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Sky News clamps down on Twitter use

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Reporters banned from reposting non-company tweets and told to check with the news desk before breaking news storiesSky News has told its journalists not to repost information from any Twitter users who are not an employee of the broadcaster.An email to staff on Tuesday laid out new social media guidelines...
Sky News clamps down on Twitter use

Sky News to its reporters: ‘check with us before you tweet breaking news’

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According to a report by The Guardian, Sky News has instituted new rules for its reporters when it comes to Tweeting news from their personal accounts. The report references an internal email sent to Sky News journalists about how to conduct themselves on the micro-messaging platform with a series of...
Sky News to its reporters: ‘check with us before you tweet breaking news’

LinkedIn investigates hacking claims

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Business social network examines claims by security analysts that more than 6 million users' details have been posted onlineLinkedIn has launched an investigation into reports that its password database has been compromised with more than 6 million users' details posted online.The business social network is examining claims by security analysts...
LinkedIn investigates hacking claims

Digital music spending greater than sales of CDs and records for first time

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BPI reveals that digital music accounted for 55.5% of total £155.8m music sales in the first quarter of 2012The amount of money made from digital music services has outstripped the sale of traditional CDs and records for the first time, according to first quarter revenue figures from music industry trade...
Digital music spending greater than sales of CDs and records for first time

CNN in talks to buy Mashable for $200m

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Global news network said to be in advanced talks to buy the social media news website founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005CNN is on the verge of buying social media news website Mashable for "upwards of $200m", according to reports.The global news network, which is owned by Time Warner, is...
CNN in talks to buy Mashable for $200m

Philips' new ErgoSensor desktop display demands that you sit up straight

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Remember those halcyon days when your mother would chide you to sit up straight should you ever start to slouch? Good news, desk jockeys, because Philips' ErgoSensor desktop monitor is here to stop your stooping now that mom's no longer around -- and it doesn't require you to wear...
Philips' new ErgoSensor desktop display demands that you sit up straight

Sally Bercow faces Lord McAlpine high court battle

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Speaker's wife refuses to back down after ex-Tory party treasurer demanded libel damages and an apologyLord McAlpine is set for a high court battle with Sally Bercow after she refused to back down in the face of a legal challenge from the former Tory peer over an allegedly libellous tweet.McAlpine...
Sally Bercow faces Lord McAlpine high court battle

GigaOM acquires paidContent

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Guardian News & Media to take minority stake in US media and technology network as part of sale for undisclosed sumThe digital media news website paidContent has been acquired by the US media and technology network, GigaOM.Guardian News & Media confirmed on Wednesday that paidContent had been purchased by GigaOM...
GigaOM acquires paidContent

Top Gear row: Tesla loses appeal over Jeremy Clarkson review

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Appeal court dismisses claim that show damaged car's sales, after manufacturer gets into online spat with New York TimesElectric car manufacturer Tesla has lost its appeal against a high court ruling rejecting its libel claim against BBC2's Top Gear.The court of appeal on Tuesday dismissed the California-based company's complaint that...
Top Gear row: Tesla loses appeal over Jeremy Clarkson review

Naked pictures of Prince Harry published by gossip website

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TMZ posts grainy mobile phone pictures of naked royal at a party in Las VegasPictures of a naked Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas have been published by a US celebrity gossip website.Clarence House confirmed that the grainy mobile phone pictures, taken in Las Vegas and published online by TMZ...
Naked pictures of Prince Harry published by gossip website

One Direction snubbed by Capital FM after Brits gaffe

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Former X Factor contestants given cold shoulder by Global Radio after thanking wrong radio stationBrit awards winners One Direction have been snubbed by Capital FM after they thanked BBC Radio 1 rather than the Global Radio station at the UK music industry's biggest night of the year.The former X Factor...
One Direction snubbed by Capital FM after Brits gaffe

Groupon guilty of 'widespread' breaches of consumer protection laws

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OFT says it has concerns over reference pricing, advertising, refunds, unfair terms, and interactions with merchantsAn Office of Fair Trading investigation has found Groupon guilty of "widespread" breaches of consumer protection laws, relating to issues including the pricing, advertising and unfair terms attached to its daily deals.Groupon, which offers promotional...
Groupon guilty of 'widespread' breaches of consumer protection laws

Nintendo announces 'mint white' 3DS XL, Tomodachi Collection bundle for Japan

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Just in case your desire to catch them all extends to Nintendo 3DS variants, the company announced today that in Japan it's releasing a new mint white edition of the 3DS XL (called the LL in its home country) April 18th. Priced at 18,900 yen just like the (many)...
Nintendo announces 'mint white' 3DS XL, Tomodachi Collection bundle for Japan

Operation Tuleta: seventh man arrested in computer hacking investigation

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Man arrested at 6.30am by Scotland Yard detectives at his home in north LondonA man has been arrested in north London by police from Scotland Yard's Operation Tuleta investigation into computer hacking.The Metropolitan police said the man was held at his home at 6.30am on Thursday, but did not give...
Operation Tuleta: seventh man arrested in computer hacking investigation

Lord McAlpine wins first round in hearing for Twitter libel case

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High court judge rules that peer's action against Sally Bercow for alleged defamatory tweets will be split into two stagesLord McAlpine has won the first stage of his libel battle against Sally Bercow, the Commons speaker's wife, after a high court judge ruled that the trial should be split into...
Lord McAlpine wins first round in hearing for Twitter libel case

Sweeney stars reprise roles for new Orange cinema ad

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Ray Winstone and Ben Drew star in new Orange cinema ad that spoofs their roles in upcoming film The SweeneyRay Winstone and rapper Ben "Plan B" Drew star in the next tongue-in-cheek Orange cinema campaign which sends up their upcoming movie The Sweeney.Orange, which has the rights to the prime...
Sweeney stars reprise roles for new Orange cinema ad

Free Olympic video feeds from 40 European broadcasters draw millions

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Eurovision Sports website allows viewers to tune in legally to coverage by all major broadcasters across EuropeA European Broadcasting Union website giving access to free and legal TV coverage of the Olympics by 40 broadcasters across Europe is attracting millions of users a day.The Eurovision Sports website allows viewers to...
Free Olympic video feeds from 40 European broadcasters draw millions

Facebook comment leaves juror facing contempt charge

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Kasim Davey charged after allegedly posting message saying he would like to 'fuck up' defendant in child-sex caseA juror will be prosecuted for contempt of court after allegedly writing on Facebook that he wanted to "fuck up a paedophile" during the trial of a convicted child sex offender.Kasim Davey was...
Facebook comment leaves juror facing contempt charge

Pearson reports 72% rise in profts

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Ebook revenue growth helps push Pearson to pre-tax profit of £1bn for 2011Pearson has reported a 72% surge in pre-tax profits to £1.15bn for 2011, with ebook sales at Penguin more than doubling and profits at FT Group, home to the Financial Times, up by about a quarter.Pearson, which beat...
Pearson reports 72% rise in profts

Last.fm reports £4.4m pre-tax loss

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CBS-owned online music service hit by fall in revenues in US market and dip in advertising salesCBS-owned Last.fm has reported a £4.4m pre-tax loss for 2011, as ad revenues stagnated and growth in the US market went into reverse.The UK-founded online music service, which was acquired by CBS for $280m...
Last.fm reports £4.4m pre-tax loss

Vevo prepares for European launch

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Music video website, founded by Sony and Universal, aims to attract fans who currently watch clips on its YouTube channelVevo, the music video website founded by music majors Universal and Sony, is to break into mainland Europe, launching in France, Spain and Italy.The service, which is also backed by EMI...
Vevo prepares for European launch

BSkyB told to withdraw misleading 'rent movies instantly' advert

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Advertising watchdog upholds rival BT's complaint about Sky Store claim saying company must not exaggerate speedThe advertising watchdog has told BSkyB to stop exaggerating the speed of its film download service, after rival BT complained its claim that it was "instant" was misleading.BSkyB ran a press ad promoting its new...
BSkyB told to withdraw misleading 'rent movies instantly' advert

Vincent Bolloré to gain seat on Vivendi board

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French billionaire's investment vehicle increases stake in media group from 4.4% to 5%French billionaire Vincent Bolloré is to gain a seat on the board of Vivendi, after his investment vehicle increased its stake in the music to pay-television group from 4.4% to 5%.Bolloré, who is chairman and largest shareholder in...
Vincent Bolloré to gain seat on Vivendi board

Operation Tuleta: journalist arrested on suspicion of handling stolen phone

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Arrest of 30-year-old is the 14th under Tuleta, a Scotland Yard investigation which includes alleged criminal breaches of privacyA 30-year-old journalist has been arrested on suspicion of handling a stolen mobile phone, Scotland Yard has said.The man was arrested at his home in south-east London at 7.30am by officers from...
Operation Tuleta: journalist arrested on suspicion of handling stolen phone

Spotify and other streaming services get own chart

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Official weekly chart to rank plays on platforms including We7, Napster, Deezer, Zune and ChartsNowIn the beginning was the hit parade based on sales of old-fashioned vinyl. Then came the download chart as buying habits turned from physical to digital. Now the latest indicator of the nation's musical tastes is...
Spotify and other streaming services get own chart

Netflix to launch in four Nordic countries

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Video-on-demand service to take on LoveFilm in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland by the end of the yearUS subscription video-on-demand service Netflix is continuing its international expansion, launching in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.Film fans in the four Nordic countries will be able to join Netflix by the end of...
Netflix to launch in four Nordic countries

Queen's Christmas speech to be broadcast in 3D

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Sky News-produced festive message gets extra dimension as broadcaster leads push into 3D TV in UKThere will be an added dimension to the Queen's Christmas speech this year after it was revealed that it will be broadcast in 3D for the first time.The annual Christmas broadcast to the United Kingdom...
Queen's Christmas speech to be broadcast in 3D

Sky News Tells Reporters Not To Use Twitter To Break News Without Permission

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It's kind of amazing to see how little Rupert Murdoch-owned media entities seem to get the internet. The latest is that Sky News -- which had been building up a reputation for having reporters who used Twitter to break various stories -- has issued a clampdown against journalists using Twitter...
Sky News Tells Reporters Not To Use Twitter To Break News Without Permission

Mail Online close to 100m users

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Associated Newspapers network remains world's most popular newspaper website with more than 99m monthly browsersMail Online had a shade under 100 million monthly browsers in January, as the traffic growth of the world's most popular newspaper website showed no sign of stopping.The Associated Newspapers website network attracted 99,218,476 UK monthly...
Mail Online close to 100m users

Reuters faces fresh hacker attack

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News agency hacked for the third time in a fortnight, as hoax story falsely claims Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has diedThe Reuters news agency has fallen victim to computer hackers for the third time in a fortnight, with the latest incident involving an article that falsely claimed Saudi Arabia's foreign...
Reuters faces fresh hacker attack
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