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13 August 2012 | AP
13 August 2012 | The Holmes Reportresearch produced by Donath Business & Media, a leading Czech public relations firm. In addition, the low ethical standards of journalists were mentioned by 60 percent of the respondents. By contrast, smaller numbers cited external factors such as pressure from advertisers (67 percent), senior editors (64 percent) or media owners (59 percent). And journalists perceive pressure from politicians and government officials as less worrying than pressure from businesses. The 566 journalists responding to the surey report that their work is made more difficult by financial pressures (75 percent) or because of their own low level of expertise (77 percent) or poor ethical standards in journalism (67 percent) much more than it suffers from pressure from either public relations agencies (49 percent) or advertisers (46 percent). While decrying low ethical standards in the journalistic profession, 42 percent of the journalists flatly declined to accept any gifts from PR people or the companies they represent. The matter is more complicated for the others: a slight majority replied that their reaction depends on the value of the gift, the circumstances of the donation and the reason behind it. Seventy-one percent say their editorial office has adopted rules of approach to “motivational” offers from companies or PR agencies.
13 August 2012 | BBC NewsWebinos could be used to connect a range of devices such as mobile phones, car stereos, heart monitors and TVs. Webinos is a EUR 15m project supported by more than 30 organisations, including the EU. BMW, W3C, Sony, Samsung and Telefonica are among its commercial partners. While other operating systems that use the internet to connect devices to each other already exist, most are pre-installed and cannot be customised by individual users. Technical co-ordinator Nick Allott told the BBC Webinos was designed to provide an alternative to "the mighty four" proprietary systems - Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. Generally speaking, the creators of open-source software do not exercise any intellectual property rights over their content, meaning it doesn't "belong" to anybody, it works on devices regardless of their brand and is available for free, unlike proprietary software such as Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X. Users are encouraged to download and inspect open-source software code in its entirety, fixing bugs and identifying weaknesses as they go along. So far people in 155 countries have accessed the Webinos website.
13 August 2012 | Huffington Postlive.huffingtonpost.com. HuffPost Live aims to leverage The Huffington Post's community and social platform to open the conversation to community members around the world, who will be able to join in live via webcam. The network will launch with ten hosts, with eight hours of live programming out of New York and four hours out of Los Angeles each weekday. Highlights will be shown overnight and on weekends. The network was co-created by HuffPost Founding Editor Roy Sekoff, who will serve as President of HuffPost Live, and Executive Editor Gabriel Lewis. Executive Editor Mitch Semel rounds out the senior creative team. "This is not just a video network. It's really a platform for engagement," Sekoff said. "That means putting the HuffPost community front and center in everything we do, including having them join us live on the air. The idea is to provide a platform to people whose voices aren't normally heard in the traditional media." In addition to the ten hosts, HuffPost reporters, editors and bloggers will make regular appearances on the network. The network's platform will allow users to browse upcoming segments in the "Green Room" and submit a short video explaining why they want to join the conversation. Producers will also feed relevant links into a "Resource Well" below each video segment, so that viewers can prepare for the conversation and then follow along in real time.
13 August 2012 | V3.co.ukblog post. "In fact, we are now receiving and processing more copyright removal notices in one day than we did in all off 2009, more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone." The company noted that it will only penalise sites which have received valid takedown notices from rights holders and that Google itself will not be judging whether a site is infringing on copyrighted content.
13 August 2012 | Times of India