Google slams German plans to charge it for news links

German government proposals to charge search engines for displaying snippets of news articles are coming under fire, with Google drumming up opposition to the plan.

Is YouTube putting journalists out of business?

Move over LOL cats. Viewers are increasingly  finding a new, less-frivolous use for YouTube - as a news source in times of emergencies and natural disasters.

Digg sold, will merge with

Social news site Digg has been sold to tech development firm Betaworks for a price rumored to be just $500,000 - despite once having been valued at more than $160 million.

How celebrities spread Twitter's biggest-ever story

Steve Martin and Kim Kardashian drove the breaking of the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

Hunger Games news roundup

While it may have finally slipped down from the #1 spot on the box office charts, there's still plenty going on in the world of Hunger Games, especially with the cast getting used to a new director.

Flipboard comes to the iPhone

Flipboard has shrunk down and reengineered its iPad magazine-reading app to create an iPhone version.

News popular on tablets - paying for it, not so much

Tablet owners spend more time reading the news than they do on Facebook - but they're not prepared to pay for that news, a survey shows.

Google filters news with "stand-out" content tag

In yet another attempt to filter the news, Google has announced a new HTML tagging system which it hopes will prioritize original features and cut out copy-cat churn from search results.

Yahoo now shows what your friends have been reading

Yahoo has linked the US version of Yahoo News with Facebook, allowing users to share articles they've read on the news site with Facebook friends.

Media companies come down hard on Zite iPad news app

A Canadian start-up which aggregates iPad news publications has been served with a cease-and-desist letter from a group of angry publishers.

Opinion: Lots of royal wedding smartphone apps hits market

Do you have plenty of time to waste on useless crap? Then you may want to download a royal wedding countdown clock on your smartphone.

Analysis: BBC World Service will get money from US Department of State

The BBC World Service is going to be getting an investment soon. They will be receiving a low six figure sum from the US Department of state.

Smartphones not replacing traditional media for news access

More and more people may be using mobile phones to access news, say researchers, but this isn't eating into the kfor more traditional news services.

Celebrity tweets carry more weight than newspapers

Move over, the New York Times - an analysis of Twitter trends has shown that celebrities often have more influence on peoples' opinions on big news stories than major news organizations.

Flipboard turns social news feeds into a personalized magazine

A new iPad application described as a 'social magazine' aims to present a user's Twitter and Facebook news feeds in a standard magazine format.

Comedy becomes most popular online video content

Comedy has overtaken news as the most popular video category on the internet, acccording to the latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

ThoughtCrime protects users from Big Brother Google

Thoughtcrime Labs and The Institute For Disruptive Studies have launched an anonymizing proxy service to protect users from the Lidless Eye of Big Brother Google.

Facebook users more loyal to news sites than Google users

Google's aggregated Google News site draws more traffic to news outlets than any other online source, but users who track news on Facebook are more likely to revisit those news sites.

Twitter users prefer entertainment over news

A new survey conducted by Internet research company Hitwise has found that Twitter users prefer to visit entertainment websites rather than peruse current events.

Americans turn to the net for their news

The writing may be on the wall for newspapers - or on the screen, at least. A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life project says that online news has taken over from print as the third most popular way for Americans to get their news.