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US magazine hackers warn Obamas of 'Bloody Valentine's Day'

The group, Cyber Caliphate, claim to be connected to Islamic State.

We didn't think much of the internet in 1995

This Newsweek article from February of ’95 is, well, damning.

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Final Newsweek print edition cover unveiled

In a nod to its digital-only future, it even has a Twitter hashtag on the cover.

From Newsweek to scrap print edition and go digital Media

Newsweek to scrap print edition and go digital

The 79-year-old current affairs magazine will publish its last print edition on 31 December before moving completely online.

'Muslim rage' cover of Newsweek turns into #MuslimRage Twitter jokefest

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Nafissatou Diallo claims that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn forced her to perform oral sex and ripped off her tights when she came to clean his hotel room.

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Twitter erupts over 'Diana at 50' cover featuring Kate Middleton

Controversial cover depicts the late Lady Diana Spencer walking alongside daughter-in-law Kate, while Newsweek’s Facebook mock-up suggests her favourite films would include The King’s Speech.

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2010 in review: August

Authorities approve a mosque near Ground Zero, a Chilean mine collapses, and a Coventry woman puts a cat in a wheelie bin.

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Guess who's back? More open Tiger Woods takes to Twitter in a new charm offensive

Woods opens up about THAT car crash and reveals that he wears short trousers when on the phone to reporters. Seriously.

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Two-year-old website agrees new deal with 77-year-old print publication.

AN ARTICLE IN US magazine Newsweek which nominated Brian Cowen as one of the world’s 10 most respected leaders has generated over 50 comments in under three days since it was published online.

The article praised Cowen for “prescribing harsh medicine” in the current tough economic climate.

It noted that the “Irish aren’t showing much gratitude”, which is clearly reflected in the comments:

Angie Colton responds to the article:
GRATITUDE? Did I read that right? Gratitude for what – squandering billions of tapayers’ money on bankers who would be in prison anywhere else, while we have essential services being cut? Unbelievable!!!!!!!!! Who allowed this idiot to write this rubbish? I thought Newsweek was a quality publication – it’s down there with the worst of the gutter press!

Digital Orchard simply writes:

Glad to see NEWSWEEK has a sense of humour

Donal Hayes summed it up sucinctly, saying:

Well, thats my Newsweek subscription canceled. Sweet Jesus on a raleigh.

Tadhg McGrath writes:

This guy should be on a wanted poster, not a best leader list. As former finance minister, he has to accept responsibility for the economic mess the country is in.

Paul Moloney says:

Crediting him because he’s giving “harsh medicine” is like crediting a useless drunken father because, after he’s pawned the furniture for beer, has decided to break open the children’s piggy banks to buy them dinner.

But it wasn’t all one-directional Brian-bashing, as a minority of commentators expressed their views that Ireland needs to get on with the job at hand – economic recovery.

Lisa Irwin writes:

Will people stop moaning. He’s doing what is needed.
I assume people here can remember this country before the celtic tiger.
Despite the economic troubles Ireland is still better off than it was in the 90′s.
The economy will recover.

Dermot Cullen says he’s not surprised about the reaction to the piece given Cowen’s approval rating, and comments:

I’m not a Fianna Fail’r but I believe he is making the right moves for Ireland. The international community also thinks this. Pity most Irish people are too pigheaded to see it.

The original article and accompanying comments can be found here.

A thread on echoed the responses given on the Newsweek site, with a more balanced division between those agreeing with the summary of Cowen’s position and those venting their anger.

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It’s true though.. We’re getting some international praise for taking corrective action over a year earlier than most places. We can’t see it but we’d be more fooked without it.

Blue_Lagoon writes: NewsWEAK!

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HE MAY NOT be popular at home, but he certainly seems to have the respect of his international peers.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has made it in to Newsweek’s list of 10 most respected leaders. Newsweek has nicknamed Cowen “The Fiscal Taskmaster” and have praised him for “prescribing harsh medicine” in a tough economic climate.

The magazine praises the Cowen/Lenihan double-team. “They’ve pushed through austerity packages drastic enough to win the admiration of the international community, raised taxes, and slashed some public salaries by more than 10 percent”.

David Cameron tops the list, which also features Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives, Nicolas Sarkozy of France and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Newsweek also lists Ireland as the 17th best country to live. The list puts us ahead of Austria, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal but below the UK, Germany, France and the US. Finland tops the lost. Ireland’s health is praised as seventh best in the world.

“DESPITE MY YEARS, I bring energy and a fresh approach,” said the new owner of Newsweek, 91-year-old Sidney Harman, after buying the loss-making magazine.

Harman, founder of audio equipment maker Harman International Industries, beat three other bidders for the title: OpenGate Capital, hedge fund Avenue Capital Group and Fred Drasner, former co-publisher of the New York Daily News.

Newsweek, which has been running for 77 years, has been widely regarded as a stalwart of quality American journalism. However in recent years the title, owned by The Washington Post until this week, has been making significant losses.

Last year, Newsweek returned a loss of $30m; in the first quarter of this year alone, the loss was $11m.

Donald Graham, chief executive of the Washington Post, talked about the kind of individual that the company had hoped to see taking over the title: “In seeking a buyer for Newsweek, we wanted someone who feels as strongly as we do about the importance of quality journalism,” he said.

Harman appears to be the man for the job, then, as the The Wall Street Journal quotes him as saying: “I’m an experienced and knowledgeable businessman. I have a fundamental respect for the role of journalism and I think it has done no harm when you bring discipline to it.”

No details were given about the deal itself, but Harman has said that most of the 300 jobs at Newsweek will be safe.

The magazine’s editor, Jon Meacham, has announced plans to resign however.

It has been reported that Harman is taking on Newsweek as something of a labour of love, and does not expect to a quick turnaround in the title’s profit-making ability.

“(Harman) feels he has a chance to make a contribution to society by helping to preserve a great publication,” Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at University of Southern California, is quoted as saying.