RSF Press China on Pod Fraud Press Mess

Projected growth of Greater China iPod and PMP accessory industry. Source: China Sourcing Reports.

China IPod Maker, Journalists in Dispute: The journalists who had their assets frozen, in a dispute over their reporting on labor conditions in the factory that makes the Apple iPod, have had their cause taken up by Reporters Without Borders.

A media advocacy group on Wednesday urged Apple Computer Inc. to intervene in a dispute over alleged labor abuses by an iPod manufacturer in China.A media advocacy group on Wednesday urged Apple Computer Inc. to intervene in a dispute over alleged labor abuses by an iPod manufacturer in China.

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Newsflow Opportunity

Positive Press on Iraq Is Aim of U.S. Contract:

U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.

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Astroturf Installers Wanted

From the shill watch: The latest alert arrives in the old Gmail inbox from The Freelance Work Exchange — a slimy little operation that specializes in placing homeworkers with astroturfing and “viral marketing” operations.

Two individuals are needed to undertake a forum posting campaign. You will be responsible for posting a minimum of 30 posts on forums per day. You will spread these out over 5 different forums. You should have the ability to spark debate, and have a friendly writing tone. Please send a quote per post you will make.

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Anti-Peje Archivist

Historical prices on a Lopez Obrador victory. Source: Tradesports.

In the battle of the Mexican Netroots, perhaps the best organized attempt to counter the “vote by vote” Web video campaign is Andrés López Rivas, aka Ciberactivo, a 24-year old systems engineer from Monterrey who blogs at Mexico in Danger.

PAN out to hire this kid to run the south of the border equivalent of the Bloggers for Dean project coordinated by James Moore of Second Superpower fame. I’m going to see if I can interview him.

It’s a useful resource for reality-testing the charges made by the “resistance” of blatant media bias, and for getting an overview of how North American editorial pages have viewed the current crisis.
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Shotgun Wedding With the Deutsche Borse?

Euronext faces merger vote call (FT):

Euronext’s largest shareholder said on Wednesday that it intended to force the exchange to hold a vote on a merger offer from Deutsche Börse that currently exceeds a bid from the NYSE Group which was agreed by Euronext’s management in June.

The activist shareholder is once again a hedge fund — a high-flying philanthropic hedge fund with former ties to the Yale endowment, if I remember correctly.

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