Monday, January 7, 2013
      • Ellie Goulding Playlists In Free Trial The Drum is opening up its subscription service to provide free music streaming trials and celebrity playlists as it looks to bolster its service to compete with rivals including Spotify and Deezer. The British music streaming service, which launched in December 2011, has brought in artist Ellie Goulding and celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson to share exclusive playlists and music tips for 2013 on and will make its service free to listeners for the next seven days.

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      • Golf Monthly Digital Success Boosts Editors Press Gazette

        Deputy editor Neil Tappin and assistant editor Alex Narey have been promoted to digital editor and managing editor respectively. The magazine's tablet edition reached 2,278 single issue sales in 2012 and the mag now claims to have 959 paid-for digital subscriptions.'s traffic is said to be up of 27.4% year on year in 2012 with an average of 102,083 unique users a month.

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      • France Now No.7 In Twitter Market M&M Global

        More than 5.5 million French internet users accessed Twitter in November 2012, marking a 53% rise in Twitter's desktop audience, according to the latest figures from comScore. As a result, France is now the seventh largest market for Twitter. The number of visitors aged 55+ saw a 100% year-on-year increase and accounted for the largest segment of the total Twitter audience during the month at 1.3 million users.

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      • Lord Sugar's YouView Pay Sends Costs Soaring The Guardian

        Lord Sugar was paid £500,000 to chair YouView in the year to the end of March 2012, the much delayed internet-based TV service backed by theBBC, as staff costs soared to well over £3m. YouView – a joint venture between the BBC, ITVBTChannel 4,Channel 5Arqiva and TalkTalk – paid Sugar £500,000 for a 12-month period, according to its latest financial filing at Companies House.

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      • BBC Sport Out With New IPhone App Digital Spy

        BBC Sport has today launched a new free mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch in the UK, offering expert coverage on a range of sports. The BBC Sport app has a customisable menu for users to keep track of their favourite sports, from breaking football transfer news to build-up on the new Formula One season. Users can also access the latest news, live scores, statistics, commentary and analysis on-the-go from the app, which is available to download now from iTunes.

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      • Heavy Discounting Hurt Sales Of Physical Books The Telegraph

        John Lewis reported that sales of e-readers surged 45% in the run-up to Christmas, as data from Neilsen BookScan indicated that sales of printed books fell by GBP74m. Total physical book sales of GBP1.5billion were also hurt by heavy discounting. E-books now account for approximately 14% of the total market, a rise of 5%. People are buying more books in total as companies such as Amazon aggressively push digital 'bundles' of books, but are paying less for them.

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      • Ad-Blocking Services Gain SteamThe New York Times

        Consumer-approved services that block online advertising are gaining steam, and putting ad firms on high alert. Take Free, a telecom with an estimated 5.2 million Internet-access users in France, which just began letting customers block ads online. “That move has raised alarm among companies that, like Google, have based their entire business models on providing free content to consumers by festooning Web pages with paid advertisements,” The New York Times reports.

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      Vittorio Missoni, Who Took Fashion Brand Global, Missing

      Vittorio Missoni, 58, an owner of the family-run Missoni fashion business who is generally credited with expanding the Italian company into a global brand, was aboard a small plane that has been missing off the coast of Venezuela since Friday morning. He was traveling with his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, two friends and two crew members from the resort area of Los Roques to the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas, normally about a 40-minute journey. ...More

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