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Following in the footsteps of newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter has announced the launch of The Hollywood Reporter Social Reader, a free Facebook app that allows readers to read and share entertainment news, reviews, blog posts and videos from the entertainment news outlet.
Posted Apr 24, 2012
2011 was the first year that global consumer spending on media content, apps, and services for mobile phones broke through the $100 billion barrier. According to the latest Global Mobile Media Forecast from Strategy Analytics, consumers are expected to increase this spend on mobile media by a further 13.4% from $121.8 billion in 2011 to $138.2 billion in 2012.
Posted Apr 24, 2012
Travora Media-which says it is creating a next-generation media brand in travel with local, social, and mobile content services-announced the acquisition of The Nile Project, Inc (Nile Media), a San Francisco-based company with a portfolio of three well-known websites: NileGuide, 10Best, and Localyte and mobile apps focused on providing local expertise to travelers. Terms of the acquisition were not released.
Posted Apr 24, 2012
BostonGlobe.com is available for free today through May 6. For this limited time sponsored access is available to all of The Boston Globe's journalism, but readers will simply need to supply an email address in order to sign up.
Posted Apr 23, 2012
Amazon.com announced it started shipping Kindle Touch 3G to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world, seven days earlier than the previously announced April 27 availability date.
Posted Apr 20, 2012
Amazon Web Services, LLC (AWS) debuted AWS Marketplace, an online store for customers to find, compare, and begin using business software and technical services. AWS Marketplace features commercial and free IT and business software.
Posted Apr 19, 2012
Publishing Technology, PLC and the China National Publications Import and Export Corp. (CNPIEC), unveiled the Digital Gateway, a digital publishing platform for Chinese libraries that was built on Publishing Technology's pub2web platform.
Posted Apr 18, 2012
In its first acquisition, Marketo, Inc. has bought Crowd Factory, Inc., producer of a social campaign management platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Marketo will be putting out a new unified product family.
Posted Apr 18, 2012
In the ebook conspiracy case against Apple, the company will need to prove it negotiated pricing arrangements separately with each of the five publishers named in the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit, avoiding group gatherings.
Posted Apr 17, 2012
Leaks about Google Drive have been trickling down for 6 years, and the online storage service is finally expected to launch next week. Google's service will offer 5GB of free storage space for users. Google has neither confirmed nor denied Drive's capabilities.
Posted Apr 17, 2012
ebrary, a ProQuest LLC business, announced that Wiley, along with more than 50 newly signed publishers will distribute ebooks in Academic Complete as well as other models, including perpetual archive, patron driven acquisition, and short-term loan.
Posted Apr 17, 2012
Blackwell's, a provider of academic, professional, and educational materials in the U.K. chose Ingram Content Group, Inc.'s VitalSource platform to power etextbook solutions for Blackwell's customers. The offering is expected to launch next month.
Posted Apr 17, 2012
IMImobile -- a global provider of technology infrastructure for mobile data, interactive broadcast, voice, and video services -- penned an agreement with zeebox. IMImobile's Multi-Media Console will be integrated within the zeebox SHOWTIME platform.
Posted Apr 12, 2012
Through a new agreement with Google's DART for Publishers (DFP) software, Localstars Ltd. has streamlined the online ad trafficking and delivery process for its publisher clients. DFP serves and manages digital ad campaigns on publishers' sites.
Posted Apr 12, 2012
BlackBerry BBM, an encrypted IM service, will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) announced. Users will be able to share tweets or status updates directly from each of the social networks' apps.
Posted Apr 12, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Apple and five of the Big Six publishers. Included in complaint are HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, and Macmillan. The DOJ alleges that Apple and the publishers conspired to raise the prices of ebooks by as much as $5, in an effort to prevent Amazon, which prices many of its ebooks at $10, from locking in what publishers believe is an artificially low price.
Posted Apr 12, 2012
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Posted Apr 12, 2012
ebrary, a ProQuest business, is expanding its ebook selection across acquisition models. The company reports this is in an effort to strengthen its new approach to strategic ebook acquisition based on three steps: Transition, Diversify, and Streamline.
Posted Apr 10, 2012
Toshiba America, Inc. launched three Excite Android tablets, spanning 7.7 inches to 13 inches. Each runs NVIDIA's quadcore Tegra 3 processor. The new Excite 10, Excite 13, and Excite 7.7 tablets run on Android 4.0 and each have front and back cameras.
Posted Apr 10, 2012
Amazon announced an In-App Purchasing (IAP) service, which enables developers to offer digital content and subscriptions for purchase within Android-based apps and games. The service seeks to help monetize apps and games.
Posted Apr 10, 2012
vzaar Ltd., a video hosting service for businesses, unveiled a new feature to facilitate the creation of branded video player pages for ecommerce and online businesses. Users can customize the portfolio page as well as the video player itself.
Posted Apr 10, 2012
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) reported that sales to U.S. federal agencies are rising and the BlackBerry is still a White House fixture. Sales in the U.S., still RIM's biggest market, fell 57% last quarter, in part because of iPhone and Android proliferation.
Posted Apr 10, 2012
AT&T began offering eligible customers the ability to unlock their iPhone on Sunday and use the device on another carrier. The unlock code is detailed by AT&T in a PDF document, reportedly comes through Apple, and is administered through iTunes.
Posted Apr 09, 2012
A co-branded Android tablet PC from Google and Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. is expected to become available in late July or August. Google is reportedly making design changes in an effort to drop the tablet's price.
Posted Apr 09, 2012
Facebook has purchased Instagram, a popular photo-sharing app, for roughly $1 billion in a combination of cash and stock. The sale is expected to close later this quarter and will bring Instagram's eight-person staff to Facebook.
Posted Apr 09, 2012
Some of the Netherlands' most prominent news titles -- de Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, and Het Financieele Dagblad -- are collaborating on ideas for a joint payment system that would let readers buy access to each via a shared database.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 21% of Americans have read an ebook in the past year. The number of ebook readers grew after a major increase in ownership of ereaders and tablets during the 2011 holiday season, Pew reports.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
Pottermore sold more than £1 million ($1.59 million) worth of ebooks in the first 3 days of availability, according to Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne. Sales were higher than expected, Redmayne said. With an average price of $9.13, around 164,000 copies were sold.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
A new study by global interactive marketing provider ExactTarget found two-thirds of online Americans have made a purchase as a result of email, nearly twice the percentage who have purchased after receiving marketing messages via both Facebook and texting.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
The Associated Press (AP) and live video broadcasting service Bambuser AB penned an agreement that allows Bambuser users to share newsworthy video via the AP. The AP will be able to access and use Bambuser content that it vets, verifies and considers newsworthy.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
Maney Publishing launched a web-based system designed to handle the tracking, information, and reporting elements of the journal production process. ManeyTrack was developed in collaboration with MPS Limited. Via MPS, the system is available for licensing to other publishers.
Posted Apr 05, 2012
Email is still the most common way people receive digital messages from companies, but messaging through Twitter and Facebook is more likely to incite a purchase, according to new research from digital marketing firm ExactTarget.
Posted Apr 03, 2012
Approximately 18,000 geological maps from SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology will be integrated into Elsevier B.V.'s web-based research tool Geofacets. Maps will be sourced from four SEPM publications focused on sedimentary geological topics.
Posted Apr 03, 2012
Advertising Standards Authority Ltd. may sue Apple for misleading consumers about the 4G capabilities of the new iPad in the U.K. Apple describes the new iPad as being 4G capable, but the 4G standard used by the new iPad only works in the U.S. and Canada.
Posted Apr 03, 2012
Google could begin selling tablets that are co-branded with its hardware manufacturer directly to consumers via an online store comparable to Apple's and Amazon's. Rather than just one tablet, however, Google is expected to offer several devices.
Posted Apr 02, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice could reach a settlement in the next few weeks with Apple and some of the major publishers suspected of planning to raise ebook prices, Reuters has reported, citing people close to the negotiations.
Posted Apr 02, 2012
In a private deal, Godengo, Inc., a CMS provider for magazine publishers, acquired Texterity, Inc., a provider of digital magazines and mobile apps. Together, the companies have created a unified platform for leveraging digital, web, and mobile media.
Posted Apr 02, 2012
Brainshark, Inc. has developed the SlideShark for Box OneCloud app in cooperation with cloud storage and collaboration provider Box. Through the partnership, Box users can upload stored PowerPoint presentations from their Box account directly to the SlideShark iPad app.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Two days after the Pottermore shop launched, Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks will be available in libraries beginning March 29. The Harry Potter digital materials are distributed to libraries through OverDrive. The ebooks are available as EPUB and Kindle editions.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
The University of Illinois at Chicago ranked the 75 largest cities in America by their government's social media acumen. More than six times as many big city governments reached citizens via Facebook in 2011 compared to 2009; YouTube and Twitter grew fourfold and threefold, respectively.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
CafePress, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of 4.5 million shares of common stock at a price to the public of $19.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market on March 29 under the symbol PRSS.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Accumulate AB and Potevio have partnered to bring mobile payments, including near field communication solutions, to the Chinese market. The first deployment is slated for 2Q 2012. Solutions will combine Accumulate's mobile security platform with Potevio's resources.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Ex Libris Group released bX Hot Articles, part of the new bX usage-based suite of services. Hot Articles identifies the 10 articles that researchers have selected in recent weeks, as well as the 10 most popular articles overall. The service is free for noncommercial use.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
On-demand ecommerce solutions provider Demandware, Inc. added Pinterest integration to its Demandware Commerce platform. The integration intends to provide retailers with the means for consumers to share product content among the more than 12 million Pinterest users.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Amazon's Kindle Touch 3G is now available for pre-order from www.amazon.com to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world. Additionally, all seven Harry Potter books are available to read on all Kindle devices and any of the free Kindle apps.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Slashdot launched its first dedicated B2B technology video channel, SlashdotTV. SlashdotTV offers access to an expanding index of video content to Slashdot's community of IT decision makers and influencers. SlashdotTV also offers a sponsored video channel.
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Van Gennep M.A.C.'s new PublishingNOW! platform aims to expedite workflows by offering users control over the complete publishing process. The company claims PublishingNOW! is the first complete publishing platform based on a digital asset management system.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
The next update to Microsoft's XBox Live service could feature Comcast's video-on-demand (VOD) service and HBO Go. The HBO Go app was originally slated to go live on April 1. Comcast's app will reportedly allow users to search its VOD service directly from the console.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
The Pottermore ebookstore is now open. All of the Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks are available (DRM-free) for sale for the first time. Pottermore has partnered with Sony, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google to make the ebooks available to a wide audience.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
The Financial Times (FT) Ltd. launched an interactive marketing campaign focused on new ways to engage its U.S. and global audiences. Housed in New York's Grand Central Terminal, FT Graphic World will feature a series of 3-D interactive film projections.
Posted Mar 27, 2012
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