What’s A News Octet?

One of my peeves is the phrase “news byte”.

A “news bite”, I can understand: it’s a bite-sized, i.e., small piece of news; something that fits on a napkin.

But a “news byte”? What is that? A news item that can only take on one of 256 values and fits into a C char?

The same goes for “sound bite” and “sound byte”, by the way.

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