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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
SpringCM, a cloud business content management provider, introduced new mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android, allowing business people to securely share content and work together anytime, anywhere, from virtually any mobile device. Using the new SpringCM Mobile apps, teams not only have relevant content at their fingertips but can efficiently complete tasks and drive processes with mobile business content.
Posted Apr 24, 2012
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
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