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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
Google's daily deals service, Google Offers, is expanding to include five new cities: Charlotte, N.C.; Kansas City, Kan.; Milwaukee, Wis.; San Antonio; and Tampa, Fla. Oklahoma City, Okla., and Omaha, Neb., are scheduled to be added soon.
Posted Jan 25, 2012
Google is toggling its privacy policy and terms of service to introduce a new master document, stitching together the 70 policies that currently rule its many offerings. The new regulations will take effect on March 1. However, details about the new terms of service were not disclosed.
Posted Jan 25, 2012
Mozy, an online data storage service from Decho Corp., added a new file-syncing feature, Stash, to its offering. Stash, currently in beta, allows users to back up and access files across their devices, from smartphones to tablets to computers.
Posted Jan 25, 2012
The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that the number of U.S. residents who reported owning a tablet or an e-reader nearly doubled between mid-December and early January, both jumping from 10% to 19%, attributable to the available of lower-priced options.
Posted Jan 24, 2012
SDL, PLC released SDL Studio GroupShare, a collaboration hub that integrates with SDL's Trados Studio and is designed to improve productivity and collaboration. Studio GroupShare enables users to engage with consumers in the language preferred by individual customers.
Posted Jan 24, 2012
Cambridge University Press added six more academic presses to its University Publishing Online (UPO) platform. Content from these publishers will roll out in the coming months, bringing UPO's offering to more than 14,000 titles from a total of ten global presses.
Posted Jan 23, 2012
Facebook has unleashed more than 60 apps for its Timeline interface, allowing users to more fully integrate their social experiences into their profile. The first batch of apps have been provided by companies and services like Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Foodspotting, and TripAdvisor.
Posted Jan 23, 2012
Google has approved Webopedia.com, produced by QuinStreet, Inc., to participate in Google's DoubleClick Ad Exchange as a publisher. Webopedia is an online computer dictionary and internet search engine for internet terms and technical support. The publisher site's content is focused on technology topics.
Posted Jan 23, 2012
EBSCO Publishing has introduced the Points of View Debate Blog to the Points of View Reference Center as to provide a forum for students to discuss topics in the news and debate them with their peers. The blog is free to subscribers of the reference center.
Posted Jan 20, 2012
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. updated its Content Pro digital asset management solution, which allows libraries to create, manage, and share digital collections online. Content Pro 2.1 includes a revamped interface and design, slideshow and carousel viewer features, and a desktop app.
Posted Jan 20, 2012
The National Geographic Society has partnered with Gale, part of Cengage Learning, to create an online archive of more than 100 years of National Geographic magazine. The collection will be available to libraries this spring and is expected to contain more than 100,000 pages.
Posted Jan 20, 2012
OverDrive, Inc. has released 2011 statistics on library ebooks, audiobooks, and digital media from its Virtual Branch websites. The websites garnered 1.6 billion page views, up 130% from 2010. Similarly, the company reports nearly 100 million visitor sessions, a 107% increase over 2010.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
The Atlantic Media Co. plans to launch a business site, on track to go up later this year, that will focus on global business. Kevin Delaney, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online, has been announced as the new Atlantic site's editor-in-chief.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
Pearson, PLC reported that in 2011, it accrued around £600 million ($927 million) from emerging markets and £2 billion ($3.09 billion) in digital revenues, according to its January trading update. Pearson's digital revenue is up from £1.6 billion ($2.47 million) in 2010.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
Copper Services introduced Convey, a free business content catalog that Copper Services CEO Carolyn Bradfield said has been described as the YouTube of business information. Convey is designed to connect professionals searching for business expertise and continuing education.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
Springer, part of Springer Science+Business Media, is now permitting commercial use for its hybrid open access program, Open Choice, by bringing it in line with the fully open access journals published by BioMed Central and SpringerOpen.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
Aptara, Inc. released an updated version of its PXE web-based digital publishing platform. PXE4.1 is designed to streamline the production process, accelerate the delivery of digital and mobile content, improve content flexibility, and extend workflow capabilities.
Posted Jan 19, 2012
Nucleus Research found that electronic content management applications have an average ROI of $6.12 for every dollar spent. Nucleus' case study audits indicate that increased competition and more cost-effective cloud options are driving down software prices and deployment costs.
Posted Jan 18, 2012
Copyright Clearance Center announced the first blog implementation of its RightsLink licensing solution by more than 20 blogs on The Economist's website. With RightsLink, rightsholders can offer point-of-content options for re-use and other permissions.
Posted Jan 18, 2012
Financial Times (FT) Ltd. has launched a global initiative in an effort to "ensure advertisers are getting the maximum return on their marketing investments." FT is also starting a corresponding marketing campaign that will appear in print, online, and in Campaign Asia-Pacific.
Posted Jan 18, 2012
CBSSports.com announced its fantasy sports service is opening its doors to third party developers and companies to create apps for its products and services. CBSSports.com's innovative open Fantasy Platform will represent the first of its kind in the fantasy sports industry.
Posted Jan 17, 2012
The Sun, owned by News Group Newspapers Ltd., released a subscription app for Android-powered devices. The app launched at an introductory rate of £0.69 ($1.06) for the first month and £4.99 ($7.65) per subsequent month. An iPhone app is scheduled for a February release.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
Russia's Mail.Ru Group launched Futubra, a new microblogging platform that allegedly resembles Twitter to a T. Futubra went up Monday, Jan.16, and is currently in beta. Twitter was made available in Russian in April 2011 and has some 2 million Russian-speaking users.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
North Korea's official newspaper, The Rodong Singmun, released an English-language digital version. The English version of the paper is divided into four sections: "Supreme Leaders' Activities," "In DPRK" (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), "Inter-Korean," and "International."
Posted Jan 16, 2012
Springer's new open access journal SpringerPlus is an addition to the publishing company's SpringerOpen portfolio, underlining its flexible publication strategy. It is the publisher's first open access journal with a broad interdisciplinary approach covering the entire scientific spectrum.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
IBM Corp. released a suite of new software and services, including cloud offerings and the beta release of its social networking platform, IBM Connections. IBM's new products incorporate analytics capabilities, real-time data monitoring, and collaborative networks.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
Lovefilm U.K. Ltd., an Amazon company, has partnered with the Disney-ABC Television Group in a deal that will bring full seasons of several of ABC Studios' American television series such as Castle and all six seasons of Lost to Lovefilm members.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
Users of Amazon Web Services, LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company, can now run Microsoft Windows Server applications within the AWS Free Usage Tier, a program designed to help customers get started in the cloud. Developers can launch new applications or test existing applications in the cloud.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
Future Publishing Ltd. has sold its New York operation to NewBay Media, LLC, in a deal worth $3 million (£1.9 million). NewBay, owned by the Wicks Group, LLC, will front an initial $2.6 million in cash, followed by $150,000 in cash on Sept. 30 and the final $250,000 (cash) in 3Q 2012.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
Target Corp. will introduce miniature Apple shops to its own stores, beginning with trial runs at 25 locations that will roll out this year. This store-within-a-store concept has been described simply as "expanded displays" of the products, though it could resemble the Apple stores seen within Best Buy retail locations.
Posted Jan 16, 2012
A new report from Marin Software, Inc. indicates that tablets and smartphones accounted for 10% of all paid-search ad clicks in the U.S. in 4Q 2011 -- double the amount in 3Q 2011. Search ads also accounted for the highest of all click-through rates.
Posted Jan 13, 2012
Google announced a new feature called Search plus Your World that offers signed-in users a customized set of search results that contain personal photos and friends' activities pulled from the web, including social media sites. However, results apparently do not include material from Facebook or Twitter, and this sparked some back-and-forth.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
Springer Science+Business Media has added to its SpringerOpen portfolio with its first open access journal. SpringerPlus will feature interdisciplinary manuscripts describing original research, case studies, and methods. The group is currently accepting papers.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
New research from In-Stat, part of The NPD Group, Inc., outlines users' attitudes and behaviors toward mobile devices. In-Stat concluded that larger screens are more conducive for productivity, whereas smaller screens are better for communication and entertainment.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
Scandinavian media group Schibsted ASA plans to acquire music streaming provider Aspiro AS for 340 million Swedish kroner ($49 million). Schibsted already owns 18.3% of the company, and Aspiro's board is reportedly recommending that its shareholders accept Schibsted's bid for all shares.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
Zumobi, Inc. announced a new solution for premium brands to engage mobile smartphone users following the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Through a partnership with Popular Science magazine, Zumobi launched the first ever in-app CES news tracker.
Posted Jan 11, 2012
The Daily newspaper, owned by News Corp., teamed up with Verizon Wireless to create an Android-compatible app. The app will be available by subscription on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet beginning this month; The Daily will come as part of a software update.
Posted Jan 11, 2012
Starting Jan. 11, Facebook has begun introducing ads into users' news feeds, labeled "Featured" stories as to distinguish them from the earned media messaging that users sometimes see, the company said. Also new is the ability for Facebook users to comment on external websites via the Comments Box plug-in.
Posted Jan 11, 2012
Comcast Corp. introduced a new service that allows Xfinity subscribers to watch live TV shows on their iPad via a set-top box called AnyPlay. Through the Xfinity TV app on the iPad and their home Wi-Fi router, AnyPlay allows users to watch the channels that are included in their subscription lineup.
Posted Jan 11, 2012
Following its July 2011 U.S. release, the six-month promotional period for early adopters of Spotify Ltd.'s popular music service will come to an end next week. For all free account holders, this means a ten-hour monthly cap on free streaming and sharing.
Posted Jan 11, 2012
Beginning Friday, Jan. 13, the iPad app for The Guardian will require a £9.99 ($15.45 USD) monthly subscription in order for news readers to access content, according to paidContent. New users will be given a 7-day free trial before facing the subscription requirement.
Posted Jan 10, 2012
Atex released a new browser-based content management system. The Atex Content system is designed to help media companies manage their workflow and is available for any device with a web browser and the Atex plug-in installed.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
Progressive Publishing Alternatives (PPA), part of The Magnus Group, Inc., launched its new website and included more resources and educational tools about editorial services for publishing. These tools can be referenced to help establish editorial and production strategies.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
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