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If you live in New Zealand you may have noticed some changes to your Facebook page. According to The Next Web, Facebook is trying out a new single-column design for the much-maligned Timeline. TNW says the new layout has status updates, and other activity appearing only in the left-hand column while the right side of your page is static, which is a small change that many people may not even notice.
Posted Jan 08, 2013
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) announced that they are merging. SIPA will become a division of SIIA and will continue to offer its membership programs, without change. SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and information industries, will continue to offer all of the same programs and services that are currently available to its members, along with new programs.
Posted Jan 08, 2013
Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced the acquisition of Knovel Corp. New York City-based Knovel provides a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.
Posted Jan 07, 2013
Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 31, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.
Posted Jan 03, 2013
Classified ads have been the workhorses of the newspaper revenue world for as long as anyone can remember. So is it any surprise that Oodle, a large online classified ad network, is so in demand that it's being carved up between three buyers. It has, however, resulted in a rather confusing arrangement.
Posted Jan 03, 2013
Andrew Sullivan is taking The Dish and going it alone. In a post made on the first workday of the 2013, Sullivan announced he was taking The Dish and leaving The Daily Beast. When the contract expired at the end of 2012, Sullivan says he started mulling over his options:"As usual, we sought your input and the blogosphere's - hence the not-terribly subtle thread that explored whether online readers will ever pay for content, and how. The answer is: no one really knows. But as we debated and discussed that unknowable future, we felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism..."
Posted Jan 02, 2013
Barnes & Noble is kicking off the new year by selling a five percent stake in Nook Media to Person, according to Fierce Content Management. For $89.5 million, Pearson now has the right to publish its education content on the Nook and perhaps even distribute devices.
Posted Jan 02, 2013
The Tribune Company closed out 2012 by emerging from bankruptcy ready to sell off much of its holdings, according to The Chicago Tribune. The company's new board has plans to eventually sell off its eight newspapers, 23 television stations, and stakes in other companies according to the article.
Posted Jan 01, 2013
Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 17, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.
Posted Dec 20, 2012
Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced that it plans to produce pilots for six original comedy series. The series come from a diverse set of writers including newcomers to Hollywood and industry veterans. This marks the studios' first pilot production since expanding into original programming development earlier this year.
Posted Dec 20, 2012
IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire StoredIQ Inc., a privately held company based in Austin, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Posted Dec 19, 2012
Brainshark, Inc., a provider of online and mobile video presentations solutions, unveiled the Brainshark Mobile Player. This HTML5-based player gives iOS and Android users a more interactive experience when they view Brainshark video presentations on their smartphones and tablets. The player also enables organizations to increase their level of engagement with mobile users - who can access, view and share high-impact content anytime.
Posted Dec 19, 2012
If Instagram has you feeling like a professional photographer the news tweaks to its terms of service may have you concerned about your intellectual property. Starting January 16, 2013, the photosharing app will share data with Facebook. How will your data - and your photos - be used?
Posted Dec 18, 2012
Amazon is jumping into the advertising game. According to AdWeek, Amazon has built a real-time bidding platform that can be plugged into "exchanges and supply-side platforms, including Google's AdX and PubMatic."
Posted Dec 18, 2012
ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced that it is moving ahead with its efforts to support non-English language programs for customers around the world. The company is launching a new ebook subscription database, ebrary Nordic Collection, as well as recently acquired content from renowned German publishers including Verlag C.H. Beck, W. Bertelsmann Verlag (WBV), and Frank & Timme.
Posted Dec 18, 2012
Hippo announced the launch of Hippo CMS 7.8 and its new Relevance Module. Hippo puts marketers in charge of creating and maintaining contextualized experiences across the customer journey covering web, mobile, and social channels.
Posted Dec 17, 2012
Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 13, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.
Posted Dec 13, 2012
Epom Ad Server, a provider of advanced ad serving technologies operated by Epom Ltd., announced improvements to its platform. New features have been launched, and new pricing plans for ad networks have been introduced, including free membership for small ad networks, and lucrative tariffs, plus free trial for middle-sized ad networks.
Posted Dec 13, 2012
Liferay, Inc., provider of an enterprise-class, open source portal, announced the launch of Social Office 2.0 Enterprise Edition (EE), the newest version of Liferay's social collaboration solution for enterprise teams. Social Office 2.0 EE, the newest app available in Liferay Marketplace, equips users with a means to collaborate with teams in their business units and to build a social network within their enterprise.
Posted Dec 13, 2012
Perfect Sense Digital announced it has acquired KickApps, a social media application. This is the first acquisition by Perfect Sense Digital, a full-service product development company based in Reston, VA. Perfect Sense Digital will integrate key social features into their Brightspot CMS, including identity management, social graph sharing and user-generated content tools in early 2013.
Posted Dec 13, 2012
Ping.it, an Oslo-based web startup, introduces an alternative to information overload and mass content sharing. The new technology lets people send "pings" - relevant content recommendations - straight to designated recipients instead of sharing to a public stream, as in traditional social networks. And unlike e-mail accounts, the Ping.it inbox has no address that can be reached by unsolicited content.
Posted Dec 13, 2012
Last week, Instagram made waves when it pulled its Twitter integration. Now Twitter has introduced its Instagram-like photo editing tools. The tools are available on iPhones and Android devices.
Posted Dec 11, 2012
According to one Huffington Post writer, Facebook's 1 billion user figures may be vastly overstated. Janet Tavakoli says that due to duplicate accounts, straight out fakes, and identity fraud, she estimates the social media giant's use base to be more around the 500 million mark.
Posted Dec 11, 2012
Nimble, a social relationship management pioneer now integrates with HootSuite, makers of a social media management system. Now users can connect social media best practices to Social CRM capabilities, such as identifying, connecting and nurturing prospects; businesses can finally "close the loop" on social selling and customer engagement.
Posted Dec 11, 2012
Maestro Market, a platform that connects people with their ideal experts, or even heroes, announced its official launch. The new platform facilitates a variety of engagements (e.g., in person, using Skype, via telephone, etc.) between experts and anyone interested in learning a skill, solving a problem, getting inspired, gifting an experience, or indulging a desire. The company is also announcing initial partnerships.
Posted Dec 10, 2012
North Plains, announced it has acquired VYRE, a UK-based leading provider of marketing resource management (MRM) and brand asset management (BAM) software. This acquisition will enable North Plains and VYRE customers to optimize the entire creative marketing lifecycle to create, manage and share rich media, improving marketing agility and profitability.
Posted Dec 06, 2012
Amazon announced the beta launch of a new, free A/B Testing capability for Kindle Fire developers. Developers can now test simultaneous treatments of their apps, receive data about what's worked best, and quickly adjust their apps to take advantage of this customer learning.
Posted Dec 06, 2012
Wondering why the picture you just took of your lunch and promptly Instagram'd isn't displaying properly on you Twitter feed? Well, according to The New York Times it isn't just a glitch. Instagram - and by extension, Facebook - disabled the ability for photos to display properly on the Twitter site and applications.
Posted Dec 05, 2012
Another potential Facebook competitor has entered the fray. Socl, Microsoft's offering to the social network market, is now in open-beta after originally launching in May. At first glance, it certainly looks different than Facebook, Twitte, or Google+. But it is reminiscent of the visual-heavy Pinterest. But Microsoft describes Socl a bit differently:
Posted Dec 05, 2012
Posted Dec 05, 2012
Acrolinx announced the upcoming availability of its 3.0 release, which expands Acrolinx's support for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).To use Acrolinx for SEO, an author clicks the Acrolinx "Check" button in their authoring tool or web content management system. Acrolinx evaluates the document or web page and flags opportunities for improvement.
Posted Dec 05, 2012
Cloud-based social marketing platforms, Kenshoo Social and Shoutlet, unveiled an integrated solution for paid, owned, and earned media. The offering improves campaign analytics, enabling marketers to more accurately measure, attribute, and optimize social media campaigns and cross-channel marketing communications.
Posted Dec 05, 2012
IBM announced the closing of its acquisition of Kenexa. Kenexa allows IBM to help clients embrace social business capabilities while gaining actionable insights from the streams of information generated from social networks every day. The net purchase price is approximately $1.3 billion.
Posted Dec 04, 2012
Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, announced that 60 new publishers have added more than 35,000 new digital textbooks and online course materials to its VitalSource Bookshelf platform.
Posted Dec 04, 2012
Glossi.com, a new publishing platform that enables anyone to create and share their own digital magazines, announced its public beta launch. Individuals and brands who receive invitations to the beta product will now be able to fully use Glossi.com to publish across devices. A free tool, Glossi.com empowers both casual and professional creators to capture and present ideas, information and creativity in an elegant form.
Posted Dec 04, 2012
It seems that News Corp.'s foray into the world of iPad-only newspapers is coming to an end - at least for now. With a reported annual operating cost of $30 million dollars, The Daily will be closing its virtual newsroom on December 15, according to Good Ereader.
Posted Dec 04, 2012
Breaking up is hard to do, which may be why Facebook and Zynga have simply opted to "see other people" rather than break off their relationship all together. On November 29, the two companies made regulatory filings that detailed changes to the partnership that has made virtual farming all the rage. In 2010 the companies signed a five year agreement, but they are now cutting it short.
Posted Nov 30, 2012
Random House is adding three new digital-only imprints to its line-up, according to Publisher's Weekly. The publishing giant -- which announced a merger with Penguin earlier this year -- will introduce Alibi, Flirt, and Hydra. The imprints will produce mysteries/thrillers, YA, and science fiction respectively. Random House is also, reportedly, expanding its romance digital imprint, Loveswept.
Posted Nov 29, 2012
Amazon.com, Inc. announced that a bonus of $1.5 million has been added to the KDP Select global fund this holiday season. This is on top of the regular monthly fund during from December-February. Authors worldwide can earn a share of the total global fund every time their book is borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr, and reach more readers than ever before.
Posted Nov 29, 2012
RSuite CMS, a content management system for publishers, announced the latest version of its software, RSuite 4. Combining a superior user experience with proven and secure content management provides publishers with the ability to create, store, manage, transform, and deliver any content to any format.
Posted Nov 29, 2012
Percussion has teamed up with DivvyHQ - the spreadsheet-free editorial calendar application - to bring you content planning solution. Percussion CM1 enables content marketers to create and publish more content more rapidly across their web properties than ever before. With DivvyHQ integrated into Percussion CM1's dashboard, you will be able to use Divvy's calendaring interface and collaboration tools to better manage the planning and production of all types of content across their organization.
Posted Nov 28, 2012
The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter's publishing partners - Harvard University Press, and Böhlau Publishers - will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to an expanded range of academic content.
Posted Nov 28, 2012
Truthloader, a new citizen journalism channel from ITN Productions, has launched on YouTube. Announced at MIPCOM as part of the YouTube original channels initiative, Truthloader showcases the work of citizen journalists from around the world with original daily programming from amateur eyewitnesses and passionate online campaigners. All reports are curated by social media experts and professional journalists at ITN Productions.
Posted Nov 27, 2012
Digital publishing house Vertical Media has obtained a €600,000 from investors. The funding will be used to introduce new products and expand existing business portfolios. The Berlin publishing house produces online magazines: Gründerszene.de and VentureVillage.eu and hosting the Heureka! conference, along with networking events and seminars.
Posted Nov 27, 2012
It's the time of year when predictions abound, and in the digital content world, few things are cause for more speculation than mobile revenues. ABI Research data says mobile app revenue will top out at over $30 billion by the end of the year, PCMag reports. That is nearly double what apps raked in last year.
Posted Nov 27, 2012
Content Industry Staffing News for the Week of November 26, 2012
Posted Nov 26, 2012
British "Silicon Roundabout"-based social data analytics provider, Likely Limited, announced the completion of a $1.6 million (£1million) equity investment led by growth capital specialists New World Private Equity together with seed and early stage specialists Charlotte Street Capital.
Posted Nov 26, 2012
Future, the international media group and leading digital publisher, is to launch tech., a weekly international iPad magazine aimed at busy technology enthusiasts.On-sale November 29, priced at $0.99 for a single issue or $28.99 for an annual subscription, tech. summarizes the week in technology, putting its own unique interactive spin on the best reaction to each week's key consumer technology news stories, giving readers a full range of opinion in one bite-size chunk.
Posted Nov 26, 2012
Twitter wants to make darn sure you can share its content and bring new eyeballs to its site. Users will now be able to share Tweets via email to non-users and users alike-which has the added bonus of passing along any photos attached to the post.
Posted Nov 19, 2012
Alfresco announced a new version of mobile for iOS that transforms devices into productivity tools for the enterprise. While many mobile apps focus on content creation and productivity, Alfresco Mobile 1.4 ups the ante by integrating three key productivity features that save time and increase efficacy for business users.
Posted Nov 19, 2012
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