The Blagger's Blog 23rd August 2013

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

 

Thought for the week

The measures taken by the British authorities towards the Guardian newspaper are out of tune with the British side’s statements on commitments to universal standards of human rights.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, following the UK government’s forced destruction of a computer held by The Guardian, containing materials leaked by spy-whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Weekly High

To mark the launch of Disney Infinity, the studio decided to put on its very first Digital Parade. Animated characters were projected onto buildings around London, whilst Dover’s famous White Cliffs were used to display an 80-metre high, 500-metre wide image featuring characters from the revolutionary multi-platform video game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ5msPcNk0Y
 

Weekly low

In yet another case of ‘no, seriously, what were you thinking?’, ahead of a new Northern Irish movie, The Belfast Story, select members of the press received a promotional pack in the post, containing a black balaclava, and fake ‘nail bomb kit’, amongst other things. Clearly taking it a bit far, several critics responded by saying they would no longer see the film, and the lead publicity agency,Way To Blue, which wasn’t involved in the mail out, Way To Blue, has since dropped the account completely.

 

Things that might happen in the next week…

Millions more people will begin trying to claim costs back from their bank after yet another case of widespread miss-selling in the UK. A divided UN will face increasing pressure to reach a resolution over Syria following this week’s suspected chemical attack. Police in Germany will hopefully explain why a Turkish man was found clutching a bag of ecstasy and marijuana on board a trashed plane meant for the country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, at Berlin Airport.

Just in case you missed it…

Twitter has now introduced ‘related links’, meaning posts are displayed with references to other online stories on the same subject, from external websites. Take a look at our story on it here.
 
 
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” Founder of Email service provider Lavabit, Ladar Levison, discussing his decision to close the company rather than spy on customers for the U.S. government in a corporate blog.