Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • House Of Lords Concludes 'Right To Be Forgotten' Is 'Unworkable'Press Gazette

    A House of Lords Committee has concluded the "right to be forgotten" is "unworkable" and "wrong in principle." The European Court of Justice ruled in May that links to irrelevant and outdated material should be erased on request from search engines such as Google within the European Union. The Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee said in a new report that it was wrong to give search engines the power to decide what should or should not be deleted.

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  • RFID Logo Expected To Aid In Privacy ConcernsGigaom

    The European Commission has revealed a new logo for items that include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, to keep them compliant with EU data protection rules. The scheme is voluntary, but technology trade organizations like Germany's BITKOM have signed up to promote its use. RFID tags, used in everything from travel smartcards and keychains to consumer goods, are trackable at close range but also tiny and generally hidden. By bringing in the RFID logo, the idea is to make people aware when items they're carrying can be tracked, and help them decide whether or not they want to buy items with smart chips inside them.

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  • Looking To Create Social Buzz? Here's

    BuzzFeed is renowned for its highly-shared content, disowning search engines in favour of a 'social-first' strategy and creating articles specifically for a sharing audience which go viral across multiple platforms of social media. Last week, BuzzFeed UK editor Luke Lewis gave a masterclass in creating a community and a buzz around content on social media as part of the news:rewired+ training day. Here are some of his tips for what has worked at BuzzFeed, and what could be applied elsewhere.

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  • Times, Sunday Times Bow New Films OnlineInPublishing

    The Times and The Sunday Times have released the next two installments in The Unquiet Film Series - a collection of films celebrating the historical and cultural impact of the newspapers, crafted through access to 229 years of archive material. The first of the new releases is told through the eyes of foreign correspondent Christina Lamb OBE and her restless desire to tell the stories from the world around us in Bringing The World To Britain.

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  • 2 More Ex-NOTW Editors Face Hacking ChargeDigital Spy

    Ex-features editor Jules Stenson and deputy editor Neil Wallis have been charged as part of Operation Pinetree, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said yesterday. Both must appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on August 21. The Metropolitan Police Service had submitted evidence for charging advice in December 2013, with additional evidence provided in June 2014.

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  • 'Forgotten' Ruling Is 'Empty Gesture,' Says ISBAThe Drum

    Advertising trade body ISBA has labelled the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) 'right to be forgotten' ruling an "empty gesture", and has backed the House of Lords' dismissalof the verdict. The ruling, enforced by the ECJ in May, requires search engines to remove links deemed to be "irrelevant" information.

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  • Airbnb Will Be Port In Storm In 2 U.S. CitiesComputer Business Review

    Lodging website Airbnb will help provide disaster relief to the residents of San Francisco and Portland, Ore., under a new agreement. As part of the deal Airbnb will identify hosts willing to take on guests in the event of a disaster, as well as providing educational materials and notifications through its website and mobile app. Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, said: "When Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast 1,400 Airbnb hosts in New York opened doors and cooked meals for those left stranded.

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RTL Teams Up with SpotXChange, Eyeing Opportunities Worldwide

German broadcast giant RTL Group announced it's buying 65% of programmatic ad firm SpotXchange for $144 million.It also holds the option to buy the rest.The deal gets RTL further into the U.S. market, and according to reports, lets RTL help figure out what drives young online viewers as it pursues the programmatic possibilities worldwide.. ...More

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