The new viral campaign, serving as a positive antidote to the deadly drinking craze that took the lives of three Brits, has taken the internet by storm. Thousands of people have been stripping to their undies and posting pictures on social media for the Bangers to Cancer campaign, which seeks to help raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer Care.
Yahoo video chat users will be disturbed to learn that the British signals intelligence agency GCHQ may have collected and stored images from their webcams. Yes, including the sexy stuff. On Thursday, in the latest revelation to stem from the cache of NSA and GCHQ documents leaked by Edward Snowden, The Guardian described a GCHQ program called Optic Nerve.
The Manchester Evening News is most read UK regional newspaper online, according to data released yesterday by ABC. The data is incomplete, only a fraction of UK regional press titles are audited online by ABC, but it offers a snapshot of the way digital growth is cancelling out quickening print decline. The Manchester Evening News now has double the number of daily web 'unique browsers' (141,000) than it has print circulation (70,000).
A social media "lie detector" is being developed to help journalists verify rumours and other information online. The is an European Union-funded collaboration between an international group of researchers led by the University of Sheffield. The idea for the project had come about following the circulation of rumours within tweets during the London riots in 2011, such as the false claim that animals had been set free from London Zoo.
Dance brand Ministry of Sound and streaming service Spotify have reached an "amicable" out-of-court settlement in their legal battle over music playlists. Ministry sued Spotify in September 2013, claiming that the latter had refused to delete playlists based on Ministry compilations that had been created and shared by users.
BBC director general Tony Hall is calling for a loophole in present license fee regulation, which allows households to watch programming on digital catch-up services for free, to be closed. The move would affect an estimated half a million households in the UK who have opted out of the charge by disconnecting their tellies to watch pre-recorded content.
With so many people now taking to the Twittersphere to give their opinion on the latest hot topic, it can be hard to know who to follow. Nobody wants their newfeed clogged up with bores and ranters. CBR has come up with a list of who they think is worth following. These people are top of their game when it comes to IT, so they know what they're talking about. And more to the point, can say it in under 140 characters.
The fashion retailer has become the fifth most followed brand on Facebook and it's all down to its use of engaging, question-based status updates. According to thedrum.com, Primark has jumped up 14 positions on eDigitalResearch's Retail Social Media Benchmark since June 2013. It also saw a 273 per cent growth in terms of likes, meaning it gained an additional 1.7 million Facebook users in just six months. In total, Primark has 2.4 million fans on the site.
NottinghamPost.com, part of Local World, received an average of just over 1 million unique monthly browsers, based on figures for the second half of 2013 - an increase of 54.1 per cent on January to June, and growth of 81.3 per cent year-on-year. Part of the reason for the leap in traffic was the Nottingham Post securing its first "proper viral story" - about a man who spent GBP450 on a photograph of an XBox One - in December, said Nick White, head of insight at Local World.
UK regional daily newspaper lost sales at their fastest rate yet in the second half of 2013 - falling by an average of 14 per cent year on year. Some 64 UK regional dailies opted to be audited by ABC in the second half of 2013 and none increased sales year on year. The biggest fallers lost nearly a third of their sale as they felt the effects of price increases.