Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • BBC Throws Hat Into Olympics Social Media Ring TechCrunch

    Last week, Facebook staked out its claim as a prime destination for people looking for this summer's Olympics coverage online. Today, the BBC announced it's putting its sports coverage into a new Timeline app. The app, which is only usable by UK users, is currently in beta form and live already: people can currently access streams of Wimbledon. That will get ramped up in coming weeks for Olympics coverage, when it will be some of the most comprehensive Olympics coverage yet seen on the social network - 24 streams in all - and will mark the first time that the BBC will stream live events using Facebook.

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  • Tweeting Comedian Appeals Conviction Red Rocket Media

    In January 2010, following a bout of heavy snow, Robin Hood Airport posted long delays and cancellations. Paul Chambers, who was due to fly from the airport shortly afterwards, tweeted the message: "Cr*p! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your sh*t together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high." Chambers was charged and the case went to court the following November. Crown Court Judge Jacqueline Davies, however, said the message was "clearly menacing" and so sentenced him to a GBP1,000 fine. This week, heheaded back to court in order to appeal the decision joined by supporters of the cause, Stephen Fry and Al Murray.

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  • Murdoch To Cede Executive Role At Newspapers The Guardian

    No announcement was made when News Corp confirmed the split on Thursday about who would head the publishing company. He will be president and chief executive of the media and entertainment business, which will encompass the 20th Century Fox film and TV studio, Fox network, cable channels including Fox News, and satellite TV assets including the 39.1% stake in BSkyB. The company said it had decided to restructure because of the "increasingly complex" asset portfolio.

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  • New 'Arrested Development' Episodes To Air On Netflix UK Digital Spy

    Mitch Hurwitz's comedy series about the eccentric Bluth family was previously confirmed to return in 2013 in the US, seven years after it originally ended its three-season TV run on Fox. Mitch Hurwitz has revealed that the new Arrested Development episodes could be the first of many returns to the Bluth family and a movie is expected to follow the reunion miniseries. The first three seasons of Arrested Development are already on Netflix.

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  • Top Twitter Stories Shared Most On Facebook Journalism.co.uk

    A study of the 100 most tweeted news stories form 10 UK outlets has found news is "350 times more likely to be shared on Facebook than on Google+". Journalism.co.uk asked Rippla, which launched in November and measures "how well news organisations are doing on social media", to look at statistics for Google+, which is one-year-old today. Sunny Hundal, who created Rippla (and is also editor of the Liberal Conspiracy blog), analysed the most popular UK news stories from the 10 outlets from 1 to 26 June.

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  • BBC World Service Online Traffic Up 20% In '12 Journalism.co.uk

    The weekly online traffic for the BBC's World Service rose by 20% this year to 12 million, according to the latest figures from the broadcaster. The BBC recorded an international audience online of 30 million for its BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com platforms. In a blog post outlining the latest figures, Peter Horrocks said 2012 in particular was "a strong year for the BBC's international mobile services", with the BBC.com mobile site recording 2.7 million unique users a week. This is said to be a 30% increase on last year.

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