Mobile is where it's at for the global TV streaming site Viki: The company's just-released 2013 mobile report shows that its mobile app install base shot up from around 1.5 million 18 months ago to close to 17 million by the end of 2013. 65 percent of the service's 26 million monthly viewers are now on mobile devices, according to Viki. Viki is one of a handful of services that has specialized in content arbitrage.
The British Spying agency Government Communications Head Quarters had reportedly monitored YouTube video views, Facebook 'likes' and Blogger visits in real-time to gather user data, latest leaks by Edward Snowden reveal. As part of the alleged programme codenamed Squeaky Dolphin, the British spying agency was able to tap the cables transferring global web traffic or use third party to access an immense data stream, as well extract some vital information about specific users.
Wikipedia has launched its Wikipedia Voice Intro Project (WikiVIP), a way for future generations to hear the voices of notable individuals such as celebrities and scientists. The WikiVIP adds a 10 second voice recording of notable individuals to their Wikipedia biographies. This will enable future generations to hear what they sounded like, including people who are less likely to have appeared on television. The first celebrity to have the new media tool on their Wikipedia page was Stephen Fry. He recorded a sample of his voice especially for WikiVIP.
Trinity Mirror has announced a series of new digital appointments following the decision to scrap its recently-launched Sunday People website and the departure of its head of Sunday Brands, Sue Douglas. The company this week announced the website would be axed after less than three months since launch, accompanied by Douglas and another three members of her team. Low audience figures were cited for the decision.
The Kyiv Post, an English-language newspaper in the Ukraine, first launched its part-paywall in April last year, giving open access to some content while other stories required a subscription to read. But following the outbreak of protests within Kiev against the government in November last year, termed the EuroMaidan protests, the news site decided to bring its paywall down temporarily to enable anyone to access the latest coverage at no cost.
The whistleblower on the failings of the BBC's Digital Media Initiative, the IT project scrapped last year at a cost of nearly GBP100m to licence fee payers, has claimed figures used to justify continuing with the initiative were "like Enron". In written evidence published by the Commons public accounts committee on Tuesday ahead of a hearing into the DMI debacle that will take place on 3 February, Bill Garrett, a former BBC employee, said he believed that four years ago "a number of staff knowingly falsified estimates of financial benefits" in order to secure further funding for the project.
Trinity Mirror is to close its seven-day Sunday People website and head of Sunday Brands Sue Douglas is leaving the company, it has emerged. The People website was launched in early November and attracted industry attention for its plan to fund the venture entirely by native advertising. However, according to the company it did not attract enough traffic in its infancy and the website will go, along with former Sunday Express editor Douglas, who was hired by Trinity Mirror in June.
Transfluent has announced the raising of another $2 million, which it is calling a "pre-Series A" investment round. CEO Jani Penttinen says this is because "it's a mix of angels and one fund" (that's Finland's Vision+ Fund, along with those angels and the Finnish government funding agency Tekes) and the company still anticipates raising an "actual Series A" later this year. The firm offers human-powered translation services for websites, apps, blogs and even social media accounts.
Former tabloid journalist Dan Evans provided the jury at the phone-hacking trial with an insider's briefing on the dark arts. The 38-year-old former News of the World and Sunday Mirror journalist said phone-hacking "was hardly rocket science". The Old Bailey heard that Evans regularly used pay-as-you-go mobile phones, commonly referred to as "burners", to hack voicemails without leaving a trail.
A group of master's students on City University's journalism course launched a news curation service today, using email and social media to reach a young mobile UK audience. The Morning Memo, aimed at young commuters, uses Instagram, Twitter,Facebook and email to deliver regular doses of UK, technology, science and business news, with the occasional "and finally..." piece of light-hearted news.