The Turkish telecommunications regulator at last reached a deal with Twitter following weeks of skirmishing that saw the social media platform banned, then ordered freed by the courts, then resisted by the regulator. The solution: When in doubt, blur. Certain "malicious" content will be pixelated with Twitter's assent.
The U.S. newspaper industry data for 2013 was hardly glowing but not entirely gloomy. Advertising revenue declined more than eight per cent, but the arrival of digital paywalls and spurred some new revenue and, with other factors, kept the revenue decline at 2.6 per cent, the lowest decline since 2006. Rick Edmonds, writing about the Newspaper Association of America for Poynter, notes this may not be sustainable revenue. Alan Mutter, in his latest Reflections of a Newsosaur post, notes that nearly two-thirds of newspaper revenue has vanished since 2005.
The future of Facebook may not involve the word Facebook. So suggests New York Times technology writer Farhad Manjoo, who looks at the platform's relative failure in launching new features but its extensive initiative to develop new apps through its Creative Labs operation. Facebook will splinter into smaller, more relevant apps, and adopt a series of new ones, he predicts. Ultimately this may be more significant than the big blue platform itself.