I'm not sure if this qualifies as "news", per se, but I think it's worth noting that today's XKCD comic references Perl.

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Re: XKCD references Perl!
by marto (Cardinal) on Feb 08, 2013 at 15:26 UTC
Re: XKCD references Perl!
by LanX (Sage) on Feb 08, 2013 at 15:30 UTC
    Yeah I think it's news.

    But from all XKCDs which reference Perl this is for me the hardest to understand the pun.

    Perl is equivalent to using regex? What is "jay"?

    Or is the supposed message that only an older generation wearing thick glasses uses Perl and there explanations are as cryptic as this strip?

    ... must be.

    Cheers Rolf

        Thanks, thats clearer!

        So song-jokes with s/girl/perl/g ...

        ...hmm ... want some more?

        Perl you know it's 1
        Milli Vanilli

        Perls just wantarray fun
        Cindy Lauper

        I pissed a perl, I liked it (...It felt so wrong, It felt so right...)
        Katy Perry

        Cheers Rolf

Re: XKCD references Perl!
by jdporter (Chancellor) on Feb 09, 2013 at 21:01 UTC

    Part of the joke is that it alludes to the well-known adage,

    Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.
    (source. Thanks to Jeffrey Friedl)

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.
Re: XKCD references Perl!
by iguanodon (Priest) on Feb 10, 2013 at 02:36 UTC

    No problem.

Re: XKCD references Perl!
by LanX (Sage) on Feb 17, 2013 at 13:01 UTC
    The next one gives more insight into Perl!

    Just s/emacs/perl/.

    Cheers Rolf