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De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers, Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of January 1, 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business.
Posted Feb 26, 2013
The Search Agency, a global online marketing firm and independent U.S. search marketing agency, announced the launch of h(Paid). The Search Agency aims to optimize the reach and engagement of brands online by taking a customer-centric rather than channel-centric approach to paid media marketing with (h)Paid).
Posted Feb 26, 2013
Native advertising company Sharethrough announced the launch of Sharethrough Sponsored Stories, a native advertising solution that allows brands to promote articles, posts, reviews, and more across the open web. With Sharethrough Sponsored Stories, marketers can expand their promotion of non-video content beyond Facebook and Twitter to include native placements across Sharethrough's network of digital publishers.
Posted Feb 26, 2013
Barnes & Noble's future is once again up in the air, with the company's founder and chairman, Leonard Riggio, reportedly telling the board of directors that he's interested in buying the retail business - and only the retail business. Barnes & Noble put out a press release confirming the speculation. Riggio wants the stores, and the website but not Nook Media. The news of a possible split led to stock prices jumping, and seems to be a hit with investors.
Posted Feb 26, 2013
The recently launched PressApp is a content management system that connects with a brand's existing mobile apps, letting them communicate with, and receive content from, their mobile communities.
Posted Feb 22, 2013
Digital asset management (DAM) software maker Picturepark announced DAM Guru Program, a new DAM community service that connects digital asset management "Gurus" with DAM "Newbies" looking for advice, and with DAM employers looking to hire.
Posted Feb 21, 2013
If you're lucky enough to still have an independent bookstore in your area, you've probably wondered what would happen to it in the age of e-books. Well, those little shops aren't waiting to find out. Instead independent booksellers have banded together to file a class action lawsuit against Amazon and six publishers. According to the complaint, the Bookhouse of Stuyvesant Plaza, Fiction Addiction, and Posman Books at Grand Central have filed against Amazon, Random House, Penguin Group, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Macmillan "on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated independent brick-and-mortar bookstores."
Posted Feb 21, 2013
Ingram Content Group Inc. announced the launch of an on-demand print and fulfillment journals program. Ingram Content Group's solution provides publishers with the tools to manage their print journals, from file set-up to print on demand to delivery. From a website, publishers can upload and manage content and subscription lists, designate fulfillment requirements, place print orders for direct delivery to their subscribers, as well as order one-off issues for claims fulfillment.
Posted Feb 20, 2013
Wochit Inc. has launched its platform that seeks to provide web publishers with a constant supply of ever-fresh news video. Wochit produces videos practically in real-time, as stories break, combining large scale capabilities with quality results. Publishers gain easy access to these videos, including through partnerships that Wochit has entered with major distributors Grab Media, OneScreen and Rightster.
Posted Feb 20, 2013
Social.me announced the launch of the first phase of its social media click tracking rollout, and the addition of new features. The personal branding startup, which reached the 1,000-user milestone just 3 days into its public launch, hopes to further expand their base with a social media analytics rollout.
Posted Feb 19, 2013
It seems that 2013 is turning out to be a big year for blogs. First, Andrew Sullivan announced he was taking The Dish and leaving The Daily Beast behind to go it alone. Now, Reuters is reporting that tech blog AllThingsD -- run by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg -- is in talks with NewsCorp, Inc. about leaving the media giant when AllThingsD's contract is up.
Posted Feb 19, 2013
Taboola, a NY-based content-distribution and monetization platform, announced that it has completed a $15 Million Series D round of funding. The funding was led by Pitango VC with participation from existing investors Evergreen Venture Partners, WGI Group and Marker.
Posted Feb 19, 2013
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced that Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Microbial Biotechnology have joined the Wiley Open Access publishing program. All articles from these two journals are now open access and free to view, download, and share.
Posted Feb 19, 2013
Effective immediately De Gruyter and Versita will be publishing all Open Access content under the uniform application of Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND. This means that publications may be copied, disseminated, and otherwise made public with a few conditions.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
SDL announced a series of new machine translation (MT) capabilities in its Language Platform. With a more scalable and cost-effective way to translate growing amounts of customer-facing content whether on e-commerce sites, social media, and help forums.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
CBS Corporation and Amazon.com, Inc. announced an expanded content licensing agreement to bring classic series and hit TV shows from CBS Television Distribution and Showtime Networks to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, extending the catalog of CBS content available for Prime members to instantly stream, and enjoy at no additional cost.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Impelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, announced the release of iPublishCentral 4.1, the latest version of its digital publishing software for publishers. iPublishCentral is a comprehensive platform that allows publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market, and sell their ebooks without making significant capital or engineering resource investments on their own.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Switch announced web-based solution designed to help marketers plan, schedule, measure, track and analyze the performance of their experiential marketing programs in real-time. The proprietary software is called SMRT - the Switch Mobile Reporting Tool.
Posted Feb 13, 2013
CoreMedia, a Web Content Management (WCM) company, announced CoreMedia 7, the latest release of its WCM platform. CoreMedia 7 is designed to help enterprises keep pace and thrive in the rapidly-changing business landscape that is driven by mobility, social engagement, on-demand technology, and content-driven customer interactions.
Posted Feb 13, 2013
Mag+ released several enhancements to its creative toolset for designing digital content apps for touchscreen devices. These new features give designers the ability to develop digital content, including the ability to make apps that don't look like magazines at all. Other additions include pinch and zoom functions, panning and dual layout options, support for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch and Google Nexus 10, and more options for packaging subscriptions, and single issues.
Posted Feb 13, 2013
Kno, Inc., announced Advance, an interactive learning platform that enables publishers and authors to turn a flat file or PDF into an interactive ebook in minutes at no cost. The Advance platform was created to provide publishers with powerful, yet easy-to-use tools, to make their content and assessments interactive and engaging at scale with no added costs.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
It seems that the DOJ's lawsuit against five publishers, which accused them of conspiring to fix ebooks prices using the "agency model" may finally be a thing of the past...sort of. Macmillan, the last holdout in the case, settled with the US Government, filing an agreement. The settlement, however, still needs to be approved by a judge, which has proved problematic in the past.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
American Express has long advised customers not to leave home without it. Now, it may be telling you not to sign-on without. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Twitter and American Express are partnering to allow Twitter users to buy directly through the site.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
DigitalMR is launching eViewer, a new application that enables any company with an online presence to observe how customers interact and react to their websites, video clips, online games, mobile apps, and advertisements. eViewer records the customer's full screen activity as well as their facial expressions, emotions, context and verbal commentary through their webcam providing a whole picture of the user-experience.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
Insight Enterprises, Inc. -- a global technology provider of hardware, software, and service solutions -- announced the expansion of its InsightCloud Solutions Center, with the addition of Cloud Business Provisioning, powered by dinCloud.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, is introducing a new feature to NoveList Select, its catalog enrichment resource. The new feature adds e-resource recommendations to NoveList Select. The recommendations guide patrons to relevant e-resources directly from catalog records. This new feature will benefit libraries looking to make patrons more aware of the wealth of electronic resources available through the library.
Posted Feb 11, 2013
Google announced an upgrade to its AdWords program through enhanced campaigns. As the folks at Google put it: "This is a first step to help you more simply and smartly manage your ad campaigns in today's multi-device world." The new enhanced campaigns will allow a company to serve different ads to different people based on not only their search terms, but on their context as well - such as their device and location. A "mobile preferred creative" option will make this possible. In the past, a user would have to set up separate campaigns.
Posted Feb 07, 2013
Zillow, Inc. is tackling home improvement with the launch of Zillow Digs, a free app available exclusively for iPad and as a web service. With Zillow Digs, home shoppers and homeowners can find visual inspiration and understand the potential cost of remodeling projects. Users can browse tens of thousands of photos and see Zillow's proprietary Digs Estimates for the estimated cost, based on where they live, of the actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing. They can create, save, and share Boards of ideas and d├ęcor, browse boards created by others, comment on photos, and follow people with similar interests.
Posted Feb 06, 2013
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a provider of content and workflow solutions in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional development; and education, launched Labtiva's ReadCube Web Reader on Wiley Online Library. PDFs read with the ReadCube Web Reader feature hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, and direct access to supplemental content.
Posted Feb 06, 2013
ICG Group, Inc. announced that one of its consolidated companies, Channel Intelligence, Inc. ("CI"), has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google Inc. for $125 million in cash. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.
Posted Feb 06, 2013
Readmill, the digital reading platform, has announced the launch of its new app for iPhone, designed to create a seamless mobile reading experience for users. Readmill, which is already available as an app for iPad, has launched Readmill for iPhone to cater towards the growing number of people wanting to read ebooks via their smartphones, as well as synchronize their reading experience across devices.
Posted Feb 06, 2013
Bookish a one-stop online destination designed to connect readers with books and authors, launched, providing visitors with exclusive content and insider access to A-list writers. With the backing of Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, as well as the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers, and Perseus Books Group, Bookish will provide readers with original and exclusive content about books and writers, while also allowing users to conveniently browse, discover and purchase new reads without leaving the site.
Posted Feb 05, 2013
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released its latest ebook subscription collection focused on the needs of public library patrons. eBook Public Library Collection includes over 25,000 general reference ebook titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language, and literature and science and technology.
Posted Feb 05, 2013
San Diego-based Rio SEO, a provider of software tools for search engine optimization automation and reporting, announced the launch of a suite of social media marketing products following the recent acquisition and integration of Seattle-based Meteor Solutions.
Posted Feb 05, 2013
On February 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a staff report that made recommendations for players in the mobile marketplace, most notably a suggestion to include "Do Not TracK" options to users. The report makes separate suggestions for companies operating in different parts of the mobile spheres.
Posted Feb 04, 2013
Social commerce company Owned it announced plans to launch new apps and its team expansion as a result of a recent funding boost. The social referral platform helps retailers to increase revenue and conversions by turning the retailer's order confirmation page into a springboard for social sharing of tailored offers and incentives.
Posted Feb 04, 2013
BlackBerry enthusiasts have new reason to rejoice. Research in Motion (RIM), the company that makes BlackBerry, announced a new phone, operating system, and company name. Going forward, RIM will be BlackBerry, pinning its hopes on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and the Z10 phone which will debut in the UK first and won't come to the states until March.
Posted Jan 30, 2013
Kenshoo, a provider of premium digital marketing technology, unveiled version 2.0 of its suite of social marketing solutions, Kenshoo Social. The release of Kenshoo Social 2.0 enables social marketers to further improve efficiency through scalable campaign management. Additionally, Kenshoo Social delivers optimization tools that generate strong return on ad spend (ROAS) from paid social media while directing holistic budget decisions through tracking and attributing revenue per post (RPP) from owned social media.
Posted Jan 30, 2013
IBM announced it will provide a modified version of an IBM Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, making it the first university to receive such a system. The arrival of the Watson system will enable new leading-edge research at Rensselaer, and afford faculty and students an opportunity to find new uses for Watson and deepen the systems' cognitive capabilities. The firsthand experience of working on the system will also better position Rensselaer students as future leaders in the areas of Big Data, analytics, and cognitive computing.
Posted Jan 30, 2013
Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., a provider of cloud-based document repositories for e-discovery and other complex legal matters, announced the release of its integrated predictive coding tool for e-discovery, Insight Predict. With Insight Predict, review teams are able to identify the most relevant documents much earlier in the review process, making the entire review workflow more focused and efficient.
Posted Jan 30, 2013
Piktochart, a web-based infographic and presentation tools company announced the global launch of the all-new Piktochart, a shift from the previous version platform, to allow users to create interactive charts on a completely new and user-friendly dashboard of its free edition.
Posted Jan 30, 2013
Unicorn Media, provider of internet video solutions that allow publishers to dynamically serve video ads to IP-enabled devices, announced the release of a new technology that combines a comprehensive server-side solution with a rich client-side user experience: Unicorn OnceUX. This enables publishers to deliver interactive ad capabilities and a rich UI from the client side while allowing dynamic server-side ad insertion and continuous playback, providing new monetization opportunities through expanded ad units and pay-per-click models.
Posted Jan 29, 2013
You may be surprised to hear what the world's second most popular social network is, according to a new study from GlobalWebIndex. No, it's not Twitter, or LinkedIn, or Pinterest. Nor is it a localized, regional network. It's Google+. But Facebook still has a huge lead, with more than double to number of monthly users of its nearest competitor.
Posted Jan 28, 2013
In a post on its website, Payvment announced that it will be joining a new company and shutting down its platform on February 28. The Payvment platform has been used by people selling goods on Facebook. Those people, according to the post, will have one month to transfer their account to Ecwid in order to continue selling on Facebook.
Posted Jan 28, 2013
Qumu, a business video platform provider, announced its IBM Connections Social Video Solution that enables users to collaborate with others using video within the IBM Connections interface.
Posted Jan 28, 2013
Macmillan Publishers, announced an agreement to make a collection of popular ebooks available to libraries via OverDrive before the end of the first quarter. Under the pilot program, OverDrive-powered libraries will have access to more than 1,200 titles from Macmillan's Minotaur Books imprint, featuring award-winning authors such as Olen Steinhauser and Julia Spencer-Fleming. OverDrive supplies Next Generation digital library services for more than 22,000 libraries and schools worldwide, with support for all major ereading devices, including Kindle.
Posted Jan 25, 2013
Anametrix, a cloud-based, real-time digital analytics platform, introduces Anametrix Plug-in for Microsoft Excel, which embeds new marketing analytics capabilities directly into the Excel user interface. The product enables Anametrix users to easily create, refresh, upload, and schedule reports from multichannel marketing data in Anametrix, and it delivers real-time access to all vendor and corporate data.
Posted Jan 25, 2013
ProQuest, an information company central to global research, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL), which will expand its ebook delivery and aggregation capabilities with libraries worldwide. The acquisition will enable users to discover content across multiple formats including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video. ProQuest acquired ebook pioneer ebrary in January 2011 and plans to combine the strongest features of ebrary and EBL into a single, comprehensive ebook platform once finalized.
Posted Jan 25, 2013
Epic Playground has launched MediaGauge, a real-time media insight delivery tool that allows site owners to send customized in-browser messages with specific targeted offers, invitations, surveys, or branding communications during media playback. MediaGauge is currently available on Epic Playground's website. Additionally, a limited number of companies are now being accepted for a special pilot program, which will roll out at SXSW 2013 in March.
Posted Jan 25, 2013
Amazon.com, Inc. announced that it has acquired text-to-speech technology company IVONA Software. IVONA delivers the technologies that power the "Text-to-Speech," "Voice Guide" and "Explore by Touch" features on Kindle Fire tablets. Additionally, IVONA delivers text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses and customers around the world.
Posted Jan 24, 2013
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