Alpha 850.

Shortly after its launch, we received a Sony Alpha 850 DSLR Camera Test in combination with a Zeiss lenses that Sony has included in its range. We are curious about the impact of such a price below the current market conditions. The competition respond? And if so, how fast and with what product? It is clear that the interplay of market share is played the hard way, and it is not yet determined who will benefit after the cards have been played. The Sony A850 is tested on a large scale both technically and in practice. [via letsgodigital]

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Panasonic RP-HJE600 Headphones

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 09:22 AM PDT

Panasonic is back with its latest in-ear headphones called the RP-HJE600. With 12.5mm drivers for sound, these headphones work on an area of frequency from 6 to 26,000 Hz and provide an impedance of 16 Ohms.

Panasonic RP-HJE600 Headphones

These earphones also come with a 24K gold plate connector 3.5 mm and are available in a variety of colors including White, Black, Silver, Blue and Red. [via techfresh]

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JVC-Victor PICSIO GC-FM1 Full HD Digital Camcorder

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 12:21 AM PDT

JVC-Victor introduces in Japan the GC PICSIO-FM1 Full HD camcorder that has a compact similar to the Flip HD and Kodak Zi8. The GC PICSIO-FM1 is equipped with a CMOS image sensor 8 megapixels and a 2.-inch LCD display.

JVC-Victor PICSIO GC-FM1 Full HD Digital Camcorder

As the supply of Kodak, JVC GC-FM1 is able to record 1080p (1440 × 1080) video at 30fps and 1280 × 720p at 60fps. The videos are recorded in MPEG4 AVC/H.264. The pocket HD camcorder can capture 3264 × 2448 image sets. There is YouTube-friendly recording mode and easy YouTube upload feature.The JVC-Victor PICSIO GC-FM1 offers HDMI output, composite video output and USB 2.0. It supports SD / SDHC. The camcorder weighs only 95 grams. It costs about 20,000 yen. [via itechnews]

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LG HS200G Mini Digital Portable Projector

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:40 PM PDT

Here is the latest addition to the range of projectors LG Mini-Up, The HS200G. Weighing only 800 grams, this lightweight and portable projector can throw an image 40 inches at only 1.1 m away from the screen.

LG HS200G Mini Projector

It also provides 200 ANSI lumens brightness, 2000:1 contrast, up to 30,000 hours of lamp life, an FM transmitter and connectivity, including two USB ports and HDMI. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing and availability yet. [via techfresh]

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IntelliScanner Barcode Classic Scanner

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 06:28 PM PDT

Apparent introduced IntelliScanner Classic, a device that helps you organize your media library. IntelliScanner Classic is actually a scan barcode. By simply scanning the barcode on books, DVDs, CDs and games, IntelliScanner automatically identifies the detailed product information to organize, sort, search and share your collection.

IntelliScanner Barcode Classic Scanner

The software support bunlded can download information from books, DVDs, CDs and games you need from Internet databases. The Classic IntelliScanner is compatible with both PCs and Macs. The price is $ 99. [via itechnews]

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Posted: 28 Sep 2009 05:40 PM PDT

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Incredible Ballpoint Pen Art - Part 2.

Posted: 29 Sep 2009 02:48 AM PDT

We have seen the amazing work of Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas, which impressed all; now we have the ballpoint portraits by Florida artist Jesse Starr which we are sure is going to impress all equally. He creates photo realistic art using ballpoint pens. His latest work is the portrait of Christopher Walken. It was created using '7' Bic 1.2mm pens (they don't run out of ink but they do break after a while and start to lay uneven amounts of ink, when that happens he has to start with a new pen). It is by far the most technical and detailed one yet, and it took about 25-30 hours to complete. He created his first ballpoint portrait back in 06. Amanda Stevens is (black and white girl) involved in the comic book that Jesse illustrates and is also a character. Leighann (girl holding the guitar) is friend of Jesse who took the photo by herself, and Jesse created the ballpoint portrait. If you are interested to purchase the portrait of Christopher Walken, it's for sale.

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Philips SA075 Portable HD Media Player

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 07:54 PM PDT

Philips release a portable media player called Philips SA075. It’s support HD video format in 720p (120×720 pixel) and equipped with HDMI output port.

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The Philips SA075 PMP device enable broadcast content HD to various external device such as monitor and television. This touchscreen player has 24bit 16.7-million colors and shades with WVGA resolution. The price is not available yet.

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Ulang Tahun Google ke 11

Posted: 27 Sep 2009 07:23 PM PDT

Kemarin pada tanggal 27 September 2009 jika anda membuka situs Google maka akan mendapatkan tampilan logo Google yang tidak seperti biasanya. Tulisan Logo Google hari itu menjadi “Googlle” (dengan double ll maksudnya 11) ini artinya Google hari ini merayakan ulang tahung yang ke 11.

Namun Raksasa internet Google seperti tak yakin dengan hari ulang tahunnya sendiri. Mulai dari kerjasama pertama Larry Page - Sergey Brin di Januari 1996, pendaftaran nama domain Google di 15 September 1997 atau mulainya perusahaan 7 September 1998. Pastinya, Google kerap merayakan pada 27 September atau 'tergantung kapan karyawan mau makan kue'.

Google menemukan hampir semua jawaban di internet. Mesin pencari Google hadir dalam 116 bahasa mulai dari Afrikaans hingga Zulu

Inilah yang disebut impian Amerika. Semua bermula di kamar kontrakan mahasiswa. Kini saham Google bernilai milyaran Dollar, 20 kali lebih tinggi nilainya dari General Motors atau gabungan saham Coca Cola dan Yahoo, saingan Google. Lagu “Google Me" juga sempat hadir tangga lagu populer Amerika Serikat.

Dua mahasiswa Universitas Stanford, Larry Page dan Sergey Brin, berusia awal 20-an, 10 lalu sepakat mencari kemungkinan untuk memilah informasi yang relevan dari samudera data yang nyaris tanpa batas. Pada tahun 1997, Page dan Brin mendaftarkan domain mereka Google.com. Setahun kemudian, pada tanggal 7 September 1998, perusahaan Google resmi didirikan dan mesin pencari Google mulai dioperasikan.

Lima setengah tahun lalu Google masuk bursa saham, dengan harga emisi perdana 85 Dollar. November tahun 2001 lalu, nilai saham Google per lembarnya lebih dari 740 Dollar. Walau pun nilai kurs Dollar merosot drastis, euforia terhadap Google masih sangat besar.

Penyemangat bursa saham Jim Cramer, memprediksi saham Google dalam waktu dekat akan berkisar pada 750 Dollar. Perusahaan yang awalnya didirikan oleh dua mahasiswa, kini berkembang menjadi perusahaan multinasional dengan jumlah karyawan hampir 20 ribu orang. Ukurannya yang besar itu dapat memicu kecemburuan dan Google dapat terhambat batas pertumbuhan, kata Scott Kessler, analis internet dari perusahaan Standar & Poor’s.

"Menurut kacamata analis internet, sangat sulit memperkirakan bagaimana sebuah perusahaan dapat mempertahankan pertumbuhannya tanpa mengalami kerugian. Pertanyaan berikutnya adalah apakah ukuran Google justru menghambatnya dalam menguasai pangsa pasar, karena para pesaing menghambatnya," ujar Kessler.

Kunci kesuksesan Google adalah memenangkan orang paling berbakat di bidangnya. Yahoo atau Microsoft dianggap tidak keren. Google berhasil merebut hati jenius-jenius muda.

Para pekerja Google diperbolehkan membawa binatang peliharaannya ke kantor, menggunakan sepatu roda di sepanjang selasar ruang kantor. Jam kerjanya pun termasuk sangat fleksibel menurut standar kerja Amerika Serikat, selama performa kerjanya mendukung. Di kantin Google, disediakan sushi hingga salad tahu khas Jepang. Semua makanan yang disajikan gratis. Tidak heran, sudah bertahun-tahun Google menjadi salah satu perusahaan di Amerika Serikat yang paling dicintai karyawannya.

Keberhasilan dapat berubah menjadi kelemahan terbesar. Bagaimana Google hendak melanjutkan pertumbuhan yang amat pesat? Jawabannya, menjaring pasar lokal. Perusahaan yang menyajikan informasi dari seluruh dunia ke setiap rumah, kini ingin mengeruk uang di pasar lokal. Scott Kessler mengatakan, "Percobaan kontroversialnya adalah lokal. Sejak lama Google berusaha untuk menguasai pasar iklan lokal. Tapi mereka belum menemukan kiat bagaimana mengeruk uang dari sektor tersebut, walau pun konsep seperti Google Earth atau Google Local sudah disediakan khusus untuk itu."

Di tahun 2006, Google mengalahkan Microsoft dalam mengakuisisi portal video "Youtube" dengan harga 1,65 miliar Dollar.

Kita semua rasanya juga harus mengucapkan selamat Ulang Tahun Untuk Google. Karena Google telah mengubah dan memberikan begitu banyak ilmu untuk kita. Kini kita tidak lagi tertinggal informasi dan ilmu, karena semuanya dapat kita cari di Google

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iPhone 3G and 3GS to be offered by Orange UK — official

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:07 AM PDT

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Well well, turns out rumors sometimes do come true. The widely speculated end to O2’s exclusivity of the iPhone is now upon us and Orange is the first competitor to throw its hat into the ring. The company has not yet released tariff pricing, but there’s a tantalizingly small release window, as availability is promised “later this year.” At least there’s finally some competition when it comes to the iPhone in the UK, and we can also probably look forward to T-Mobile joining in on the fun. Let the price war begin!

[Via iPhone Bang; Thanks, Gears]

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New plastic MacBooks imminent: “most affordable” to date

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 02:01 AM PDT

Apple have already been tipped as readying a new entry-level MacBook once this month, and now the second nod to the polycarbonate MacBook line has come, courtesy of AppleInsider.  They’ve heard that the range refresh will likely be launched alongside the rumored new iMac desktops, themselves described as “imminent”, and be the Cupertino company’s “most affordable notebook offerings” to date.

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Hardware details are unconfirmed; however it’s been said that the new entry-level MacBooks will be thinner, sleeker and use Apple’s internal battery technology which trades user-accessibility for longer runtimes.  Another source has suggested that the MacBooks will continue to be clad in white plastic, unlike the unibody-aluminum chassis used in the MacBook Pro range.

The new MacBook and iMac lines, AppleInsider suggest, will round out Apple’s holiday 2009 line-up, and pave the way for the much-rumored Apple Tablet which is expected to arrive in February 2010.  That would create a broad sweep of products from the $99 price-point iPhone 3G, through the 3GS, Tablet, and topping out at a $999 new MacBook, all under the $1,000 dollar range; Apple’s nod to the ongoing economic crisis.


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Motorola CLIQ battery woefully inadequate warns preview

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:53 AM PDT

We’re not cellphone manufacturers, but we can’t imagine there’s much more disheartening to hear reviewers suggest your latest handset “isn’t ready for primetime”.  Unfortunately for Motorola, that’s just the conclusion the Boy Genius Report have come to in their CLIQ preview, with the handset’s power-gobbling ways being the prime suspect for their dissatisfaction.

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The problem seems to be the social networking aspect of MOTOBLUR, the data-hungry nature of which crunches through power as it continuously pulls in updates from Twitter, Facebook and other sites.  Even that isn’t handled as best it could be; BGR even suggest “the people that created this phone barely use Twitter or Facebook for anything meaningful…”

“Not even joking when I say this — the Motorola CLIQ has possibly the worst battery life of any phone I've tested in recent memory with the current software. Maybe Motorola's BLUR back-end isn't optimized yet, maybe the phone software isn't final, but this is ridiculously bad. Especially since it doesn't even deliver your status updates when you want them, it just sits there pulling in data constantly updating in batches. I haven't used the device as a primary device so I couldn't give hard statistics on battery life when phone calling, but with on and off usage, it's ridiculously bad. The battery itself looks to be 1390mAh for those that are interested.” BGR preview

Now, it’s worth noting that BGR have been informed that the software their preview units are running is not the final build, and that hopefully means Motorola’s engineers are working around the clock to make it less juice-thirsty.  Unfortunately, even if they manage that, the opinion is still that the CLIQ (which will go on sale as the Motorola DEXT outside of the US), while a reasonable first attempt, is not the barnstormer the company perhaps hope it is.

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iPhone 3GS netbook transformer (yeah, we know it’s not real) [Video]

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:39 AM PDT

Now, before someone feels obligated to tell us that this isn’t real and is merely an animation, we do realise that there’s no software in the App Store that can actually transform your iPhone 3GS into a dinky netbook.  Still, our love of time-consuming fan renders and Transformer-style videos leaves us honor-bound to mention Manuel Eder’s marvellous video of Apple’s smartphone doing just that.

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Just to satisfy all of those who get wound up by the “practical” implications of such concepts, yes, the keyboard would likely be too small and there’s probably not much good to be had when your smartphone’s circuit-boards are used as an integrated stand.  We doubt there’d be especially decent key travel, either, not to mention the embarrassment at parties if you accidentally triggered the app while the iPhone 3GS was in your pocket.

Still, it’s just a render so we can ignore all that and spend the rest of the morning making Transformer noises under our breath.  Watch, enjoy, move on.

[via Tablets For The Net]


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China Unicom prices iPhone for October 1st launch

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:35 AM PDT

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While the iPhone got an official announce for China last month, its retail pricing and delivery date have remained a mystery. That’s going to change later today when China Unicom is expected to announce an October 1st launch for Cupertino’s darling. Eight service packages ranging in price from 126 yuan (about $18) to 886 yuan (about $130) per month will be available to Unicom’s 141 million subscribers from a pool of 700 million cellphone toting Chinese. How much will it cost? 5,000 yuan or a steep $733 green retail. Subsidies of about 893 yuan (about $131) to 4,253 yuan (about $623) will be offered for those signing to long-term plans on Unicom’s fledgling 3G network. Looks like somebody’s standard of living is on the rise.

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HulloMail Launches Visual Voicemail App For BlackBerry

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:34 AM PDT

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Voicemail. You hate it. We hate it. Damn near everyone hates it – at least, we all hate it in its current form. It’s an antiquated system desperately hobbling on its last leg in an industry where technology moves forward at a nearly absurd rate. While our phones get bigger and better each and every month, our voicemail system has, for the most part, remained the same for over a decade.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been progress. There certainly has – but it’s isolated. A handful of smartphones (the iPhone, the Samsung Instinct, and a couple of BlackBerry handsets) have embraced visual voicemail, which does away with the archaic process of dialing in for your messages by bringing your messages to you. In 2008, YouMail rolled out an independent visual voicemail system aimed at smartphones that didn’t have it out-of-the-box. This morning a competitor out of the UK, HulloMail, took a huge step forward with the launch of a native BlackBerry application.

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HTC HD2 (aka Leo) benchmarks trounce Touch HD

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:29 AM PDT

Windows Mobile 6.5 may not be provoking all that much interest compared to rival platforms, but one device which is certainly perking up attention is the HTC Leo, aka the HTC HD2.  Tipped to arrive in October, the 4.3-inch flagship smartphone’s prize is its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; now one beta tester has released some benchmarking for the handset, and it’s looking to be a real stormer.  The HD2 ousted HTC’s Touch HD in 3D graphics performance by around 300-percent.

HTC Touch HD and HTC HD2

Meanwhile basic CPU performance is also much improved, with the HD2 showing three times the crunching power of the Touch HD’s chipset.  That goes some way to showing the power of Snapdragon, since the Touch HD’s clock-speed is actually only around half of that of the HD2.

Considering our first experience with a Snapdragon-based handset – the Toshiba TG01 – left us seriously disappointed at the seeming lack of speed, this is all welcome news.  One final tidbit – and a welcome one at that – is that while the HD2 may not support multitouch in Internet Explorer Mobile, it does in the Opera browser which apparently will be preinstalled when the handset ships.

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Gateway’s LT2016u netbook coming to Verizon next weekend

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:19 AM PDT

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Following the introduction of the HP Mini 1151NR earlier this year, Verizon’s push into the brave new world of subsidized netbooks continues this coming Sunday with the Gateway LT2016u, essentially a warmed-over LT2000 with enough legalese attached to it to make sure you’re a loyal Big Red customer for the next 24 months of your life. Like the Mini, the new Gateway features Qualcomm’s Gobi tech to make sure you’ve got 3G data available essentially anywhere in the world, but otherwise, the specs aren’t terribly interesting: 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive spinning at an uncreative 5400rpm, VGA webcam, Windows XP Home, and a package that tips the scales at 2.95 pounds (up a noticeable tick from the Mini’s 2.45). If you sign up for a two-year deal, you’re looking at $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate; a year ago, we were hoping these things would end up going for free on subsidy, but it looks like that dream might yet be a few years off.

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O2 losing iPhone 3GS exclusivity: on Orange UK later in 2009

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:17 AM PDT

UK would-be iPhone users desperate to avoid O2’s network can take heart in the fact that rival network Orange have just announced they will be offering the iPhone 3GS later this year.  The Orange iPhone 3GS is yet to be priced, and nor have the company revealed the exact date it will go on sale, but there is a pre-interest page open for registrations.

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Given that the first-generation iPhone originally went on sale in the UK on November 9th 2007, as an exclusive to O2, it seems a reasonable prediction that Orange will begin selling their version on November 9th 2009.  That would make the “multi-year exclusive” deal between O2 and Apple a two-year one.

As for pricing, since this move appears to be one of Apple broadening availability to increase overall sales – now attempting to pull in would-be iPhone 3GS owners not enamored of O2’s coverage or service, for instance – we’d expect the company to maintain its strong grip on pricing.  That means a “battle to the bottom” where O2 and Orange push each other’s prices for the iPhone 3GS down to “free on contract” is unlikely.


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Twitter Unearths A Secret: Journalists Have Opinions

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 01:17 AM PDT

3903103636_e7554f5131All Washington Post journalists relinquish some of the personal privileges of private citizens. Post journalists must recognize that any content associated with them in an online social network is, for practical purposes, the equivalent of what appears beneath their bylines in the newspaper or on our website.

That’s an excerpt from The Washington Post’s new social media guidelines. PaidContent has the entire thing. You really should read it, because it’s a hoot.

These guidelines came about because Raju Narisetti, a WaPo editor, had some tweets recently that revealed *gasp* that he had opinions about issues. When word leaked out that he had his own opinions and was sharing them on Twitter, apparently the WaPo top brass scrambled quickly to get this under control. That included Narisetti deleting his Twitter account. Pathetic.

So pathetic, that I’m kind of shocked that The Washington Post’s Omblog was allowed to publish all the details.

Obviously, WaPo is doing this to try and maintain what it perceives to be its journalistic integrity. That’s great. But as we’ve discussed recently, the idea that any kind of reporting lacks any kind of bias on some level is laughable. It’s fine if you want your organization to only present the facts with no opinions, but the notion that those reporters do not have their own opinions is absurd. WaPo can try to hide those opinions all they want, but they exist, regardless.

Here’s another excerpt:

“Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything—including photographs or video—that could be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism that could be used to tarnish our journalistic credibility. This same caution should be used when joining, following or friending any person or organization online.”

Basically, if you are a human being, you must not show yourself as such online.

The whole thing is ridiculous, but my favorite bit is the last part. You can’t even friend or follow people known to be affiliated with some movement or cause, or presumably is even just a biased person.

This has all come up before, and it will undoubtedly come up again. Twitter is just the latest and probably easiest ways for people to reveal that they have their own opinions online. But this is also related to the issue of Facebook pictures getting people fired or just not hired from jobs. It’s not that companies/employers are asking their underlings to stop having opinions, or stop having fun at parties, they just want to make sure it’s hidden from the public. It’s basically “don’t ask, don’t tell” applied in a different sector.

Again, it’s certainly reasonable to ask journalists to remove their opinions from pieces if that’s the kind of news you’re aiming for. But when you start getting into what they say on their personal online accounts, public or not, things get awfully murky. How deep does that rabbit hole go? Maybe those journalists should also refrain from stating their opinions at dinner parties. Maybe they shouldn’t be allowed to laugh at Michael Moore’s new movie when it comes out. Actually, they probably shouldn’t even be allowed to see it. They should also be careful of any movies in their queue on Netflix. And any books they buy on Amazon. And any music on iTunes.

Hell, they should really just disconnect their computers from the Internet. And maybe stop leaving the office. Also, they should probably just stop having opinions.

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Twitter Unearths A Secret: Journalists Have Opinions