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With a click, users of Salesforce.com can now instantly update data in their accounts, contacts and leads with just-verified information from ZoomInfo's profiles of 65 million businesspeople and six million businesses. With the new ZoomInfo for Salesforce app, a ZoomInfo panel is added to a Salesforce.com user's accounts, contacts and leads pages. The panel highlights data available from ZoomInfo that is more recent than - or missing from - the existing record in Salesforce.com. Additionally, a user can instantly find other contacts at a prospect's company without ever having to leave Salesforce.com.
Posted Sep 17, 2012
MarkLogic Corporation, provider of the enterprise NoSQL database, introduced MarkLogic 6, a product designed to make it faster and easier for organizations to generate reliable, scalable, and secure Big Data results. The product includes new tools for faster application development, powerful analytics, and visualization widgets for greater insight, and the ability to create user-defined functions for fast and flexible analysis of huge volumes of data.
Posted Sep 17, 2012
Founded by Christian Puricelli, former CEO of Onrest Web Services, and Filmon Ghirmai, MyNews.is began a quest to transform how people discover and read news articles. MyNews.is is a personalized discovery magazine, that let's people discover news that is of interest to them. Users choose their categories and sources that interest them and then rate these sources. MyNews.is then selects news stories that may interest the user.
Posted Sep 17, 2012
You're probably most familiar with Buzzfeed as the site you visits for adorable pictures of kittens, but according to GigaOm, the company recently purchased Kingfish Labs for an undisclosed amount of money. Kingfish works in the natural language processing field, and aimed to use Facebook profiles to match up users for online dating.
Posted Sep 17, 2012
According to InfoDocket, OverDrive-which delivers ebooks to libraries for publishers-has warned library customers that Hachette will be raising its prices by 220%. Hachette allows libraries to purchase some 3,500 backlist titles in digital format.
Posted Sep 17, 2012
Adblade, an ultra-premium ad network, announced the launch of Adblade for Mobile, a new mobile program designed to help marketers reach and engage consumers on-the-go. Adblade for Mobile offers attention-grabbing formats, click-assurance, and massive scale across 1,000 premium sites, including NBC News, Fox News and USA Today.
Posted Sep 17, 2012
Amazon is notorious for intentionally vague sales figures. "The Kindle is the top selling item on Amazon.com," it is always boasting, but never really offers concrete figures about what that means. So paidContent's "unearthing" of an email from Amazon Publishing VP Jeff Belle to literary agents is more interesting than it might seem on the surface.
Posted Sep 14, 2012
TheStreet, Inc. a digital financial media company, announced that it has completed the acquisition of The Deal LLC from Wasserstein & Co. Founded in 1999 as The Daily Deal print newspaper, The Deal LLC transformed its business into a digital subscription platform that delivers coverage of the deal economy, primarily through The Deal Pipeline, a leading provider of transactional information and services.
Posted Sep 13, 2012
Alacra, Inc., a provider of online business information solutions, announced the release of the Alacra Authority File, a database of core legal entity data attributes for over 170,000 global business entities, delivered to clients daily. The Alacra Authority File is a comprehensive source of entity reference data which expands, enriches, and enhances publicly available data from the CFTC's Interim Compliant Identifier (CICI) and helps financial institutions prepare for the upcoming release of the global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).
Posted Sep 13, 2012
Apple devotees had a good day on Wednesday, when the company finally announced the highly anticipated iPhone5. With a 4-inch screen, LTE, and a bigger battery the phone turned out to be pretty much what was expected.
Posted Sep 13, 2012
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been doing more than his share to help his company's faltering stock prices. First he announced that he wouldn't be selling his shares, and then, in a public appearance, he tried to assuage Wall Street's fears.
Posted Sep 12, 2012
Chances are the apps you're using are free, at least according to Gartner. According to research, 90% of apps 95.6 billion apps downloaded this year will be free. Furthermore, by 2016 Gartner expects that 93% of an estimate 309 billion downloaded apps will be fee.
Posted Sep 12, 2012
The Hive, a new community on Boston.com, launched today as a one-stop destination for news, information, and resources on Massachusetts' innovation economy. The section, , will explore technology, start-ups, the venture community, and the exciting growth of Boston's innovation sectors through local reporting, video series, and a curated feed of the best news and ideas on entrepreneurship from around the web.
Posted Sep 12, 2012
If you visited your favorite website yesterday and found that it was out of commission you probably have Anonymous to blame. The hacktivist group - or at least Twitter accounts believed to be associated with the group - took credit for problems with GoDaddy hosted sites. Small businesses experienced outages, and eventually GoDaddy had to take down its own site and replace it with a statement.
Posted Sep 11, 2012
After last week's ruling that upheld the DOJ's settlement with publishers Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins things have heated up. Many were expecting ebook prices to fall this week, now that publishers have been forced to cancel their contracts with Apple, but lawyer Bob Kohn filed documents that ask Judge Denise Cote to stay her ruling.
Posted Sep 10, 2012
The DOJ's lawsuit against Apple and several ebook publishers is settled, at least in part. After the settlement agreement was initially rejected for not being specific enough about how the figure was reached, a judge approved a new settlement between the DOJ and three of the five publishers named in the suit. The companies were accused of colluding to keep ebook prices high by employing the agency pricing model.
Posted Sep 07, 2012
Amazon.com announced the launch of Kindle Serials, stories that are published in episodes. When users buy a Kindle Serial they will immediately receive all existing episodes, followed by future episodes as they are published. When new episodes arrive, they are simply added to the end of your existing book, keeping your place and retaining your highlights and notes. Readers can also join the conversation on Amazon discussion boards as the stories unfold -- allowing the authors to learn from readers in real-time and perhaps influence a story's path.
Posted Sep 07, 2012
Rampant speculation about today's Amazon announcement turned out to be more or less right. The web retailer unveiled the Kindle Fire HD, along with a revamped line of Kindles. Among the new devices is the Kindle Paperwhite, with a touchscreen, 62% more pixels than the Kindle Touch, and includes a fiber-optic lighting system.
Posted Sep 06, 2012
Facebook's biggest critics often point to a weak mobile strategy, and the critics got a boost when eMarketer reported that Twitter topped Facebook in mobile ad sales game. Of course, the year isn't over and so the eMarketer figures are just projections but it estimates Facebook's mobile ad sales at $72.7 million for 2012, with Twitter coming in at $226.4 million.
Posted Sep 06, 2012
Oxford University Press is continuing to expand its digital publishing program this September with the launch of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) and the re-launch of the Oxford Handbooks Online and Oxford Reference.
Posted Sep 06, 2012
Kaltura, developer of an open source online video platform, announced the addition of advanced cross-device video delivery functionalities to its complete suite of video applications for media/broadcast companies, enterprises, and top educational institutions.
Posted Sep 06, 2012
SPIE has announced a new program that provides Gold Open Access upon publication for a journal article for which authors or their institutions pay voluntary page charges, beginning 2013. Authors will retain copyright under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.
Posted Sep 06, 2012
It's been a busy summer for Adicio, a provider of interactive classified advertising software. The company has launched nine new careers, real estate and motors sites for clients using its advanced classified platforms.
Posted Sep 05, 2012
If you were hiding from Facebook's ads by spending your social media time on Twitter, you will soon have to find a new safe haven. According to Reuters, Twitter will soon allow advertisers to target Tweeters based on information revealed in their Tweets.
Posted Sep 04, 2012
The New York Times will be selling its About Group for $300 million, according to paidContent. Barry Diller's IAC/Interactive swooped in and added $30 million to the $270 million that Answers.com was reportedly willing to pay for the property.
Posted Sep 04, 2012
Independent bookstores have long relied on Google to enable ebook sales at mom-and-pop shops, but that's all changing now. Kobo, a Canadian company, has struck a deal with the American Booksellers Association, according to Digital Book World, to sell its e-readers and ebooks through the websites of independent booksellers.
Posted Aug 29, 2012
Ebooks have long been accused of cannibalizing publishers' other sales. While those ebooks have started flying off the shelves (or over the internet) those same publishers have struggled to figure out how to make the new-fangled digital books profitable. Now HarperCollins UK's CEO Victoria Barnsley says that, within the next 18 months, half her company's fiction sales will come from ebooks.
Posted Aug 29, 2012
InfoDesk announced the launch of InfoMonitor, a new once-daily competitive intelligence, news and media monitoring service. InfoMonitor brings an organization all the important news and information, from their preferred sources in one custom-edited, easily digestible daily email update.
Posted Aug 29, 2012
Springer is expanding its open access program by offering a fully open access option for books, which will extend Springer's established SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journal portfolio, and its Springer Open Choice option. Any electronic version of a SpringerOpen book is fully and immediately open access, and thus freely accessible on SpringerLink for anyone in the world with access to the internet.
Posted Aug 29, 2012
Amazon.com says its catalog of exclusive Kindle books have been purchased, downloaded, or borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library more than 100 million times. Nearly all of these exclusive books are available for Kindle owners with a Prime membership to borrow for free, as frequently as once a month, with no due dates.
Posted Aug 28, 2012
Apparently, Facebook is not totally welcome in Germany. The federation of German Consumer Organizations has sent Facebook a cease and desist letter that accuses the company of breaching German Privacy law. The consumer protection group has given Facebook until September 4 to stop automatically sharing user information with third party applications without explicit permission.
Posted Aug 28, 2012
Is there a better fit for digital media than the punk scene with its DIY ethic? Probably not. So BUZZMEDIA's acquisition of several punk rock publications which it will roll together to form AbsoluteVoices.Joining BUZZMEDIA's own AbsolutePunk is Under the Gun Review, Alter the Press, Property of Zack, and PunkNews, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Posted Aug 27, 2012
Twitter is all over the map lately. Changes to its API have spurred a series of controversial moves, including a split from Tumblr. But now the micro-blogging site is joining the Linux Foundation, and is expected to announce it next week.
Posted Aug 27, 2012
By now news about governments shutting down the internet or limiting access to social media to try and stave off political unrest are practically a dime a dozen. But the latest tale comes from India, and has some people wondering if the government has "lost its sense of humor."
Posted Aug 24, 2012
Ever since Twitter announced impending changes to it API, it seems to be getting crankier and crankier. Most recently, Tumblr announced that users can no longer search Twitter for friends who also use Tumblr.
Posted Aug 24, 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 August 20, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.
Posted Aug 23, 2012
Kenshoo, a digital marketing software provider, released global growth metrics for Facebook advertising relative to paid search marketing during the first half (H1) of 2012.
Posted Aug 23, 2012
Last week it looked like Facebook might be able to settle a lawsuit regarding its "Sponsored Stories" which used users "likes" to match ads that would then appear in users' newsfeeds. Both sides agreed to a settlement but a judge rejected it on Friday, saying it did not explain well enough how the two sides came to the figures described in the settlement.Meanwhile, the FTC has finally given the OK to the social media giant's acquisition of Instagram.
Posted Aug 23, 2012
Apparently the number of copies sold is no longer a good enough indicator of bestsellers. With more inexpensive indie books hitting the ebook "shelves" and, eventually, the best seller lists, Digital Book World decided to take on the task of coming up with a more accurate picture of how the books are selling.
Posted Aug 22, 2012
Adblade, a premium-only ad network, announced the launch of a new program that allows small businesses to affordably target local customers by placing ads on top premium sites like NBC News, Fox News, and USA Today. Using Adblade's Small Business Marketing Platform, companies can target customers within its ZIP code.
Posted Aug 22, 2012
The Q1 earnings news was not bad for Barnes & Noble investors, though it wasn't great either. According to paidContent, B&N revenues were up to $1.45 billion, but Nook sales weren't as much help as the bookseller might have hoped: "Nook sales - which include devices, digital content and accessories - were $192 million for the quarter, compared to $191 million last year."
Posted Aug 21, 2012
The LA Times reported, Monday, on changes to LinkedIn profiles, and LinkedIn later confirmed the changes. LinkedIn told the Times in an email statement: "We are focused on making it easier for LinkedIn members to get more value out of the services we offer by creating simpler, more relevant, more social experiences...This new look and feel to the profile is the first step of many more exciting changes to come to the LinkedIn profile later this year."
Posted Aug 21, 2012
The Random House Group announced it has joined Public Library Online, launching with digital bookshelves from Jacqueline Wilson, Joanna Trollope, Katie Fforde, Lee Child, and PG Wodehouse. These titles will be available on the service from August 21 with further shelves to follow, including James Patterson.
Posted Aug 21, 2012
Last week the media began to anticipate the first flood of private Facebook shares onto the market as the first lock-up expired. Now, Peter Thiel, an early investor in the social media site, has sold 20.1 million shares, according to USA Today. Through his affiliates, Thiel offloaded the shares on Thursday and Friday, for a total of about $396 million.
Posted Aug 21, 2012
To help K-12 libraries acquire ebooks more strategically, ebrary, a ProQuest business, has added hundreds of ebooks across acquisition models. The database now includes a growing selection of more than 8,500 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources. Almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards - with coverage of all common core subjects.
Posted Aug 20, 2012
Digital Technology International announced the launch of its new metered paywall, Digital Paymeter. DTI said that with Digital Paymeter, news media publishers will retain 100% of their paid content revenue without any requirements to share revenue or subscriber data. Digital Paymeter is cloud-based and customizable to a company's needs.
Posted Aug 20, 2012
Users looking to remove embarrassing or unwanted pictures from Facebook had more thana few complaints because if a picture was deleted from Facebook, it could still be seen by anyone with the original URL.
Posted Aug 20, 2012
Barnes & Noble announced it will be offering its popular e-reader, Nook, to customers in Britain. According to the New York Times, this move will put Nook in direct international competition with Amazon's Kindle, which has been available in Britain for a few years.
Posted Aug 20, 2012
The Department of Justice's ongoing lawsuit against Apple and a number of book publishers for allegedly conspiring to increase ebook prices is taking another tun. According to The Daily Examiner, Apple has filed to block the settlement the DOJ reached with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette back in May.
Posted Aug 20, 2012
Optify, a provider of inbound marketing software for professional B2B marketers, announced the company's Inbound Marketing Software suite will have a Premium Edition. The company says this new edition is designed for power marketers who manage multiple sites or brands, or want unlimited access to Optify's visitor and lead intelligence data.
Posted Aug 17, 2012
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