EU antitrust regulators have launched an investigation into Facebook's proposed WhatsApp acquisition, asking communication rivals whether it would monopolise the market or drive up prices. The $19bn acquisition of WhatsApp, which was announced in May, is Facebook's most expensive deal to date. It will be probed by the EU Commission with the findings scheduled to be published 3 October this year.
The upcoming referendum on Scottish independence has given BuzzFeed some new insight into how readers share and respond to political coverage online. With less than three weeks to go until Scots are asked to vote on whether to stay within the United Kingdom, there is an "online battleground" of campaigners sharing material and engaging with content, says BuzzFeed UK deputy editor Jim Waterson.
Sun publisher News UK is to ask a Government watchdog how many times police have spied on journalists' phone records and what guidance he intends to give. The move comes after the Met Police revealed yesterday that it tracked down two Sun sources on the 'Plebgate' story by seizing journalists' telecoms data without the permission of a judge and without giving publishers the opportunity to make representations.
Sprint may have officially junked its ambitious plan to buy T-Mobile US, but there's a big telecom industry out there and it has taken notice of the U.S.'s scrappy No. 4 mobile carrier. T-Mobile's principal owner Deutsche Telekom has indicated its willingness to sell if the price is right, and French ISP Iliad is likely to make a new bid on the carrier soon. Meanwhile, Dish Network is waiting in the wings.
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All issues that go on sale in September, will have the option of a free digital edition. No other publisher has attempted to run a promotion like this across its entire print portfolio, says Future. Customers will be given a redemption code, allowing them to download their free issue. The promotion is being supported by a large marketing campaign, covering all of Future's editorial and advertising channels as well as its social media platforms.
RadioTimes.com recorded its busiest ever month in August and reported 65 per cent year-on-year growth for the month. The TV listings provider pulled in 4.5 million unique visitors to its website compared to 2.7 million in August 2013, and recorded its highest ever day of traffic on 27 August with 537,500 unique visitors.
British police have arrested a 27-year-old man in Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites. Twelve computer servers involved in streaming sports events globally have been seized from the man's home, in an operation alleged to be costing the industry more than GBP10m.
American nonprofit news wire Women's eNews and Jess McCabe, features editor at Inside Housing, have successfully crowdfunded a project about domestic violence in the UK, raising over $3,500 (GBP2,100). The series of features, called Why didn't she just leave?, aims to unmask the financial difficulties that domestic violence victims experience, and how these might keep them from leaving abusive relationships.
Current 3am editor Clemmie Moodie is moving to become associate features editor across the Mirror titles. She will be replaced by her current deputy Ashleigh Rainbird as editor. Rainbird will be joined on 3am by Hannah Hope and Halina Watts as her deputies.