• Social Media Turning Us Into Psychopaths?
    Social media: We love it, but according to recent research, it is actually turning us into psychopaths - with an increase in cyberbullying and over half turning to social media rather than talking to humans IRL. The information herein takes a look at some of the key characters traits of a psychopath - and how social media users are starting to become more aligned.
  • Billboard To Track Twitter Popularity
    Billboard have launched two new singles charts, which track a songs' "up to the minute" popularity on Twitter. Like last year's move to count YouTube views toward American chart rankings, Billboard's forward new decision could reinvent the music industry's definition of a "hit".
  • Disney, Sony Sell FilmFlex To U.S. Firm
    UK-based Filmflex, which was formed by the two media conglomerates in 2005, has movie deals with more than 30 distributors including Hollywood studios. It counts Channel 4, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin Media among its clients, and claims to be the largest independent provider of white label VOD services outside the US.
  • Facebook Asks EC To Probe WhatsApp Buy
    The social network site has voluntarily submitted a request to the EU's central antitrust authority to avoid further reviews from both National and European regulators at a later stage. Thomas Graf, an antitrust lawyer with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Brussels, said: "Facebook might prefer to go to the commission than go before several national regulators, which would each ask it for information."
  • Press And Journal's Paywalled Website Is Launched
    The Press and Journal newspaper has launched a new website with a metered paywall. Readers of the new site, based around a Word Press template, will be able to read ten articles a month before the paywall becomes active. The website has been launched to provide "tech savvy readers" of the DC Thomson title with breaking news stories and is designed to complement the newspaper.
  • Germany Weighing Options After Google Ruling
    The fallout from this month's European "right to be forgotten" ruling continues to manifest itself: according to the Financial Times and Bloomberg, Germany may bring in arbitration courts to adjudicate when information should or should not be purged from Google's mighty portal. Earlier this month the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that people can complain to a search engine (which means Google, seeing as the company has well over 90 percent market share in Europe) regarding information about them that is listed in search results but that is also stale or otherwise unwelcome.
  • UK Papers Pixelate Bild Image Of Kate's Bum
    UK newspapers have opted not to print a photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge's bottom after it was published in the German daily Bild newspaper and website. The newspaper printed a triptych of bottoms, combining pictures of Khlo and Kim Kardashian and the royal, with the headline (translated via Google): "Thank you for this horny ass weekend!"
  • Half Of Smartphone Users Now Showrooming
    Almost half (47%) of smartphone owners are now using their mobile devices to 'showroom' and browse for an item whilst out shopping, according to new research. Smartphone owners are also increasingly using their mobiles to read customer or product reviews when in-store (47%) as well as price checking other retailer's websites (39%). Around 29% of smartphone owners have also used their mobile to purchase or order a product if an item was out of stock in store.
  • Phone-Hacking Trial Hears Of 'Very Ugly' Cover-Up
    A "very ugly" and "cynical" cover-up operation swung into action when the News of the World's royal editor was arrested for phone-hacking offences, the Old Bailey has heard. Clive Goodman was being "groomed" as the "fall guy" for the wider hacking at the defunct tabloid back in 2006 and even told he could keep a job if he went to prison, his barrister, David Spens QC, has claimed.
  • Just 62% Of Publishers Offer Branded Content Opps
    Cross-platform optimisation is essential for digital advertising to reach its full potential, a new report from Brand Perfect has found, with a 15 per cent increase in cross-platform optimisation across publisher websites in the past year. The report, The New Dynamics of Advertising 2014, examines website performance on different devices of 100 of the top consumer magazine titles in the US and the UK.
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