"Stern—a very large weekly news magazine—published a gallery of erotic photos as part of its editorial content. It wasn't gratuitous: It was just part of the material published in the magazine itself, integrated in their usual sections. The entire app was taken down, according to the Spiegel, and publisher Gruner + Jahr had to eliminate that content in order for the application to go up to the store again. They learnt their lesson, since they haven't published any other material that may offend Apple's "moral police"—as the German press calls it."
"German tabloid Bild wanted to allow readers to undress their daily page one girl on their iPhones. But the app has run afoul of Apple's decency standards, leading the paper to accuse the US computer giant of censorship."
"The Federation of Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) and Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) have complained about that ‘ol chestnut - Google’s use of news article “snippets” in its search results without payment."
Stefan Niggemeier rips the Axel Springer paywall and the explanation offered by the Hamburger Abendblatt' s acting editor. Quick-and-dirty translation of the best bit: "It can't be repeated often enough: The problem of publishing on the Internet is not the supposed prevailing culture of free content . ... The reason advertising revenue is in most cases, (still) insufficient has nothing to do with readers and their "free beer mentality", but rather with the fact that on the Internet, the media have lost their monopoly as an advertising space. ... The main reason the advertising revenue on the Internet is so frustratingly low: The supply of advertising space is much larger. This is called a market."
"Germany’s newspaper publishers are considering launching joint websites in which to sell articles – a move to defend themselves against search engines such as Google that have put newspaper sales under pressure by offering free news online."
Brilliant stuff. Axel Springer wants a a “one-click marketplace solution” for their online content: "What kind of content would come at a cost? Any 'noncommodity journalism,' [Axel Springer's Cristoph Keese] said, citing pictures of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy cavorting poolside with models at his villa in Sardinia — published this year by the Spanish daily El País — as an example. 'How much would people pay for that? Surely €5,' he said."
Steffen Büffel and Sebastian Spang survey the features of German newspaper websites.
A new book about some top online journalists in Germany. Lots of links to their blogs and Twitter accounts...
"Two couriers at a package distribution center stole a Christmas cake destined for a German newspaper and mailed in its place a package of credit card data, prosecutors said Friday. The mix-up triggered an alarm over lost bank customer details. A batch of microfilmed data including names, addresses and card transactions ended up at the Frankfurter Rundschau daily last week"
"With the internet already in its second decade and host to reams of material for which paper was too expensive or too cumbersome, it is startling to realise that the German national library and its worldwide peers are only just beginning to grapple with the problems of systematically archiving the web."
"The move drew interest across Europe because regulators in several countries, including Germany, are scrutinizing public broadcasters’ digital plans. The European Commission, in a proposal published this month, suggests that governments impose stricter conditions on financing for public broadcasters."
Impressive blog post summaring recent SEO efforts at German newspapers by Holger Schmidt of FAZ.
The Sun has picked up the story of Jens Lehmann's helicopter flights. That'll be the story that Bildblog reported had been nicked from a local blogger by Bild....
The brilliant BildBlog, which keeps tabs on Germany's biggest redtop, documents a case of "unconsenting citizen journalists" at Bild. Unattributed re-reporting of bloggers' posts? Where have we heard that before?