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  • 28 June 2013 | The New York Observer

    News Corp wants to compete with BuzzFeed

    News Corp got a new logo, but that’s not the only change on the horizon for Rupert Murdoch’s company as it gets ready for Friday’s split, when the money-making entertainment arm, which includes 21st Century Fox and Fox News, will be spun off from the more financially precarious publishing division. And in advance of the split, News Corp CEO Robert Thomson announced that the newspapers will be reimagined as “platforms”–all the better for launching digital products that flow between devices. Mr. Thomson said that the papers must become profitable. And making them profitable apparently includes positioning the Post to compete with BuzzFeed.
  • 28 June 2013 | T3

    Turkish government pursues Twitter control

    The Turkish government has asked social networking giant Twitter to set up a "representative office" within Turkey which would make it easier to monitor content. Twitter and Facebook have both been used extensively for recent anti-government protests in Turkey and the government feels an on-site office would make it easier to discuss possible restrictions with the company. "There needs to be an interlocutor we can put our grievance to and who can correct an error if there is one," said Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildrim. So far, Twitter has yet to respond to the requests made by the Turkish government.
  • 28 June 2013 | The Huffington Post

    Alec Baldwin Twitter meltdown comes after journalist accuses wife of tweeting during funeral

    Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin attended the late "Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini's funeral Thursday morning, but while they were among mourners at the New York City church, Hilaria's Twitter account appeared to remain active. After a report from the UK's Daily Mail detailing as much, Baldwin launched a Twitter rant against the publication's writer who produced the piece -- and used several gay slurs in the process. During the funeral, tweets were sent from Hilaria's account asking followers for wedding anniversary ideas and retweeting @RachaelRayShow's updates about her Thursday morning appearance.
  • 28 June 2013 | Pew Research Center

    Newspaper newsrooms suffer large staffing decreases

    The American Society of News Editors released its annual newsroom census figures Tuesday showing a severe decline in the size of newspaper staffs. In all, there were about 2,600 fewer full-time professional editorial jobs at newspapers in 2012, a 6.4% decline from 2011. That leaves the industry at 38,000 full-time professional editorial employees and is the first time that figure has been below 40,000 since the census began in 1978. The losses are also more than twice the level estimated in March by Rick Edmonds, coauthor of the chapter on newspapers in the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media report.
  • 28 June 2013 | Poynter

    Study: Journalists trust elected officials more than PR people

    Journalists surveyed by the Oriella PR Network trust elected officials slightly more than they do PR people. But don’t feel bad, PR professionals: They also distrust elected officials more! Oriella PR Network’s annual survey gathered information from journalists in 15 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada. (About 37 journalists on average in each country, the report says.) Journalists trust elected officials far more than the American public at large does. In Gallup’s most recent index of confidence in institutions, only 10 percent of Americans expressed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress.
  • 28 June 2013 | The Drum

    Anti-social media app helps users evade friends

    An anti-social media app has been launched by a New York student, in an attempt to showcase his disdain for social media. Hell is for Other People harnesses Foursquare location data to pinpoint the location of friends and family but rather than encourage connections the app seeks to show safe routes and locations where these people can be avoided. This is achieved courtesy of an ‘avoidance map’ which plots people’s movements in real-time to minimise the risk of a dreaded random small talk encounter. Colour coded points add an additional layer of detail with orange locations indicating the 20 most recent places that friends have visited and green areas denoting ‘optimally distanced safe zones’.
  • 27 June 2013 | The Verge

    UK police secretly monitoring 9,000 political campaigners using social media surveillance

    An obscure unit within London's Metropolitan Police Service has been monitoring and keeping records on almost 9,000 political campaigners and activists using social media surveillance and other methods. A freedom of information request filed by the The Guardian reveals that the National Domestic Extremism Unit (NDEU) stores dossiers on 8,931 individuals labeled as "domestic extremists," many of which do not have any criminal record, according to a senior officer familiar with the unit's operations.
  • 27 June 2013 | Euronews

    Reporter attacked by Italian MEP

    The Italian Raffaele Baldassere pushed away the Dutch Geenstijl TV’s reporter, when the journalist tried to ask him why he signed the list of attendance, which entitles him to receive a 300 euro daily fee, despite the fact he didn’t participate in any meetings of the Parliament that day. The video about the scene was published on 25th June on the internet.
  • 27 June 2013 | ZDNet

    Google, Airtel tie-up to provide free mobile Internet in India

    Bharti Airtel mobile customers in India can freely access Google online products, including the first page of a Web site linked from search results. The parties announced the trial in a press release yesterday, which said it is part of their tie up to offer Google's Free Zone portal. The list of accessible services include Gmail and Google+. Customers will be prompted to purchase a data pack if they click a second link on a Web site, where they arrived via a Google Search, or need to download attachments from Gmail.
  • 27 June 2013 | Mashable

    Facebook Denies Leaking User Data to Turkish Government

    Facebook has not handed over user data to Turkish authorities during the country's ongoing anti-government protests, the company said in a Wednesday statement. Facebook's comments follow a Turkish government minister's claim that Facebook was "in cooperation with the state" while Twitter was refusing to supply user data, per NPR.
  • 27 June 2013 | BBC

    News International changes name to News UK

    News International, the media company behind newspapers including the Times and the Sun, has changed its name to News UK. The rebranding comes as part of a broader revamp of the company, owned by Rupert Murdoch, following the phone-hacking scandal. The company has recently announced editorial changes at both the Times and the Sun. It was forced to close its News of the World title in 2011.
  • 27 June 2013 | The Guardian

    Daily Mail in £100,000-plus payout over Syrian chemical weapons story

    The Daily Mail has apologised and paid £110,000 in libel damages to a London defence firm it wrongly linked with an alleged chemical weapons plot in Syria. Britam Defence Limited complained that an article on the Daily Mail's website Mail Online falsely accused two of its executives of conspiring in a "nefarious and illegal plot" in the Middle Eastern state "for enormous financial reward".
  • 26 June 2013 | Poynter

    The Huffington Post launches regional North African site

    Investor Fares Mabrouk returned to his home country of Tunisia from the U.S. 10 days before the country was rocked by the unrest that led to President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s resignation. The turmoil was the first event in the Arab Spring, and Mabrouk, who’d invited Tunisian bloggers to speak when he was a Yale World Fellow, saw an opportunity to try to consolidate the online community. “People were inventing ways to bypass censorship,” Mabrouk said by phone from Tunis. But Facebook, which many Tunisians inside and outside the country used to keep up with events, wasn’t ideal for news. “That is not good for democracy,” Mabrouk said. Newsgathering that originated from ground-level witnessing “is not the primary function of Facebook … so it plays a role which is not its initial vocation.”
  • 26 June 2013 | BoingBoing

    NYT uses work of journalist covering Manning hearings, refuses to call her a journalist

    Alexa O'Brien, the independent journalist who has been doggedly covering the Bradley Manning case and has been in court every day at Ft. Meade, doing what the New York Times hadn't—covering the pretrial hearings every day from court— wrote a scathing letter to the Times after they published this piece updating the legal proceedings against Wikileaks and Mannings, but referred to her as "an activist."
  • 26 June 2013 | CNET

    China targets U.S. products, calls them ‘terrible security threat

    China's government-friendly media outlets have taken aim at Cisco and other U.S. companies after NSA leaker Edward Snowden revealed sensitive information on alleged spying on Chinese networks. According to IB Times, which earlier reported on the claims, Chinese daily Sina cited eight companies, including Cisco, IBM, Google, and Apple, as the firms that are used by the U.S. government to spy on China. Another news outlet, Global Times, said that the country should reduce its reliance on American companies, adding that they pose a "terrible security threat."
  • 26 June 2013 | The Journal

    Indian journalist defends TV report filed from shoulders of flood survivor

    An Indian journalist reporting on the deadly floods that have swept northern India has defended his decision to file a report while perched on a survivor’s shoulders. Narayan Pargaien, who works for the local News Express channel, told Indian media website that the criticism he has faced since the video was posted online was unfair.
  • 26 June 2013 | CNN

    Instagram video for brands: ‘The 15-second format is killer’

    Instagram users posted more than 5m videos in the first 24 hours after Facebook's photo-sharing app added 15-second clip capabilities. At its peak on Thursday night, more than 40 hours of footage was being uploaded a minute. And it's perhaps inevitable that Justin Bieber quickly became the first user to attract 1m likes for an Instagram clip. Brands were also among the early adopters of Instagram video, including Burberry, Lululemon, Jeep and Gap.
  • 26 June 2013 | Slate

    Michael Hastings Sent Panicked Email Hours Before Car Crash

    Journalist Michael Hastings wrote an email to his colleagues hours before he died last week in which he said his “close friends and associates” were being interviewed by the FBI and he was going to “go off the radar for a bit.” The 33-year-old journalist said he was “onto a big story,” according to KTLA that publishes a copy of the email that Hastings sent at around 1 p.m. Monday June 17. Hastings died at around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in a fiery one-vehicle car crash. Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs, who knew Hastings from Afghanistan, supplied a copy of the email to the network.
  • 25 June 2013 | BBC

    Cyber attack hits South Korea websites

    South Korea has issued a cyber alert after an apparent hacking attack on government websites. The website of the presidential office was one of several official and media sites hit by an apparently co-ordinated attack on Tuesday morning, reports said. The identity of the hackers was not known, a government statement said. The incident came on the anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War, which divided the Korean peninsula. "The government can confirm a cyber attack by unidentified hackers that shut down several sites including the Blue House," the Science Ministry said in a statement, referring to the presidential office. The website for the office for Government Policy Co-ordination was also affected by the attack, as were some media servers, the ministry said.
  • 25 June 2013 | The New York Observer

    The New York Times publishes pulled Anthony Weiner sexting story after BuzzFeed recreates it

    The New York Times finally published a story called “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers” by Michael Barbaro that was first posted (and then promptly deleted) earlier this month about the women at the center of mayoral hopeful and former congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. When the story was posted and then almost immediately pulled on June 11, readers who clicked on the story’s URL were confronted with a blank page that read “Production Note: An article was posted on this page inadvertently, before it was ready for publication.” Yesterday, the story was recreated by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski. Mr. Kaczynski looked at the large portions of the article which remained cached by Google News through a series of more than 100 searches.
  • 25 June 2013 | The Huffington Post

    Edward Snowden leaves journalists stranded on flight from Moscow to Havana

    Edward Snowden sent a plane full of journalists on a wild goose chase from Moscow to Havana on Monday morning. The journalists jumped on the Aeroflot flight after word got out that the NSA leaker, who is reportedly trying to get to Ecuador, would be on it. A BBC reporter said that "around two dozen" members of the media had been trying to board the flight. Unfortunately for them (and their companies' budgets), they got on the plane, but Snowden didn't. Instead, he apparently managed to flummox the entire world and avoid capture by the American government--again.
  • 25 June 2013 | The Guardian

    BBC journalist received ‘threatening’ tweets from Turkish mayor

    The BBC has expressed concern after one of its journalists was targeted in a "threatening" Twitter campaign by a senior Turkish politician over her coverage of protests in the country. The BBC Turkey reporter Selin Girit was accused of "treachery" and acting as a foreign agent in a series of tweets by Ibrahim Melih Gökçek, the longstanding mayor of Ankara, on Sunday. The corporation said the 24-hour Twitter campaign was prompted by its coverage of the uprising against the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Peter Horrocks, BBC global news director, said he was "very concerned" by the Turkish authorities' attempts "to discredit the BBC and intimidate its journalists".
  • 25 June 2013 | Poynter

    Seattle Times asks readers to help with a mystery

    Seattle-based Social Security Administration investigator Joe Velling is trying to untangle the case of Lori Ruff, who killed herself in Texas in late 2010. She left behind a box that showed she’d stolen the identity of a child who died in a fire in Fife, Wash., then changed her name legally. The paper has put photos of clues to Ruff’s identity online and asked readers for clues. “So far, we’ve gotten a lot of response, but they haven’t cracked the case yet,” reporter Maureen O’Hagan wrote in an email to Poynter.
  • 25 June 2013 | Computer World

    National Zoo uses Twitter to find missing panda

    When Rusty, the red panda, went missing Sunday night from his exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, zookeepers turned to Twitter to find him. And it worked. On Monday afternoon, a Washington resident spotted Rusty and posted his photo on Twitter, calling on zookeepers to come get him. "Red panda in our neighborhood! 20th NW and Biltmore. Please come save him! @nationalzoo1," tweeted @AshleyFoughty. Shortly afterward, the zoo updated the thousands of people following Rusty's adventure to say that he was safe and sound again.
  • 24 June 2013 | The Huffington Post

    WikiLeaks defies U.S. to help Edward Snowden

    WikiLeaks' decision to help U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden escape Washington's extradition attempts in Hong Kong has cemented the anti-secrecy group's reputation as a thorn in the side of the American and British governments. In comments likely to infuriate Washington, WikiLeaks said it was escorting Snowden to Ecuador and had offered the support of its legal director Baltasar Garzon, a former Spanish judge known around the world for ordering the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Ecuador, which is already sheltering WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange at its London embassy, confirmed Snowden has sought political asylum although Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino did not say whether the request had been accepted.
  • 24 June 2013 | The Guardian

    Google confirms Waze acquisition being investigated by US FTC

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google's $1.3bn acquisition of the crowdsourced traffic-mapping and navigation company Waze, the search company has confirmed to the Guardian. The FTC's actions follow demands from consumer groups concerned that the takeover by Google, which already dominates online mapping – notably in the US – could corner the market by absorbing the Israeli startup, which boasted earlier this year its only real competitor was Google. Though Waze's revenues are below $70m, the level at which an FTC investigation would automatically be triggered, the watchdog is entitled to investigate any takeover that it thinks could restrict consumer choice.
  • 24 June 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

    Facebook, with a focus on mobile, works on project for news via users

    Facebook is aiming to become a newspaper for mobile devices. The social network has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, people with knowledge of the matter said. The project, which the company has been developing for more than a year, is designed to showcase news content in particular. Recent versions of Reader resemble Flipboard Inc., a smartphone and tablet app that aggregates stories from multiple sources and lets users swipe to flip through articles. While it's unclear when Facebook will be ready to unveil the product, the Reader project is a sign the company is trying to get users to spend more time with it on mobile devices—and to see more ads.
  • 24 June 2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek

    Angelina Jolie’s stunt double files first phone hacking suit in U.S. against News Corp.

    In the end, it took a former gladiator-turned-stunt woman to catapult News Corp.’s (NWS)U.K. Phone hacking scandal across the Atlantic and into U.S. courts. On June 13, Eunice Huthart, a former champion of the TV competition series Gladiators and an erstwhile stunt double for Angelina Jolie, filed a civil suit in California seeking unspecified damages from News Corp. The suit alleges that on several occasions, while Huthart was living in the U.S. in 2004 and 2005, operatives at Rupert Murdoch’s papers in London illegally hacked into her voice-mail. To date, this is the first phone-hacking case to be filed against News Corp in the United States.
  • 24 June 2013 | Reuters

    Quirky ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ campaign sweeps advertising awards

    An Australian public service ad campaign that became an internet hit for its black-humored list of reckless ways to die - such as "poke a stick at a grizzly bear" - has added to its luster by scooping up a record number of international advertising prizes. The three-minute short co-produced by Melbourne private rail service Metro Trains to teach people to be careful around trains, 'Dumb Ways to Die', has notched up more than 50 million views on YouTube since its release in November 2012, sparked hundreds of parodies and even become a smartphone game. The clip employs an insanely catchy tune and colorful blobs which die in a variety of ways, before culminating in train-related deaths that are described as "the dumbest way to die".
  • 24 June 2013 | The Next Web

    China Mobile suspends registrations for its Skype competitor Jego

    China Mobile has suspended account registrations for its Jego service, less than a month after it was quietly launched as a competitor to Skype. China Mobile International – a global-focused China Mobile subsidiary –announced the suspension of new account registrations for Jego over the weekend, and has also disabled Jego-to-Jego video and voice calls for customers who registered with a mainland China number and are located in mainland China. The company has posted a message on the App Store and Google Playsaying new registration for Jego has been suspended due to “optimization” of the product and system and that it would inform users of any changes.
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