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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
TTAGIT, an open-forum discussion social network and comment management system, is available in beta form for download and use. Users who download the social networking application can engage in conversations and participate in debates on sites and ports that do not allow live streaming.
Posted Aug 17, 2012
Despite the growth of digital magazine sales in the UK, overall magazine subscriptions continued to fall across the UK, according to paidContent. Statistics show that from the second half of 2011 to the first half of 2012, the digital magazine business has doubled in terms of average monthly circulation. But that percentage of subscribers only accounts for 0.73% of total subscribers.
Posted Aug 17, 2012
Twitter will be changing how its API is being used in the coming weeks and moving developers from the current version 1.0 to the new version 1.1. According to a company blog, three significant changes to the API will be required authentication on every API endpoint, a new per-endpoint rate-limiting methodology, and changes to the company's Developer Rules of the Road in regards to applications that are traditional Twitter clients.
Posted Aug 17, 2012
Amazon has unveiled a new extension for Chrome users called "Send to Kindle." With this button, users can send stories, blog posts, and other content to Kindle devices and apps. According to CNET, users will have the ability to read the content on one device and pick up where it was left off on another.
Posted Aug 16, 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 13, 2012, with stories on EverFi funding, New Game Town, a new BiblioBoard app for the iPad, and more.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
Cloud computing company, Salesforce.com, announced the company will be expanding its lineup of social networking and collaboration services with a new service called Communities. The company says this new service will allow businesses to connect employees, customers, and partners in a single space. Salesforce has a networking program, Chatter, which connects businesses to employees but the company saw the need to expand that reach to include customers and other businesses to create a virtual enterprise.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
Provider of search engine and social optimization software company, SEOmoz (Moz), has acquired Followerwonk, a Twitter analytics company. Moz believes the company will be able to expand Followerwonk's capabilities, which currently include Twitter profile searches, user comparison, and analysis through visual graphs.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
The lock-up period for one group of private Facebook shares has expired, and the once private stock has been flooding the market, according to USA Today. In total, 271 millions shares will be unlocked this week, allowing early investors, employees, and the like to sell their stock.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
Foliomag.com has implemented a limited paid-access model for its content. The company wrote in an email to readers that it has decided to institute a paid-access plan to place a specific value on the site's content. Additionally, Folio believes this feature will help drive revenue, allowing it to produce more content.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
Social-bookmarking service, Pinterest, has released an app for the iPad and Android devices, according to CNN. Despite the site's popularity, Pinterest only had an app available for iPhone and with the growing number of Android users, the company felt it was time to release an app for that audience.
Posted Aug 15, 2012
Microsoft has stopped publishing new apps for Windows Phone on Marketplace, according to PC World. The issue stems from a problem with digital certificates which have prevented users of phones that upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 from installing or updating certain apps.
Posted Aug 15, 2012
A new collaborative, online publishing tool, Medium, has been announced. The brainchild of Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, Medium is designed to allow users to collaborate on works being published on the site, according to the company blog. After reading a work, users can indicate if they liked it, give feedback to the writer, and add to it. Once a work is posted, it will be organized into "collections", which are defined by a theme and a template.
Posted Aug 15, 2012
Academic publisher, John Wiley & Sons, announced revised licensing arrangements for journals published under the Wiley Open Access program. The journals will adopt the Creative Commons Attribution license which will allow for commercial use of published articles.
Posted Aug 14, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission claims that Facebook deceived developers over security ratings due to a lacking review and verification process, according to ZDNet. The investigation by the FTC found that Facebook did not take the proper steps to review applications the company was supposed to review which could have led to dangerous software getting promoted on Facebook.
Posted Aug 14, 2012
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
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