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Sunday, January 8, 2012

8 January - Media Articles

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This isn't "muscular foreign policy" -- it's just stupid

opit   harassment of those without resources was the manner in which occupation was designed

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We congratulate CrowdTap on winning Up-and-Coming Social Media Service at the 2011 Mashable Awards. It was a challenging competition and an honor to compete against other start-up greats like Banjo, Empire Avenue, Trakt, Chime.in and Summify.

Nomad update!

Last week we released the beta code for the
Nomad, embedded Paper.li, and activated the first accounts. Since then, we've been seeing the Nomad show up on sites and blogs across the globe. The response has been really positive and, as expected, the community has given great feedback.

Curious to see the Nomad in action? Here are a few sites the Nomad already calls home:

We will highlight sites and blogs that have embedded the Nomad over the next weeks, so drop us a line and let us know where you've spotted the Nomad.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Exclusive - Philippe Aigrain debating on a world beyond the ‘piracy’ of headlines and courtroom wrangles


This interview is part of an exclusive series Paper.li is doing with the CulturaDigital.Br festival in Rio
Paper.li is CulturaDigital.Br’s media partner and is bringing our community a taste of the keynote speakers’ talks ahead of the event.

Philippe Aigrain is a passionate advocate of the right to share digital works and a promoter of new policies for the internet age. He is also CEO of Sopinspace, Society for Public Information Spaces, which develops free software and provides services for democratic processes and collaborative work over the Internet.

He talks to Paper.li about a world beyond the ‘piracy’ of headlines and courtroom wrangles, ahead of a talk he will give at CulturaDigital.Br on Sunday.

What if we consider that sharing a digitally published work in one’s possession with other individuals is a fundamental right?
What if we break away from the idea of compensating the entertainment right holders for supposed harms resulting from sharing?
What is a reasonable reward and financing model for sustaining a many-to-all cultural society?
 (From the website of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, introducing a talk by Philippe.) 

Philippe Aigrain is interviewed by on our Community Site !

Friday, November 25, 2011

Paper.li Partners with CulturaDigital.br International Festival

Paper.li is an official media partner for the upcoming CulturaDigital.br International Festival taking place Dec 2 - 4 in Rio de Janeiro.

The CulturaDigital festival is a meeting of stakeholders in digital culture; art directors, producers, musicians, activists and organizations whose work all intersect at the juncture of culture, politics and technology.

Last year over 3,500 producers, activists and innovators attended the event. This year's attendance is expected to far exceed those numbers. The festival packs a powerful and culturally diverse line up of institutions and individuals participating: keynotes from Yochai Benkler, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Michel Bauwens, and labs and workshops highlighting the agents of change in digital culture.

Paper.li will provide the CulturaDigital.br audience fresh news daily embedded on their website, and in celebration of the curator's behind the festival, Paper.li will hold interviews with keynote speakers and festival curators who have skillfully selected this years projects. You can read these interviews on the Paper.li community blog beginning December 2nd.

Want to participate in the festival but can't make it to Rio? Join the open call to collaborate and create a poster for the festival. 10 will be picked to print and post around the city of Rio during the event.

Follow all the festival news on the CulturaDigital.br Daily or on Twitter at #culturadigitalbr tag.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Beta Test the New Paper.li "Nomad"

Become a Beta-Tester !
Soon blog and site owners will be able to treat readers to favorite Paper.li news embedded directly on their site with the Paper.li "Nomad"!

We are getting close to releasing this feature and we are looking for beta testers to help test it.

To see an example of the Paper.li Nomad, click here.

If you would like to be considered for beta testing click on the invite link below. If you are selected for testing we will send you an email with the embed code and you can get started!

The Nomad can be customized to fit any page size and provides an optimal on-site viewing experience for your viewers.  Readers can easily browse headlines and topic sections for articles of interest, with dedicated pages for image and video viewing, and we have made sharing favorite content ultra easy via Twitter, Facebook or email directly from the widget.  It is a product that could easily be customized and we are currently considering this as a base for a premium product.

Be the first on your block to try it out!
Each week until the end of the year, we will offer the Nomad embedded Paper.li to a limited number of beta testers to try it out free of charge. All we ask in return is your good feedback.

Beta places are limited in number so get your name on the list today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Paper.li is Nominated as Finalist at the Mashable Awards 2011

We are thrilled to announce that Paper.li has been nominated as a Mashable Award's finalist in the category "Up and Coming Social Media Service" for the 2011 Mashable Awards!

This is a huge honor and we could not have been nominated without you, our community. Thank you!

Final voting is open now and will close December 16th. Winners will be announced December 19th and honored on January 11 at the MashBash CES in Las Vegas. With your help we can seal the deal and walk away with the award. But we need your vote (again!)

Let's win this together! Cast your vote now, it's easy:

1. Click on this link.
2. In the "For" drop down, select "Up-and-Coming Social Media Service"
3. In the "I vote for" drop down menu, select Paper.li!

You can vote once a day until December 16th and we'd appreciate it if you'd do so!  If we are nominated the "Up and Coming Social Media Service" for 2011 we guarantee that there will be a lot of celebrating, with YOU, in Las Vegas!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paper.li and PublicisLive Partner for the Monaco Media Forum 2011

PublicisLive, the event arm of Publicis Groupe and the forum's producer, has embedded Paper.li on the event's home page, monacomediaforum.org. For a second year in row, Paper.li will deliver the official MMF news fresh, daily, to attendees and forum enthusiasts world-wide.
PublicisLive specializes in organizing and producing some of the world's most prestigious conferences and corporate events for business, public and governmental institutions, foundations, and non-governmental organisations. Among the events it produces each year are the famous Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Abu Dhabi Media Summit and the Monaco Media Forum. PublicisLive is part of Publicis Groupe, the world's third-largest communications group. 
The Monaco Media Forum takes place this week form Nov. 9-11.2011. Whether you are attending or just interested in participating in the conversation, tweet using the event's tag #monacomediafrm or #mmf2011 to identify your tweets during the forum and you could be selected to contribute to the "Monaco Media Forum Daily".

Friday, November 4, 2011

Curate Google+ into your Paper.li, Today!

Publishers, we've added google+ as a content stream making it even easily to find and publish the content you want for your topic specific Paper.li!

Starting today, google+ joins the ranks of Twitter, Facebook and RSS as a content source, making it even easier for you to find, filter, and publish the content you want for your topic specific papers.

Google+ users share billion of articles, images and videos in almost every country worldwide, daily. For publishers, that means one more rich and diverse source of great articles, gorgeous photos and inspiring videos for you to share with your readers. For readers, that translates to an even more diverse and interesting daily read.

Good curation leads to great discovery. Let us know how google+ enhances your experience!

Social Media as a Source of Customer Insight and Competitive Intelligence

March 13, 2012
Geneva, Switzerland

Is your Organization taking advantage of New Media? In this very practical and very interactive session, participants will discuss and demystify some of the opportunities offered by the social web as a source of Intelligence: How to best leverage the Web to obtain information while doing research on companies or individuals? How can one mine the social web to obtain Customer Intelligence? Is it possible to trace and anticipate future competitors’ moves? The course will include techniques to obtain customer information and analyze customer segment, tools and sources to scan competitors' strategies and tactics, methods to identify and map key influencers, and finally thought-provoking methods and sources of information to tackle trends analysis and news scanning. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss data privacy, the validity of the information gathered and will learn not to leave footprints on the Web. Note that this is a new course and we expect it to fill up rapidly.

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    From The Peninsula, a Qatari newspaper: Top officials in several Arab countries have close links with the CIA, and many officials keep visiting US embassies in their respective countries voluntarily to establish links with this key US intelligence agency, says Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks.
    These officials are spies for the US in their countries, Assange told Al Jazeera Arabic channel in an interview yesterday.
    The interviewer, Ahmed Mansour, said at the start of the interview which was a continuation of last week’s interface, that Assange had even shown him the files that contained the names of some top Arab officials with alleged links with the CIA.
    Assange or Mansour, however, didn’t disclose the names of these officials. The WikiLeaks founder said he feared he could be killed but added that there were 2,000 websites that were ready to publish the remaining files that are in possession of WikiLeaks after he has been done away with.

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          Editorial: Diplomatic necessityJanuary-07-12 4:38 PMA  few years ago, it would have been a diplomatically outrageous and insane act to think of a rapprochement between Egypt’s Brotherhood and the American administration. But history always throws up surprises, and the latest one is that the Obama administration is thinking of doing business with the Muslim Brotherhood and establish relations with the ‘once hated’ organization.
    The new US strategy is a reaction to the new realities emerging on the ground. Egypt is a strategic partner for Washington and it cannot decide that it will engage with the government in Cairo only if it is ruled by someone of its liking. After the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians have been clear on who should rule them. The elections held in the country have shown unequivocally that the people prefer Islamist parties over secular parties. The reason is Islamists have deep roots in the Egyptian society and were present when Mubarak was ruling the country, while the secular parties, much preferred by the West, have no network and connections with the people which can match that of their electoral rivals. So keeping aloof from the Islamist parties would ultimately mean shutting the door on the future government. The Obama administration has been intelligent enough to understand this reality and has acted wisely by choosing to engage with the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood also, on their part, has been happy to extend a hand of cooperation to the West, especially America, and has repeatedly asserted that they stand for peace and harmony and will be happy to abide by all the international treaties which the previous governments has signed. The US decision to engage with the Brotherhood will set an example for other Western governments and they will not be far behind in building and mending ties with the Islamists. Being Islamist is not being extremist, they have been saying.
    In fact US officials are saying the recent outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood, which appears destined to win the largest share of parliamentary seats, is a chance to put in practice policies of President Obama which he first outlined nearly three years ago in a major speech proposing a new relationship of mutual respect with the Muslim world. In May, three months after Hosni Mubarak resigned after a popular uprising, Obama reiterated that theme by saying that “not every country will follow our particular form of representative democracy, and there will be times when our short-term interests don’t align perfectly with our long-term vision for the region.”
    As a leading power in the Arab world, Egypt is vital for US interests and for its key ally Israel. So it is natural that US is readjusting to the new realities.UK warship heading for Gulf amid rowJanuary-07-12 4:36 PMLONDON: Britain’s newest warship is heading to the Gulf for its first mission at a time of tensions over Iran’s threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key transport route for oil.
    The Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring, which has a “stealth” design to help avoid detection by radar, is to join other British ships in the region, the Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.
    Although its deployment has been planned for more than a year, it comes as Britain and its allies have expressed deep concern about Iran’s threat to close the shipping lane through which 20 percent of the world’s oil flows.
    Iran has threatened to take the move if it is hit with fresh sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme.
    Iran announced plans on Friday for new military exercises in the world’s most important oil shipping lane, the latest in weeks of bellicose gestures towards the West as new sanctions threaten Tehran’s oil exports.
    Real Admiral Ali Fadavi, naval commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, said exercises next month would focus directly on the Strait of Hormuz, which leads out of the Gulf and provides the outlet for most oil from the Middle East.
    Iran held a 10-day drill which ended on Monday in neighbouring seas.
    The threat to close the Strait of Hormuz has pushed up the price of oil.
    On Friday, Iran’s Fars news agency reported that the naval commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would hold fresh military exercises in and around the Strait of Hormuz within weeks.
    A Ministry of Defence spokesman in London said: “The Royal Navy has had a continuous presence East of Suez for many years, including the Armilla patrol and its successors since 1980.
    “While the newly operational Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring is more capable than earlier ships, her deployment East of Suez has been long planned, is entirely routine and replaces a frigate on station.”
    HMS Daring completed four years of sea trials last year and is the first of six new destroyers that will replace the Type 42 vessels, which went into service in the 1970s.
    AFPOnline drive against air faresJanuary-07-12 4:34 PMDOHA: A group of Qataris has launched a campaign on local social networking sites against Qatar Airways urging people to boycott the airline due to what they claim is high fares and its reluctance to nationalise jobs.
    The campaign titled ‘Boycott Qatar Airways’, waged yesterday, has even been given a logo of a ‘no entry’ traffic sign superimposed on the national carrier’s logo.
    This is the second time in recent months that members of the Qatari community are expressing their unhappiness over issues that concern them using social networking sites, the earlier being a drive that was launched against local telecommunication services.
    Within a few hours after the launch of the online ‘Boycott Qatar Airways’ campaign the number of its followers reached 500. The professed aims of the campaign are to end the ‘monopoly’ of Qatar Airways by amending Qatar’s civil aviation law, reduce its fares and press the airline to provide more jobs to citizens,
    Travel trade sources, however, said that Qatar Airways’ fares are a bit high because its services are ‘five-star.’ Even a commentator who joined the issue with the campaigners decried their drive saying that Qatar Airways is the world’s second best airline and being targeted for the wrong reasons.
    The commentator cited the example of a major regional airline saying that it keeps making mistakes but nobody ever objects.
    One of the members of the campaign, Abdullah Al Kuwari, told this newspaper that the drive wouldn’t cease unless Qatar’s Civil Aviation law (Number 15 of 2002) is amended to allow competition among the airlines in the country so fares could be reduced for the benefit of the people. Article 104 of the above law suggests that no airline can reduce its fares below the levels specified by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority. Al Kuwari said: “So we want the legislation amended.”
    According to Al Kuwari, the other demand of the campaign is that Qatar Airways’ ‘monopoly’ should end and it should reduce its fares for all destinations and for everyone, including nationals and expatriates.
    “We also want Qatar Airways to employ fellow nationals in key positions and offer discounted tickets to Qatari students travelling for further studies overseas on scholarships.”
    Qatar Airways has not raised the salaries of Qatari engineers after the government increased the pay packages of its Qatari employees late last year and does not provide marriage allowance to Qatari engineers, said Al Kuwari.
    Asked why they didn’t approach the Consumer Protection Department (CPD) of the Ministry of Business and Trade to complain of ‘high air fares’ of Qatar Airways, Al Kuwari said the CPD is a weak organisation and has no teeth. “When it cannot control the pricing of ordinary consumer items of daily use, how can you expect the CPD to monitor Qatar Airways’ fares,” said Al Kuwari.
    Some people joining the campaign said that while Qatar Airways charge very high fares for its direct flights from Doha to any destination in the world, the fares are much lower for Qatar Airways’ flights to the same destinations from other cities.
    These tickets are cheaper because a passenger needs to change the flight and wait in transit. “But then such fares should only be slightly cheaper than the fares of direct flights,” say some campaigners.
    To recall, the talk of Qatar Airways’ fares being high began in the Qatari community after media reports recently suggested that Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (CCA) had asked Emirates to withdraw its promotional campaign from Qatar.
    After that a prominent Qatari newspaper columnist, Mariam Al Saad, wrote against Qatar Airways. Immediately after that a famous Qatari lawyer, Yusuf Al Zaman, gave an interview to a local Arabic daily saying that the Civil Aviation Authority was on the wrong side of the Qatari law by not allowing Emirates to launch its promotion for discounted fares for global destinations.
    Meanwhile, community sources said in remarks to this newspaper that they wonder why state organisations like the CPD and the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) are silent when a heated debate in the community is raging over the issue of Qatar Airways charging higher fares and allegedly discriminating against nationals.
    Community sources said they find it strange why Qatar Airways is silent on the issue despite the debate raging in the community for about two weeks now.
    Lawyer Mohsin Thiyab Al Suwaidi, meanwhile, told this newspaper that CAA was legally right in preventing Emirates from launching its promotion here. “To blame Qatar Airways for being behind this move is unjust. The CAA was legally right in its move,” said Al Suwaidi.
    The PeninsulaAl Nasser stresses need to tackle price volatilityJanuary-07-12 4:33 PM

    Nasser bin Abdul-Aziz Al Nasser (left) receiving the invitation from Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez.
    New York: The President of the United Nations General Assembly  Nasser bin Abdul-Aziz Al Nasser has received an official invitation from the President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez to visit Santo Domingo to participate in the celebration marking the  success of an important initiative by the Dominican Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly: the consultations and final adoption, by consensus, on December 22, of resolution 66/188, on “Excessive Price Volatility in Food and Related Financial and Commodity Markets”.
    Al Nasser visited Santo Domingo last week during which he gave a speech on how to address the “Excessive Price Volatility in Food and Related Financial and Commodity Markets” in which he said the Dominican’s initiative has been a very constructive contribution to the General Assembly’s deliberations on the ongoing impact of the global economic and financial crisis. Particularly, it has addressed the need for strengthening international policy and regulatory coordination in that field, Al Nasr said.
    The aim of the resolution 66/188 is to enhance coordination of international policies and to coordinate regulations in the international economic and financial orders.
    The UN General Assembly President said “International efforts to resolve the crisis and address its root causes have had important, but rather limited success so far. We have all accepted to allow markets to play an enlarged role in shaping economic decision-making. But we have also learned, in recent years, that effective regulation and coordinated policy responses are imperative to keep markets running smoothly.
    “Now we understand that all nations are hindered by a system of global economic governance that was established more than 60 years ago. During that time, the system has not been adequately updated to keep pace with the fundamentally changed geopolitical and economic realities that prevail today.
    “The United Nations cannot be marginalized in a proper system of global economic governance. The United Nations remains the most universal and inclusive multilateral forum. More than ever, the world needs the UN’s unparalleled capability to generate legitimate agreements and effective collective action.
    “We must keep this in mind if we are to successfully address the daunting economic and development challenges the world faces today.
    “At the heart of the UN, the General Assembly must remain seized of the economic and financial crisis in all its aspects. That is why I have proposed “Sustainable Development and Global Prosperity” as one of the key areas for the General Assembly to focus its work on, during this 66th session.
    “In that context, I have designated co-facilitators to lead open and inclusive consultations on how best to follow-up on the Financial Crisis Conference of 2009. I also intend to convene a high-level thematic debate on the state of the world economy.
    “I am delighted by the convergence between the interests of President Fernandez in this field and my own vision for the work of the General Assembly. During the opening of the 66th Session of the General Assembly, President Fernandez called upon the international community to recognize that commodity derivatives markets have increased the volatility of food and related commodity prices.  It is clear that some financial activities can have negative effects across the globe,” Al Nasr said.
    QNAHaj and Umra visas only on biometric passportsJanuary-07-12 4:32 PM
    DOHA: The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Qatar has notified all local Haj and Umra tour operators to bring only electronic passport of pilgrims to stamp entry visa to the Kingdom.
    Only electronic or what is called biometric passport holders can get the visa to enter Saudi Arabia to perform Haj or Umra,  a local Arabic daily has reported.
    The new visa rule by Saudi Embassy would not have much impact on Qatari nationals because the passport office already has started issuing electronic passports. But it would impact adversely on expatriates especially those whose countries’ embassy has not yet started issuing the e-passports.
    Embassies of some countries recently launched the electronic system to issue the biometric passports.
    120 firms punished for labour law violations

    DOHA: The Ministry of Labour has suspended transactions of 120 private companies during December 2011 for violating provisions of the labour law.  The ministry has also decided to lift suspensions from 168 companies after it found them complying with the labour law, a local Arabic daily reported.
    Some times ago, the Ministry asked the companies to follow the instructions regarding safety and security of the labourers at work sites.
    This is part of the ministry’s aim to ensure occupational safety and health conditions at work places and accommodations.
    Three erring shops closed

    DOHA: Three shops have been closed down and 99 violations were detected in crackdowns by the civic officers at Al Daayen last year. Inspectors of Food Monitoring Section at Al Daayen Municipality conducted several raids and routine inspections of shopping centers, supermarkets, and restaurants.
    The Peninsula


    Dear Friends:

    Tomorrow is our premiere, Blog Talk Radio Show, Lies My Country Told Me, which will air at 1:00 pm Central time, 12:00 Eastern Time.  The cast consists of Fred Lemon (who many of you may very well remember - he is quite hard to forget), our beloved Kit B. and yours truly.  We have two guests scheduled and the usual humorous (or during a bad week, humorless) discourse on the American Politidrama.  One of our guests is Darryl from Democracy Interactive to discuss Justice Party Candidate, Rocky Anderson and take calls (time permitting).  I just want to mention, Darryl will be hosting his show, Democracy Interactive, tomorrow at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.  If you want to check out his website, visit www.democracyinteractive.com.

    If you visit the website you also may see a reminder button on the site. I always found it handy to set it and thought you might be able to make use of it. 

    We have a new website, liesmycountrytoldme.com which is equipped with a chatroom.  Tomorrow though we will be using the chatroom on Blog Talk Radio until our chatroom is thoroughly tested. 

    The link to the show is at Blog Talk Radio: Lies My Country Told Me.  If you wish to participate in the Chat, you are required to log in.  I want to remind past listeners and let new listeners know that once you sign in, the chat will not be visible until we are close to air time.  If it still is not showing up, please refresh your page.  Make sure you register early to ensure you don't miss anything.

    You may notice on the Blog Talk Radio website that our show indicates that it is scheduled for 90 minutes.  Since this is the first new show, I decided to extend time onto the end of the show, in order to let Darryl speak without being cut off at the 1 hour mark.  It has been awhile since we have done this, so I we may run a little longer than usual.  The show though actually will only be an hour. 

    Please join us and make sure you hit the like button on the BTR page. Hope to hear from you later on today!

    TNR On the Most Overlooked Stories of 2011

      To judge by the journalistic coverage of America’s extrication, it is more or less as if the war had never happened. Even at its bloody height in 2006, the television minutes that the networks devoted to the Iraq war amounted to roughly half of what they had broadcast during Vietnam.  Last week, Pew released a study showing that less than 1% of recent news coverage related to America’s departure from Iraq. Exhaustion, revulsion, Justin Bieber—whatever the explanation, this much is evident: as an expression of civic literacy, much less civic vigor or solidarity with those who have endured so very much in our name, the amount of attention that we have expended on the conclusion of war that cost nearly 5000 American lives and many times that number maimed doesn’t even qualify. 

    What if they threw a war and nobody came? Fair enough. But what if they ended a war and nobody came? The answer to that question is likely to have profound and lasting consequences for all of us, the Iraq war’s supporters and detractors alike.         

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