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April 9, 2008

Role of journalists is shifting to more to the Web, at least in the US

From increased responsibilities to growing competition, the constantly evolving media landscape has created both challenges and opportunities for today's journalists in the US. Many journalists are having to expand their skill set and add "blogger" to their resumes. Moreover, reporters at newspapers across the country are finding that they have to fill an online news hole, as well as the traditional ink-stained pages. These findings are from the just-published 2008 PRWeek/PR Newswire Media... MORE
March 28, 2008

Online newspaper ad spending up 19 pct in 2007

Advertising expenditures for newspaper websites in the United States increased by 18.8 per cent to $3.2 billion in 2007, according to preliminary estimates from the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). Spending on newspaper websites has now grown to account for 7.5 per cent of all newspaper ad spending last year (up from 5.7 per cent in 2006). For last year’s fourth quarter, advertising expenditures for newspaper websites increased by 13.6 per cent to $847 million versus the same period a... MORE
March 27, 2008

Google shareholders seek censorship ban

Google shareholders will propose that the Web search company take steps to ensure freedom of Internet access and establish a review of its operations' effect on human rights, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. A Reuters report said that in one proposal expected to be submitted at the company's 2008 annual meeting on May 8, shareholders will ask Google to commit to certain standards, including a pledge not to engage in proactive censorship or host user data in countries that restrict... MORE
March 22, 2008

WAN welcomes Google’s clarification on ACAP

The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and other publishers organisations have welcomed Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s statement supporting the aim of the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) to give publishers more control over the use of their content. Speaking to a reporter in Sydney earlier this week, Schmidt said that the only barriers to Google’s implementation of ACAP were technical, and he denied that Google was reluctant to embrace the system because of commercial self-interest. "It... MORE
March 14, 2008

WAN asks Google to respect the rights of content creators

The Google vs newspapers issue has surfaced again. The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has again called on Google to embrace a new publishing standard that allows website terms and conditions to be placed in machine-readable format so that publishers can have a say in how news aggregators and search engine companies use their content. Google European executive Ron Jonas was quoted as saying this week that the company, the world’s largest search engine and content aggregator, was happy... MORE
December 3, 2007

AP to reorganize work and accent multimedia

After a decade of watching newspapers and rival wire services shrink, The Associated Press, the 161-year-old news cooperative, is refitting itself to handle the 24-hour news cycle it helped create. “You have to adjust to the marketplace,” said Jim Kennedy, The A.P.’s vice president for strategic planning. “The new generation of consumers has completely different habits.” To feed those habits and manage the news cycle more efficiently, The A.P. will change the way it files, edits and distributes... MORE
December 2, 2007

Internet will get clogged by 2010, says new study

Consumer and corporate Internet usage could outstrip network capacity both in North America and worldwide in a little more than two years, says a new study. Young boys and girls surf in the internet in Carlsbad in California, October 2007. Nearly 75 percent of U.S. Internet users watched an average of 158 minutes of online video in May and viewed more than 8.3 billion video streams, according to research by comScore. Additionally, wireless devices such as cell phones, Blackberrys and gaming... MORE
November 30, 2007

Media CEOs are Facebook and BlackBerry users

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook is good for keeping up with high-flying buddies, MySpace is for teenage offspring and the BlackBerry is a full-time addiction, according to top media executives who were quizzed on their personal media habits at this week's Reuters Media Summit. "I may be the only human being on earth who's on MySpace under his own name and I am on Facebook," said Strauss Zelnick, chairman of Take-Two Interactive Software, the video game company behind Grand Theft Auto. Peter... MORE
November 29, 2007

News websites seek more search control

NEW YORK - Leading news organizations and other publishers have proposed changing the rules that tell search engines what they can and can't collect when scouring the Web, saying the revisions would give site owners greater control over their content. Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other top search companies now voluntarily respect a Web site's wishes as stated in a document known as "robots.txt," which a search engine's indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site. Under the... MORE
November 21, 2007

HT Media buys social networking site

The new, wholly owned Internet subsidiary of HT Media Ltd, Firefly eVentures Ltd has acquired social networking site in an attempt to enter one of the fastest growing segments in the Indian Internet space. Terms were not being disclosed, though HT Media said it was for less than $10 million (Rs 39.3 crore). “Everything is becoming localised and as broadband penetration improves, we see phenomenal opportunity and growth in the Internet in India. This acquisition in the social... MORE