Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • Guardian News & Media Names Digital Chief The Guardian

    Alex Musil, executive VP of product at Shazam, will join GNM in August as director of product, overseeing the development of the Guardian's product team and will be responsible for planning its product portfolio. GNM's digital development team is responsible for developing and launching a wide range of products including iPhone, Android and iPad apps, Kindle editions, as well as new features and digital projects within guardian.co.uk. Musil will report to GNM's Director of Digital Development, Tanya Cordrey.

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  • Mail Online's Picton Cites 'Old-fashioned Journalism" The Drum

    Deputy publisher Pete Picton says that's the reason the Mail Online has become the best-read newspaper website in the world. Picton was speaking to The Drum after the Mail Online picked up the Chairman's Award at the Online Media Awards. It was rewarded after a year of staggering growth in which it overtook the New York Times to become the top newspaper website. "It's not about some fancy algorithm behind it. It's not about aggregation. It's about having that unique content.

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  • New Sky News Site Heavy On Video, Interactivity Press Gazette

    Sky News said that its navigation had been simplified and that there was a more prominent role for comment and analysis with a broader range of views from Sky News correspondents and specialists. The site is powered by a new bespoke content management system that will power all of Sky News' digital platforms, which it said "allows for more flexible story-telling, to give users a more immersive experience, providing background information that helps put breaking news into context". Andrew Hawken, head of editorial at Sky News Digital, said: "The new site is real progress for us, and completes our world-class multi-platform offering.

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  • Engagement Rises For Tweets Under 100 Characters M&M Global

    Tweets containing less than 100 characters receive 17% higher engagement than longer tweets, according to new research from Buddy Media. In analysing user engagement with approximately 320 Twitter handles of some of the world's biggest brands, the social enterprise company found that keeping things short and sweet led to more replies and retweets from followers. The research also showed that the use of hashtags can be problematic. Although tweets with hashtags receive twice the levels of engagement than those without, tweets with two or more hashtags lead to a 17% drop in engagement.

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  • Surfthechannel Owner Guilty Of Copyright Infringement BBC

    Anton Vickerman will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, at Newcastle Crown Court. The maximum penalty for his crime is 10 years in jail. His site used to host some of the UK's most visited web pages offering links to illegally copied streaming videos. Anti-piracy campaigners say it proves such sites can be brought to justice. Vickerman's wife was found not guilty of the same charges. At its height in 2009 Surfthechannel.com attracted more than 400,000 visitors a day, generating more than GBP35,000 in advertising revenue a month.

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  • O2 Wrkg 2 Fix Txt Msg Prblm The Telegraph

    A spokesman for the mobile network, which has more than 22 million customers, said it was investigating the failure and aimed to fix it as soon as possible. The firm did not identify the cause but it affects outgoing messages, with customers receiving "network out of order" messages from O2 when they press send. The firm believes it affects a percentage of pay monthly, but not pay-as-you-go, customers. O2 could not say how many customers had been affected but insisted it had received relatively few complaints. A spokesman said the fault struck on Tuesday, but was "utterly confident it's not a 'significant problem' kind of number [of customers]".

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  • IPC Media To Trial Home-working At 3 Titles The Guardian

    More than 20 staff at IPC's Soaplife, Chat It's Fate and Goodtoknow.co.uk will begin working from home next month as the Time Warner-owned publisher trials its new "modern working" programme. The publisher ruled out expanding the trial to its larger titles, such as Woman's Own and What's On TV, amid indications that it is seeking further cost savings on its Blue Fin premises at the capital's South Bank. A spokeswoman for IPC Media said it will equip all staff involved in the home-working experiment with a laptop, but would not initially pay extra costs associated with using the internet from home.

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