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Typo on the tablet?


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There is a typo in there. Orherwise, the app is real nice.


Very strange. That typo was corrected and updated on all of our other platforms, but for some reason didn’t show up on the iPad app.

As you say, apart from that the tablet app is very nice, and will be even nicer in a couple of months when it includes our Analysis and Opinion pieces: GBU Editor

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New, not North…


Colder cities among top U.S. retirement places

OBAMA/Only five cities in the list — Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, North Mexico, Charleston, South Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas are in the southern-most part of the country.

Just FYI, N.M. is New Mexico, not North Mexico.


Indeed. We corrected: GBU Editor

U.S. President Barack Obama visits the home of Andy and Etta Cavalier to discuss ways to jump start job creation and strengthen the middle class while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

They’re all jets…


Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town

LIBYA-FRANCE/The French armed forces said around 20 French aircraft supported by an AWACS surveillance plane struck targets during the day on Saturday, including five Galeb fighter jets and two MI-35 helicopters on the ground outside Misrata.

Come on guys, is it the public reading your articles or is the problem your reporters?

Which one is she?


Canada’s PM sets May 2 election

BRITAIN/Harper spoke after visiting Governor General David Johnston — the representative of Queen Elizabeth, Canada’s head of state — to seek the dissolution of Parliament.

The Head of State of Canada is Queen Elizabeth II, not Queen Elizabeth.


Our style is to refer to her simply as Queen Elizabeth unless there is some reason to make the distinction, as in the photo caption below.

Teach your parents well?


Peanut allergy stirs controversy at Florida school

EGYPT/Attempts to teach the girl’s parents for comment on Monday were unsuccessful.

Oh, “Attempts to teach the girl’s parents” huh?

Well there’s your problem right there, can’t teach her parents nothin’.

Radiation anxiety story


Radiation anxiety grows in disaster-struck Japan

By Shinichi Saoshiro and Kiyoshi Takenaka

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – Global anxiety rose over radiation from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant even as engineers won ground in their battle to avert disaster from the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.

JAPAN/NUCLEARThis was the best overall piece I have seen anywhere on the situation, incorporating important items posted in the news elsewhere that I had seen, to give a sense of what is really true and what is rumour.

Offensive headline?


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Felix Salmon’s blog is a low for Reuters.

I have no problem with his point or content – that is his choice to make.  But your choice to allow a sensationalized title, “Don’t Donate Money to Japan” is cheap attention grabbing at its best.

Myself and my coworkers who just saw this are going to go elsewhere for our news and opinions.

Inappropriate ad?


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You have a sexual advertisement with a blond sexy woman prefacing Japan’s news video 3/14.

Definitely inappropriate. Please remove asap.

Linda S.

That ad did not meet our guidelines and shouldn’t have run on a major disaster story or anywhere on our site. We have removed it: GBU Editor

Singular or plural?


Data points to strengthening growth, jobs

CHINAData points to?



Yes, I know, this is a plural noun.

The Reuters style guide recognizes that, but adds: “treat as if it were singular, e.g. The data was corrupted.”

By contrast, the AP’s style book advises reporters to treat data as a plural noun in most cases: GBU Editor

Offensive photo?



This picture is offensive and should be removed. It shows humanity at one of its weakest points. Imagine yourself in this youth’s position, regardless of opinion.

I am appalled that someone chose it as the front cover of the slideshow. We should be ashamed as humans beings, for treating people in this manner.