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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 27, 2010

Computers that trade on the news

Math-loving traders are using powerful computers to speed-read news reports, editorials, company Web sites, blog posts and even Twitter messages — and then letting the machines decide what it all means for the markets. The development goes far beyond standard digital fare like most-read and e-mailed lists, says a New York Times report. In some cases, the computers are actually parsing writers’ words, sentence structure, even the odd emoticon. A wink and a smile — ;) — for instance, just might... MORE
December 27, 2010

FCC adopts ineffective rules in US on Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a US government agency with independent status, voted to adopt an ineffective set of Net Neutrality rules last week after more than a year of negotiations with the various parties concerned, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The five-member commission’s two Democrats voted with its chairman, Julius Genachowski, in favour of the new rules, while its two Republicans voted against, arguing that only Congress... MORE
December 21, 2010

Beginning of the end: Online advertising overtakes print in US

Online advertising in the US is expected to exceed newspaper advertising in 2010. For the year, online ad spending is expected to rise about 14 per cent to $25.8 billion, while print advertising spending in newspapers is expected to decline about 8 percent to $22.8 billion. Research firm eMarketer includes everything from Google and eBay to the New York Times in its online advertising category. Online advertising spending will finish the year with a 13.9 per cent increase to $25.8 billion,... MORE
December 14, 2010

iPad news apps may hit US newspaper print subscriptions in 2011

Apple's iPad is killing print newspaper subscriptions, according to a new survey by the Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. However, its data also suggests the iPad is becoming a new channel for people's daily news, offering hope that at least some of the iPad-exclusive publications in the pipeline can succeed. Users are predominantly well-educated, affluent men between the ages of 35 and 64 who tend to be early adopters. More than four-fifths (80.2%) of the... MORE
October 29, 2010

COICA, a repressive bill that threatens Internet users worldwide, must be stopped

Free speech organisations are urging the US Congress to abandon consideration of the proposed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which Sen Patrick Leahy introduced into the Senate on September 21. At the Center for Democracy & Technology’s initiative, nine organszations and experts have sent the attached letter to the senator. COICA’s provisions include introducing a system of Internet filtering to protect copyright. Internet service providers would have to block... MORE
September 15, 2010

Weekly in UK prioritises new paid-for digital edition over website

A 146-year-old weekly newspaper in Northumberland in UK has launched a paid-for digital edition which will be published prior to content being made freely available online. The digital edition of the Hexham Courant , its supplements and special publications, will be placed online each week priced 55p for those who take out a year’s subscription, the Press Gazette has reported. The details: [ Link ] Publication is timed to coincide with that of the 70p weekly print edition which is sold across... MORE
August 13, 2010

US group releases draft guidelines for online content syndication

It’s not just job-threatened journalists who are worried about the rise of low cost content generators like Demand Media and Associated Content. A group of established content syndicators are concerned enough by these companies’ growing clout–and what they see as diminishing content standards on the Internet-that they are looking to do something about it. Officials from the three-year-old Internet Content Syndication Council (CSC), which includes members such as Procter & Gamble, Reuters... MORE
August 4, 2010

British elections: Social media scored over traditional media

Social media is becoming more influential by the day. If the May elections in the UK were anything to go by, social media has been an influencing factor for those aged between 18 and 24. A recent study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism shows that politics has caught on with the youth with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter becoming important in communicating with voters. Dubbed by many as the “internet campaign” or “social media campaign”, these elections... MORE
July 22, 2010

Times loses almost 90% of online readership after going paid

The Times of UK has lost almost 90 per cent of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show. Unregistered users of are now "bounced" to a Times+ membership page where they have to register if they want to view Times content. Data from the web metrics company Experian Hitwise shows that only 25.6% of such users sign up and proceed to a Times web page; based on custom categories (created at the Guardian)... MORE