September 6, 2013 Last Updated 8:29 am

NYT CEO to testify on BBC large payments to staff; Apple makes changes to affiliate program

Morning Brief:

While much of the attention of media observers was on the latest stories to be published by The New York Times, Guardian and ProPublica involving NSA revelations (see round-up here), another story appeared in both the NYT and Guardian that indirectly involves the NYT.

The former BBC director general Mark Thompson, and current CEO of the Times, accused the BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten of “fundamentally misleading” parliament over knowledge of large payoffs to senior staff at the broadcaster. The payments were given in order to reduce the budget.

Thompson, who will testify at hearings to be held by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, did offer comments to his own newspaper on the matter. His accusations were, instead, drawn from leaked evidence submitted to the committee.

Apple informed developers yesterday that it was making some important changes to its affiliate program. The new program will up the commission to 7 percent on eligible sales within a 24-hour purchase window. Developers can also use the sale affiliate tracking token for multiple countries.

But come October 1, Apple will end support for both the Linkshare and DGM affiliate networks. Users will have to sign up with Performance Horizon Group and update their links to continue to earn commissions on those links.

App updates have slowed to a trickle as most developers who are trying to get their updated apps to users prior to the release of iOS 7 have already done so. Others may discover, however, that they will need to react fast once Apple releases the update as their apps make be broken, or at least, look out-of-date otherwise.

Most of the major digital publishing platforms have long ago updated their solutions and made the updates available to their publishing clients.

A representative from Oomph, the platform from Australian company Mogeneration, said the company was excited about the release of the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. “We are really pumped about iOS7,” Lisa Walton, the marketing director for the company said recently.

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