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Buying and Selling Twitter Accounts?
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CNN has acquired "the services" of the creator of one of the most popular accounts on Twitter, which is "cnnbrk," an account that posts CNN breaking news. Currently, the account has just under a million followers.

Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch spoke with James Cox, the account holder and has confirmation from CNN that the account is now in their possession. But it’s not like they just bought "the account"…

Email Scam Leads To Phony CNN Site
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Hackers have launched a new email scam that attempts to lure unsuspecting users to a bogus CNN.com news site using the Gaza conflict in an effort to steal passwords.

The RSA FraudAction Research Lab discovered the scam and says the result of the attack is the infection of computers with a Trojan.

Yahoo News Top Web Site On Election Day
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Hitwise has released election online traffic results that show Yahoo News was the most visited Web site overall among the news and political Web sites grabbing  .72 percent of all U.S. visits representing a 55 percent increase on election day.

CNN.com was the most visited TV network Web site receiving .61 percent of all U.S. Internet visits. CNN.com’s visits increased 146 percent on Tuesday compared to Monday. MSNBC.com was the second most visited Web site receiving .40 percent of Internet visits and seeing a 122 percent increase in traffic.

Does Steve Jobs Have Nine Lives?

Although I have ruthlessly defended new media’s potential for legitimacy as a news source, nobody said citizen journalism was a flawless concept. Today a story was posted at iReport.com claiming that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a severe heart attack. He did not.

The News Revolution Started Yesterday
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Extinction probably isn’t the right word when it comes to assessing the state of journalism; evolution or revolution might be closer. Yesterday, Internet giants like Google and Yahoo, among others, announced enough traditional news media partnerships (and one citizen journalist partnership) that the volume of them became newsworthy itself.

New CNN Show Based on Twitter
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We all know that Twitter is a huge hit with so-called "geeks," but it just may get a big push into mainstream society, thanks to CNN. The news broadcaster has already been incorporating "tweets" into reports, and now anchor Rich Sanchez, a faithful Twitter user, has left a tweet indicating that they would be debuting a new Twitter show today called "Rick Sanchez Direct".

CNN Brings Twitter Mainstream
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You might say we’ve developed a bit of a fascination with Twitter, what with all the coverage and launching our own Twitter people directory, Twellow. Now that even CNN’s talking about Twitter, we’re reminded we were once fascinated by another upstart before it went mainstream: Google.

Most Popular Online News Video Sources Named

Starting last year, Google News slowly tested and introduced video clips.  Fresh stats indicate that it has a ways to go, but news-related videos remain something that many companies will pursue.

CNN Producer Fired For Blogging

CNN has fired television producer Chez Pazienza for blogging without the consent of the network.

CNN To Expand iReport Into Web Site

CNN has plans to expand its citizen journalist driven iReport into its own Web site.

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CNN’s New Domain and Other Topics

There is a lot going on this week and it is only Monday, January 21st 2007. I thought I would catch you up on some of the interesting, totally unrelated things, not in any order of importance. I considered covering each of these items today, but

CNN Picks Up iReport.com
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Perhaps we’re just happy it’s Friday, but this sounds like good news all around: CNN has bought the domain iReport.com for $750,000.

YouTube Debates Feature Republicans Tonight

After Democratic candidates answered questions submitted through YouTube in July, their Republican counterparts agreed to participate in the same format.

CNN To Add Digital Production Unit

CNN Worldwide said today it is expanding its news gathering resources including its international online services.

Google Maps Used To Show Oil Spill

It’s unfortunate that they’re getting so much practice, but people are, in any event, learning to document disasters with Google Maps and Google Earth.  The latest problem to get this treatment is the San Francisco oil spill.

When Social Media and PR Work Together

I’m speaking tonight at a panel put on by Business Wire.  If you want to come, please do so, and be sure to say hello.  The topic is on social media generally, but more specifically looking at using social media for enhancing your news value. 

A Guide for Twitter

My friend Jennifer Laycock suggested an article that I am glad I checked out called "Twitter Guide Part #1" written by a blogging newcomer by the name of Caroline Middlebrook.

States Ask Feds For More Microsoft Oversight

Provisions of Microsoft’s antitrust settlement involving oversight by the federal courts will end in November, and some attorneys general have demanded an extension of that ongoing supervision.

Citizen Journalists Report On Myanmar

While the Myanmar’s regime attempts to suppress the protests taking place, citizen journalists are playing a key role in delivery of the news to the rest of the world.

Navy to Redesign Building Due to Google Maps

Quite some time back, I came across this Swastika-shaped building via Google Maps, and posted the screengrab in my Flickr account. Since then, it became one of my most popular Flickr pictures, since strange stuff like this can become quickly viral.

YouTube Talks Politics

Social networks have become deeply involved in the political process and have attracted the attention of all the major presidential candidates. WebProNews spoke to YouTube about its role in the 2008 presidential election.