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Facebook users have grown used to the griping of fellow users who are upset over the latest changes to the layout, but the News Feed changes proposed last week seem to be flying under the radar. With these changes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised a "personalized newspaper" - which seems like a wise decision, considering the popularity of tools like Flipboard, that create personalized newspaper by pulling in content from users' social media accounts.
Posted Mar 11, 2013
Kenshoo, a provider of digital marketing technology, announced updated functionality for Kenshoo Enterprise and Kenshoo Editor, including enhanced support for Google AdWords, Google Product Listings Ads, as well as the Yahoo! Bing Network.
Posted Mar 07, 2013
Get ready for another wave of complaints from Facebook users upset about the latest changes to their news feeds. At 10 a.m. PT, Facebook is holding an event, the invitation to which says, "Come see a new look for News Feed." Yesterday, Google+ got a head start on its social media rival with a profile overhaul of its own.
Posted Mar 07, 2013
Adobe Systems Incorporated has a lot of news coming out of its Adobe Summit, The Digital Marketing Conference. The company announced the availability of an update to Adobe Experience Manager, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud. With advances across its WCM and new DAM software, users can deliver personalized experiences across the web, mobile devices, social communities, and video.
Posted Mar 06, 2013
Customers should remain wary of WCM vendors reinventing themselves as "Customer Experience Management (CXM)" suite providers, according to a new marketplace analysis released by analyst firm The Real Story Group. The new advisory briefing, 2013 Market Trends and Analysis of Web Content & Experience Management Systems, categorizes 36 Web CMS vendors and charts the relative customer risks with each solution.
Posted Mar 06, 2013
Ingram Content Group announced it will add thousands of popular Harlequin titles to its MyiLibrary platform. Harlequin will add more than 12,000 titles to the MyiLibrary platform. Titles will be frontlist and backlist, nonfiction and fiction titles, and will be from multiple Harlequin imprints. The company will continue to use Ingram's Lightning Source print-on-demand solution for its print needs.
Posted Mar 06, 2013
According to new survey data from Constant Contact, Inc., small business owners are evaluating their technology tools through an engagement lens. Over half (60%) of respondents said online survey tools were the most effective at engaging existing customers, followed closely by digital loyalty tracking systems (56%), with customer relationship management systems (46%), email marketing (45%), and contact management tools (38%) rounding out the top five responses.
Posted Mar 06, 2013
Amazon has made a big dent in Apple's hold on the table market with its Android-based Kindle devices. Android, of course, is the operating system created by Google. Now, according to The Verge, Amazon is taking a bit of a shot across the bow at Google, and introducing an API to allow users "Amazon-based ads in their apps in lieu of (or in addition to) ads from other networks - Google, for example."
Posted Mar 05, 2013
On Monday, Twitter announced it was going to concentrate its efforts on developing its web-based apps - which will likely be no surprise to anyone who has tried to use its mobile apps. The apps will be moved from the app marketplace in early May.
Posted Mar 05, 2013
Bazaarvoice is now piloting the Mobile Associate App, powered by user-generated content, the app turns store associates into advisors by arming them with the knowledge and content that can convert "show-rooming" into sales.
Posted Mar 05, 2013
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources, and the Smithsonian Institution announced a licensing agreement to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space.
Posted Mar 05, 2013
Spotify announced the release of their updated iOS app version 0.6.0. This update has been released to address some known issues but also to launch new features. It includes fixes to a few bugs, such as having "Now Playing" showing while the phone is locked. Additionally, there have been reported complaints from iPhone 5 users that the old Spotify app did not accommodate the new phone's screen size particularly well.
Posted Mar 04, 2013
We all know the risk you take whenever you agree to a software update, especially when it comes to mobile operating systems. One day you're happily using Google maps and the next day Apple is getting you lost with its inferior mapping system. Well, it seems Kindle app users have something to complain about now. According to reports, yesterday Amazon warned users that there was a glitch in its 3.6.1 update for iOS that could, in a worst case scenario, wipe out the user's library.
Posted Feb 28, 2013
TrafficCaptain has introduced the Genre-Oriented AdManager, which addresses a range of different target audiences. It is a self-optimizing tool, allowing publishers to select the game genre (e.g. social/casual, action, or complete games portfolio) that best reflects the specific target group. Requiring no additional effort from the publisher, the campaigns are continuously optimized for high conversion rates and maximum payout.
Posted Feb 28, 2013
Paste Media Group, publisher of online popular culture destination PasteMagazine.com, announced the launch of PASTE.COM, a new members-only digital magazine reviving the tradition of Paste's print magazine (published 2002-2010) in an online format. PASTE.com is ideal for longer reads, listening to new music, and exclusive video, while PasteMagazine.com will continue to live on as a news website.
Posted Feb 28, 2013
BrightTag announced general availability of BrightTag Fuse, a real-time data integration product that connects customer activities across channels on demand. Marketers struggle to have relevant conversations across the rapidly increasing number of places where they interact with customers and to connect the data about these interactions on their websites, mobile apps, social media, call centers, point-of-sale and other offline channels. BrightTag Fuse addresses this gap by creating a unified stream of cross-channel data that is connected in real time to marketing partners through its patent-pending Server-Direct technology.
Posted Feb 27, 2013
Anametrix, a cloud-based, real-time marketing analytics platform, introduced Anametrix Mobile App, which gives marketers access to up-to-date marketing-analytics data on any tablet or smartphone. Now available for download in iOS, Android and BlackBerry formats, Anametrix Mobile App enables users to visualize, interact with, and share real-time marketing analytics reporting from any tablet or smartphone.
Posted Feb 27, 2013
Topsy, the real-time social analytics company, introduced Topsy Alerts and Topsy Reports, two new alerting tools in Topsy Pro Analytics that instantly analyze billions of social conversations and deliver timely updates and early warning on breaking news and emerging trends.
Posted Feb 26, 2013
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 décor, 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
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