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February 8, 2011

AOL to buy The Huffington Post for $315 million

AOL Inc will buy Arianna Huffington's influential website for $315 million, looking to the high-profile liberal pundit to rescue it from the dustbin of Internet history. The move, announced Monday, comes at a hefty premium. AOL is estimated to be paying 32 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for The Huffington Post, said Benchmark Co analyst Clayton Moran. Similar content deals, such as Hellman & Friedman's acquisition of Internet Brands in September 2010,... MORE
February 3, 2011

News Corporation introduces The Daily, a digital-only newspaper

Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday pushed the send button on The Daily, a news application designed for the iPad that he hopes will position his News Corporation front and center in the digital newsstand of the future, the New York Times has reported . The Daily is published as an app for iPads. Subscribers pay by the week or the year. The Daily will be a first of its kind for tablet computers: a general interest publication that will refresh every morning and will bill customers’ credit cards each... MORE
January 28, 2011

News Corp to launch iPad newspaper on February 2

News Corp will launch its long-awaited digital newspaper created for Apple Inc's iPad on February 2, two weeks after the two companies were widely expected to introduce the new product, Reuters has reported. News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch and Apple Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue will introduce the Daily, a digital newspaper for tablet devices, at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. The event invite, emailed to reporters on Thursday, caps weeks of speculation surrounding... MORE
January 12, 2011

Euronews to put a face on some of its stories

Viewers of Euronews, a 24-hour television news channel, may soon see images of people they can’t avoid on other TV news programmes, even though they have been practically invisible on Euronews: the journalists, the New York Times has reported. Euronews, which is owned by 21 European public broadcasters, has avoided showing reporters and anchors because of the network’s unusual, polyglot approach. The channel provides a single video feed, while the audio narration is translated into 10 languages... MORE
January 5, 2011

People's Daily website IPO may lead to wave of State-run media listings in China

The People’s Daily newspaper, published by the Communist Party of China, may lead a wave of state-run media going public as the government aims to reinvigorate official news organisations in the next five years, according to Bloomberg News. People’s Daily Online Co Ltd., which operates the website People.com.cn, plans to sell 40 million shares at a price range of 15 yuan to 20 yuan a share in an initial public offering in Shanghai, China Daily reported today, citing an unidentified person. An... MORE
December 30, 2010

2010's best US newspaper Facebook fan pages

The Washington Post uses Facecbook to the hilt, according to prominent Internet communications firm Bivings Group that tracked how newspapers use the social networking site to best connect with audience. Ranking No. 1 and 2, respectively were The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune . The Post was cited not just for its very high fan-to-circulation ratio, design features and use of Twitter app Hootsuite to post to its wall, but its effective forms of audience engagement, which yielded an... MORE
December 27, 2010

German publisher Springer unveils iPad-only project

The Axel Springer Academy, established by Germany's eponymous publishing group, said Wednesday it would create a magazine designed to be viewed exclusively on the Apple iPad, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). "Kraftwerk D" is to cost 2.39 euros (3.20 dollars), would be assembled by 18 students and would mark "a world premiere for a school of journalism," a statement said. The first issue was designed as a review of 2010 and relies heavily on multi-media and people who had not been... MORE
December 17, 2010

The Guardian launches data journalism and visualisation gateway

The Guardian has launched a new gateway to its journalism and visualisations. The announcement on its website said, "Data journalism has become an increasingly big part of our work here at the Guardian - from Wikileaks to government spending, it's our job to make the key data accessible and easy to understand." The site http://www.guardian.cok.uk/data/ includes: The key data of the day - broken down; a pick of the data blogosphere - which sites have the key posts?; Search the world's government... MORE
December 14, 2010

Thomson Reuters starts service for US news media

Thomson Reuters Corp has launched a news service for US publishers and broadcasters in a bid to win business from the Associated Press and CNN, the news agency has announced. The new service, Reuters America, provides text stories, photos and video by Reuters journalists for newspapers, television stations and online publishers. Newspaper publisher and broadcaster Tribune Co is its first customer. As part of the service, Reuters America also will offer sports and entertainment news from six... MORE
December 7, 2010

Al-Jazeera English gets permission to broadcast in India

Broadcaster Al Jazeera said Tuesday its English language service has got a downlink license to broadcast in India. Cable and satellite companies in India will be able to add Al-Jazeera English to their channel line-ups after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting granted the licence, the Qatar-based broadcaster said in a statement. "This is an exciting breakthrough that has been in the works for several years, and we are extremely pleased that Al-Jazeera English's groundbreaking news and... MORE

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