A spokesman said the military was filtering out reports and content relating to government surveillance programs to preserve "network hygiene" and prevent any classified material appearing on unclassified parts of its computer systems. The confirmation follows reports in the Monterey Herald that staff at the Presidio military base south of San Francisco had complained of not being able to access the Guardian's UK site at all, and had only partial access to the US site, following publication of leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account for the third time after threatening to "fuck up" a Daily Mail reporter who accused his wife of posting a series of upbeat tweets during the funeral of James Gandolfini. Hilaria Baldwin has since denied a report on the newspaper's website that suggested she tweeted to request ideas for a wedding anniversary present and to encourage fans to watch her on the Rachael Ray Show as friends and family were saying goodbye to the Sopranos star.
Auto Trader has created its first digital video cover wrap to mark its last ever print magazine. The limited edition will feature a screen showing video content celebrating the brand's 36-year heritage. There are 250 of the "collector's" edition in circulation and feature image-recognition technology Blippar in the cover so readers can use their smartphones to unlock the video content.
Publishing company Pearson has denied rumours that Rupert Murdoch and Abu Dhabi's state media group are in discussions to acquire the Financial Times Group. The Edge Review had claimed that talks had been underway for over a month, and hinted towards a deal worth over $1.2 billion.
The Observer has pulled its front page story claiming to reveal 'secret European deals' that would have seen private data handed to the US, after the credentials of its single source were called into question. The exclusive story was pulled from the later edition of The Observer Sunday morning, as well as the Guardian's website.
British-born Vogue editor Anna Wintour posted her first-ever message on Twitter yesterday, as the US Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, opening the way to Government help for same-sex married couples across the country. Wintour sent the message through Vogue's Twitter handle, said AdAge. The initials at the end indicated that the tweet came from her.
Linda Grant, managing director of Metro, has said that Twitter does indirectly contribute to the bottom line, and that her 'lightbulb' moment when she realised the importance of Twitter was when Amy Winehouse died. Grant said: "Obviously we have a number of Twitter followers: we'll use that to share stories and links to our digital content, so it'll drive traffic, which ultimately converts into the bottom line, as we monetise that traffic. Also we work very closely with a lot of advertisers in terms of creating multi-channel marketing solutions."
Business publishing and events company Top Right Group saw operating profits slump by 60% in 2012 - but there was a return to growth for publishing arm Emap. The group, previously known as Emap before a rebrand last year, made a profit of GBP23.6 million over the year, down from GBP59.6 million in 2011. Much of the loss came from some GBP41.1 million written off after the group was restructured into three units (a combination of restructuring costs and writing down the value of assets).
CNN International is undergoing "incremental" improvements in its website to give it a more visual and human orientation, according to Peter Bale, CNN International's vice president and general manager of digital. A greater prominence of comment and analysis, photography, video and "human curation" are all planned for the website over the coming months. "All sites are, or need to be, in a perpetual state of improvement," said Bale, speaking to Journalism.co.uk.
The Turkish government is heading towards a showdown with Twitter after asking it to set up a "representative office" inside the country. The move could presage censorship of the microblogging service it has accused of helping stir weeks of anti-administration protests. The government hinted that it might even ban communications using the service if it did not comply - as happened when it blocked Google's YouTube video site for two years until the search giant opened an office there last October.