Thursday, December 27, 2012
      • New Petition Urges U.S. To Keep Piers Morgan 'Because UK Doesn't Want Him'The Guardian

        Following a groundswell of support in America for demands to expel Piers Morgan from the country and deport him back to the UK over his views on US gun controls, it seems that any return home for the chatshow host would not be greeted warmly by everyone. The White House has yet to respond to an online petition calling for the TV presenter to be marched to the nearest American exit, but it has not stopped UK citizens from launching a pre-emptive strike against any such move. The petition to "Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" had nearly 600 signatures by Wednesday night, far from the 25,000 signature threshold necessary to prompt a White House response. It was created in response to the petition "Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment", which had attracted more than 73,000 supporters. "Kurt N" in Austin, Texas, created the petition following Morgan's repeated calls for increased U.S. gun control in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

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      • BBC Tops In Christmas Day Ratings BattleThe Drum

        The BBC won the Christmas Day TV ratings battle with the special episode of EastEnders averaging 9.4 million viewers, making it the most watched programme. In second place came ITV1's Coronation Street, which averaged 8.6 million viewers. The Queen's Christmas Day speech was the third most watched broadcast, with 8.3 million watching on BBC One and ITV1. In fourth and fifth were the BBC programmes Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and the Royle Family.

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      • Papers Go Global In Battle For Growth London Evening Standard

        The Guardian is the latest London newspaper that is trying to conquer the world. Despite the threat of strike action at home over plans to make up to 68 staff redundant, the loss-making paper has given the goahead for a new digital edition for Australia, following on the heels of its Guardian America operation. The hope at The Guardian is that costs in Oz can be contained by teaming up with a local investor - Graeme Wood, who backs the independent news website The Global Mail - and that it can generate new profitable revenues.

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      • Big data was big in 2012, it will be bigger in 2013The Telegraph

        The big data hype continues, but one UK start-up is trying to use it to revolutionise traditional telephony in the same way Google did with the internet, says The Telegraph's Monty Munford. There is no doubt that 2012 was a big year for big data. A Google search or a cursory glance at the Twitter hashtag of #bigdata underscores how pervasive it has become; it is digital's DNA and it matters a great deal. According to Gartner Research, this is only the beginning. It reports that it drove $96 billion of global IT spending in 2012, a figure that will rise to GBP74 billion in 2013, up to an extraordinary $232 billion by 2016.

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      • Property Advertising Battle Heats Up The Australian

        IT always loomed as one of life's great certainties, like death and taxes, that News Corporation and Fairfax Media would extend their print-media cage fight to other battlegrounds, where they could continue to slug it out. A year ago, a skirmish kicked off in the $1 billion property advertising segment when Fairfax took a half-share of Antony Catalano's MMP publishing venture with a group of high-profile Melbourne real estate agents, paying $35 million and injecting its Fairfax Community Newspapers' 32 suburban mastheads in Victoria.

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