‘Australianisation’ of NZ print and online. The “Australianisation” of Fairfax Media’s New Zealand print and online businesses continues, with the Businessday name to be attached to business section in the group’s major Kiwi newspapers and the online business section, at the cost of closing business weekly The Independent next month. A story on the Fairfax-owned Stuff.co.nz news website said the move was “in line with Fairfax Media’s integrated multimedia business model”:

“Fairfax Media executive editor Paul Thompson said today that the group already had New Zealand’s largest team of specialist business journalists providing compelling content to print and online readers.”

As in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Businessday sections already appear in Fairfax media newspapers The Dominion Post, The Press and the Waikato Times. Businessday.co.nz is part of the news website Stuff.co.nz.– Glenn Dyer

Google’s made a ‘mistake’

“The financial and personal details of Australians could have been ‘hoovered up’ by Google as they photographed Australian streets and the web giant may be seeking to patent the program they used to do it.” — The Age

Twitter tweets changes

“Big changes are coming to Twitter links. In a post just published on the Twitter blog, the company has announced that it will soon be using its official link shortening service t.co to wrap all links shared on Twitter.” — Tech Crunch

LimeWire on the hook for $1 billion

“The record labels have told a federal judge LimeWire is liable for possibly ‘over a billion dollars’ — the latest sign that the industry is seeking to annihilate the New York-based file sharing company.” — Wired

Are Apple fudging the books?

“Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said that big publishers had told him that sales of e-books for the iPad now accounted for 22% of all e-book sales.” — New York Times

It may look like fun, but read on …

“Memo to subs on The Namibian: careful where you place your headlines and pictures.” — The Guardian

Don’t get apoplectic: Times‘ most looked-up words skew dark and depressing

“A year ago, we ran a post on the 50 words that New York Times users looked up the most often, using the dictionary tool on NYTimes.com. We ran the post because we thought it was an interesting window into the kind of ambient data that news organisations can assemble from their users’ behavior — data that can then be put to use in better tailoring the product to users’ needs.” — Nieman Journalism Lab

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