Just over one year ago L'Huffington Post, which is based in the offices of Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica in Rome, was launched as an Italian edition of the Huffington Post. The site followed in the footsteps of a number of other Huffington Post country-specific editions across the world when it launched last year. Previous launches included the UK, Spain and France.
Phil Zimmermann, the creator of the email encryption software PGP, has warned that anyone who uses consumer email services needs to be aware of the threats of exposing their metadata to eavesdroppers. Zimmermann created the "Pretty Good Privacy" software in 1991, providing a more secure alternative to consumer email and file transfer that is encrypted. Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, he said his assessment of security threats has changed radically since he created the software 22 years ago.
Editor of media website The Mediabriefing, Patrick Smith, is to depart after three years to join BuzzFeed as media editor. Smith, who made the announcement in a blog post on the website and another on his own personal blog this morning, said that he would be working from the BuzzFeed London office when he takes up the role in October.
Since June 5th, the Guardian had been publishing top-secret digital files provided by Edward Snowden, a former contract employee of the National Security Agency. In a series of articles, the paper revealed that the N.S.A., in the name of combatting terrorism, had monitored millions of phone calls and e-mails as well as the private deliberations of allied governments. Such articles have become a trademark of the Guardian.
The Sun is to launch its own mobile phone and tablet rival to Match of the Day on Saturday, four hours before BBC1's long-running Premier League highlights show kicks off. In a cheeky manoeuvre, the Sun is calling its new online programme Matchday Show, featuring all the highlights of every Premiership match and analysis from 6.30pm on Saturdays.
BuzzFeed has announced the appointment of The Wall Street Journal's Will Hayward as vice president of advertising in Europe. This is both a newly created role and the site's first European advertising executive. Hayward will begin by hiring a sales team of about five, who will be based in London. The UK version of BuzzFeed launched in March.
he debate is taking a new direction as Pink Floyd's drummer (and one of the signatories to the letter) appears to have had a change of heart about streaming music services. "Streaming .. is beginning to look like it might work for the artist.. Initially, streaming was seen as a form of piracy but it's beginning to become a commercial possibility," Nick Mason told an audience on Thursday at the Wall Street Journal's Tech Cafe in London.
A study looking at social sharing of articles in August has found BuzzFeed to be the "most social" publisher on Facebook with almost 16 million (15,915,534) articles shared, liked and commented on last month. According to the study of 50 online publishers, the BBC has the top spot for Twitter shares, with more than 2 million (2,041,926) articles shared last month.
On-demand music streaming service Spotify has launched in Argentina, Greece, Turkey and Taiwan, bringing its platform to a total 32 countries. Taiwan marks the latest step in Spotify's Asia expansion, which began in April when the service premiered in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Desktop streaming is free in Taiwan and the premium service, which allows users access to the platform via their mobile devices or smart TVs, costs around $5, roughly half what users in the US pay.