The U.K.'s keenness to identify and prosecute online trolls and bullies is well-documented, but a Freedom of Information request by Sky News has given us some numbers. The channel found that British police deal with around 20 "social media abuse" cases a day. In the last 3 years, there have been 20,000 investigations involving adults and almost 2,000 targeting children - although, since around a third of police forces did not give up their data, the number must be higher.
The digital version extends the reach of FourFourTwo's print guide and includes special features on the venues, history of the World Cup, young players to watch and football innovations. Available in four languages - English, German, Indonesian and Thai - the guide is fully responsive and was built using a multimedia platform designed to enable publishers to create compelling, immersive storytelling for the web.
The Times Sport App keeps members up-to-date with all the latest live sports news at home, work and on the move via tablet and smartphone. Existing members of any print or digital pack from The Times or The Sunday Times will be able to download the free App containing breaking sports news, live match commentary as well as insight and analysis from its journalists including Mike Atherton, Lawrence Dallaglio and Matthew Syed.
Google is not doing enough to curb online piracy and must take a leading role in a battle which is costing the UK music and film industry over GBP400m annually, according to a report published by David Cameron's intellectual property adviser. MP Mike Weatherley has published a report calling on search engines, and market leader Google in particular, to do more to tackle piracy in the UK.
The Guardian has launched a new app across mobile and tablet that puts its open journalism Guardian Witness platform at the forefront. The app is the first re-design for four years and comes amid a website design overhaul, currently being tested in beta format. The new app took almost a year to design, and was aimed at building the prominence of and access to the Guardian's open journalism tools.
Business development executive at Mail Online Alex Kisielewski and Havas Media's Niall Jones have joined the European division of video advertising platform SpotXchange. Kisielewski has been brought in as director of publisher development to help clients "capitalise on the shift towards programmatic trading", while Jones, as publisher account manager, will support and advise clients on the best programmatic strategies.
In a similar offering to YouTube reports say Yahoo!plans to offer creators the ability to set up their own channels, host videos and also set up a publishing dashboard that can distribute across Yahoo properties such as it home page and blogging service Tumblr. Yahoo is reportedly talking to content producers to offer lucrative revenue-sharing deals, said sources familiar with the matter.
This Muck Rack tool generates a PDF report showing the number of shares a story has had on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Users can also view shares specifically by journalists, determined by the site's extensive directory of verified journalists from around the world.
This board will now appoint the 12-person complaints committee, which will adjudicate on complaints against publishers. The board must also take into account the views of publishers, as represented by the Regulatory Funding Company, when it makes its appointments. The board will have the power to launch investigations into newspapers and issue fines of up to GBP1m.
The Chilean telecommunications regulator Subtel has banned mobile operators from offering so-called zero-rated social media apps - services like Twitter and Facebook that, through deals with the carriers, can be used without having to pay for mobile data. Subtel says such practices are illegal under Chilean net neutrality law.