Thursday, March 29, 2012
  • Murdoch Tweets Attack Aussie Malpractice Allegations The Drum

    Railing against "lies and libels" by "old toffs and right wingers" stuck in the last century, media mogul Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter after the Australian Financial Review accused News Corp of sabotaging competitors, which led to calls for the case to be referred to Federal police. It follows similar accusations in the UK, where his firm is accused of hacking rivals ITV Digital and posting access codes online. It was later reported in The Australian that the AFR would not be passing evidence to the police.

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  • Hootsuite Gets $20 Million Shot In The Arm All Things D

    Canadian fund OMERS Ventures has acquired a stake in the social media management platform by making secondary purchases from employees and earlier investors in the four-year-old Vancouver-based company. Hootsuite, which has already raised $4.9 million in debt and equity, allows marketers to track their presence of Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and the like.

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  • Facebook Says Data Goes Underused On Most Web Sites New Media Age

    Speaking at Facebook's first event dedicated to UK marketers, Christian Hernandez-Gallardo, director of platform relationships EMEA, talked about how social data can be used to create services out of marketing. Karl-Heinz Land of Microstrategy said, "If we well [with data], then marketing will be received as a service, and not only that but a paid service. ... If you are in a situation of trust with your customers then you shouldn't have an issue [with data and privacy]".

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  • Now Twitter Follows You Into The Loo San Francisco Chronicle

    Australian entrepreneurs David Gillespie, Matthew Delprado and Johny Mair have made a get-rich-quick gimmick. With the tagline, "Social media has never been so disposable" and a pile of poo for an icon, they've created Shitter. Shitter takes your Twitter feeds and prints them on four rolls of toilet paper. The rolls cost GBP22 plus shipping.

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  • UK Shoppers Still Flock To Daily Deal Sites M&M Global

    Groupon is the most popular site, a Kantar Media study finds, with 80% share and 8.1 million monthly visitors. LivingSocial.com and KGBDeals.co.uk follow with 10% share each. Two-thirds of online shoppers agree that 'I always look out for special offers'. Still, the study finds that only 37% of buyers make a second purchase from the same supplier. Recently, the Office of Fair Trading reprimanded Groupon for misleading trading practises and exaggerating deals.

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  • Award-winning Columnist Quits Paper For Online Gig The Guardian

    Anatole Kaletsky, who has written about economics and government at The Times for 22 years, implied in his leave-taking that he is glad to be out from behind the newspaper's paywall, saying that "news and analysis for business readers and policymakers is shifting irrevocably from print to digital". Kaletsky said he believes the "reinvention of capitalism" is the big story and is best told through an online column.

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  • Rees Given Reins Of ESPN Global Digital Media PaidContent.org

    Arne Rees, VP for ESPN in the U.S., will take over from Tom Gleeson, who will consult for ESPN. Rees will be international digital media VP for ESPN International, overseeing ESPNCricinfo, ESPNScrum, ESPNF1, ESPNSoccernet and other properties. Among ESPN's most prestigious overseas TV rights is 23 live matches in the UK of England's Premier League soccer. It also holds mobile highlights rights to all the tournament's games.

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