• Sky News Asks IDF To Delete Tweet From Feed
    Sky News has publicly requested the Israeli Defence Force remove one of the broadcaster's video news reports from its Twitter feed for taking it "out of context". The IDF, which has attracted a lot of attention throughout the most recent stage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict due to the real-time updates on its Twitter feed, agreed to remove the article upon the request.
  • Future Sells Auto Titles, Triathlon Plus
    Future plc, the international media group and digital business, has exchanged contracts to sell a portfolio comprising its Auto titles and Triathlon Plus to Kelsey Publishing Limited for a total initial consideration of GBP2.1m, comprising GBP1.8m in cash and GBP0.3m of magazine subscriptions deferred revenue to be retained by Future. In addition, deferred consideration of up to GBP0.8m is payable by 30 September 2015 based on revenue performance. Completion is scheduled to occur by the end of August 2014. The net proceeds of sale will be used to reduce the Group's external borrowings.
  • How To Make Text-heavy Stories More Interesting
    During the news:rewired conference last week, Ezra Eeman of Journalism Tools gave delegates a list of essential tools journalists should be aware of when creating engaging content for their audiences. Some of these tools can be applied directly to text-based articles to add a multimedia element and, overall, a more colourful story. There are 50,000 news apps every month, not counting new web online tools found around the internet which journalists can use, said Eeman, and it can be quite difficult to sift through them.
  • 'Social Sleuthing' Credited With Verification
    Last week, amid a flood of unverified information following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, Open Newsroom confirmed members of the Donetsk People's Republic separatist militia "at the very least" appeared to have access to an anti-aircraft missile system capable of an attack like the one carried out on the plane.
  • Europe Prompts Debate On The Importance Of Forgetting
    The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called "right to be forgotten" ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget.
  • Fox Bolsters Cash With British Sky Broadcasting Deal
    In a deal that adds firepower to Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in its multibillion-dollar quest for Time Warner Inc., British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC has made its move to build "Sky Europe." The U.K.'s market-leading pay-television operator Friday said it agreed to acquire its sister companies in Germany and Italy from 21st Century Fox in a deal worth just over $9 billion, the majority in cash, to create a pan-European pay-TV giant with around 20 million customers across Germany, Italy, Austria, the U.K. and Ireland.
  • Sky Europe: The Technology, Timing Are Right
    Whether the beast that emerges once BSkyB's double takeover is completed later this year is called "Sky Europe" remains to be seen. It is clear though that the company's ambitions have taken on continental scale. Over the next two years, the advantages claimed for the acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia are humdrum. Some £200m in annual savings in IT contracts, pencil procurement and property are readily available, BSkyB claims.
  • Former Chief Rabbi Blames Social Media For Inflaming Wars
    The former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned of of the potential of social media to inflame wars to global proportions and said: "God himself weeps at the evils being committed in His name." Speaking in a debate on the freedom of religious belief in the House of Lords, he said that 70 years after the Holocaust, he never imagined the phrase, "Death to the Jews" would be heard again on the streets of France and Germany.
  • Mail Online's Ad Revenues Soar By Nearly 50%
    Mail Online increased its advertising revenue by 49% in the quarter to 30 June, offsetting a decline in print revenues at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. The website made £15m in revenues in the quarter, up £5m on the same period last year.
  • UK Lawyer Advocates For Social Media Pre-Nup
    British divorce lawyer, Ayesha Vardag, has added a social media clause into the standard pre-nup she and her fiance have already drawn up. It means that if their relationship breaks down they can’t post "confidential" information about each other -- including photographs -- without the other’s permission.
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