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21 June 2012 | Knight CenterWorld Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its latest report showing 57 journalists were forced into exile between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012. Most of the exiled journalists (seven) came from Somalia, and most (15) fled to the United States. More than half (58 percent) went into exile because of the threat of violence, and 46 percent were exiled because of the threat of imprisonment. The news comes just as 15 reporters have fled the violence of Veracruz, Mexico, reported E-Consulta. During the past 12 months, six of the exiled journalists came from countries in the Americas, with three fleeing from Ecuador. Of the exiled journalists, 23 percent continue to work as journalists while in exile, and about 11 percent were able to return home, CPJ said. CPJ has been tracking exiled journalists since 2007. Cuba ranks as No. 7 overall for top countries from which journalists flee, as 19 journalists have been exiled from Cuba since 2007. The number of journalists who went into exile during the past year decreased to 57 from 67 the previous 12-month period, CPJ said. Meanwhile, also in conjunction with World Refugee Day, Reporters Without Borders reported that 80 journalists fled their home countries in 2011. Reporters Without Borders also released an updated guide to help journalists who are forced into exile.
21 June 2012 | NDTV.comwebsite. "By supporting pricing in local currency, we hope to simplify the purchase experience, give you more flexibility, and make it easier to reach a global audience of Facebook users who want a way to pay for your apps and games in their local currency," it added. In 2009, Facebook, introduced a payment system 'Facebook Credits' or a virtual currency was mainly used to buy virtual goods in games like FarmVille. Last year, 15 million users bought virtual goods on the site using its payments service. "We will release local currency support for in-app payments in the next few months. Any apps or games that sell virtual items will be required to use local currency by the end of the year," the company said. Facebook, which generates most of its revenues from advertising operations, has been focusing to strengthen its non-advertising business.
21 June 2012 | Expatica
21 June 2012 | The Telegraphblog last night: “Many developers successfully monetize their apps with one-time purchases of virtual items. Beginning in July, we are launching subscriptions as another way for you to build your businesses on Facebook. With subscriptions, you can establish a recurring revenue stream and offer updated content or premium experiences for a monthly fee. “This new feature will be available to all Facebook.com and mobile web apps in July.” Facebook has also announced that items for sale on the site via apps will now be priced in the local currency. It is the company’s first major step away from Facebook Credits, the site’s currency.
21 June 2012 | Computer World
21 June 2012 | CPJ via The Guardian