The Feral Beast: No more Google for Murdoch staff

Rupert Murdoch is so bent on blocking Google's world domination he has stopped his own staff using it.

Sunday Times journos moving into new offices last week found their computer home pages set to Bing, a little-known new search engine that has received backing from one R Murdoch. But his hacks aren't convinced. "None of us knows how to use it," moans one, "so we all had to waste our first day resetting our home pages to Google."

Baby joy for Desmond

Happy news for Richard Desmond: I gather he's having a baby. His lively new girlfriend Joy is expecting a birth in late February. Earlier this year, Desmond said he had so much money it was "ridiculous". The 58-year-old Express and Star proprietor already has an heir to his fortune by his first wife, Janet, but now he has a spare. How royal!

Review copies

The books pages of The Sunday Times have got creative with their cost-cutting. Instead of paying critics to review paperbacks, they simply regurgitate reviews of the original hardback. "We've always done it and everyone knows about it," sniffs literary editor Andrew Holgate. Author Duncan Fallowell was astonished to read a review of Andy Warhol's diaries under his byline, which he had no recollection of writing. "But apparently I did," he laughs, "20 years ago!"

The naked truth?

Why was Times political editor Sam Coates bouncing around the House of Commons with a glass of red wine on Wednesday? Unfortunately he bumped into David Wooding, head of the News of the World politics team, whose shirt came off worse. Quick as a flash, Wooding was topless and washing his shirt in the loo. Rumours he then spent the day typing in the buff are not true, he reassures me.

Thundering behind the paywall

The Times was less bumptious than usual at last week's Colman Getty quiz in aid of the writers' charity PEN. Last year, they put some noses out of joint by running away with the prize, thanks to the help of Olav Bjortomt: he sets the T2 quiz, but also happens to be an international quiz champ. This year, master of ceremonies David Baddiel asked teams to cheer themselves as he introduced them, but The Times could only manage a mumbled simper. "That's the sound of The Times team cheering from behind a paywall," he quipped.

Izzy wizzy, kith and kinny?

Oliver Snoddy addressed journalism students at Coventry University's "Face the future" conference, a joint venture with the BBC that stressed the importance of keeping abreast of izzy-wizzy new media developments. The 29-year-old digigeek doled out tips on breaking into the profession, but failed to mention the role of good genes. Snoddy is the son of Raymond, high priest of media commentary who earns the odd shilling from...the BBC.

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Guru Careers: Creative Director / Head of Creative

£65K - £75K (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Creative Director...

Guru Careers: Marketing Manager

£40 - 48k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Manager to join...

Guru Careers: PR Account Manager / AM

£20-30K(DOE) + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a PR Account M...

Guru Careers: Account Manager / Account Executive

Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: One of the UK’s largest and most s...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence