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With Facebook's impending IPO approaching growing closer, the social media site has announced it will be offering over 421 million shares of stock in the company, according to the Washington Post. Founder Mark Zuckerberg will be selling 126 million personal shares which will lower his post-IPO voting power slightly.
Posted May 16, 2012
EBSCO has announced the availability of two digital archive databases entitled "Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th Century New York" and "Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books." The "Gateway to America" collection is a series of historical directories, year books, registers, member lists, organization reports and primary source documents. "Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books" has over 30,000 pages of handwritten material from 1748 to 1817 documenting day-to-day military life with a concentration on the Revolutionary War.
Posted May 15, 2012
Seventeen new states have joined together in a class action law suit against Apple and various book publishers bringing the total to 31 states accusing the defendants of conspiring over pricing, according to paidContent. New details about the suit, such as behind the scenes price negotiations have been detailed-including an email from Steve Jobs writing about options publishers had in relation to e-publishing options.
Posted May 15, 2012
For the first quarter of 2012, revenue for online coupon vendor Groupon, Inc. soared 89% to $559.3 million, compared to $295.5 million posted in the prior year's quarter, according to Daily Deal Media. This news sent share of Groupon up 18.5%, or $1.84 per share, to $11.74 in after-hours trading.
Posted May 15, 2012
Academic publisher Springer will be working together with the Italian National Institute for Higher Mathematics to publish a series of books in the field of pure and applied mathematics called Springer INdaAM. Beginning in 2012, the Springer INdAM Series will publish textbooks, multi-author books, theses, and monographs which result from various academic activities and events carried out at the Italian National Institute for Higher Mathematics.
Posted May 14, 2012
Vital Source announced the company's conformance certification for IMS Global Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) v 1.1 with learning outcomes, which the company says will help more institutions, faculty and students take advantage of what the platform has to offer. The LTI platform will make textbooks easier to port into e-textbooks which Vital Source, a distributor of e-textbooks, sees as a significant plus and makes e-textbooks a much more appealing option for schools.
Posted May 14, 2012
GovDelivery, a provider of government-to-citizen solutions, announced the availability of a comprehensive guide to best practices for digital communication with an emphasis on the role of email. The guide, entitled "Public Sector Digital Communication Management Best Practices: The Critical Role of Email" shares the best practices for the most effective use of email.
Posted May 14, 2012
Amazon will be debuting three new blogs in the near future, according to The Daily. One blog will be about tech gear and gadgets offering reviews of new products, which will then link back to the Amazon site for purchase. Another blog will be entertainment based discussing comics, movies, and TV shows. The third blog will revolve around digital photography and apps that accompany it.
Posted May 14, 2012
If you are one of the few people left who haven't read the Harry Potter novels, perhaps you just haven't had the right access: hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks sold through the Pottermore website. None of those options worked for you, but don't fret. Starting on June 19, you'll be able to borrow the ebooks from the Kindle Lending Library, giving you one more option to read J.K. Rowling's ubiquitous series.
Posted May 11, 2012
AddThis has launched a number of new social plugins, analytics, and audience products to provide a full suite of sharing and engagement tools for publishers and brands. With these new tools, the flow of big data will become more actionable for advertisers and allow for enhanced real-time analytics.
Posted May 11, 2012
The personalized magazine app, Flipboard, is now available for Android phone users, according to ReadWriteWeb.com. Previously, this popular app was only available to iPhone and iPad users but has finally been ported for Android by a developer at XDA Forums.
Posted May 10, 2012
A study conducted by iYogi Insights reveals that 42% of consumers subscribe to new products and services after experiencing them for free. The findings were based off more than 2,000 iYogi customers and the data shows that a Freemium offering is vital to the success and market penetration for new products and services.
Posted May 10, 2012
Facebook announced plans to develop the App Center, which Facebook says will provide users with high-quality apps. According to ReadWriteWeb.com, "Facebook has announced a strict set of style and quality guidelines to get apps placed in App Center. Apps that are considered high-quality, as decided by Facebook's Insights analytics platform, will get prominent placement."
Posted May 10, 2012
Joomla, an open source content management system, announced that students will contribute to the Joomla CMS core and platform this summer as part of Google Summer of Code. There are eight students working on eight separate projects that could eventually be used by Joomla.
Posted May 09, 2012
Amazon Web Services announced new managed services for Windows developers with the launch of Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). This worldwide launch will serve Microsoft SQL Server and ASP NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Amazon says RDS will remove the complexity from deploying and managing databases while making it easy to set up, operate and scale a relational database.
Posted May 09, 2012
Boticca.com, an online jewelry and accessories store, took a sample from 50,000 referrals from Facebook and Pinterest, and found that Pinterest users spent more money, according to GigOm. According to Boticca Pinterest users spent $180 per user as opposed to $85 per Facebook user. The tracking also found out that while Pinterest users spent more money, Facebook users will spend more time browsing the various items and tend to be more engaged in the online community.
Posted May 09, 2012
Jenna Bush Hager and Mia Baxter have announced the launch of TheNovoProject.com, which will highlight people and organizations that are creating change. The site will launch on Mother's Day and feature interviews with the two founders' mothers, former first lady Laura Bush and interior designer Debbie Baxter.
Posted May 09, 2012
Knovel -a provider of web-based apps which combine technical information with analytic and search tools -- has added five publishing partners in order to continue expanding its content collections to meet demand across several industries. Knovel will look to these new partners to provide engineers in various fields with technical data skills needed to get jobs done as well as leadership strategies for managers.
Posted May 08, 2012
A partnership has developed between ConceptShare and OpenText in a move that both companies feel its customers will benefit from. The partnership aims to allow distributed creative and marketing teams to initiate reviews, view and annotate creative assets in OpenText Media Management, and track stakeholder feedback, change requests, and approval status.
Posted May 08, 2012
Perfect 10, which sells photographs of nude models, has sued the popular blogging site Tumblr in a complaint filed on Monday for failing to remove copyrighted photos from its website, according to an article on paidContent. Perfect 10 says it emailed Tumblr a number of times with requests to remove certain images from the Tumblr website and never got a response.
Posted May 08, 2012
Current Analytics has announced the release of mCOMPETE, a new web app that allows subscribers to obtain information and analytics on companies, products, and industry events on their smart phones and tablets. By clicking on an icon on their mobile device, subscribers can get up to date information on a company or product of their choosing and on tablets can compare them side by side. Current Analysis says this will allow subscribers to gain an advantage in business by being able to see reports and other date instantly. This app is available to Apple, Android, and Blackberry operating systems.
Posted May 07, 2012
A new plugin developed by iStockphoto is now available for Adobe's just released Creative Suite 6 with the aim to make Adobe's program easier for users to operate. This new plugin will allow users to search and download images within iStockphoto's inventory of comp images without disrupting workflow. iStock believes this plugin will save companies time and by doing so will increase productivity.
Posted May 07, 2012
Ingram Content Group has reworked the search options on ipage, its digital and print book search engine. The revamped site has been given a host of new features. The new site allows users to better track best sellers and offers enhanced options when users search for titles. ipage can locate search terms across the entire spectrum of ipage items, such as books, e-books, audio books, and other products.
Posted May 07, 2012
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced the launch of its new Digital Publishing Platform last week at MarkLogic World 2012 in Washington DC. With this new platform, TCS says Digital Publishing Platform will give its users the power to create, manage, distribute, optimize and monetize content. TCS says this will allow companies to quickly create digital products and distribute them effortlessly while improving revenue.
Posted May 07, 2012
Adobe has announced that Creative Suite 6 is now available to the public, as reported by PCMag.com. This newest version of CS has updated features of Photoshop, Illustrator and others. Once the Adobe Cloud is launched next week, users will be able to download additional apps directly from that.Prices range from $1,299 to $2,599 depending on which version is purchased. CS6 is available through Adobe or re-sellers.
Posted May 07, 2012
A partnership has developed between ConceptShare and OpenText in a move that both companies feel its customers will benefit from. This collaboration will allow users to combine ConceptShare's ability to share and mark up work documents, and OpenText's ability to allow an organization to produce, use and publish digital media as well as allowing teams to initiate reviews.
Posted May 07, 2012
Looking to further link brands with social media, Talenthouse has unveiled a new engine, Sponsored Engagement Engine (SEE), to assist marketers in advertising. With SEE, Talenthouse can increase the web presence of a brand by targeting social media conversations that pertain to that brand.
Posted May 03, 2012
Adaptive Print Studio is a new product from Sitecore, which it believes will benefit companies looking to connect web and print entities by allowing users to work in a more collaborative fashion. The goal of Adaptive Print Studios is to save companies time and money by getting web and print design teams linked up while also allowing for more customization of materials.
Posted May 03, 2012
A new podcast called "Social Science Bites" and is now available to download. It features interviews with influential social scientists. The podcast has been put together by academic publisher SAGE and will be hosted by social scientists and authors Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds.
Posted May 03, 2012
Looking to expand its reach into the realm of video content, Amazon has announced that it will be developing original content for a new comedy series as well as a children's series. Amazon is looking to its audience for the material by asking them to submit ideas and proposals to its website. The winning proposals would be distributed through Amazon's digital video streaming service.
Posted May 03, 2012
SocialInSight, an online community that mixes investing with social media, has purchased SocialPicks-a company that also crosses investing with social media-from FinancialContent Services. SocialInSight sees the acquisition as a way to strengthen and bolster its position in the community of the online investing and as a way to get attached to a growing brand.
Posted May 03, 2012
Devoted and often long-suffering Boston sports fans have a new way to get the latest sports news with Boston Sports Live, the first live and interactive web program produced by Boston.com. The show will broadcast live on Boston.com's homepage at noon every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The exclusive launch sponsor of the show is the city's largest airline, JetBlue.
Posted May 02, 2012
‘Tis the season for first quarter earnings reports, and social gaming company Zynga is announcing that it beat expectations. The company is reporting 292 million active monthly users-up nearly 60 million over last year-which amounts to a 32% revenue increase for $321 million.
Posted May 01, 2012
Ingram is expanding its ebook offering for libraries with a subscription option for popular Sesame Street ebooks. The Sesame Street e-bookstore subscription on ipage provides libraries of any size unlimited access to more than 150 read-along, audio, animated and interactive books through their Ingram library account.
Posted May 01, 2012
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, announced that it has launched its new Editorial Collaboration Platform (ECP). The ECP solution was unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. The ECP provides an online system for editorial planning of web-based publishing and radio and television broadcasting.
Posted May 01, 2012
Nimble, a Social Relationship Manager, announced that it is now offering qualifying community managers across a one-year complimentary business edition subscription. Acknowledging social media early adopters as the linchpin for wider social business integration, Nimble empowers community managers to be more successful at connecting, listening and engaging with contacts across multiple social streams.
Posted May 01, 2012
Barnes & Noble's beleaguered investors got a boost today when Microsoft pumped $300 million into the company for just under a 20% stake in the Nook. The bookseller's stock soared 85%. According to CNN, "Microsoft's investment values the overall Nook business at $1.7 billion, which is more than twice the $792 million market value for all of Barnes & Noble at the close Friday."
Posted Apr 30, 2012
InboundWriter has unveiled a new system targeted at writers called Topic Buzz. This system is designed to help content marketers locate social media activity on Twitter for topics or events they typically write about. The overall goal for writers using this system will be to expand their reach to those outside of their followers.
Posted Apr 30, 2012
Seven students from the University of Missouri have won the 2012 RJI Student Competition, sponsored by Hearst Innovation. Tasked with finding low cost ways for advertisers to reach target audiences, these students developed a widget that created a self service network with personalized content on Hearst Newspaper websites.
Posted Apr 30, 2012
Financial Times purchased web and application developer Assanka in January of this year and now it has decided to rename the company. Assanka will now be FT Labs in a way to fully integrate Assanka under the Financial Times umbrella and build up the brand.
Posted Apr 30, 2012
The first quarter was mostly positive for Amazon as its net sales increased 34% to $13.18 billion, compared to $9.86 billion in the first quarter of 2011. The strength of Amazon sales are pushed by strong demand for the Kindle Fire, which Amazon says is the best selling item on the entire site. Further helping the sales of Kindle Fires are the fact that of the top 100 selling ebooks, 16 are exclusive to Kindle.
Posted Apr 30, 2012
In an effort to make it easier for users to find the ebooks they want, EBSCO developed 39 new ebook Subject Sets as a way of grouping books together by a specific subject. EBSCO's goal is for libraries to use these sets to make the process of selecting needed books quicker while also growing the number of titles libraries have on hand.
Posted Apr 30, 2012
SpringCM, a cloud business content management provider, announced the availability of its latest release, with improved document approval workflow and easier file sharing. The latest enhancements aim to help business people get work done by providing easier functions for creating approval workflows, repeat notifications that remind approvers to complete their assigned tasks, and email notifications with approval history and instructions to give approvers the information they need to make decisions.
Posted Apr 27, 2012
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been in the hot-seat as of late, facing British Judicial inquiries -- along with his son -- about the phone hacking scandal that led to Murdoch shutting down The News of the World last year.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
Mobiles Republic, a publisher of applications for smartphones, tablets and connected devices, announced a content partnership with euronews, an international news network. Mobiles Republic's free news appsNews Republic, APPY Geek and Biz Report will now feature euronews news articles and video content worldwide in five services -- English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. In addition to world news, euronews provides Mobiles Republic with the latest stories in the field of business, high-tech and culture.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
CoreMedia, a web content management (WCM) company, announced the availability of the Web Content Management (WCM) Health Check, a free online diagnostic tool that allows digital professionals to test the current maturity level of their company's WCM implementations. Taking into account each company's online goals and culture, the WCM Health Check walks participants through an interactive survey that evaluates and provides recommendations concerning the effectiveness of their WCM technology, systems, and processes and enables them to compare their efforts against that of their peers.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
Snapguide, the new iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step "how to guides," announced that any Snapguide users with the Pinterest mobile app installed can now "pin" their favorite guides to Pinterest with just the tap of a button.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
Covario, Inc., a search marketing agency, today unveiled a new business unit aimed at growing the market for its SEO (search engine optimization) and social media software tools.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
Consumers estimate that half of the apps they use are ad-supported, according to the 2012 "Tapjoy APPitude Report." The survey provides additional insights about the value of advertising campaigns in apps, including the attitudes, behaviors, engagement levels, motivations, psychographics and purchase intent of app users and smartphone gamers.
Posted Apr 26, 2012
Facebook, the social media world's seemingly unstoppable powerhouse, had to file an amended S-1 report when it's net income fell by 12% -- or $205 million.
Posted Apr 24, 2012
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