As one failed opportunity to make an online killing is earmarked for sale by a corporation not entirely au fait with the internet, another potential still-born venture is picked apart by critics, who all seem to be asking “what’s the point”.
Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-only newspaper The Daily is clearly desperate to be the future of publishing. But the costs involved (including a $30 million launch), the estimated 650,000 subscribers needed to break-even and its reliance on a single, high-end niche platform make it feel like a very risky move indeed.
It’s available free for the first two weeks, then at 99 cents a week, or $39.99 for a year, but for News Corporation’s long-term strategy you’d certainly hope they start offering an Android-compatible version soon. In the meantime non-subscribers can see its free content online here.
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The relentless drive to sell people things through social networks continues apace, with Facebook’s launch in select European countries, including the UK, of its local advertising offering.
Facebook Places Deals, available in the US since November, builds on the social network’s location service. Now when you check-in using Facebook Places you may see local discounts and special offers.
Mazda and Alton Towers are among the businesses offering discounts in the UK (though both are using Google Adwords to publicise their respective offers – suggesting the new service will need some serious awareness raising if it is to take root).
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Tweets, texts and other ‘live text-based communications’ can now be sent by journalists, legal teams and members of the public from within the Supreme Court during proceedings, according to new guidance.
The Court, which is the final UK court of appeal for civil cases, also notes in an accompanying policy document that its entire building and courtrooms have been Wi-Fi enabled “in order to facilitate use of technology in and outside court”.
“The rapid development of communications technology brings with it both opportunities and challenges for the justice system. An undoubted benefit is that regular updates can be shared with many people outside the court, in real time, which can enhance public interest in the progress of a case and keep those who are interested better informed,” said President of the Supreme Court Lord Phillips.