Humour and satire at Webby Awards

Awards paid tribute to Egyptian protesters who used Twitter and Facebook in a bold uprising to oust Egypt's then-president Hosni Mubarak

  • Lisa Kudrow at the Webby Awards
    Lisa Kudrow appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York.Image Credit: AP
  • Lisa Kudrow at the Webby Awards
    Egyptian activists Amr Salama (left) and Mohammad Diab react after winning an award for activism during the 15Image Credit: Reuters
  • Lisa Kudrow at the Webby Awards
    Chris Milk (right) and Aaron Koblin accept an award for the Best Use of Online Media for "The Johnny Cash ProjImage Credit: Reuters
  • Lisa Kudrow at the Webby Awards
    The audience throws stuffed birds at Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka during the 15th Annual Webby AwardsImage Credit: AP
  • Lisa Kudrow at the Webby Awards
    Columnist Dan Savage accepts a special recognition award for the "It Gets Better Project" during the 15th annuImage Credit: Reuters
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New York: Humour, online hits and social good blended at The Webby Awards - the Internet industry's version of Hollywood's Oscars.

Addictive game Angry Birds along with the inventor of the mobile phone were among those honoured late on Monday at a ceremony known for testing winners' creativity by limiting acceptance speeches to five words.

"Sometimes, geeks can be chic," Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour said after actor Daniel Radcliffe of "Harry Potter" film fame presented her with a Webby for best fashion website.

IBM computer "Watson," renowned for beating top human players on television trivia game show "Jeopardy!," was named "person of the year" at the 15th annual Webby Awards.

"Person of the year, ironic," a computerised voice speaking for the machine said while receiving a Webby from show host actress Lisa Kudrow, who suggested the machine jazz up its image by dating an iPad.

"That was clever," Kudrow retorted. "You're quite the word processor."

At more serious moments, awards paid tribute to Egyptian protesters who used Twitter and Facebook in a bold uprising to oust Egypt's then-president Hosni Mubarak and an Ushahidi service launched to map violence that followed a 2008 election in Kenya.
 
"Injustice, oppression, social media equals revolution," Egyptian filmmaker Mohammad Diab said in accepting a Webby dedicated to his people.