Just in case you overlooked this listing in Dugald Baird's Guardian viral video chart last week, here's The page turner. If you want a full run-down of the process, see the New York Times's 19-point description. It is a Rube Goldberg machine - one that accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated way possible - and therefore a giant nod to our own dear Heath Robinson. The paper also has a video interview with the man who invented the machine, Joseph Herscher. That's him in the video.
The surprise announcement by the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, of a £1m fund to safeguard press freedom around the world is welcome. Yes, the sum is tiny. And, yes, critics will view it as an attempt by him, or the government, to gain political kudos. And yes again, it represents the very minimum of effort in the face of the daily, deadly threats to journalism in countries where we maintain business and diplomatic links.
The Daily Telegraph is going to charge for access to its website, becoming the first British general interest newspaper to employ the metered paywall model. People will be allowed to read just 20 articles a month on the paper's site for free. If they wish to read more then they will be able to choose between two digital subscription pages:• The Telegraph web pack offers unlimited access to the paper's online content, plus access to its smartphone apps, for £1.99 per month (or £20 per year).
Something for @sinnfeinireland to consider about Brexit. Although Britain and Ireland don't want border checks in the north, the EU may demand them. Will that mean opening up a political split between Dublin and Brussels?
Life is getting tougher at Trinity Mirror. Share price at year-long low of 77.25p. Latest print sales figs show @DailyMirror down 20% YoY; Sunday Mirror down 24%; People down 21%; Daily Record down 14%. New chairman, old problems
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