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31 August 2012 | Reuters
31 August 2012 | CNET News
31 August 2012 | TechcrunchHuffPost Labs, which will unveil its first project today: Highlights, a collection of the most popular sentences from articles and blog posts across the Huffington Post empire. Labs co-founder Conor White Sullivan explains that there are two ways a reader can “vote” for a sentence: either by selecting the text and clicking the new “Highlight” button that will start appearing on Huffing Post today, or by simply copying the selection. The sentences are also judged by the ratio of highlights to page views, since articles and blog posts that are featured on the front page of Huffington Post or AOL.com get more traffic than posts that are deeper in the site’s navigation. So a sentence that received lots of highlights even though it got a relatively small number of page views will be treated as very interesting on the Highlights page. This should help surface interesting stories that might otherwise be overlooked.
31 August 2012 | AFP
31 August 2012 | Reuters
31 August 2012 | Knight Centerannounced the release of the report "Digital Freedom in Brazil," which aims to serve as a resource to bring Brazil in agreement with international freedom of expression standards and improve online expression in the South American country. According to Article 19, the report presents international legislation on freedom of expression on the Internet, examines online censorship in Brazil, and describes major challenges. The report also presents debates over Internet access, bandwidth and policies for digital inclusion. The report cites current bills to regulate online content, like the cyber-crime bill, which could force Internet providers to monitor and report alleged violations to the criminal Internet law, turning providers into a proxy for the police. Another bill mentioned was the Internet Bill of Rights that would define rights and duties of users and businesses that surf the net.
30 August 2012 | USA Today
30 August 2012 | BBC News
30 August 2012 | Journalism.co.ukannounced that it has launched 'Flipboard TV', which consists of curated video sections. The app, which is available for iPad, iPhone and Android and has 1.5 million daily users, encourages people to connect their Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, and delivers a page-turning magazine-like experience. The 'TV' pages of videos are "powered by popular YouTube channels", Flipboard states in a blog post, and are organised into topics, such as 'cooking', 'news' and 'catwalk'. According to Flipboard, 'News TV' allows users to "stay updated on current events via leading news outlets". Users could access both video and audio via Flipboard prior to the launch of Flipboard TV.
30 August 2012 | Hollywood ReporterThe Guardian said that a five-page summary that has been mailed to newspaper companies lists the areas, on which Leveson is planning to comment in conclusion of his probe that was launched amid the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. It quoted people who have seen it as saying that he has thrown the "kitchen sink" at the newspaper industry. "It is excoriating," one source told the paper. The final report is expected to be published in late October. The summary covers such themes as accuracy in the media and public interest. A section on current self-regulation of the press says "self-regulation has failed," according to the Guardian. The news came after a report that Leveson had prepared letters warning all those who will be criticized in his final report in October, even though it wasn't clear which individuals and companies would be censured.
30 August 2012 | New York Times
30 August 2012 | BBC News
29 August 2012 | Knight CenterReportr.net. Beyond the recent API announcement, Twitter has seen a progression of censorship as the company matures that may threaten its credibility as a news source. The new Twitter guidelines have prompted questions about how, or whether, journalists will be able to aggregate various tweets, combining them with non-Twitter content. In order to “deliver a consistent Twitter experience,” Twitter now requires all posted tweets to include a linked @username and Twitter actions, like Re-tweet, reply, etc. Along with new display guidelines, Twitter requires all applications to be certified by the company before they are released. Twitter announced that failure to comply with these guidelines could result in a revocation of the application's access to tweeted content. This trend toward greater control over the appearance and content of tweets reflects Twitter’s development as a business but also raises concerns about censorship. Jeff Sonderman of Poynter chronicled Twitter’s history of censorship, noting that the company said it would start censoring certain tweets in certain countries in January 2012.
29 August 2012 | The Guardian
29 August 2012 | Knight CenterEl Pais. This digital transition resulted in the layoff of more than 100 UNoticias employees, who occupied the old newsroom defending their jobs and demanding labor debt payments, reported the Uruguayan PressAssociation (APU in Spanish). In a statement, the newspaper's publisher Impresora Polo S.A. said that the suspension of the printed version is due to "changes in consumers' reading habits, which happens everywhere in the world, and isn't different in Uruguay, where more readers choose to be informed through new electronic communication platforms each day." The news surprised the newspaper's employees, even the editors, who were not informed previously. The Federation of Journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean expressed solidarity with the newspaper's employees in a story published on Sunday, Aug. 26, and said that it would follow the negotiations in defense of the workers rights of UNoticias employees.
29 August 2012 | CNET Newsstudy published last week, research firm NPD revealed that 18 percent of consumers across 14 countries, including the U.S. and U.K., access Web-based services and media from their televisions. That figure includes both people connecting to the Web from their televisions, as well as through set-top boxes hooked up to their sets. NPD found that 25 percent of consumers who view online services from their televisions do so "several times a week." Vendors have been making it much easier on consumers to stream online TV shows and movies on their televisions. A host of TV makers, including Samsung and Vizio, offer built-in applications in some of their sets. Several Blu-ray makers allow consumers to connect to the Web and access other services. Even game consoles offer access to the Internet. But NPD also found many folks unwilling to join the Web stampede in the living room. Some 44 percent said that they "have no interest in viewing Internet content on TVs." Another 30 percent of respondents said that they don't own the devices they need to make it happen.
29 August 2012 | News and Tech
29 August 2012 | Dutch News
28 August 2012 | The Telegraph
28 August 2012 | AFPBest of All Worlds. The site, which helps users find events and contacts, counted 20,000 members even before its launch. Wachtmeister, 57, created one of the world's first social networking sites, aSmallWorld, in 2004, the same year as Facebook. He left the company in 2008. The site was dubbed the "MySpace for millionaires" by the Wall Street Journal and highlighted by Forbes magazine as one of five social networking site for the wealthy. Best of All Worlds is targeting the same audience, he said. "The top one percent of the online audience, people who are leaders in their field, investment bankers, PR people, media, fashion, government... It's not about jet-set or rich people, but sophisticated people who have good taste," he said. "It's more three million people than a billion," he added, a reference to Facebook's announcement in July that it had more than 950 million subscribers. Best of All Worlds helps users get in touch with each other to find what's going on where they are, which Wachtmeister said was an improvement on Facebook's service which "looks backwards (and) gives you unstructured information that shows what your friends have done." Subscription to Best of All Worlds is by invitation only. Wachtmeister did not specify how or when the company would turn a profit.
28 August 2012 | Financial Times
28 August 2012 | Paid Content
28 August 2012 | International Business Timesreport released on Monday by the Women's Media Center, three-quarters of newspapers' presidential election coverage is written by men. The report, based on a survey of local and national newspapers, found that men wrote 76 percent of the election coverage during the primary and 72 percent of the coverage so far during the general election. The research was compiled by the Fourth Estate Project, an organization that has been collecting statistical information about the 2012 election using online analytics. According to the Women's Media Center, the results of the new study show that bylines skew overwhelmingly male for newspapers' election coverage when compared to the overall population and to the gender makeup of most newsrooms. According to employment census data by the American Society of News Editors, 62 percent of newsroom reporters are men. For the study, Fourth Estate chose 35 newspapers based on strategic and geographical diversity. The papers included national "conversation setters" such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, along with regional powerhouses such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Seattle Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. The study did not include blogs or opinion columns, nor did it include broadcast media.
28 August 2012 | Asia Pacific Broadcasting UnionWSJ WorldStream, a global video newsgathering and publishing platform for short-form videos shot via smartphone by journalists from across its global news organisation. WSJ WorldStream is the latest addition to WSJ Live, the Journal's video initiative, which has launched four new shows in the past year from New York, London, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC. It is Available on WSJ.com and as a free web app. WSJ WorldStream is video for the social media and mobile age. It consists solely of footage captured on smartphones utilizing the resources of more than 2,000 journalists worldwide. Each video is under a minute, and all footage is reviewed by an editor before being posted to the stream. Using a custom video publishing app, turnaround time is condensed to just a few minutes between shooting and posting video so that the content can be delivered from the journalists in near real-time.
27 August 2012 | The GuardianStatus People has devised a software tool that divides followers into the fake, the inactive and the good. Company executive Rob Waller said it had been decided to create the "fake follower" tool after reports that former Tory MP Louise Mensch had 40,000 fake followers. The fake follower tool aims to expose the true extent of the problem of phantom Twitter followers. Almost every Twitter account has a small percentage of fake followers because, unlike Facebook, anyone can follow you – from a genuine friend to a computer-generated account set up to promote pornography. That freedom has created a market for the sale of Twitter followers. Scores of internet sites offer thousands of Twitter followers for small sums of money. According to the New York Times, it would be possible to buy 220,000 followers for GBP 260.
27 August 2012 | AFP
27 August 2012 | V3.co.uk
27 August 2012 | Orlando Sentinelstudy of news coverage by mainstream media, released by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, confirms what everyone pretty much has assumed for a while regarding campaign coverage of President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney: “Portrayal in the news media of the character and records of the two presidential contenders in 2012 has been as negative as any campaign in recent times,” the project reports. But then there’s this: “Neither candidate has enjoyed an advantage over the other.” As it has done in the previous three presidential campaigns, the Pew project set out to study news reports on presidential campaigns in a few dozen select media to see how much of the coverage could be characterized as positive and how much negative. The study pored over reports from May 29 through August 5 and also found this non-surprise: whether the candidates are most likely portrayed positively or negatively depends on the news medium. And this: the most balanced of all news media, including on-line media, are newspapers. Overall: Pew found news reports on Obama were 28 percent positive and 72 percent negative. For Romney, the references were 29 percent positive and 71 percent negative.
27 August 2012 | Advertising Age
27 August 2012 | AP
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