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  • 12 July 2013 | CNN

    Greece’s state broadcaster back after shut-down in June

    Greece state broadcaster ERT is back on the air after being shut down by the government in June. The government, facing severe economic problems, had said earlier it decided to close the broadcaster while it created a smaller operation to cut costs. That prompted protests, and the European Broadcast Union president urged Greece to reconsider. In June, the country's top court ordered the government to restart ERT. The new signal is airing only old movies and documentaries, not live programs, according to government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou.
  • 12 July 2013 | The Guardian

    Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

    Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.
  • 12 July 2013 | The Huffington Post

    Jeremy Bowen, BBC Editor, undergoes successful surgery after being shot in head in Egypt

    BBC editor Jeremy Bowen underwent successful surgery this week after being shot in the head during the political crisis in Egypt. While covering a pro-Morsi rally that turned violent last week, Bowen was shot in the head and leg by shotgun pellets. A photo of Bowen with a head wrapping that showed the BBC editor receiving treatment for his wounds circulated on Twitter. One day following the incident, Bowen tweeted that he was feeling "much better."
  • 12 July 2013 | MediaBistro

    Pew Study: Fewer Americans think journalists contribute to society

    The Pew Research Center asked Americans to rate certain professions by their perceived contribution to society. While the Military ranked highest with more than three-quarters of Americans (78%) saying they think the Armed Forces contribute “a lot” to society, Journalists came in near the bottom with just 28% saying the Press contribute “a lot.” That number is down 10% from 2009, when 38% of Americans viewed Journalists positively. Journalists were split fairly evenly in being perceived as contributing “a lot” or “not very much/nothing.” Most of those polled (42%) thought journalists contributed “some.”
  • 12 July 2013 | The Guardian

    Women make up only 20% of solo radio broadcasters, research reveals

    Fresh evidence of a gender imbalance in UK radio has been revealed by a survey showing that 20% of shows hosted by a solo presenter involve female broadcasters. The ratio of women to men on radio declines even further when it comes to shows with multiple presenters, such as the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, where Sarah Montague is the only woman among the five regular hosts, alongside John Humphrys, James Naughtie, Evan Davis and Justin Webb.
  • 12 July 2013 | Bloomberg

    Google getting along well with Apple, Schmidt says amid detente

    The cold war between Google and Apple is thawing. Eric Schmidt, the search provider’s executive chairman, said the companies are getting along better after they clashed over mobile software on the iPhone last year. Schmidt, who left Apple’s board in 2009, said he has “a lot of respect for Apple,” while speaking to a group of reporters today at Allen & Co.’s annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Moments later, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook walked by, prompting Nikesh Arora, Google’s chief business officer, to shout out: “Tim, everybody here wants to take your picture!” Cook complied, without saying anything.
  • 11 July 2013 | The New York Times

    Soldier’s lawyers rest case with a defense of WikiLeaks’ journalistic role

    The defense in the court-martial of Pfc.Bradley Manning rested its case Wednesday with a Harvard law professor testifying that WikiLeaks performed a legitimate journalistic function when Private Manning gave it vast archives of secret government files. The professor, Yochai Benkler, who wrote a widely cited academic article about WikiLeaks and the evolution of watchdog journalism in the Internet era, testified that at the time of Private Manning’s leaks the group had established itself as playing a reputable and valuable journalistic role by publishing documents about corporate misconduct and government corruption around the world.
  • 11 July 2013 | Reuters

    Apple colluded on e-book prices, judge finds

    In a sweeping rejection of Apple Inc's strategy for selling electronic books on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found "compelling evidence" that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a "central role" in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices. Wednesday's decision could expose Apple to substantial damages. It is a victory for the U.S. Department of Justice and the 33 U.S. states and territories that brought the civil antitrust case.
  • 11 July 2013 | The LA Times

    Tribune to spin off L.A. Times, other papers into separate company

    Tribune Co. announced plans Wednesday to spin off its beleaguered newspaper unit into a separate company, freeing the media conglomerate to focus on its more promising television and Internet properties. The new entity, to be called Tribune Publishing Co., would include the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and six other daily papers. All other assets, including the company’s real estate holdings and stakes in several Internet sites, would remain part of Tribune Co. The spinoff would be tax-free to Tribune shareholders and could take as long as a year to complete.
  • 11 July 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

    Google to spend up to $500 million marketing ‘Moto X’ phone

    As Motorola Mobility prepares to unveil its first flagship smartphone since being acquired by Google Inc. last year, new details are emerging about the device’s design and Google’s substantial support for it. The moves could have broad implications across the mobile industry. Google is expected to allow its Motorola hardware unit to spend several hundred million dollars—and possibly upward of $500 million—to market the highly-anticipated device in the U.S. and some overseas markets, including in Europe, said people familiar with the matter.
  • 11 July 2013 | Global Post

    Honduras: Mutilated body in San Pedro Sula identified as journalist Anibal Barrow

    Honduran police believe a charred and mutilated body found Tuesday in the northern city of San Pedro Sula is that of journalist Anibal Barrow, missing since last month. If confirmed, Barrow's death would bring to 28 the number of Honduran journalists murdered since 2010, Reuters citedthe country's human rights commission as saying. National Police Chief Juan Carlos Bonilla said officers found the clothing Barrow was last seen wearing and a savings account booklet in his name near the partially buried and decomposing headless torso in the northern city of Villanueva.
  • 11 July 2013 | ABC News

    Instagram videos now embeddable on websites

    Instagram wants to make those new videos a bit more visible across the Internet. Facebook, which bought the photo and video sharing app last year for a billion dollars, announced that starting today Instagram videos and photos will now be embeddable on blogs and websites. When you view a Instagram video or photo via the Instagram website there will now be a share button which will bring you to the embed code. Like embedding a YouTube video or Tweet, you can then paste that code into a blog post or website article and when published it will appear right on the webpage. Twitter’s Vine app, Instagram’s closest in competitor in the mobile video sharing space, has recently enabled the same embedding feature.
  • 10 July 2013 | The New York Times

    Journalist Assassinated in Violent Russian Republic

    A prominent journalist who had accused local authorities of persecuting and kidnapping Muslims was shot dead in an ambush in the violent Russian republic of Dagestan on Tuesday, police officials said. The journalist, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, 53, a deputy editor of the independent daily newspaper Novoye Delo, had already survived a January assassination attempt at the same spot just outside the capital, Makhachkala. “They were waiting for him at an intersection just 50 meters from his house,” said Fatina Ubaidatova, a spokeswoman for the local police, adding that they did not have any suspects. “They fired several shots into the car and he was hit in the head. He died there.” The killing is the latest in a steady tide of attacks on journalists in Dagestan, which is facing a low-level Islamic insurgency. According to data from the Russian Union of Journalists, Mr. Akhmednabiyev is the 17th journalist to be killed or die under suspicious circumstances in Dagestan since 1993.
  • 10 July 2013 | Al Arabiya

    ‘We aired lies’: Al Jazeera staff quit over ‘misleading’ Egypt coverage

    As many as 22 Al Jazeera employees have quit since the overthrow of Mohammad Mursi, amid concern over the channel’s alleged bias towards the Muslim Brotherhood and its coverage of Egypt. Criticism over the channel’s editorial line, the way it covered events in Egypt, and allegations that journalists were instructed to favor the Brotherhood are said to be the main reasons behind the mass resignations. As many as 22 Al Jazeera staff resigned on Monday, Gulf News reported, but other media said only seven had left the broadcaster.
  • 10 July 2013 | The Guardian

    Rupert Murdoch: police investigate secretly recorded Sun meeting

    Detectives are investigating Rupert Murdoch over comments he made in an internal meeting with journalists from the Sun that were secretly recorded. The Metropolitan police want access to the recording as part of the Operation Elveden inquiry into corrupt payments to public officials, assistant commissioner Cressida Dick said on Tuesday. It is understood that one of the offences being investigated by the force is conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Dick told MPs on the home affairs select committee: "We are seeking to obtain the tape of the meeting during which Rupert Murdoch appears to have been recorded.
  • 10 July 2013 | Reuters

    Remains of kidnapped journalist believed found in Honduras

    Honduran police said on Tuesday they believe a severed head and other body parts found in a region of the country ravaged by Mexican drug cartels belong to a popular television journalist kidnapped last month. Honduran police chief Juan Bonilla said officers found the clothing Anibal Barrow was last seen wearing and a savings account booklet in his name near a partially buried and decomposing headless torso in the northern city of Villanueva.
  • 10 July 2013 | BBC News

    Wimbledon causes surge in social media

    Twitter recorded more than 6.6 million tweets about Wimbledon during the two-week tennis championships. During last year's tournament the figure was just 2.5 million, according to analysis by Wimbledon partner IBM. Facebook reported more than 20 million posts, comments and "likes" relating to the competition. Mobile phone provider EE said there was a 39% increase in traffic on its 4G service during the men's final on 7 July. On the same day, Google recorded more than two million searches for match winner Andy Murray.
  • 10 July 2013 | The Verge

    Google retiring Latitude on August 9th, pushes Google+ instead

    As Google rolls out its updated mapping experience for iOS and Android, the company has announced it will retire one of its older location services: Google Latitude. In a post on its support website, Google says all of its Latitude properties — which include mobile apps, website, API, and badges — will be killed on August 9th as it looks to strengthen location-sharing and check-in features available on Google+.
  • 9 July 2013 | RT

    Ron Paul announces own media venture

    Former US congressman Ron Paul has announced the launch of a new media network this summer, adding that to a growing list of projects announced since his retirement, including an upcoming book on American education. According to a video posted to Facebook last weekend, the imminent launch of The Ron Paul Channel is in response to the coordination between news outlets and government sources. “The lying and conniving and collusion between those that give us our news and information and the government, this is going to change,” states Paul in the promotional video. “FINALLY a media network dedicated to liberty, peace, prosperity, and the celebration of all the values that you and I share,” reads the announcement. The new channel aims to provide “breaking news stories, interviews with influential headliners and hard hitting reporting.” Paul, himself a regular fixture on the media circuit during his decades in congress, appears to be capitalizing on his following as an outspoken libertarian in the launch of the new channel.
  • 9 July 2013 | The Guardian

    Bradley Manning lawyer calls for ‘aiding the enemy’ charges to be dropped

    Defence lawyers acting for Bradley Manning, the US soldier who fed a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, have called for several of the 22 counts against him to be dismissed, including the most serious charge that he "aided the enemy". Manning's lead lawyer, the civilian attorney David Coombs, has filed four motions with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, asking the judge to drop several charges because of lack of evidence. In addition to aiding the enemy, the relevant counts include the allegation that Manning stole or purloined US property in the form of unauthorised intelligence drawn from Afghan and Iraq warlogs, Guantánamo detainee files and hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables from embassies around the world
  • 9 July 2013 | Huffington Post

    Google Glass Captures Arrest On Camera, Sparks Controversy

    Documentary filmmaker Chris Barrett has captured what may have been the first arrest ever to be recorded on Google Glass. Barrett was on a New Jersey boardwalk filming fireworks during the July 4th holiday weekend when he caught some footage of two men in a fight, with some shouts of "get him!" and a shirtless man being led off in handcuffs. He later posted the video to YouTube, writing in the post that the "video is proof that Google Glass will change citizen journalism forever!" -- and causing many to speculate about the video's privacy implications. Chris Matyszczyk of CNET summed up people's worries succinctly: "For all those who believe that Google Glass might represent greater (and more covert) intrusion in their lives, this footage might serve to increase their discomfort.
  • 9 July 2013 | The Telegraph

    Newspapers and magazines face £1m fines under new regulator

    An Independent Press Standards Organisation would include a standards and compliance arm with investigative powers and an arbitration service to offer an alternative to the courts. The regulator could force editors to publish corrections and adjudications "whether they like it or not", while journalists would be able to call a whistleblowers' hotline to raise concerns. The proposals are supported by the Newspaper Society, which represents regional and local newspapers, and the Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents national newspapers including Telegraph Media Group, the publisher of The Daily Telegraph. They are also supported by the Scottish Newspaper society and PPA, which represents magazine publishers.
  • 9 July 2013 | The Next Web

    Facebook to roll out graph search to all users in the US this week

    Facebook users in the US will soon start getting Graph Search – a new search tool announced in January this year that is designed to take a precise query and deliver an answer. According to an ABC News report, Facebook said that several hundreds of millions of people will get the feature this week, though it will be a few weeks before it reaches everyone who uses the site in the “US English” setting. The search feature was made available as a limited preview for English audiences only back in January. According to ABC News, Facebook says in a blog post which will be published on Monday morning: ”Over the past few months, tens of millions of people have helped improve the product just by using it and giving feedback.”
  • 9 July 2013 | ABC News

    UK to Charge 3 More Journalists in Bribery Probe

    U.K. officials are for the first time charging a journalist outside of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper empire as part of an ongoing investigation into bribery of public officials. The charge against Thomas Savage — deputy news editor of the Daily Star on Sunday — is being brought as part of an investigation triggered by revelations of phone hacking at Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid. The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that Savage will be charged with conspiring with prison officer Scott Chapman to commit misconduct in a public office. Lucy Panton, former crime editor at the now-shuttered News of the World, will be charged with the same offense, prosecutors added.
  • 8 July 2013 | Sky News

    Billionaire backs UK music dotcom Shazam

    Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms magnate who has become the world's richest man, is investing tens of millions of pounds in Shazam, the British digital music company. Mr Slim, whose net worth is estimated at $73bn (£49bn), is injecting $40m (£26.8m) through his wireless group, America Movil. The investment will see America Movil, which is the biggest mobile network in Mexico, become a significant minority shareholder in Shazam, which uses sophisticated technology to help users identify music and then proceed to buy the track with a single click. The deal represents a coming-of-age for Shazam, which has in the past struggled to convince many in the technology industry that it can make a sustained move into profitability.
  • 8 July 2013 | NPR

    BBC, radio announcer apologize to Wimbledon champ Bartoli

    The BBC and one of its radio tennis commentators are apologizing to Marion Bartoli, after announcer John Inverdale's remarks about the 2013 Wimbledon champion's appearance angered many listeners. Bartoli, 28, reached a milestone in her life Saturday, by winning the women's singles final at Wimbledon. And that's the perspective she kept after learning of Inverdale's unflattering remarks, in which he suggested that her father might have told Bartoli that she needed to work hard to overcome the fact that she was "never going to be a looker."
  • 8 July 2013 | The New York Times

    Brazil voices ‘deep concern’ over gathering of data by U.S.

    The international tensions stirred up by recent revelations about American spying spread to yet another nation on Sunday, when Brazil’s foreign minister expressed “deep concern” over the issue and said his government would press the United Nations to take action that “preserves the sovereignty of all countries.” Reacting to a local news report asserting that the United States has been collecting data on telephone calls and e-mail traffic in Brazil, the foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, said Sunday that his government would pursue United Nations measures “to impede abuses and protect the privacy” of international Internet communications to “guarantee cybersecurity that protects the rights of citizens.”
  • 8 July 2013 | CNET

    RIP, WebTV: Microsoft to shut down MSN TV on Sept. 30

    Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts. The pioneering service, one of the first to offer Internet access via television sets, will shut down September 30, Microsoft revealed in an e-mail to subscribers and an FAQ posted to its Web site. WebTV, which was founded by Web entrepreneur Steve Perlman in 1996, was acquired by Microsoft for $425 million in 1997. WebTV offered television-based e-mail and Web browsing via wireless keyboards but struggled to gain traction with consumers.
  • 8 July 2013 | The Guardian

    Scotland Yard seeks Rupert Murdoch secret tape

    Scotland Yard detectives were on Friday attempting to track down a secret recording of Rupert Murdoch admitting to Sun journalists that payments to public officials were part of "the culture of Fleet Street". A police officer connected to the Operation Elveden investigation into illicit payments from journalists has made a formal request to Exaro News, the investigations website that broke the story, to hand over the undercover tape. DCI Laurence Smith told Exaro News that the police would seek a production order compelling it to disclose the recording if it did not do so voluntarily.
  • 8 July 2013 | The Next Web

    BlikBook, a ‘Quora for higher education’ focused on boosting student engagement, raises $1.3m

    BlikBook, a social learning platform aimed at the higher education market, has today announced a $1.3 million funding round to expand its team as it edges towards the US market. The funding round was led by Leaf Investments, with participation from Delta Partners’ Bank of Ireland Start-up and Emerging Sectors Fund, Enterprise Ireland and existing investor Forward Investment Partners. Founded in the UK, BlikBook has relocated its HQ to Dublin, Ireland to take advantage of a pool of ed-tech development talent there. The Web-based service allows students and lecturers to set up Q&A rooms around specific courses.
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