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February 12, 2011

Yahoo opens a digital newstand

Yahoo on Thursday announced the debut of Livestand , a publishing platform that aims to deliver personalised content to mobile devices. The New York Times reported on Sunday, the platform, a digital newsstand, will offer a continuous stream of programming based on users’ interests. Yahoo plans to push the platform across multiple formats, including tablets, smartphones, and Web browsers, according to the company’s press release. The platform, which will be available on the iPad and on Android... MORE
February 10, 2011

Support to Florida journalists facing Governor’s selective handling of media

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has urged Florida’s new Governor, Rick Scott, to explain his handling of the media since he has been brought into office on January 4, 2011. RSF is worried that his media policy has been skirting with press freedoms. For example, during his post-inauguration ceremony, on the 22nd Floor of The Capitol, Scott carefully “cherry-picked” which journalists he wanted in, and which he wanted out - a pooling process in which RSF looks down... MORE
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
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

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 17, 2010

Republican assertions of 'government takeover' of US health care is the Lie of the Year

PolitiFact editors and reporters have chosen "government takeover of health care" as the 2010 Lie of the Year. Uttered by dozens of politicians and pundits in the US, it played an important role in shaping public opinion about the health care plan and was a significant factor in the Democrats' shellacking in the November elections. Readers of PolitiFact, the St Petersburg Times' independent factchecking website, also chose it as the year's most significant falsehood by an overwhelming margin. (... MORE