Spanish media sites hit by Google News action

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GIGAOM. San Francisco, 16 December 2014. As expected, Google removed all Spanish publishers from its Google News index on Tuesday, which the company said it was forced to do as a result of a new law—a law that publishers themselves lobbied for—which requires anyone using even a short snippet of copyrighted content to pay a fee. According to the web-analytics service Chartbeat, within hours of their removal from the Google service, Spanish media sites saw their external traffic fall by double digits.

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TTIP opens a crack in the door

Friday, November 28, 2014

TOUCHSTONE. London, 26 November 2014. Today, the European Commission went some way towards meeting the criticisms of many – including the trade union movement – over the secret nature of the TTIP trade negotiations between the EU and the USA.

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Amazon and Simon & Schuster become best friends

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BUSINESS INSIDER. New York. 20 October, 2014. Amazon has inked a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster, the second major Big Five book publisher it has been negotiating with about the price of e-books, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Business Insider

Amazon has been in a brutal battle with Hachette since the publisher's contract expired in March, but Business Insider's source says that negotiations with Simon & Schuster took only took three weeks and closed two months before its contract expired.

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Twitter's head of news quits after less than a year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON POST. Washington. 9 October, 2014. Twitter's head of news, Vivian Schiller (pictured), has quit her job at the company less than a year after she took the role. Schiller joined Twitter as the social media platform started to move more aggressively into journalism at the end of last year, building new alerts for breaking news, and attempting to nurture relationships with the media industry. She announced she was stepping down as Twitter consolidates its global media division under new boss Katie Jacobs Stanton.

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NUJ Information Security training - some simple steps for journalists

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

29 September 2014.  NEC member Fiona O’Cleirigh reported from last week’s NUJ Information Security event that, thanks to the ever more intrusive activities of state security services, it is getting harder and harder to guarantee information sources their anonymity. Which makes whistleblowing and countering official corruption that much more difficult.

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Brussels investigates Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

REUTERS. Brussels. 7 October, 2014. Online retailer Amazon's tax arrangements with Luxembourg are being investigated by European regulators, becoming the latest global company accused of cutting deals with member states to gain an effective subsidy.

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the US company on Tuesday to examine whether it has complied with the bloc's rules on state aid. There was no immediate comment from Amazon or Luxembourg.

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Union cranks up the struggle at Amazon Germany

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON POST. Berlin. 22 September, 2014. Amazon employees in Germany, frustrated by the company’s refusal to hold wage talks, walked off their jobs Monday in a coordinated strike at four of the company’s distribution centers.

A total of 2,000 workers refused to show up for their shifts on Monday in an effort to force the company to accept an agreement in line with other retailers.

The job action was expected to run from the early shift Monday through the late shift on Tuesday, said the Ver.di retail and service workers union, which organized the strike.

Amazon said the number of employees taking part in the strike during the first shift was not significant enough to prevent the company from making its deliveries on time.

"Less than 600 employees of the early shift have followed the call to strike action," Anette Nachbar, a spokeswoman for Amazon in Germany, said in an email. "Therefore the strike will not impede on the compliance with Amazon's delivery promise."

The company employs some 9,000 full-time workers in Germany, with thousands more on temporary contracts.

At the heart of the issue is an attempt by Ver.di to force Amazon to recognize itself as a retailer, which would make it beholden to labor (sic) laws that require wages be set through collective bargaining.

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News Corps presses EU for tougher regulation of Google

Thursday, September 18, 2014

REUTERS. New York. 17 September, 2014. News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson has urged European regulators to reconsider their settlement with Google Inc over its search practices, calling the Internet company an "egregious" aggregator and a "platform of piracy."

In a letter last week to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, Thomson said Google was "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition" and that the vision of Google's founders had been replaced by a "cynical management". News Corp issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the letter.

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