Thursday, March 14, 2013

Morning Brief: Four journalists at the Mirror Group arrested for hacking voice mails; WSJ app update adds sharing options, while Future fixes major bug in new digital-only magazine; WoodWing adds SMS as partner

The phone hacking scandal grew today with the arrest of four journalists from the Mirror Group, including the current Sunday People editor James Scott. The arrests center around actions taken from 2003 to 2004.

Tina Weaver, former Sunday Mirror editor, Nick Buckley, deputy Sunday People editor, and Mark Thomas, former People editor, were the other three journalists arrested.

"This conspiracy is being treated as a separate conspiracy to the two being investigated at the now defunct News of the World newspaper," the Metropolitan police said in a statement. "In due course officers will be making contact with people they believe have been victims of the suspected voicemail interceptions."

The Wall Street Journal today issued an update to its universal iOS app which expands the social sharing of articles through Twitter and Facebook, allows for the sharing of articles through the Messages app in iOS 6 only, and fixes a video bug.

The update also adds local language editions for Japan and Korea.

Future plc also issued an update to its new digital-only tablet magazine app, Photography Week.

The magazine itself has gotten very positive reader reviews inside the App Store, but those reviews have been offset by an equal number of readers complaining about the app itself. The app, for many, stopped opening following the previous update, frustrating readers who had signed up to the weekly digital magazine.

WoodWing today announced that it had added Superior Media Solutions as a new partner in North America. The Lincolnshire, Ill. to represent WoodWing´s multi-channel publishing platform Enterprise and its digital asset management solution Elvis DAM.

"Superior Media Solutions is not only a technology provider, but it’s also founded and operated by experienced media executives and staff that are focused on helping optimize publishing IT and operations," said Bill Walker, CEO of Superior Media Solutions. "Our solutions approach and methodology is driven by each client’s unique needs and business parameters."

SMS is led by CEO Bill Walker, who just happens to be the husband to Peggy Walker, President & COO of B2B publisher Vance Publishing, also out of Lincolnshire, Ill. Vance publishes titles such as Modern Salon and Custom Woodworking Business. The company has not been active in producing mobile or tablet apps, depending on mobile websites to try and reach readers. Maybe this move will kick start the B2B publisher into the new digital platforms.