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Great read on the challenges of polling. 

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I first met Gerard Sin two and a half years ago as he sat in his hospital bed recovering from his assault. While he had just been told that more than likely he was going to lose his left eye, he was friendly, warm and positive.

Seeing him again this week, he was still the same person. Still friendly, warm and positive - that is why it is a real shame that his compensation hasn't been settled. For someone so nice to have to endure not only the suffering of losing an eye, he has to go through a legal fight and challenge accusations that he is to blame for his own injuries just to ensure that his and his family's future are protected.

It doesn't seem fair, does it?

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You couldn't make this up.

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For journalists wanting to know what it's like working for a Fleet St red-top, here's a link to a statement provided to the Leveson Inquiry by former Daily Star reporter Richard Peppiatt. It seems he's no longer keen to fabricate news, but willing to acquire some notoriety by telling everyone else what he did.

The best anecdote: 'On one occasion the news editor of the day offered £150 to whatever reporter could ’come up with’ a story to fill page 3 (I was left in no doubt that by his phrasing he was not concerned for the story’s veracity, for it was 6pm on a Sunday and he wanted to go home). I invented a story about model Kelly Brook seeing a hypnotist to help her get ready quicker, and was duly paid the bonus.'

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Here's an interesting blog post from a local newspaper chief in the United States. While the paper isn't on the 'world stage', there is certainly a lot to be taken out of the direction the media company is taking. Breaking down the newsroom into three teams makes sense: an Investigative and In-Depth Reporting Team, an Audience Engagement Team: and a Breaking News Team. It seems similar to what the UK's Guardian, especially in regard to digital engagement, and other major outlets across the world are trying to achieve.

Despite these efforts to create new structures, the crux of today's problems arise in selecting when and how to deliver news reports. When does a news story move from breaking to investigative? An example is when a reporter finds an exclusive angle on a breaking story, do they run it first online, lead with it for an iPad edition or hold it for the next day's paper? That's the hard bit. It doesn't matter how organised a newsroom is, it's when and how they delivery the news that counts.

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Is anyone surprised by this? Banks say there is no demand, I disagree.

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Leave it to Apple to construct the most fitting online tribute to their founder Steve Jobs. The company’s homepage today is simple, beautiful and delivers its message brilliantly – all hallmarks of the great man himself and his products.

As the world mourns Jobs’ death at the age of 56, many commentators, and in deed the general public, are looking back on his contribution to modern society. While the only Apple product I currently own is an ageing iPod Nano (I do work on a mini Mac and my boss owns my iPad), the ‘Apple effect’ is widespread.

The music industry has been turned on its head with the creation and development of iPods and iTunes, and a similar process is underway in publishing with the iPads, and to a lesser extent, the iPhone.

However, while we will remember how he has shaped the way we communicate, arguably more than any other person in recent memory, many people are concerned about the future of the company he founded.

News of Steve Jobs's death this morning drove the Apple share price down more than 5 per cent in Frankfurt. At 9.30am London time, Apple shares were trading 3.5 per cent lower at €273, after hitting a low of €270. They are expected to open lower when trading in New York opens at 2.30pm London time.

A similar event occurred when Jobs stepped down in August as chief executive of the company he set up in 1976 with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak. His death, coupled with the dull reaction to the launch of the iPhone 4S this week, have led many to believe that the continual innovation the company is renowned for may come to an end.

Tim Cook, the new CEO, has the tough task of settling investor nerves. Formerly Apple's chief operating officer, he was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries.

Cook is an excellent choice to replace Jobs and UK SMEs should look at this transition and examine their own succession plans. Have you worked out who would replace you as chief executive in the event of an untimely death? If not, what steps should you be putting in place now to ensure the company is not left floundering at a critical time?

It may sound crass, and in deed these conversations are difficult, but planning is the only key to success. And as a founder of a company who obviously cares about what has been built, you must ensure that success continues long-term and not just during your term. I believe Steve Jobs has achieved that.
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It is not everyday that I agree with The Australian's Janet Albrechtsen, but she makes some very good points here on media regulation and the future of press freedom is Australia.

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Find out who's in the 2011 Top 50 Rising Stars – our annual list of the UK's most exciting fast-growth businesses.

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I've posted a new blog that explores the debate currently on in the UK over banking reform. While there has been much talk about how the banks should operate and which divisions should be 'ring-fenced from others, I look at what the end goal should be.
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