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18 June 2012 | Politico
18 June 2012 | Dutch News
18 June 2012 | Knight Centerreport published by the Interacting Advertising Bureau, an association that brings together the main web sites and Internet portals in Brazil, said that the Internet has surpassed newspapers and has become the second-most preferred medium for advertising investments in Brazil during the first quarter of the 2012 year, reported iG. The research was based on advertising investments in news sites, search engines, and price comparison websites, which together amounted to 11.98 percent of the total revenues, while newspapers remained at 11.06 percent of the advertising dollars, estimated at more than $3 billion. According to the website Olhar Digital, in 2011 print held second place with 11.1 percent and the web followed after with 11 percent. Television came in first in the ranking with 58.4 percent. This year, TV remained in first place with an even larger share of 60.63 percent of the market. The new advertising trend follows the growth of online content consumption, with the cheapening of internet access. In Brazil, however, readers' transition from print to online has not been significant enough to impact newspaper circulation, which continues to grow. That growth is driven by popular newspapers, the opposite of what is happening in the U.S. and in Europe.
18 June 2012 | AP
18 June 2012 | CNETreports it has seen an "alarming" incidence in government requests to censor Internet content in the past six months. The Web giant said it received more than 1,000 requests from governments around the world to remove items such as YouTube videos and search listings. The company, which said it complied with more than half the requests, released a catalog of those requests as part of its bi-annualGlobal Transparency Report. Google said it had received 461 court orders for the removal of 6,989 items, consenting to 68 percent of those orders. It also received 546 informal requests, complying with 46 percent of those requests. The study doesn't reflect censorship activity from countries such as China and Iran, which block content without notifying Google. Among the take-down requests was a Polish demand for removal of an article critical of a development agency, a Spanish request for removal of 270 blogs and links to articles critical of the public figures, and a Canadian official's request for removal of a YouTube video of a man urinating on his passport and flushing it down a toilet. All were denied. However, the company said it complied with the majority of requests from Thai authorities for the removal of 149 YouTube videos that allegedly insulted the monarchy, a violation of Thailand law. The Web giant said it also granted U.K. police requests for removal of five YouTube accounts that allegedly promoted terrorism. Google also said it complied with 42 percent of U.S. requests for the removal of 187 pieces of content, most of which were related to harassment.