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As trading ended on July 11, 2012, Groupon closed at an all time low of $7.77 a share and its overall worth is roughly a third of what it was on the day the company went public. According to All Things D, bankruptcy is not one of the reasons why. The online coupon seller is still operating with a positive cash flow and also has $1.2 billion in cash.
Posted Jul 12, 2012
Ebook gift card seller, Livrada, announced a deal to sell its gift cards in Target stores across the US allowing customers to buy a gift card for a specific book title. The cards will be compatible for either Kindle or Nook.
Posted Jul 12, 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 9, 2012, with stories on mergers and acquisitions, HootSuite, Internet Protocol Address Management, and more.
Posted Jul 12, 2012
A new social website targeting the fashion community, Chicisimo, made its official launch on July 11, 2012. The goal of the site is for fashionistas from around the globe to come together, share fashion ideas and connect with their favorite clothing brands. Users will be able to upload photos, provide feedback to other users on outfits, and earn "flowers" or virtual awards.
Posted Jul 11, 2012
New research coming out of the UK shows that while online video consumption is up, the revenue it generates does not match up by a comparable level across connected devices. Additionally, this research, conducted by Videoplaza, also found that TV is still the first choice for reaching audiences on a national scale when building brand awareness.
Posted Jul 11, 2012
Publisher of self-help websites, MemeBridge, announced the acquisition of DimensionsInfo.com, a specialized resource for users researching information relating to height, weight, depth, and other size measurement. With the deal being finalized, the tech team at MemeBridge will merge DimensionsInfo.com's publication using MemeBridge's custom hosting, content management, and ad serving systems.
Posted Jul 11, 2012
Amazon announced the launch of GameCircle for the company's Kindle Fire. GameCircle will offer gaming customers a series of features such as achievements to keep track of trophies, leader boards to see how players stack up against others, and a sync feature that lets players save in-game progress. Amazon believes these features will make games more social and fun on the Kindle Fire.
Posted Jul 11, 2012
German electronic game investor iVentureCapital announced the launch of TrafficCaptain, an advertising network specializing in mobile and online games. The company says that by using TrafficCaptain, it will offer the gaming industry a tailored distribution network for successful game monetization.
Posted Jul 10, 2012
Redwood Acquisitions, LLC announced it has finalized a deal to purchase CSP Information Group, Inc. CSP is a business-to-business media and information company that works with convenience retailing, restaurant, and on-the-go food industries. Redwood said they looked to acquire CSP because of the company's rapid growth over the past six years.
Posted Jul 10, 2012
TED announced the launch of Ted Books for iOS, a new app where users can purchase short, original electronic TED Books, according to paidContent. TED Books are released every two weeks and are typically under 20,000 words. The platform the books will be built upon allows for video and audio features so videos of TED conference speeches can be embedded into books.
Posted Jul 10, 2012
ebrary, a ProQuest business, will offer two new subscription products in Employee Development and Human Resources in an effort to assist libraries with strategic ebook acquisitions. The Employee Development database will cover topics such as business communication, strategic thinking, and creativity. The Human Resource database will cover recruitment, retention, training and development, and corporate diversity.
Posted Jul 09, 2012
Search marketing agency, Covario, released its newest Global Paid Search Spend Analysis report on online advertising. According to this report, Covario found that spending on online search advertising in the second quarter of 2012 by the company's enterprise technology, consumer electronics, and retail clients was up about 17% from the second quarter of last year.
Posted Jul 09, 2012
Looking to keep up with new tablets arriving on the market, there are reports that Amazon's Kindle Fire 2 could arrive as soon as this month, according to Wired. China Times reported that Amazon has already ordered two million of the new Fire's from Quanta. Kindle Fire 2 will likely come with a new metal casing, as opposed to the plastic casing on the first iteration.
Posted Jul 09, 2012
German academic publisher, De Gruyter, announced the company's 2013 ejournal packaging model. The company will make available: Complete Package STM (Science, Technology, Medicine), or LLH (Language, Literature, Humanities, Law, Economics), Complete Package STM English only or LLH English only. The company said it is possible to pick and choose from one of the subject packages, or continue a single subscription.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
Linktone announced the acquisition of Okezone.com, Indonesia's third most popular online news and entertainment site. Linktone, a provider of media and entertainment content in Asia, acquired Okezone.com from PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk, the company's indirect majority shareholder. The company says this acquisition will help expand Linktone's reach across Asia and greatly diversify revenue base.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
Mag+ has announced the launch of its latest digital publishing platform, Mag+ 3.5. With this version, the company says it will be much easier for publishers to develop digital content intended for a range of mobile devices without the need for device-specific iterations. Publishers will be able to transfer creations from one device to another in a new InDesign template and the content will be reconfigured to fit the new device.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that in the month of June, users watched more than 1 billion hours of video online. Hastings made this announcement in a Facebook posting and proposed that when Arrested Development and House of Cards maker Netflix exclusive debuts, the number of viewing hours will be even greater.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
In an effort to be more open about how user information is shared, Twitter announced the company's first Twitter Transparency Report. According to the company's blog, "the primary goal of this report is to shed more light on: government requests received for user information, government requests received to withhold content, and DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders."
Posted Jul 03, 2012
Social media start-up company, CamUp, has filed suit against search giant Google, accusing it of stealing the idea for a "watch with your friends" button as well as a redirection feature to watch videos in a virtual "hangout." According to Gigaom, the button and hangout features appeared on Google's social network site, Google+, shortly after a meeting in 2011 between Google and CamUp to discuss ways to integrate CamUp with YouTube.
Posted Jul 03, 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 2, 2012, with stories on LinkedIn, the top 100 SEO companies, HTML5 and more.
Posted Jul 02, 2012
Cambridge University Press announced the launch of new open access journals in Mathematics called Pi and Forum of Mathematics. Cambridge says the two journals will be published with peer-review standards set by an international editorial board of a very high caliber.
Posted Jul 02, 2012
Research and scholarly publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced its open access option for individual journal articles will be available to authors in 81% of the journals it publishes. By granting this open access format, the company says it will give authors the option to publish an open access paper in their journal of choice.
Posted Jul 02, 2012
The Financial Times has beta launched its web app on Chrome for Android devices. The app made its debut last week at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. By offering this app, the Financial Times says users will have the option of using the native app or by using the Chrome browser app.
Posted Jul 02, 2012
Looking to enhance the interactive experience for users, Twitter announced the launch of Twitter cards on the company's blog. Twitter is looking to give "developers and publishers a way to tell richer stories on Twitter, directly within Tweets and drive traffic back to their sites." Twitter cards are a snap shot of a news article that gives a headline, the first few lines and a picture, along with a tweet.
Posted Jul 02, 2012
InboundWriter announced the availability of its latest version of InboundWriter for the iPad as well as other tablets and smart phones. The company saw a trend in consumers moving to tablets, as opposed to laptops, and wanted to ensure InboundWriter availability to mobile users.
Posted Jun 28, 2012
BookBaby has worked out a deal with the Government Services Administration which will allow all US government agencies to utilize BookBaby's ebook publishing products and services for its catalog of brochures, reports, and information. The company says government writings can soon be distributed as ebooks, making them accessible to employees and citizens using e-readers.
Posted Jun 28, 2012
Reports suggest that it's likely Amazon Publishing will acquire the assets of defunct Dorchester Publishing, according to Digital Book World. Dorchester, a company known for publishing romance, Westerns, and horror titles, will be put up for auction and Amazon is ready to snatch up Dorchester's backlist of titles.
Posted Jun 28, 2012
Tiki announced the release of Tiki 9.0, the latest version of Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware. The company says this latest version of Tiki will have a number of new features, architectural enhancements, and will fix bugs from the previous version.
Posted Jun 27, 2012
Optify announced the launch of Optify Digital Marketing Software Suite, a specialized version of its inbound marketing solution designed specifically for digital marketing agencies. To make this new software appeal to agencies, Optify included features such as co-branded reports, client self-service access, and plug-ins to the most popular content management solutions like WordPress and Joomla.
Posted Jun 27, 2012
Executives at News Corp have confirmed the media giant is considering splitting up the company into two separate entities, according to NPR. If this were to happen, News Corp would break off the entertainment and television divisions from the newspaper and publishing divisions-which have been plagued with legal and publication woes as of late.
Posted Jun 27, 2012
On-demand digital learning library, Safari Books Online, announced the company signed a deal with the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovative Science, Research and Tertiary Education's ebusiness Division to handle online learning programs for the department's 400 employees. Australian government officials decided to go with Safari Books Online based on the user-friendly system and up to date content on Safari Books Online.
Posted Jun 26, 2012
Kaon Interactive announced new enhancements to its 3D Product Models and 3D Mobile Product App platform. The company believes that with these new features, B2B marketers, and salespeople can more easily differentiate products virtually to prospects and market products more effectively on iPads and smart phones.
Posted Jun 26, 2012
The New York Times and Flipboard have announced a joint venture to bring the Times to Flipboard for the iPad and iPhone. Times subscribers will have access to all content including full articles, videos, photos, and blogs. The New York Times believes partnering up with Flipboard will enhance the "NYT Everywhere" strategy by giving users greater mobile access to the Times while still keeping the subscriber model.
Posted Jun 26, 2012
e-Libro, a Spanish ebook distributor, announced more than 48,000 Spanish-language ebooks are now available on smart phones, tablets and other devices by using ebrary's ebook app program. By using ebrary's iOS and Android apps with Spanish interfaces, it will allow researchers to read Spanish language ebooks covering a wide range of topics on the iPad, iPhone, and numerous Android devices.
Posted Jun 25, 2012
Marketing software company EPiServer announced the launch of Google Analytics for EPiServer, which the company says will enable marketers to track relevant information and examine the data in the context that is most relevant to them. The company believes it will allow businesses to harness the effectiveness of their online presence by improving the user experience on any type of web, e-commerce, mobile or social site, based on analytical proof points.
Posted Jun 25, 2012
Developer Yuna Software, the developer behind Skype's Messenger Plus, announced a new version of Messenger Plus, which will give users the ability to stream movies and overlay images in video conversations. Skype says users will be able to stream YouTube videos, change the look of Messenger Plus with new skins, and be treated with a smoother overall functionality.
Posted Jun 25, 2012
Critical Mention, a provider of media intelligence, announced the debut of AllMedia, a platform designed to allow clients to collect and curate user-generated video content as well as provide analytics for that content. This new platform will include millions of online information sources as well as cloud-based tools for users.
Posted Jun 25, 2012
Allen Press announced the company's online journal hosting platform, Pinnacle, will now feature mobile optimization, called Pinnacle for Mobile. Publishers will now be able to present content across all major mobile platforms while controlling access from the institution out to the end users and their devices. Content can be displayed on iOS, Android, and RIM.
Posted Jun 21, 2012
IBM announced new software, IBM Content Navigator, which the company says will help employees gain access to a broad range of business information to get work done from their mobile devices or tablets. Workers will be able to securely access, manage, and gain insight from structured and unstructured content such as emails, documents, and collaboration tools to improve productivity.
Posted Jun 21, 2012
OverDrive, a distributor of ebook and audiobook services for libraries, announced the launch of Next Generation, a new service designed to work with libraries to make it easier to rent digital material. Some of the features of Next Generation include streaming audiobooks, instant access to library ebook collections on and offline, faster and predictive search, and multi-cart ordering.
Posted Jun 21, 2012
Predictive information management software company Recommind announced a new module for Decisiv Search called Content Delivery for SharePoint (CDS). The company says CDS will allow for indexing and displaying content of any kind, from any location within SharePoint 2010.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Gale has announced a new program, ed2go, which the company says will provide education solutions through public libraries. Ed2go is designed to provide online training courses for adult education, career, and corporate training markets while working in conjunction with libraries.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
EBSCO Publishing announced the release of the Leadership & Management Video Collection, which the company says is designed to address key learning objectives of leaders and managers. With this collection of videos, EBSCO believes it will provide current and future leaders and managers with a large online database of videos covering topics such as ethics, employee engagement, coaching, communication skills, and leadership.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
UK company, Bardowl, announced a new service which will allow users to stream audiobooks directly to their iPhones. The company says that by allowing users to stream books, it will eliminate lengthy download times and also allows users to sample a book without having to make a full purchase.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Amazon announced that app developers are now able to submit apps for distribution this summer to European markets. App developers have been reporting strong monetization, according to Amazon, so the natural next step is to expand the market and broaden Amazon's customer base. The company believes opening up the portal is the way to do that.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Looking to "simplify the purchase experience," Facebook has decided to get rid of the Credit system of payment on the site, according to The BBC. Users with a Credit balance will have the remaining amount converted into local currency. As a result of getting rid of Credits, game publishers will now be able to charge a subscription fee for playing games starting in July. Subscriptions are currently being tested by game companies Zynga and KIXEYE.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Seth Godin made waves today when, he launched a Kickstarter Campaign for his new book, The Icarus Deception. The goal was to raise $40,000 over the next month or so -- which basically amounts to pre-ordering the book, since backers will get copies of it for their support -- and Godin was able to meet that goal within a few hours. As I write, he's raised nearly $200,000.
By - Posted Jun 19, 2012
Cambridge Journals Online announced a new feature which will allow users to send articles on the website to their Kindle or Kindle app. By allowing articles to be sent to mobile devices, it will give users more of an option as to how they would like to read the content Cambridge Journals produces.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
Online video marketing company Alloy Digital announced the acquisition of Clevver Media. Clevver Media is one of YouTube's largest content providers and says it has more subscribers than any other channel on the video site. This is the latest acquisition for Alloy which acquired a number of other media and talent companies over the past year.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
Looking to capitalize on a perceived weakness of Apple's iPad, Microsoft has unveiled a new tablet, called Surface, which the company says will be good for creating content, not just consuming it. According to the Seattle PI, the Surface tablet will look to capture the productivity of a PC while giving customers the flexibility of a tablet.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
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