by the way this site has openid support now, so it should be possible to comment by using your openid. (:
Wirth has updated “Programming in Oberon”, it’s now called “Programming”.
Poppler’s pdftotext utility with -layout option (which tends to give slightly more readable output) helps to compare these pdf documents.
See pdewacht’s link.
There are speculations on irc if Wirth abandoned the news.txt file whatsoever or he uses it only for large changes.