Facebook’s risky new approach to (forced) sharing

True to form, yesterday Facebook rolled out a whole host of new features at its F8 developer conference. The pick of the bunch was a new timeline (see what mine looks like on the right) and closer integration with music and media services. The latter will now be integrated into the platform through social apps. […]

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At £2.39 the Guardian iPhone app adds value

Anyone that knows me, reads this blog or follows me on Twitter will know I’m addicted to my iPhone. Why is it so great? Simple; it’s all about the apps. The iPhone isn’t a phone at all really, it’s a mini computer giving me access to the web, Twitter, games, news etc. The Guardian iPhone […]

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The fight for local news

I’ve always thought there was a real gap for someone to come in and revamp the way we read and discover local news. It’s widely known that traditional, local media is in turmoil with papers disappearing on a regular basis. But surely there is a need for good quality local communication? Surely there is a […]

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Farewell Paul Carr?

Mike Butcher’s written a great piece on Techcrunch in response to Paul Carr’s latest column in the Guardian, which lambasts the state of London’s start-up scene. Mike’s counter argument is both well thought-out and winning (which you would expect given his job and stature). But it’s his comments about the media industry in general that […]

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Goodnight NightJack

There’s lots of digital news going on today and so it would be easy to miss a blogging story that should really be given more attention. The Times has reported that it has won a landmark verdict in the High Court allowing the paper to reveal the identity of police-blogger NightJack. The verdict has forced […]

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Ding ding – Rusbridger v. Watson

The Twitterverse was today privy to a debate that, in pre micro-blogging days, might well have taken place behind closed doors. The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger and outspoken Labour MP (and blogger/Twitterer) Tom Watson engaged in a bit of tweeting on the subject of the Guardian’s treatment of Gordon Brown and Rusbridger’s own anti-Labour editorial […]

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Oi Blears! Dont blame the medium

Yesterday on the Guardian website, Hazel Blears sent out a (thinly) veiled criticism of Gordon Brown and, in particular, his recent YouTube video (above), the reception to which has been pretty poor to say the least. Blears comments: “People want to look their politicians in the eyes and get their anger off their chests. We […]

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What next for ITV?

Poor old ITV. Just when it looks as though they might be getting it together, it all goes wrong. Today’s announcement is hardly surprising considering the nature of TV, TV advertising, advertising in general etc. and, of course, the ‘economic climate’. I don’t really watch ITV – only really the football (and even that is […]

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Y Speling Mattrs

You may have read the article in the Guardian today from Marketing’s editor Lucy Barrett. In it, she highlights a new site from KitKat: http://www.thefirstworldwidewebsitewherenothinghappens.com/ Don’t bother visiting – it does (or not) what it says on the tin – a bit lame if you ask me! HOWEVER, the real story behind this, which Barrett […]

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Non, non et non, Monsieur le Président

Oh dear. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged €600m (£565m) to help the country’s troubled newspaper industry. Ok, not too bad, news in certainly important. But, he goes further…. He had added that he will give every teenager a free, one-year, state-subsidised subscription to a daily newspaper of their choice, as an 18th birthday […]

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