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Last week, two publicly-traded multinational corporations fell victim to fictitious press releases that were distributed by PRNewswire and Business Wire. On June 16th, PRNewswire distributed a fake release with the headline "Obama Orders Full Investigation of General Mills Supply Chain Following Food Recalls." General Mills is an 18 billion dollar food products conglomerate whose portfolio of brands include Häagen-Dazs, Yoplait, Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Just two days after that incident, Business Wire distributed a release purportedly on behalf of Javelin Pharmaceuticals, a 90+ million dollar producer of pain management drugs; the fake headline was "Javelin Pharmaceuticals: US Supreme Court Split - Rules in Favor of Big Pharma."

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Colin Heilbut

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2010-06-24 18:17

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Agence France-Presse chairman and CEO Pierre Louette announced today that he was to step down and take up the position of secretary general at France Telecom in April, AFP reported. His reasons for the move are not clear.

Louette will remain at AFP until the end of March. He will seek candidates for his replacement, and a successor will be chosen by the AFP's board of eight representatives of the press, three from government, two from state broadcasters and two from the agency's staff.

In March last year, Louette proposed changing the status of the AFP from an autonomous non-profit organisation to that of a state-owned company. Currently, it has no capital or shareholders, cannot run at a loss and is run by a board that includes its main French clients, AFP explained. Louette believed that the organisation's status did not give it a chance to innovate or develop, and wanted the agency to be able to invest and raise funds.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-02-24 17:17

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The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones are to launch an online venture called the Wall Street Journal Professional Edition, which is seen by some as a potential competitor to a service such as Bloomberg. It will combine the WSJ's website with Dow Jones's business-to-business news service and databases, reported the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition will cost $49 a month, although businesses that buy subscriptions for multiple users will pay less for each, according to the Journal. It reported that the targeted users are businesses and individuals who need more specialised information than is available in a newspaper but might not prepared to pay for a service as costly as Dow Jones Newswires or Bloomberg L.P. As a comparison, Bloomberg Professional costs about $1,600 a month, and has been consistently adding to its offering in order to retain customers.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-10-22 18:26

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