Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • Terra To Launch In Europe, Aided By Telefonica Financial Times

    Terra Networks, the Latin American online media company that emerged out of a high-profile dotcom-era boom and bust story, is planning to launch in several European countries, with help from its Spanish parent company, Telefnica. Launched as the internet arm of Telefnica, Terra saw a near threefold jump in its share price at its initial public offering in 1999, valuing it at $10.99 billion. It then bought Lycos for stock in a $12.6 billion transaction, only for its value to plunge.

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  • Next BBC DG Will Face Most Demanding Period The Guardian

    The next charter period will see the almost universal adoption of internet-connected TV sets, abundant content available via portable devices and a radically changed UK media landscape influenced as much by the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple as BSkyB. Against this background the next DG with have to spell out a renewed purpose for the BBC within a fully connected UK, which is feeling the twin forces of economic globalisation and political devolution. Not to do so could inevitably see it pass into terminal decline, and become a great 20th century institution that didn't quite make it into the 21st century.

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  • Dancing Hamster Announces Midlands Free Radio The Drum

    Orion Media is using a dancing hamster to launch its new Midlands station Free Radio. Free was officially launched last month following the amalgamation of four Orion radio stations - brmb, Beacon, Mercia and Wyvern - under one new unified brand. Along with the TV advert created by Midlands agency Connect, the GBP1m launch campaign also includes outdoor advertising, social media and events that will aim to draw new audiences from across the West Midlands region. Connect worked with Hanrahan Film Productions and CGI company Framestore to bring its script to life.

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  • Flattr, Dailymotion Deal May Provide Content 'Tips' Forbes

    Flattr, the Swedish microdonations service that makes donations between web users and content creators like artists, musicians and writers possible, has just struck its first major deal with a global content provider. France's Dailymotion, the web's biggest video portal after YouTube, is allowing its users to import a Flattr button onto their channels and each individual video. The deal means that anyone who uploads a video to the site can start getting donations, or tips, directly from their viewers, no advertisers needed.

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  • Police Probe Facebook Page That Mocked Football Tragedy The Independent

    A Facebook page which mocked the Hillsborough football tragedy is being investigated by police. The page allegedly pointed fun at the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final in April 1989. According to reports, it went online for a week and received 125 "likes" before being removed by Facebook following complaints forwarded by police. A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said detectives from the force's hi-tech crime unit were investigating. Facebook said the page has been removed.

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  • Re:route Offers Discounts For London Walkers, Cyclists Wired

    Once downloaded to your iPhone, the iOS app invites you to input the start and end points of a journey, and will then recommend a variety of travel options, including walking, cycling, and public transport. After you arrive at your destination (the app tracks your progress with GPS), you'll be given five Recyclebank points, and shown how many calories you've burned, and how much carbon dioxide you've "saved" by opting for a cleaner mode of transport.

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  • French Games Firm Faces Suit Over Use Of 'Ville' The Telegraph

    American social games maker Zynga is accusing Kobojo of trademark infringement regarding 'Pyramidville' - a game which was released onto Facebook last year. Zynga said in its complaint: "Facebook users are likely to believe, erroneously, that PYRAMIDVILLE is a member of Zynga's 'VILLE Family of Games'." Zynga has been trying to trademark the word 'ville' with the US Patent and Trademark and Trademark Office. However, according to reports, the process has been slow and without much progress.

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