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Wed - 18.10.2017


Ownership and Regulations

U.S. blog network Gawker Media was hit by hackers, who gained access to the company's servers over the weekend, hacking into Gawker, as well as its sister sites Deadspin, Fleshbot, Gizmodo, io9, Jezebel, Jalopnik, Kotaku and Lifehacker. They gained access to up to 2.5 million usernames and passwords, which could be the "most damaging cyber security breach of a media company to date," the Atlantic Wire reported.

One of the alleged hackers, part of a group identifying themselves as "Gnosis," e-mailed Mediaite, saying Gawker was targeted because of "their outright arrogance. It took us a few hours to find a way to dump all their source code and a bit longer to find a way into their database."

Image: Slate created a widget to help users find out if their information has been leaked.

"We are deeply embarrassed by this breach," the company said in a statement, according to Time's Techland. "We should not be in the position of relying on the goodwill of the hackers who identified the weakness in our systems. And, yes, the irony is not lost on us."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-13 23:35

French newspaper Libération has joined other websites in replicating the contents of the Wikileaks site, according to an announcement posted today:

"We chose to prevent Wikileaks from asphyxiation at a time when governments and businesses are seeking to block its operation without a court order. Like thousands of other sites, Libération.fr decided to participate in the support movement that is taking place on the Net by replicating the contents of Wikileaks. The so called 'mirror' can be hosted by anybody with space on servers. That's what we have done to prevent disappearing from the Internet information selected by Wikileaks partner newspapers. So we have opened this address: wikileaks.liberation.fr."

Image: BoingBoing.net

According to the site, Wikileaks is currently mirrored on 1,559 websites.

However, it is "impossible to authoritatively catalog" all of Wikileaks' mirror sites, simply because there are too many, and the situation is "too fluid," BoingBoing writer Xeni Jardin explained last week.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-10 20:51

The Chicago Tribune Media Group's ChicagoShopping.com is partnering with shopping website Groupon to feature a local deal-of-the-day, the Chicago Tribune reported today.

Groupon offers daily deals in more than 300 markets globally, and its deal with CTMG will be exclusively featured on the ChicagoShopping.com homepage.

"By registering at ChicagoShopping.com, you'll have the option to sign up to receive the exclusive Groupon offer in addition to the feature Groupon highlights on their website each day. It's the ultimate opportunity for Chicagoland deal-seekers," explained Belinda Englman, general manager of ChicagoShopping.com, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Groupon launched in November 2008 and last week rejected a buyout offer from Google, believed to be between US$5 billion and $6 billion.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-09 20:28

Apple Inc. and magazine publishers haven't been able to come to an agreement on the terms of magazine app subscriptions for the iPad, AllThingsD reported Friday. Publishers want a direct link to their clients by being able to sell the subscriptions themselves, or at least keep subscribers' data. Apple says "no."

For the past couple months, Apple has instead been offering magazines 70 percent of the revenue from each sale; the "ability to offer an opt-in form for subscribers that would ask them for a limited amount of information" such as their name, address, e-mail, etc.; and the ability to sell subscriptions to their apps through iTunes, Peter Kafka explained.

Image: bipad.net Although the publishers have a problem with the 30 percent cut of their subscriptions Apple wants, they are more miffed that the company is refusing to give them subscribers' credit card data, used for marketing. It also allows them to offer print and digital bundles, Kafka pointed out.

From the beginning, magazine publishers have been some of the iPad's biggest proponents. Conde Nast, for example, has said it expects as much as 40 percent of its revenues to come from tablets in the future, the Observer noted.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-06 22:37

WikiLeaks has come back online with a Swiss website, after its wikileaks.org domain name was shut down due to cyber attacks, Agence France-Presse has reported.

The wikileaks.org domain was taken offline at 3 a.m. GMT Friday by EveryDNS.net, its American domain name system provider. The cyber attacks started Sunday after the group published more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, many of which had been secret. Last month, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he was considering requesting asylum and basing the website in the neutral Switzerland.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-03 20:52

The Chicago News Cooperative was launched in October 2009, by James O'Shea, former editor-in-chief of the Lost Angeles Times and former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune. Many people were worried about the state of news in Chicago, O'Shea told World Editors Forum study tour participants, at a time when the Chicago Sun-Times was coming out of bankruptcy, and the Tribune was on the brink of it. He came up with the idea to launch a cooperative that would charge people a small fee to be part of a common interest network, inspired by social networking sites.

These news interest networks might be based around politics, arts, theater, or science, for example, and would connect readers with those with similar interests.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-03 16:43

The European Commission announced that on Tuesday it began investigating anti-trust allegations related to Google's activity, after which the tech giant revealed that it should have been "more transparent" regarding its mechanism of ranking competitor's search engines, The Telegraph informed yesterday.

Image via Geeky Gadgets

Google might just have abused its powerful position by diminishing the ranking of search results from other engines, The Inquirer speculated. There was also the possibility that Google might have asked certain advertisers to sign an exclusivity contract that obliged them not to place any ads from competing outlets. Furthermore, Google might have imposed guidelines on the presence of ad campaigns on competing online advertising platforms, said a press release from the Commission.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-12-02 17:40

After seven years of searching, Tony Elliott, the founder of UK publishing group Time Out, announced last week that he sold half the company to private equity group Oakley Capital Investments in order to fund online and digital expansion, Press Association informed.

The equity firm was thought to value the publisher at £20 (€24) million. According to Elliott, Oakley Capital will help the initiative because of "its entrepreneurial operational focus" and assist Time Out in embarking on a "hugely successful worldwide digital journey." He let slip that the publisher would not be putting up a paywall since it deals with information that was "built to last forever," The Independent wrote.

Image: Knomo

Elliott explained that the publishing house never had enough capital to correspond to its expansion plans, The Independent reported. In January, the founder had to donate £3 (€3.6) million from his own pocket to ameliorate the £8.3 (€9.9) million debt. However, last week Elliott declared that Time Out had never been under threat, according to The Independent.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-30 20:43

All newspapers, television channels and radio stations owned by members of the Russian government will be put up for sale, according to presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich, Polit.ru reported today.

The announcement comes following a speech given by President Dmitry Medvedev at the Federal Assembly of Russia, during which he outlined that public figures as such should not be the owners of "factories, newspapers, steamships," Trud.ru wrote. He said official bodies should only be involved with fields that encourage quality performance of duties, suggesting that all other industries should be privatised.

Dvorovich: Image via Popnano

"Right now, it's a pointless waste of time. They are to be sold, but the date hasn't been established yet," Dvorkovich said, Interfax.ru informed.

Trud.ru pointed out that around 80 percent of regional press is currently owned by the corresponding local authorities. Dvorkovich said he believes it is necessary to focus on nurturing the concept of the Russian media as an independent source of information, News.Bcm notified.

Another possible reason for wanting to sell? Running media companies is an expensive undertaking.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-30 19:39

News Corp.'s COO may be getting frustrated with the financial performance of MySpace - so much so that he admitted Monday at the Reuters Global Media Summit that he is open to selling or partnering with another company, paidContent reported. In fact, revamping MySpace could be the first step towards successfully selling the social networking site, Reuters pointed out.

"There are opportunities here to do 20 things (with MySpace) but that doesn't mean you're going to do any of the 20. If there's something there that makes sense you ought to think about it," said COO Chase Carey, according to Reuters. However, merging MySpace with another company before revamping it could be difficult, and "would have undervalued it against what we think it could be."

News Corp. COO Chase Carey: Photo, Getty Images via CBSNews.com
Less than a month ago, Carey said in an earnings call that the social networking site's losses were "not acceptable or sustainable" and that the company must "make real headway in the coming quarters to get this business to a sustainable level," according to Wall Street Journal Blogs.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-30 18:06

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