Monday, March 26, 2012
  • 2 Of 3 Online Publishers Plan Digital Staff Hike Journalism.co.uk

    Two thirds of UK online publishers are planning to increase the number of digital roles "on the back of product growth expectations", the Association of Online Publishers reported today, compared to 55 per cent which saw growth in 2011, which adds that the new figure is the largest since 2008. Just more than half plan to recruit people to work on apps and almost half on mobile. Publishers say app and mobile are key skills for investment this year.

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  • Absolute Radio Reports Online Listening Up 7% New Media Age

    And they owe it all to Twitter. Earlier this month, as part of its ad campaign Faces For Radio, the company ran a promoted trends and tweets campaign on the social network, #nowplaying, to promote its pledge not to repeat the music it plays during the day. Absolute Radio asked listeners to tweet using the hashtag, @absoluteradio and also the song playing to win a prize. The effort was also tied to outdoor activity that showed real time tweets by listeners on billboards.

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  • Friends Reunited On Friend Reunited -- Again TechCrunch

    The web site, which was the UK's first social network and its largest before Facebook came along, will be a "digital scrapbook," where images to share with friends and family will be collected around "remember when" moments, giving some wider context to pictures created by users. Friends Reunited has deals with image libraries to offer up copyrighted photos as well. Plans are to offer users 10 million "memories" in the form of 6 million photos, 2 million events and 2 million places to tag alongside content. Importantly, privacy will be of the utmost importance, it says.

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  • Australia Post Launches Digtal Mailbox For Patrons The Age

    All of Australia has the option to store, manage and view bank statement and bills and store important documents in a personal digital vault. It may sound like an email account but a spokeswoman says it is more secure and is designed as a personal management system. People may connect with service providers and receive statements and bills, set reminders and make payments online or by mobile. Australia Post said it was an obvious step as more and more Australian move their lives online.

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  • UK No. 1 In Europe For News By Mobile The Telegraph

    England leads the way in mobile news consumption with 46 of smartphone owners access news websites and apps at least once a month, according to comScore. The European average, including Brits, is 37%. Next up is France, at 37% and then Spain, at 32%, representing a 127% growth rate in the year in Spain. British mobile news services enjoyed annual growth of 63 per cent. The trend in part reflects the rapid growth of the smartphone market. More than half of Britons now use an internet-enabled mobile, according to Ofcom.

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  • ICO Warns UK Firms Not To Seek Facebook Passwords The Guardian

    Following reports of such demands in the U.S., the Information Commissioner's Office is warning employers against asking existing or potential employees for Facebook login and password details. A spokesman for the ICO said: "The UK Data Protection Act clearly says that organisations shouldn't hold excessive information about individuals, and it's questionable why they would need that information in the first place." Doing so could put employers in breach of that act. "We would have very serious concerns if this practice was to become the norm in the UK," said a spokesperson.

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  • 'Metro' To Promote Its Tablet As Transit Wi-Fi Looms Media Week

    The city-centric free newspaper's first consumer marketing campaign comes ahead of parts of London's Tube and Overground becoming wi-fi enabled. It centres on digital outdoor with print ads in Metro and digital ads on Spotify and hopes to get commuters into the habit of downloading the digital edition of the paper on tablets. Outdoor screen ads will encourage people to photograph the day's tablet edition and their location for a chance to win a tablet with winners' names "up in lights" across the transit stations. Print ads running in the paper will contain another chance to win a tablet with image recognition app, Blippar. Readers will also have the opportunity to play a 3D game off the page on their mobile phones.

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