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Google claims that Microsoft's privacy protection feature in Internet Explorer (IE) is impractical to comply with while still providing modern web functionality. Microsoft had accused Google of circumventing privacy protections in Internet Explorer.
Posted Feb 21, 2012
The High Court of England and Wales has determined that filesharing site The Pirate Bay violates copyright laws on a large scale. Justice Richard Arnold said the site's operators "induce, incite or persuade its users to commit infringements. ..."
Posted Feb 21, 2012
Barnes&Noble unveiled the Nook Tablet - 8 GB, which is selling at $199 a pop and now competing even more directly with Amazon's tablet in terms of storage, processor RAM, and price. The bookseller also released its 3Q 2012 earnings report.
Posted Feb 21, 2012
Yandex has partnered with Twitter in an agreement that will license the full feed of all public tweets to Yandex's search engine. Tweets in Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, or Kazakh will appear in Yandex's Blog Search results in real time.
Posted Feb 21, 2012
Miles 33 Ltd. and Localstars Ltd. inked a partnership that will allow Miles 33 to integrate Localstars' digital ad production tools to Mile 33's FutureProof platform. The deal will allow Miles 33 to offer digital ad solutions without external production processes.
Posted Feb 17, 2012
News International, part of News Corp., released figures detailing print and digital subscriptions for The Times and The Sunday Times. While print circulation has steadily declined, it has yet to be trounced by digital counterparts.
Posted Feb 16, 2012
After a developer discovered mobile social network Path had been uploading his contacts' data to its servers, Apple announced it will implement requirements for iOS apps that will seek explicit user approval before accessing address book data.
Posted Feb 16, 2012
In wake of Apple's admission that mobile iOS apps have had access to users' contact data without permission, Google announced it's impossible for apps on an Android phone to share personal data with a developer unless users acquiesce.
Posted Feb 16, 2012
With Spectrum for Mobile, TwelvefoldMedia, formerly BuzzLogic, aims to help brands target, connect with, and persuade potential customers. Spectrum for Mobile extends a company's online targeting capabilities to mobile platforms and claims much higher engagements.
Posted Feb 15, 2012
Demandware, Inc. released a WordPress plug-in that provides retailers with the means to make content published on a WordPress blog "more social and shoppable." The app can be customized to meet individual brand requirements.
Posted Feb 15, 2012
Rumors are swirling that Apple will announce the iPad 3 in early March. The Wall Street Journal reported that both AT&T and Verizon will stock 4G LTE-enabled editions. Both carriers sell the iPad 2 with 3G connectivity as well as a Wi-Fi-only edition.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have approved Google's $12.5 billion offer to acquire Motorola. Both the Justice Department and the Commission did not deem the deal to be a threat to competition.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
Despite heavy competition from tablets and smartphones, Sony will introduce a new hand-held game player to the U.S. market on Feb. 22. The PlayStation Vita is a stand-alone player but can also control a PlayStation console.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
Starting today, the Obama administration will renew its #40dollars Twitter campaign. The President posted a 40-second video on YouTube in which he asks supporters to use the #40dollars hashtag or to add comments on the White House website.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
Aptara, Inc. was acquired by iEnergizer Ltd. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Aptara will continue to operate as a standalone entity and retain its name. Sara Latham, chairman of the board for iEnergizer, and Anil Agarwal, its founder, will join Aptara's board of directors.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) launched the OnCopyright Education Certificate Program. The program is comprised of industry-specific courses that are geared towards a number of different user communities and their respective challenges in managing copyright.
Posted Feb 13, 2012
Amazon's Kindle e-reader is rumored to be launching in Japan and Brazil later this year, with Japan billed for as early as April and Brazil by June. Amazon launched Kindle stores in Spain, Italy, France, and Germany last year.
Posted Feb 13, 2012
Google updated its YouTube app for Google TV with smoother navigation and several new features. Google says that the new version is faster than before and provides a better overall experience. The updated app is available via the Android Market.
Posted Feb 13, 2012
Searchmetrics GmbH has made a host of digital marketing data freely available on its website, which will allow individuals and businesses to assess a website's search engine optimization (SEO), paid search advertising, social media visibility, and backlinks structure.
Posted Feb 09, 2012
ContentNext Media, Inc., previously part of Guardian News & Media (GNM) Ltd., has joined forces with GigaOM, owned by Giga Omni Media, Inc. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed, but GigaOM is buying paidContent.org, mocoNews.net, contentSutra, and paidContent:UK.
Posted Feb 09, 2012
Source Interlink Media (SIM), LLC launched a Motor Trend channel on YouTube to provide viewers with original automotive content. The Motor Trend Channel is part of about 100 original-content channels that YouTube will roll out over the course of this year.
Posted Feb 09, 2012
Amazon announced a licensing agreement with Viacom, Inc. that will add "thousands" of TV episodes from MTV Networks, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, and CMT to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service.
Posted Feb 08, 2012
EnterMedia Software, Inc. released version 8.0 of its Digital Asset Management open source solution. EnterMedia 8.0 handles larger uploading capacity, simultaneous uploading capabilities, increased power proficiency, and server clustering.
Posted Feb 08, 2012
HitFox, a game distribution website provided by GS Internet GmbH, has acquired Chili Entertainment GmbH. Chili Entertainment's game advertising network, ad2games, will join HitFox's marketing portfolio. HitFox is seeking further gaming partnerships.
Posted Feb 07, 2012
Oxford University Press has made the publications of the British Academy available online. British Academy Publications Online (BAPO) offers readers full-text access to 100 print titles, including both monographs and essay collections.
Posted Feb 07, 2012
Rice University's open-education platform, Connexions, launched a program to provide free etextbooks for five of the highest-enrollment U.S. college courses. Because the books will be openly licensed, faculty will be able to adapt content to their needs.
Posted Feb 07, 2012
QuinStreet, Inc. acquired certain Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc. media assets, including websites as well as its B2B email and telephone subscriber database. Following the sale, more than 100 ZDE employees will be cut from a total workforce of 120.
Posted Feb 06, 2012
Facebook is set to begin inserting "featured stories" into users' mobile feeds as soon as early March. These stories will be marketing-led posts, not paid ads, the company claims, and could mark Facebook's first step in profiting from its 425 million active mobile users.
Posted Feb 06, 2012
Though it holds only about 9% of the world's cellphone market, Apple claimed 75% of all profits across the industry last quarter. With heavy demand for the iPhone 4S, Apple also regained the top spot in mobile phone sales, capturing almost 40% of overall revenue.
Posted Feb 06, 2012
Google is expected to upgrade its One Pass paid content system in the next few weeks. The updates, specifics of which are yet unknown, will reportedly be designed to increase slow take-up among publishers and are reportedly based on feedback from One Pass' trialist partners.
Posted Feb 06, 2012
Zynga, Inc. has introduced a "reward advertising" program to its metropolis-construction game, CityVille, where players can earn energy by interacting with a sponsor. The program rolled out in December and includes sponsors like The Coca-Cola Co. and MasterCard.
Posted Feb 03, 2012
The New York Times Co. released its earnings report for 4Q 2011, which did not reflect the recent sale of its Regional Media Group (worth $150 million plus tax benefits). Operating profit fell $5 million from 4Q 2010 to $106.6 million, and revenues dropped to $643 million.
Posted Feb 03, 2012
Twitter has announced another set of advertising partners who will feature branded profile pages, including NPR; NBC News; The Huffington Post; Al Jazeera; aNobii; and others.
Posted Feb 03, 2012
A woman from Brooklyn, N.Y., is suing Hearst Communications, Inc. for wages she says are owed to her and others who interned at Harper's Bazaar and other Hearst magazines, working 40-55 hours per week without any compensation.
Posted Feb 02, 2012
Facebook filed a nearly 200-page S-1 statement to register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In it, the company claims 845 million users, more than half of which (483 million) are daily active users, a 48% increase over Dec. 2010.
Posted Feb 02, 2012
Facebook added Open Graph to its Platform to bring action-specific ad targeting to advertisers. The goal of Open Graph is to deliver ads that, based on user activity on Facebook apps, are more relevant to users and thus more likely to generate sales.
Posted Feb 01, 2012
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) launched a YouTube channel that features content from its collection of video programming. The channel will showcase "Off Duty," a daily lifestyle show debuting Feb. 1 that is based on the section of the same name from WSJ Weekend.
Posted Feb 01, 2012
AddressSearch.com, a website helping users to reconnect with acquaintances through email, expanded its directory to include more than 95 million email records, which are freely available. The site's index has grown from 68 million entries in last 8 months, a 40% growth.
Posted Jan 31, 2012
Atex plans to introduce its new cloud-based content management solution, Content Hub, later this quarter. Content Hub will be able to connect to both Atex and non-Atex editorial systems and will deliver content across mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms.
Posted Jan 31, 2012
MusicRevolution, LLC expanded its collection of royalty-free music that is freely available via MP3 download at its website, www.musicrevolution.com. MusicRevolution is an online marketplace for production music that offers more than 16,000 tracks.
Posted Jan 31, 2012
Yahoo! announced that it is pulling development and support for 10 of its less-popular mobile apps. While some of the apps are popular on the web and others were created for mobile users, consumers are not using them as much as Yahoo! would like.
Posted Jan 30, 2012
Bank of America Corp. plans to introduce a Groupon-like service to its customers, offering them online discounts based on their previous spending. Customers will receive offers through the bank's website; discounts will be awarded via monthly cash payments.
Posted Jan 27, 2012
Following its homepage redesign in December, YouTube's Browse, Video Editor, and Video Manager pages are being nipped and tucked to bring them in line with the rebranding that Google has pushed out to many of its sites and products.
Posted Jan 27, 2012
Google adjusted its age restrictions on its social network, Google+, to allow teenagers to create an account. Google had previously limited users to being 18 and over; the new cut-off at 13 is the same threshold as Facebook.
Posted Jan 27, 2012
Netflix reported earnings of $41 million for 4Q 2011, or $0.73 per share, which is better than analysts expected the company to do after its difficult run in 3Q. Netflix's revenue rose 43% to $876 million, but overall, profits were down 13%.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
Twitter is adding right-to-left languages to the Twitter Translation Center, beginning with Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu. These four will become fully available later this spring; however, speakers of a language other than English are already able to tweet in their language of choice.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
eMarketer, Inc. released a report that estimates U.S. mobile advertisers spent $1.45 billion in 2011, up 89% from $769.6 billion in 2010. This year, U.S. mobile ad spending will grow another 80%, reaching $2.61 billion, the company predicts, in an upward trend that will not slow down.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
Mediaspectrum, Inc. updated its Adrenalin content management product to provide better ad serving and tracking. Adrenalin 2.0 is a cloud-based platform that enables users to manage multimedia content, advertising, and subscriptions, and automates mobile news, publishing, and commerce for digital readership.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
Open Source Matters, Inc.'s content management system, Joomla!, has been updated to include multi-database support with the addition of Microsoft SQL Server. Joomla! 2.5 also includes new features such as advanced search and automatic notification of Joomla! core and extension updates.
Posted Jan 26, 2012
Bluefin Labs, Inc., a social TV analytics startup, raised $12 million in a Series B round of funding. The Time Warner Investments group led the round with participation from SoftBank Capital, Redpoint Ventures, and Lerer Ventures.
Posted Jan 25, 2012
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