links for 2010-06-18 06.18.10
Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter (BBC News)
Shortly after midnight in the US state of Utah, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff picked up his Apple iPhone, opened up a Twitter app on his handset and began tweeting.
Instead, Mr Shurtleff used Twitter to announce that most important of all things: the death of a human being, convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner.
Jose Saramago, Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist, Has Died - ArtsBeat Blog (http://NYTimes.com)
Jose Saramago, the Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 with novels that combine surrealist experimentation and a kind of sardonic peasant pragmatism, has died at his home in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, his publisher said on Friday. He was 87.