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Anthony De Rosa

Rupert Murdoch’s best tweets of all time

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 28, 2012 12:49 UTC

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Best @RupertMurdoch tweets of all time

Storified by Anthony De Rosa · Mon, May 14 2012 12:38:49 Rupert Murdoch posted his first tweet on December 31st, to the surprise of many who could hardly believe he would take to the social media service to share his thoughts. He’s been prolifically tweeting ever since, compiling 295 tweets in the last five months. These are some of our favorites. Rupert’s first tweet Have just. Read The Rational Optimist. Great book.Rupert Murdoch Some of his greatest tweets are the most inane ones. You could make the case that this is simply a sponsored tweet. I LOVE the film "we bought a zoo", a great family movie. Very proud of fox team who made this great film.Rupert Murdoch He’ll take to patting himself on the back. Just for the record: Newscorp shares up 60c on news of Sun on Sunday. Highest for year.Rupert Murdoch You can almost imagine Montgomery Burns tweeting this. NY cold and empty, even central park. Nice!Rupert Murdoch Unafraid to tweet his political opinions, he’s gone and shared his two cents about Obama and the GOP candidates throughout the race. Paul too extreme, but right to draw attention toFed. Printing zillions can only cause inflation – the coward’s way out of this mess.Rupert Murdoch Obama seems to agree with consensus view obamacare going down. Bullying supremes silly. People trust judges over politicians any time.Rupert Murdoch While Obama feeling courageous, why not follow his first class education policy. US’ absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.Rupert Murdoch Enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century’s status quo with their monoplies.Rupert Murdoch Santorum"Romney looks like well oiled weather vane". Plenty of company, but not POTUS.Rupert Murdoch POTUS seems in deep trouble with all religious groups. "worship" not the same thing as religion.Rupert Murdoch He’s frequently weighed in on the American economy. Economists state Americans in real terms grew 700 per cent in last 100 years by tech inventions – electricity, cars, stainless steel etc.Rupert Murdoch Unemployment: US official figures greatly underestimate real situation plus millions with part time jobs.Rupert Murdoch He’s often criticizing Britain for an “entitlement culture” UK entitlement society. No wonder rich layabouts contribute nothing when immigrants work harder better. Honest Brits work and resent system.Rupert Murdoch Don’t hate Britain, quite the reverse. But whole of Europe and US facing huge financial and social problemsRupert Murdoch What happened to "land of hope and glory" New poll today shows 48 percent of Brits would like to emigrate.Rupert Murdoch UK. What’s wrong? Over educated snobs sneering at underclass, giving no help to upping education standards. See Gove today.Rupert Murdoch New British proposal. Only immigrants earning 35000 allowed in. After tax equal to many people living on welfare maybe not seeking work.Rupert Murdoch At times, he appears frustrated by the lack of civilized debate. Perhaps he’s not following the right people? Seems impossible to have civilised debate on twitter. Ignorant,vicious abuse lowers whole society, maybe shows real social decay.Rupert Murdoch He’s opined about Facebook and it’s role in media. With Internet no such thing as monopoly media. Ask Zuckerberg.Rupert Murdoch Critical of his peers in media. Looking at Arianna H self portrait. Aren’t we all evangelists? If we don’t propagate our beliefs why bother thinking?Rupert Murdoch Austerity is a theme throughout his tweets. Economic problems made by waves of politicians making impossible promises. Now the bills are arriving .Rupert Murdoch Social fabric means all. Must wake up before coming apart more. That includes closing tax loopholes for rich people and companies.Rupert Murdoch Governments worldwide have borrowed 100 trillion last ten years. Defaults inevitable sometime soon. Means crash, hurting rich and poor.Rupert Murdoch Sometimes reflective and philosophical. "all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn". H.G. WellsRupert Murdoch He’s only retweeted once and it was for his Wall Street Journal sister publication for tech, All Things D. Cinemagram App Sees Quick Growth for Artsy Animated Photos -by @LizGannes http://dthin.gs/Iu5wlXAll Things D He’s excited by technology and what it means for the future. Now we on cusp of new wave of tech transformations to beat last century growth. Big data,smart manufacturing and wireless. Exciting !Rupert Murdoch Tweets regarding Cameron are always interesting in context of how he’s been accused of a cozy relationship between the paper and the UK government. He’s mentioned Rebekah Brooks as well. Cameron should have just followed history and flogged some seats in the Lords, if they still have value! precedents of centuries .Rupert Murdoch Now they are complaining about R Brooks saving an old horse from the glue factory!Rupert Murdoch

A version of this appears on page 23 of the June 2012 issue of Reuters Magazine

Why is @Reuters yelling at me?

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 22, 2012 15:22 UTC

We conducted a survey of our @Reuters followers recently, and asked them this:  sometimes the Reuters wire publishes alerts in ALL CAPS, usually when the news is urgent.  Should we run them in uppercase and lower case on Twitter, as we would for normal conversation? What is more important?

The answer choices were: a) Receiving accurate news quickly even if that news is delivered in an “all caps” tweet or b) I’d like news to be reformatted from “all caps” before being sent, even if it takes longer.

At the time of this post, we received 1181 responses, 77 percent were in favor of “all caps,” while 23 percent were opposed.

Syria al-Shaab manages to broadcast under fire

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 11, 2012 23:25 UTC

Using a combination of in-studio anchors and citizens piped in from Skype reporting directly from the ground, Syria al-Shaab manages to broadcast 12 hours of live programming a day from a country that won’t allow foreign reporters in.

“They hacked into our Skype account about a week ago and sent a virus to all the contacts in it. Every time they do something like that, we know we are doing our jobs” said Summer Ajlouni, founder of Syria al-Shaab in a report by Dan Rather of HDNet.

The channel exists underground. The Syrian regime, according to the broadcasters, is watching, they’ve tried to shut down their satellite broadcasts and jam their Skype contacts, but it has only made the tiny outfit want to do more.

Amid top team departures, foursquare pushes past the “check in”

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 7, 2012 16:07 UTC

Social location app foursquare has released a completely redesigned version that attempts to shift from making “checking in” the focus to discovering places to go, things to do and events to see.

In their third year, the company has faced some losses at the top of their team, including their head of talent acquisition, a top business development colleague, and their co-founder. Founder and CEO Dennis Crowley discusses the shakeup and the departure of co-founder Naveen Selvadurai.

Aereo and Skitter attempt to disrupt traditional televison

Anthony De Rosa
Jun 7, 2012 15:55 UTC

Two startups are trying to disrupt the traditional television model. One of them, Aereo, has been taken to court by the incumbent networks. The other, Skitter has made deals with the content providers they’re rebroadcasting. Here’s a look at both in the latest Tech Tonic.

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