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The Walrus launches, the Red Herring relaunches; Google News creator

The Walrus has launched (look for a longer rant on this, probably later today) — haven’t seen a copy yet, but I have subscribed — and the buzz is good.

Another magazine, Red Herring, once thought dead, has also (re)launched. Initially, it will be a webzine, but the plan is to make a printed edition, too.

The reappearance of that magazine was reported in PaidContent.org earlier this month, but when News.com reported the story yesterday, PaidContent’ Rafat Ali went on a tantrum accusing the latter of scalping its story (which it probably didn’t). Unfortunately, the pettiness of the rant negates the effect of his condemnation of bigger outlets stealing stories from smaller outlets.

Although a completely different kind of online journalism (if it can be called journalism), Google News has managed to do a lot of things right. This can largely be attributed to the work of its principal creator, Krishna Bharat. In an insightful interview with the Online Journalism Review, Bharat offers some consolation for those journalists worrying about computers replacing them: Google News, he says, “wouldn’t be there at all without these editors in the first place.”

As for computers replacing designers, StrangeBanana (which is back online) online should put aside any concerns for now.