Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, who broke several stories about spying and surveillance after being leaked information from Edward Snowden, has urged the public to stand against a "sustained and unprecedented attack on press freedoms" in his leaving column for the Guardian. In his Guardian column discussing his decision to go, Greenwald fired a warning shot about threats faced by the press.
Twitter and Kantar Media have announced the extension of a recent UK partnership to include Spain. The deal between Twitter and the analytics firm offers tools for marketers to allow deeper insight into the relationship between social media and TV viewing. The extension is effective from 2014 and will enable broadcasters to asses programme performance and plan promotions more effectively, as well as provide better information for media buyers and sellers about social data integration.
News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire hacked the phones of rival journalists as a "nice easy and cheap" way of "scooping" the opposition, the phone-hacking trial heard today. Andrew Edis QC for the prosecution in the case against former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex spin doctor Andy Coulson said this form of hacking was part of the "dog eat dog world of newspapers".
The Financial Times is forging close links with Japan's leading business media group, Nikkei, according to a memo on its website by the FT's editor, Lionel Barber. He writes that the pink paper's latest Japan Special Report marks the start of closer editorial co-operation between the FT and the Nikkei.
Digital subscriptions to the Financial Times are 24 per cent higher than they were this time last year, according to a statement from owner Pearson, released in the same month as the news outlet further outlined its digital-first strategy. In an interim management statement released yesterday, Pearson reported that digital subscriptions stand at "almost 387,000", a 24 per cent increase on 2012.In its nine-month statement last year the figure stood at 313,000.
Phone-hacking started while Rebekah Brooks was editor of the News of the World and continued under Andy Coulson, jurors in the trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-spin doctor Andy Coulson were told yesterday. Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the Old Bailey today that the prosecution would show that hacking went on at the now-defunct tabloid, and jurors would have to decide exactly who knew about it.
A last ditch attempt by newspaper and magazine publishers to get an injunction to prevent the UK Royal Charter on press regulation being signed off has been denied at the High Court. It was argued that any decision on press regulation should be delayed until there was an outcome on a request for a judicial review of the rejection of the industry's alternative charter.
According to British Recording Music Industry (BPI), the websites include FilesTube, 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova, TorrentHound, Torrentreactor and Torrentz.eu in addition to several others. BPI chief executive said Geoff Taylor said: "We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright but unfortunately they did not and we were left with little choice but to apply to the court." The High Court judge has also ordered the sites to be blocked from yesterday.
The first story, about a piece of CCTV footage that has gone viral in Malaysia and why people share material online, was broadcast from an in-tweet video on the #BBCTrending hashtag at 5pm GMT yesterday. "It's a new place for all the stuff that journalists report on to happen," said Mukul Devichand, the series producer and radio host for BBC Trending who came up with the idea. "It's like a new beat where you can see social change or new ideas or movements."
Mobile network EE are launching 4G in 14 more towns across the UK today. The expansion will bring the superfast 4G mobile internet to more consumers and businesses as it is rolled out. It will be switched on in Benfleet, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Grays, Harlow, Hatfield, Kenilworth, Rayleigh, Southport and Worksop.