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…Iran loves Photoshop (and missiles)?


Apparently Iran is not interested in threatening the world with its missile prowess after all.

Instead, it’s decided to impress everyone with its mastery of Photoshop’s clone stamp tool.

If you happened to have missed it, an image of four Iranian missiles shooting skyward circled through the media recently, with small, local outlets jumping on board and publishing the image on their front page. Guilty as charged included The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, and several other newspapers, as well as BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News,, and many other major news Web sites. What they all failed to notice was that if you look closely, a few of those missiles look a bit too much alike.

Either someone in Sepah News decided that three missiles just wasn’t enough for the shock and awe that they were going for, or an overzealous intern got a bit too happy with their new found skills, but either way, it just goes to show you that even the most basic photo editing skills are enough to fool news editors in need of a few extra sales.

Anybody want to buy my picture of Bush holding a baby in his arms and a grenade in his teeth?

[Via: New York Times Blog]

…Engadget is now king of the blogs?

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If you ever had doubts about the fact that the way we get our news is changing, check out the totals from Engadget’s page views on the day of the iPhone announcement: 10 million. That’s right, seven zeros. I myself probably contributed about 100 of those at least as I refreshed in an effort to get up to the minute coverage of the keynote address. As the story points out, “by the time television and newspapers got to the story, the really interested readers were already on to the next thing”. Sure, TV, newspapers and other old world media still bring the news to those who just don’t care to get theirs as it happens, but when it comes to breaking stories, the blog is king.