After a false rumour spread on Twitter about Piers Morgan having been suspended from CNN because of phone-hacking connections, many commentators weighed in on whether reporters should tweet unconfirmed rumours. Reuter's Felix Salmon thought that individual journalists should be allowed to treat Twitter as a virtual newsroom, and to share rumours with their contacts; American Journalism Review disagreed.
The Economist launched an iPhone app version of its World in Figures book series. MinOnline reviewed the app, saying that its interface succeeded in providing different ways of accessing the trove of information about 190 countries. However, the app's search function could be more flexible, it said.
GigaOm reported on a new study that, among other topics, looked into at what time of the day people use mobile apps. The most popular times are the late afternoon (4pm to 6pm) and the evening (9pm to 11pm), according to the study. However, users are most engaged with ads within apps in the morning, from 8am to 11am.
According to News & Tech, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is assessing the possibility to start charging for its online content, after reporting a 24-percent drop in earnings. "We're carefully reviewing a number of paid content strategies and hope to debut the plan, which will provide users access to JSOnline content everywhere they want it, by early 2012," said the publisher Elizabeth Brenner.
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