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When Facebook went public this year, the company released a limited amount of shares for the general public to buy, as is common practice. The other shares were privately held by angel investors and venture-capital firms that invested in the company early on. According to the Wall Street Journal, a large number of those shares could be unlocking and flooding the market as soon as this week.
Posted Aug 14, 2012
Social media monitoring and analytics company, Visible Technologies, announced the company has given its Visible Intelligence platform a number of new capabilities. Among these capabilities include expanded multi-language functionality and additional dashboard views. This was done in order to meet the needs of companies around the world using the company's marketing, product management, and advertising platform.
Posted Aug 13, 2012
Calcey Technologies, the company behind social media monitoring tool Xaffo, announced two new updates for the program. The first update helps businesses obtain more brand-centric social media analytics allowing users to create brand names within Xaffo to manage web and social media properties under that brand.
Posted Aug 13, 2012
Ebook lending site, LendInk, was suspended after a series of cease and desist letters were sent to the website's host from a number of authors, according to Geekosystem. LendInk worked by matching up those who wish to borrow books with those looking to loan them. Once the two parties found each other, they were then directed to a digital book company's website, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble, where the loan could be completed. LendInk is currently offline.
Posted Aug 13, 2012
There is growing speculation that Amazon is set to release the newest version of the company's popular e-reader, Kindle. According to the LA Times, the company listed a number of Kindle and Kindle-related products at deeply discounted prices on the Amazon website, such as the Kindle DX, which was listed at $110 off its regular price.
Posted Aug 13, 2012
WRAPmail, a provider of branded email delivery and marketing platform, announced it has partnered up with Market Leverage Digital Agency. WRAPmail will use Market Leverage to launch social media marketing campaigns in an effort to expand the company's business base to social sites. Market Leverage will be able to use the company's tracking ability to measure effectiveness of the marketing campaigns.
Posted Aug 13, 2012
The American Library Association (ALA) released a report which summarizes current business models for library ebook acquisition, according to Digital Book World. With this report, the ALA recommends new standards and structures to go along with ebook acquisitions and concludes that ebook publishing is growing and evolving at a very rapid pace, making it difficult for libraries to keep pace.
Posted Aug 13, 2012
The Huffington Post Media Group announced the launch of HuffPost Live, the site's live streaming network. Starting today, anyone with a smartphone, a tablet, or a webcam has the chance to join the conversation happening on HuffPost Live.Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group said in a press release, "The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened - it's about everyone telling everyone what's happening right now. And now. And now... This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live."
Posted Aug 13, 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 6, 2012, with stories on covering the Olympics, Facebook photo sharing, a telling survey on Big Data, and more.
Posted Aug 09, 2012
Since Facebook became a publicly traded company, one big issue investors have had concerns about revolved around making money off the mobile version of the company's site. According to Computer World, Facebook will be testing a new ad system for the mobile site and requesting app developers to assist with the beta test.
Posted Aug 09, 2012
Digital newsstand, Zinio, announced the company will offer customers the ability to participate in bundle pricing, according to Good Ereader. In addition, Zinio will also offer customers discounts on similar-themed magazine titles and renewal incentive pricing which will allow subscribers to save money on their subscriptions.
Posted Aug 09, 2012
Digital media company, Demand Media, announced that Michael Blend has been promoted to president and COO, according to paidContent. Previous to this appointment, Blend had been overseeing the company's content and media services. Blend replaces Charles Hilliard, who stepped down in June.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
Inneractive, a mobile app monetization exchange, announced that the company has received $3.5 million in new financing. According to TechCrunch, this round of financing was led by Evergreen Ventures Partners along with other investors from the US and Europe.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
Digital Backpack announced the company's platform is now available for Android devices. The company believes the platform will provide Android users with an efficient and secure way to share, manage, and upload company-branded private apps and digital content on mobile devices.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
Social media company, LinkedIn, released its second quarter earnings last week and the company's revenue numbers were up, according to Business Insider. LinkedIn took in a total of $228 million in revenue, compared to $121 million during the same quarter last year. The advertising revenue grew from $38 million during the second quarter of 2011 to $63 million during the second quarter of 2012.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
Microsoft has been granted a patent for contextual ebook ads, according to Engadget. This means that ebooks could now have advertisements while users are reading. There is speculation as to how this might work, in that companies can try to sell ads in certain genres. Sports companies could find a market to advertise to in sports-related books, etc.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
RteamKZ announced the company has launched a more advanced website search tool for the company's search website, PDF Search Books, to make the process of searching for ebooks quicker. The company saw the need to improve the search feature with the number of ebook offerings growing as well as an expanded customer base.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
The New York Police Department plans to subpoena Twitter to release the name and information of the user who threatened to attack a New York theater. According to ABC News, the user wrote how he or she would attack the theater in a similar manner to how James Holmes killed 12 people during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. While the NYPD had asked Twitter to hand over the information, the social media company has so far refused.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
Vodka maker, Smirnoff, faced an advertising complaint in Australia after users left comments on the company's Facebook page that depicted "obscenity, sexism, racism, and depictions of irresponsible drinking." The complaint was put before the Advertising Standards Board (ASB), Australia's governing body which ensures advertisers to ensure that ads are truthful and respectful.
Posted Aug 08, 2012
Experience Media Studios announced a new service called Piracy Protection to support the independent film and content publishing industry from piracy. The company says that with Piracy Protection, EMS can anticipate, detect, target, disrupt, and remove access on the channels where piracy occurs.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
Amazon UK is reporting it's selling more ebooks than print books. According to ZDNet, this news comes two years after the Kindle became available to the UK. Company statistics cite that for every 100 print books sold, there are 114 ebooks sold.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
Amazon announced the company has released its first game for Facebook called Living Classics, according to Forbes. The game will feature characters from classic literature and is free to play. Amazon believes its users will enjoy the social aspect of it.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
Court documents show that when Google invested $180 million to scan and make books available online, one of the driving forces of that effort was to take on Amazon, according to Biz Journals. Google is being sued by the Author's Guild and court papers show that one of the main goals of scanning books was to have consumers look on Google's websites instead of Amazon's.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
Finland-based company Fluid Interaction announced the release of a new app called twheel. With this app, iPhone users will be able to change the interface to be visualized as a rotating wheel, offering a game-like interface for Twitter. The app will display the most relevant data with visual pop-outs such as colors and form deviations.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
Digital publisher and multimedia content company, Open Road Media, has partnered up with BlogHer, a media network and publisher for women. As a result of this pairing, The BlogHer Voices of the Year: 2012 will be published as an ebook anthology. The selections for the anthology were chosen from a committee which selected 110 works from nearly 1,700 submissions. Open Road Media did not say when the anthology would be published.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
FourthWall Media, an interactive television company, announced a new division to the company called MassiveData. With this new division, the company will be able to deliver a suite of products and services aimed at helping its customers form more effective marketing and advertising strategies by finding the audience they want to reach.
Posted Aug 06, 2012
Internet radio service provider, Pandora, announced new metrics for the company in the month of July 2012. According to the company, listener hours during July were 1.12 billion, which is an increase of 76% from the same time last year. The share of total US radio for Pandora in July was 6.13%, which is an increase from the 3.51% it had last year.
Posted Aug 06, 2012
Brooklyn based Huge, Inc. announced the launch of a new platform for authors to connect with fans called Togather. According to The Next Web, authors using Togather will have the opportunity to book talks, signings, and lectures based on demand set by fans. Authors will let the public know when they are available to talk and users will propose an event.
Posted Aug 06, 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 July 30, 2012, with stories on Olympic tracking apps, interning in Silicon Valley, LinkedIn's college pilot program, and more.
Posted Aug 02, 2012
iPad users will be able to watch a lot more video as Amazon's Instant Video app is now available for the tablet, according to NPR. With this app, users can play all 120,000 titles in Amazon's video library for both rent and purchase. Those subscribed to Amazon Prime will be able to watch over 20,000 videos at no additional charge.
Posted Aug 02, 2012
While criticism of Olympic coverage is nothing new, UK journalist Guy Adams has been especially hard on NBC's coverage and used Twitter as the outlet. In one tweet, Adams posted the corporate email address of Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics, so followers could email him with their displeasure. Adams later found that his Twitter account had been suspended.
Posted Aug 02, 2012
Automattic, the company behind web publishing platform WordPress, announced the expansion of its VIP Featured Partner Program to include interactive agencies. The company will also expand to new platform partners, such as Facebook and Flipboard. By expanding the VIP program, these partners will be able to promote their services and features to large-scale sites, including top media companies, sports leagues, and Fortune 500 companies.
Posted Aug 02, 2012
John Wiley & Sons, Inc, announced the launch of a new interdisciplinary review publication called WIREs Energy and Environment. This publication will serve as an interdisciplinary review work which the company says will highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education.
Posted Aug 01, 2012
Scientific publisher, Springer Science + Business Media, announced the company has acquired UK-based Canopus Academic Publishing. Canopus is a publisher that specializes in the subjects of physics and astronomy. With this acquisition, Springer will absorb more than 50 published or planned works.
Posted Aug 01, 2012
Aspire Media, the parent company of Interweave Media, has been acquired by F+W Media, a content provider for print and digital media. Interweave is a multiplatform art and craft enthusiast media company and was acquired by Aspire in 2005. Interweave owned and operated 33 websites, 10 online stores, 30 special newsstand publications, and also sponsors 3 craft-themed television shows on public television.
Posted Aug 01, 2012
Internet radio service, Spotify, is now available to Android users free of charge, according to Spotify's blog. With this app from Spotify, users will be able to use the radio from almost anywhere they are, create stations based on artist, album or playlist, save favorite songs, and make song choice more personal by giving it a thumbs up or down rating.
Posted Jul 31, 2012
Interactive ebook company, Inkling, announced the debut of Version 3.0 which will make the company's ebooks available for both the iPhone and iPod Touch, according to TechCruch. Previously, the company responsible for interactive college textbooks, made them exclusively for the iPad. The company sees this as a way to expand Inkling's reach by getting into the hands of more consumers.
Posted Jul 31, 2012
StrategyFacts has announced that the company's Data Explorer, the data analytics and visualization tool, will have new capabilities for its users. Data Explorer aids corporate strategy, market intelligence, and business development-and with these improvements, StrategyFacts believe this will make Data Explorer even more marketable to clients.
Posted Jul 31, 2012
Cloud content platform company, Alfresco, released the results of the company's 2012 Global Tablet in the Enterprise survey, which polled 308 IT professionals. According to this survey, Alfresco found that mobile and tablet adoption is being led by IT departments. Alfresco believes this finding counteracts the general perception of the "consumerization of IT" trend, meaning employees do not necessarily bring consumer technology into the workplace.
Posted Jul 31, 2012
Digital marketing software company, Kenshoo, announced new impression-level measurement capabilities through its Kenshoo Social program across Facebook Premium and marketplace ads. With this new innovation, the company says the impression-level measurements will help marketers determine the full impact of Facebook ads on consumers.
Posted Jul 31, 2012
ebrary has announced the company's ebook collection, College Complete, is about to get a lot bigger with the acquisition of over 1,000 new ebook titles. The collection, designed for community and career colleges, will be adding titles from publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Packt Publishing, and Emerale Group Publishing.
Posted Jul 30, 2012
Barnes & Noble announced that the company's popular e-reader, Nook, will have a map feature available to be downloaded on the Nook app store. But instead of going with Google Maps, the company has decided to partner up with German company, skobbler, and the company's ForeverMap 2, according to paidContent.
Posted Jul 30, 2012
A new travel website called Skift has launched and founder Rafat Ali believes it will bring together a fractured world of travel sites. According to paidContent - which was originally founded by Ali - the site aims to give users a place to read about the different facets of travel, including air travel, cruises, hotel information, and rentals. It will also include stories on the travel industry, covering mergers and acquisitions, and startups.
Posted Jul 30, 2012
Results for the first half of 2012 show that more people than ever are paying for FT content, with digital subscriptions exceeding daily print circulation for the first time.FT.com subscriptions are up 31% year on year to over 300,000 and registered users increased 29% to 4.8 million. Its global paid-for circulation increased to almost 600,000 year on year, and corporate licenses grew 40%.
Posted Jul 27, 2012
Facebook's Q2 earnings report, which was detailed in a presentation today, was strong -- more than most companies could dream of -- but that didn't satisfy Wall Street. The company earned $992 million in ad revenue (a 28% increase), and is somehow still growing its user base, which is up to 955 million monthly active users. Still, the company reported a quarterly loss of $157 million. Overall, though, revenue exceeded expectations at $1.18 billion.
Posted Jul 26, 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 July 23, 2012, with stories on VidCaster, GoGo Cast acquiring Dingo Mobile, V&A Publishing selecting CoreSource Platform, and more.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
uSamp announced the company is joining NBCUniversal's "Billion Dollar Olympic Lab" in an effort to study and track consumer behavior during the Olympic Games. uSamp, a company that provides technology and survey respondents used to obtain consumer and business insights, will make available its proprietary on-demand research technologies to track consumers' real-time reactions during the Games.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
People Magazine announced the company's mobile site will become fully optimized, according to paidContent. Using HTML5, m.people.com will be formatted to fit smart phones up to 7 inches in size. Along with the size change, the site will offer readers complete desktop content, including celebrity blogs and a snap banner at the bottom of the page.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
Streaming platform company, Roku, announced the company has received $45 million in funding from News Corp, British Sky Broadcasting, and other companies. With these new funds, Roku plans to use the money to build more brand awareness through advertising, develop new international markets, and increase engineering and production.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
QuestBack, an enterprise feedback management and social CRM company, announced the debut of Listen & Act, a social engagement tool allowing organizations to turn social media messages into actionable dialog. With Listen & Act, the company says businesses will be able to go through social media messages, view levels of influence, and utilize engagement tools to create unique experiences for customers.
Posted Jul 25, 2012
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