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4.04.03/ Iraq news: Best sources portal
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April 8, 2003 - (Last week's weblog)

Al-Jazeera Newscasts Land on U.S. Cable Television: Reuters reports,

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Al-Jazeera has reached a deal for its unedited newscasts to be carried on cable television in the United States, where the Arab-language network has been criticized for its coverage of the U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Jazeera's half-hour news reports began running April 1 on cable TV stations in Cleveland, Omaha, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Ithaca among other cities, the nonprofit organization that is supplying the broadcast said on Tuesday.

The supplier is SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning), in Omaha, whose list of affiliates includes Brown University and some Cox Cable stations, although not in Rhode Island. Here's the press release.
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Condolences to the Bloom family: Messages to the family of the late David Bloom, NBC correspondent who died of a pulmonary embolism in Iraq last week, may be sent to or to

The Bloom Family
c/o NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

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Unwired: The Wi-Fi Revolution: A special report at Wired is all about wireless. How to Hook Up walks you through it, step by step. Power Tools looks at wi-fi-enabled hardware of all sorts. There's much more.
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Agonist more a pirate than a plagiarist: The Agonist has been our favorite source of breaking Iraq news since day one, but we never thought Texas blogger Sean-Paul Kelley was doing any more than copying and pasting incoming details he found elsewhere.

Now Wired reports that another blogger has accused Kelley of plagiarism for failure to identify the source of some of these reports.

Kelley admits he was copying some items without attribution from Stratfor's subscription-only intelligence reports.

He probably wasn't sourcing these because he knew he didn't have the rights to republish them, but wanted to get the information out. The mailing lists are full of such proprietary information.

Kelley has apologized and said he learned a few lessons from the incident. He also says he has come to an amicable agreement with Stratfor, added source information to all archived posts, and he blogs on.

I think plagiarism is stealing someone else's work and pretending you created it. I doubt any of Kelley's readers thought he had a mole feeding him inside information, although readers certainly sent him links. Rebroadcasting information available only by subscription is a commercial crime, like ripping a CD and putting it on a file-sharing network. No one accuses the ripper of plagiarism, though -- even RIAA calls it piracy.

Kelley left his keyboard for a few hours to get married Saturday, and his webmaster filled in for him. This 24/7 blogging will no doubt get old for him very quickly, but I'm among many who appreciate the effort.
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Idea share: Believer Magazine offers this interesting feature:

This page will regularly offer ideas for books or stories or works in other media, from those who can't act upon them. All ideas are assumed original and are cost-free. Take what you want and do what you will. In all cases they are offered in the hopes that these worthy projects will find their way to someone with the time and wherewithal to pursue them.

The L.A. Times has a story about the new publication, which focuses on books and authors: New magazine has an abiding faith in the good book review
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Free reads:, "where you can read, search, and annotate great works of literature by authors such as Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and many others. The collection currently contains 769 books and 1041 short stories by 211 authors. New works are added to the collection on a regular basis, many at the suggestion of readers."
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All Songs Considered: From National Public Radio:

In the past few weeks at All Songs Considered, we've been receiving homemade CD's, Web site addresses with MP3 files filled with passionate thoughts about the war in Iraq.

On this special edition of All Songs Considered, we present some of the works, from either well-known musicians, or from home studio's, that perked up our ears. These aren't classic tunes - we didn't hear the next "Blowin' in the Wind" -- but in their own way they are inspired.

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Flag-o-Rama! Patriotic items for fanatical flagwavers: These are a joke today, but they'll probably be for sale in your spam next week.

Internet-enabled cutting board: No joke. "It contains a microprocessor-controlled system capable of browsing the web. It can download recipes and display them on a screen within the board itself... "

This and such stunning breakthroughs as the internet toilet roll browser were among cutting edge designs at the Ideal Home Show in London.

More strangeness: Iraqi Acres.

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