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Extra, Extra: The Star‘s New Website, BlackBerry’s New Device, and Some Hogwash

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

A screencap of the Toronto Star's website, as it appeared earlier today.

A screencap of the Toronto Star’s website, as it appeared earlier today.

  • The Toronto Star launched a redesigned website today, and it looks pretty good, we guess? The font has serifs now. Fancy! The last big redesign was just a little more than three years ago.
  • At a press conference in New York City earlier today, Research in Motion launched its new platform, BlackBerry 10, to generally positive reviews. Also, chief executive Thorsten Heins announced that the company will be changing its name to, simply, “BlackBerry,” which apparently the higher-ups there think will be helpful somehow.
  • John Stackhouse, the Globe and Mail’s editor in chief, is now on record as calling a NOW Magazine article (this one) “hogwash.” For those not up on journalism lingo, that’s a shade worse than “hokum,” but not quite as bad as “horseshit.” [Via Steve Ladurantaye]
  • Apparently, people like to have sex in condos during “open house” showings. Now you know.

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  • scottld

    What a load from Stackhouse. The “style” section grows week by week as news and arts shrinks. Stakhouse is the guy who thought 8 pages of photos William and Kate was news and still hasnt fired Wente for plagiarism. Stackhouse has zero credibility.

  • OgtheDim

    There is also a tremendous amount of attempted kinky cheap SEO headline writing in the star. Some days its like reading rejected skit titles from Benny Hill’s writing team.

  • Hunky69

    It looks horrible – like a Windows 95 design. Plain. No imagination. Juts like Toronto – never any progress.

  • Joe Clark

    The font has serifs now.

    It’s just Georgia. As with Torontoist, there is no real “typography” at the new Star Web site.