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Welcome to your curated Web, courtesy of corporate America

You can think of digital curators the same way you think of museum curators: People who not only provide constant updates regarding what’s cool, new and interesting within their fields -- but also individuals who can, with a unique aesthetic or voice, provide an overall cultural context for each piece of content they come across and promote. What happens, though, when the type of content curated on the web begins to be influenced by corporations’ financial interest?

Fashion forward

Nicole Miller marketing budget goes 100% Web

Nicole Miller has seen the future, and it requires logging onto the internet. The New York fashion house -- which has hawked its designs for nearly three decades with chic ads in magazines like Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar -- this summer abruptly shifted its entire marketing budget online. The company’s sudden, 180-degree switch away from print advertising signals the increasingly decisive influence of online venues in fashion.

Can Anyone Tackle Our Tax-Dodging CEOs?

The aggressive tax dodging that’s enriching corporations and CEOs doesn’t actually break any laws. Corporate America benefits by aggressively gaming the political system to stud the tax code with loophole after loophole. As a result, 20 of the 25 major corporations that paid their CEOs more than Uncle Sam last year also spent more on lobbying lawmakers than they paid in corporate taxes. And 18 of the 25 gave more to political campaigns than they paid to the IRS in taxes.

EDL 'violently attacked' journalists, claims NUJ

Journalists covering an English Defence League rally in London were subjected to a series of “violent attacks” on Saturday -- including sexual assault and a photographer being set on fire, according to the National Union of Journalists.
Members of the far-right group held demonstrations in east London over the weekend which saw 61 arrests including public order offenses and assaults on police.

110 jobs to go at News International

News International is set to cut its 3,000-strong workforce by 110 positions, chief executive Tom Mockbridge announced today. He also revealed that so far 89 former News of the World employees have taken up the offer of enhanced redundancy terms and that 23 jobs have been available to those who wish to continue to be employed by the company.

Why Inequality is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy

When so much income goes to the top, the middle class doesn't have enough purchasing power to keep the economy going without sinking ever more deeply into debt -- which, as we've seen, ends badly. An economy so dependent on the spending of a few is also prone to great booms and busts. The rich splurge and speculate when their savings are doing well. But when the values of their assets tumble, they pull back. That can lead to wild gyrations. Sound familiar?

One small step for News Corp. One giant symbolic leap in press history

Many people will welcome the surrender of 'Fortress Wapping'

News in the UK that News Corp. is vacating its Wapping plant may not mean much to an American audience. But the Wapping dispute, in 1986, was one the greatest defeats the British trade union movement ever suffered, comparable to the miners' strike that preceded it by a couple of years -- but while the miners were fighting the government, the print unions were fighting a private-sector firm. No employer has inflicted more damage on the unions than Rupert Murdoch.

'FT' Goes After U.S. Audience with Ad Campaign

After making waves by bypassing Apple’s iTunes store, Pearson’s Financial Times is looking to grow its U.S. print circulation with its first large-scale marketing campaign here. The multimedia campaign will launch Sept. 6. Like much of the newspaper industry, the FT has seen a softening in its print circulation. Average daily circulation stood at 390,121 in December, a 2.7% decrease year over year. About one-third of that was in the U.S.

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