This Week in Digital…

Joseph Fitzpatrick

This week in digital

Daily Mail to migrate to a .com

The Mail Online announced that it had purchased the domain for a seven-figure sum this week and that it plans to switch to the new homepage address. The world’s most popular news site has a large American audience, which it hopes to increase by switching to the more international domain. The move follows the Guardians decision to migrate to a .com last year. The address had been owned by American publication, the Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail.

Salford police turn to Twitter to catch crooks

Policing in the 21st century invariably means forces have to be active on social media – the constabulary on Twitter and Facebook, what could be more dull, yes? No! Solihull police are notoriously quick-witted on Twitter (check out how they attempted to track down the owner of a lost ring), well this week the force in Salford West got in on the act with this genius appeal.

Salford Police


Facebooks status back on the up

Facebook has not been the medias or industry’s darling for a while now. Reports of a great youth exodus from the site in favour of up-and-comers such as Snapchat have been almost ubiquitous, however Mark Zuckerberg it appears has had the last laugh – one that extended all the way to the bank.

The nearly decade old social network this week posted record quarterly results, taking its total profit for 2013 to a healthy $1.5 billion. Not bad for a site apparently past its heyday. Facebook had 1.23 billion monthly active users last year, 945 million of who were mobile users. While advertising revenue was up 76% year-on-year in the last quarter to $2.34 billion.

There was no good news for Yahoo though, whose share prices dropped 5% on Tuesday after announcing a decrease in display advertising.

BitCoin gets boost from New York

It’s been a mixed week for virtual currency BitCoin and one that started with its exchange chief being arrested for money laundering and ended with it taking a major step toward being accepted by the financial capital of the world. The New York Finance Department has pledged to regulate the currency, giving the money a major boost of credibility in the process.

Superintendent of the Department, Benjamin Lawsky, said: “We want to make certain New York remains a hub for innovation and a magnet for new technology firms.”


Angry Birds NSA

Furious reaction to Angry Birds spy claims

American spy agency, the NSA, of Edward Snowden fame, was at the centre of yet more leaks this week that alleged that the spooks had obtained data from video game developer Rovio. The Finnish company is most famous for its Angry Bird franchise and the allegations that everyone’s favourite flying birds had been party to data snooping were not met well by the online community. So much so that the Angry Birds website was hacked and defaced with the NSA logo (pictured above).

And finally…

You can now filter searches on Twitter by news, videos, photos and people. There is also a localised filter. Meanwhile Google made close to a $9 billion loss when it sold phone company Motorola this week for $2.91 billion. The search company paid $12.5 billion for Motorola just two years ago.