Diginews - Jobs admits poor health - Front page ad debuts on NYT - China cracks down on vulgar sites - wiki raises $6mn - Phishing hits twitter - drop in Online holiday sales - USA Today on Kindle -


Apple's Jobs admits poor health 
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is being treated for a "hormone imbalance" but is staying on as the firm's head. In a statement, Mr Jobs said he had been suffering from ill health for a number of months and had been losing weight throughout 2008. 

China, the world's biggest Internet market by users, today announced nationwide plans to initiate a major crackdown against popular websites, including singling out the dominant search engines Google and Baidu, which officials accused of spreading pornography and vulgarity

The Wikimedia Foundation has announced that it surpassed its $6 million fundraising goal to sustain the Wikipedia online encyclopedia. The organization said that it will use the $6.2 million raised so far -- with six months left in its fiscal 2008 fundraising campaign -- "to maintain and grow the Foundation's technical infrastructure, which includes managing global traffic for Wikipedia, the 4th most popular web property on the internet."

Google recently published a Browser Security Handbook and given that they are now in the browser space it is worth a read. It gives a good overview of how a browser works and then details security issues to be aware of, as well as some good advanced security issues. Perhaps if we were a little more aware of securing our browser we could avoid attracting those malware and other ghosts in the machine that reduce computer speed.  http://code.google.com/p/browsersec/

On Dec. 30, microblogging service Twitter hosted its first governmental press conference on behalf of Israel's Defense Forces — whose microblogging tag was @IsraelConsulate. Questions and answers were limited to 140 characters, the standard length of a Twitter message or "tweet." So even answers to the most complex questions — about which entire books have been written — had to be short and sweet, often colored with common text-messaging abbreviations.

E-commerce sales fell 3% this holiday season, marking the first drop since 2001, according to data released by comScore.The Web measurement firm attributed the falloff to five less shopping days in 2008 between Thanksgiving and Christmas and the impact of the recession on consumer spending. ComScore had predicted that sales from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23 would be flat to last year, at $26.3 billion. The total came in shy, at $25.5 billion. 

Gannett flagship USA Today is the latest paper to be sold through Amazon's Kindle. The top-selling U.S. paper is now available at the Kindle Store but Amazon told Kindle subscribers on Christmas morning that they'll be able to download the Dec. 26 edition for free. USA Today, which doesn't publish on holidays, only offers weekday editions so the first issue for sale will be Dec. 29.

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Just a dozen years ago, newspapers on either side of Arlington, Texas, fought fiercely for every reader in the fast-growing city, spending millions of dollars to expand their staffs and cover the smallest meetings and sporting events. So it came as a surprise that The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram started sharing photos and concert reviews in November.

Faced with a $400 million revolving credit agreement due in May and falling ad revenues, WSJ.com reports that the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is getting serious about selling its 17.5 percent stake in New England Sports Ventures LLC. NYTCo is the second-largest shareholder in the holding company, which owns the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park and 80 percent of New England Sports Network.

The New York Times (NYT) is already trying to mortgage its headquarters and unload assets like its stake in the Boston Red Sox So what's left to sell? The front page. Today's edition of the Times features the first display ad the paper has ever sold on its front page. Given that it's a historic move, the ad in question is a pretty dull piece of marketing: A modest little thing promoting programming at CBS. 

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