• 'More!' Re-launch Reflects Social Media 'Obsession' The Drum

    With owner Bauer media, it has conducted a year-long study in what readers actually want from a weekly magazine, finding that the power of social media has had a considerable impact. The 'new' magazine understands this growing pressure felt by young women, who are branding themselves through their use of social media, and has embraced the challenge of tackling the issues they face. In place of the models who once graced the fashion pages, the teams at more! and Bauer decided to use "real" people from the street and online blogs for the re-launched publication.

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  • Rowling, Sony Working On Interactive Potter Book The Telegraph

    Harry Potter author JK Rowling has written the first release for Wonderbook, named The Book of Spells. Set in the Harry Potter universe, The Book of Spells has players working through wizard training at Hogwarts School, learning magic spells which are then cast using the PlayStation Move controller as a wand. "This is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook," said Rowling. "I've loved working with Sony's creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other."

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  • UK Public Service Urged To Use Social Media PS News

    New guidelines on using social networking in the UK Public Service are urging PS staff to weave public engagement through Twitter, Facebook and other social sites into their daily work. The guidelines were issued by the UK Government's digital service and focus on the idea that while social media can contribute much for policymaking, it should also be used cautiously. Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude agreed that social media could be useful but precautions should be taken.

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  • Consolidation: Coupobox Sells Up To DealCollector TechCrunch

    The acquisition is a sign of how consolidation in the sector is hitting aggregators, too. Counting flash sales and private buying clubs with daily deals, there are an estimated 105 sites in the UK alone, with 1,400 across all of Europe, and there will likely be more companies bought or cast by the wayside going forward. The UK-based deals aggregator Coupobox was bought by rival site DealCollector for a song: the price was in the "lower six figures," according to Stavros Prodromou, the founder and former CEO of the company.

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  • Immediate Media Integrates Digital Sales Into Brand Team Media Week

    The magazine publisher behind Top Gear, Radio Times and Good Food, is also making a round of redundancies following the merger of its BBC Magazines, Origin and Magicalia operations, affecting sales and editorial teams. Tom Bureau, chief executive of Immediate Media, said: "The common theme in these proposed changes is that we are absolutely focused on digital growth, whilst maintaining our core print business." The review is also likely to impact the number of editorial roles within Immediate's Parenting team, as the market rapidly migrates online.

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  • 'Financial Times' Debuts Windows 8 Preview Journalism.co.uk

    The app is available on any mobile or desktop device running the newMicrosoft Windows 8 release preview. Tablets running the Windows 8 operating system are expected to go on sale in the autumn. Speaking to Journalism.co.uk, Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com said the launch of Windows 8 tablets could be a game changer in the tablet market. The FT Windows 8 app, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store, is the "next phase in the FT's mobile development".

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  • Queen's English Society Caves In Face Of Txt Msgs The Guardian

    The Queen may be celebrating her jubilee, but the Queen's EnglishSociety, which has railed against the misuse and deterioration of the English language, is to fold. For 40 years the society has championed good English - and hasn't been above the occasional criticism of the Queen's own pronouncements - but it has finally conceded that it cannot survive in the era of textspeak and Twitter. Among its findings, and which probably will only worsen, were that 80% of university undergraduates could not spell and use the word "effect" correctly, and 43% were unable to spell the word "miniature."

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