News Corp is working on an app-based news service to blend original reporting with repurposed content from its many outlets, reports the Financial Times, which cites people familiar with the situation. It is being developed by Kareem Amin, the company's vice-president of product, and is said to be aimed at so-called millennials - people born between 1980 and 2000 who have never developed a newsprint habit.
New press regulator IPSO - the Independent Press Standards Organisation - has appointed Matt Tee, the chief operating officer for the NHS Confederation, as its first chief executive. IPSO chair Sir Alan Moses said: "Matt has a deep understanding of the complex and sensitive relationship between the press, the public and Government.
The new site is the result of a year of planning, design, UX, SEO, and development of hours of hard work and testing and a six-figure investment from parent brand, Haymarket Media Group. The new site is built on the Drupal 7 platform and is designed to be fully responsive, so it will work seamlessly across desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
If you're hoping to tempt parents and children away from apps like Netflix, YouTube and the BBC's iPlayer, a few terrible tusks, terrible claws and terrible teeth in terrible jaws can't hurt. UK-based app Hopster TV has bagged an exclusive deal to stream The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, the two films based on Julia Donaldson's perennially popular children's books.
Twitter shares went up like a rocket yesterday as the company reported sales of more than $300 million in the second quarter. The World Cup was a key element - but not the only factor - as Twitter stock finished more than 35 percent higher at the end of the day. CEO Dick Costolo, who has been making a lot of changes at the social network, said,"We had a strong quarter and made progress on multiple fronts. Our financial performance was truly exceptional."
A study has revealed that British employees are the most likely in Europe to ignore workplace restrictions on social media and messaging apps, but 60% of workers are still too scared to defy their bosses' rules. Forty percent of European office workers are banned from using Facebook at work, or at least have restricted access to the site, but more than two in five UK employees who know their companies restrict Facebook defy their employers by using it at work.
The European Commission has revealed a new logo for items that include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, to keep them compliant with EU data protection rules. The scheme is voluntary, but technology trade organizations like Germany's BITKOM have signed up to promote its use. RFID tags, used in everything from travel smartcards and keychains to consumer goods, are trackable at close range but also tiny and generally hidden. By bringing in the RFID logo, the idea is to make people aware when items they're carrying can be tracked, and help them decide whether or not they want to buy items …
BuzzFeed is renowned for its highly-shared content, disowning search engines in favour of a 'social-first' strategy and creating articles specifically for a sharing audience which go viral across multiple platforms of social media. Last week, BuzzFeed UK editor Luke Lewis gave a masterclass in creating a community and a buzz around content on social media as part of the news:rewired+ training day. Here are some of his tips for what has worked at BuzzFeed, and what could be applied elsewhere.
The Times and The Sunday Times have released the next two installments in The Unquiet Film Series - a collection of films celebrating the historical and cultural impact of the newspapers, crafted through access to 229 years of archive material. The first of the new releases is told through the eyes of foreign correspondent Christina Lamb OBE and her restless desire to tell the stories from the world around us in Bringing The World To Britain.
Ex-features editor Jules Stenson and deputy editor Neil Wallis have been charged as part of Operation Pinetree, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said yesterday. Both must appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on August 21. The Metropolitan Police Service had submitted evidence for charging advice in December 2013, with additional evidence provided in June 2014.