Unholly Alliance between Microsoft and Murdoch?


Microsoft and News Corp in Discussions to Remove Newspaper Content from Google

rupert_murdochYes, really. Rupert Murdoch?s crusade to blame Google for the failing newspaper business model continues today, as it emerges that News Corp has conducted talks with Microsoft about de-indexing the company?s sites from Google and (presumably) being paid to include them in Bing instead.

Murdoch-Microsoft deal in the works

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

Microsoft is ready to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to remove its news content from Google, according to the Financial Times. Microsoft has also approached other “big online publishers” with similar deals.

“Struggle for Rights Media Guide”

from Bianet :: English
A 52-pages guide emerged from the works of the Communication Rights Workshop initiated in 2007. The guide informs about media activities regarding social movements. Additionally, the guide includes technical information on how to set up movements in different kinds of media.

CFCM: Rethinking News

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

This post covers presentations at MIT?s Center for Future Civic Media at MIT?s communications forum.

Cristina Xu leads off a segment focused on the future of news. She introduces her project, the News Positioning System, by digging into American history to talk about ?transient newspapers?. When the US postal system heavily subsidized the mailing of newspapers, they began being used as mementos, or as post cards, underlined to make certain points. The practice became so widespread that Congress had to intervene, deciding that underlining a sentence in a newspaper was okay, while underlining letters to send a letter was not.

War Correspondence: The Digital Revolution’s Dangerous Turn

from Stanford Center for Internet and Society by Larry Downes

An article in Sunday’s New York Times by Chris Nicholson brings home an important lesson about digital life under The Law of Disruption. When social contracts are formed, the medium is often the message.

The story involves the Second Life virtual environment. A couple met and married online through the site, and with virtual currency called Lindens, purchased and furnished an island retreat. After the husband died in real life, the wife could not continue to make maintenance payments on the island. Linden Labs, which runs Second Life, erased all of their shared digital possessions.


Why we fall for fast news

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

Friend and colleague Dan Gillmor came up with a powerful idea at a Berkman retreat this past week ? the need for a ?slow news movement? in journalism, a focus on reporting that?s about careful, reasoned analysis, not about speed. (Dan credits the term to me ? that?s too kind. I?m merely the wiseass who took the complex idea he was putting forward and reduced it to a soundbite.)

Dan offers two reasons why news outlets publish news as quickly as possible, forcing themselves to correct and retract when following a story like the tragic Ft. Hood shootings. A newsroom veteran, Dan credits journalists? natural competitive instincts for some the need for speed. And he points out that speed is a way of maintaining an audience: ?Being first draws a crowd. Crowds can be turned into influence, money or both. Witness cable news channels? desperate hunt for ?the latest? when big events are under way, even though the latest is so often the rankest garbage.?

Double threat to quality journalism: Tighter deadlines, fewer copy editors

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Helena Humphrey

Readers who have come to rely on sports journalist Tom Boswell’s quality baseball coverage for the Washington Post, might not have been quite so impressed with Monday’s offering: His column, covering Sunday’s World Series game, was sent to the printers awash with typos, grammatical errors and misspellings; generating a number of complaints.

Hossein Derakhshan’s Arrest: One Year Later

from MediaShift

It’s been over a year now since the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan, popularly known as Hoder. Ever since he wrote the first Persian-language blogging guide in November 2001, he has helped pioneer the Iranian blogging community while living in his adopted home of Toronto. (Derakhshan is a dual citizen of Iran and Canada.)

However, beginning in 2006, Derakhshan’s views started changing. He called for Iran to have nuclear weapons, and engaged in personal attacks against people that he disagreed with politically. He was even sued for libel by another Iranian in September 2007.

Slow News: designing reflection and contemplation into the news-cycle

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Dan Gillmor sez, “Slow food was a great idea. Maybe we need ‘slow news’ in an era of accelerating — and wrong — information.” Like many other people who’ve been burned by believing too quickly, I’ve learned to put almost all of what journalists call “breaking news” into the categories of gossip or, in the words of a scientist friend, “interesting if true.” That is, even though I gobble up “the latest” from a variety of sources, the closer the information is in time to the actual event, the more I assume it’s unreliable if not false.

Murdoch vows to remove Newscorp’s websites from Google searches

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Helena Humphrey

Rupert-Murdoch-001.jpgIn his latest move, Murdoch has vowed to remove newspapers in his media empire – including the Sun, the Times and the Wall Street Journal – from Google’s search index. The mogul sees this as step towards encouraging people to pay for online content, the Guardian has reported.

YouTube Direct launches to help news outlets gather citizen videos

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

youtube direct.pngYouTube is releasing a new open-source interface called YouTube Direct that aims to make it easier for news organisations to have access to relevant clips from citizen journalists, it was widely reported. The application, to be unveiled today, will allow media outlets to integrate a video upload tool into their sites, where they can accept and screen user footage, described TechCrunch. All content uploaded will also appear on the YouTube site.

YouTube Lets Anyone Create Their Own iReport

from Mashable! by Adam Ostrow

If you watch CNN, you?ve probably seen iReports ? videos submitted by users around the world about news events via the company?s citizen journalism website. The site played a key role in helping the network obtain footage during the Iran election crisis.



BBC joins growing list of media outlets using SEO

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Helena Humphrey

Search engine optimisation, the process of creating content for the web that will easily fall under the radar of search engines and therefore draw in more readers, has become an integral part of newsroom life. Many media outlets have been in on the act for a good few years, but only today has the BBC decided to latch on to this newsroom trend, increasing the length of its headlines on its news website, in the hope that this will generate more unique visitors to the site, the Guardian reported.

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