Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Skype Momentarily Disables People Hub Computer Business Review

    Microsoft's Skype has temporarily disabled People Hub, which collates contact information in Windows Phone 8 Preview 2.1 app, as the feature had been 'causing issues with device stability.' The firm, which had updated its applications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 with some new features, revealed that the 'experiences are not yet final,' and added that some features 'are work-in-progress and may not function consistently.'

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  • Distribution Model For Print Under Pressure The Media Briefing

    Newspaper publisher Martin Langveld is predicting the rapid decline of the publish-every-day business model favoured by US daily papers, with editions coming out two or three times a week. In the UK, publishers with daily and Sunday titles may also follow suit with further integration. Given the already low volumes of newpaper sales from Monday to Friday, how long before a national daily newspaper drops some editions or goes weekly?

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  • Reader's Digest Enters Into Insolvency The Drum

    Less than three years after Jo Moulton's Better Capital private equity firm rescued the monthly magazine from administration, it has cut 90 of Reader's Digest UK's 120 staff as it axed the magazine's direct marketing division. The private equity firm also began insolvency proceedings of the magazine's CD, DVD and bookselling arm. Better Marketing said that no easy route to long-term viability for the direct marketing business exists.

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  • German State Threatens Facebook Fine The Guardian

    A German state data protection agency has threatened Facebook's billionaire founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with a EUR20,000 (GBP16,000) fine if Facebook does not allow Germans to have anonymous accounts on the social network. Under German law, media services, including Facebook, must offer users the choice of using a pseudonym.

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  • Can Twitter Resist Demands For Censorship? PaidContent.org

    As Twitter becomes an increasingly global media entity - and one that controls its own platform - it is running into demands from governments in countries like France and Germany to censor or block access to certain kinds of speech. How will it respond? Can it grow internationally and still maintain its self-professed status as the "free-speech wing of the free-speech party?"

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  • Irish Papers Like/Dislike Article Linkage Irish Times

    The display of links to newspaper articles online is "an infringement of copyright" when it is done "for commercial purposes", the National Newspapers of Ireland group has said. The NNI includes links in its definition of content that is subject to copyright - a claim that has been contested by solicitors. The Irish Times said it supported "the NNI position that copyright over newspaper content should be protected". But it also said it encouraged linking to its articles.

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  • Fiat UK Borrows Rap From Toyota Digiday

    Remember the Swagger Wagon? It was Toyota's campaign for the Sienna minivan that borrowed its visual cues from that Snoop Dogg/Pharrell "Snoooooooop" video. Now Fiat may be borrowing from Sienna. Well, it seems that way. To tout the Fiat 500Ls in the UK, the company has "The Motherhood," which features a nice, blonde British mother rapping. The video has gotten around 2 million views. See for yourself. "Park it while it's hot."

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