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Paramount Pictures announced that the three Mission: Impossible films would be available to rent from the Mission: Impossible Facebook Page. Facebook users that like the page can rent the entire collection using Facebook Credits: each rental can be purchased for 30 Facebook Credits, or $2.99.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
Big Fish Games, a video game publisher in Seattle, is using Apple's subscription feature to offer its titles on the iPad. Big Fish will let iPad users subscribe to access to dozens of its games for $6.99 per month. Games are streamed to the iPad from Big Fish's data centers and will require Wi-Fi.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
OverDrive announced Test Drive, a program for libraries to support demonstration and lending of eBook reading devices and tablets to patrons. The program includes device recommendations and guidelines for setup, maintenance and support, as well as best practices for institutions that want to stock and lend eBook readers and tablets to patrons.
Posted Nov 23, 2011
Guardian News and Media Ltd. has put ContentNext Media, distributor of paidContent.org and its sister sites, up for sale. Guardian is asking for $20 million and has reportedly received "several expressions of interest" from potential buyers.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
CoreMedia AG and Sevenval GmbH enhanced their integrated mobile web apps solution to assist companies in executing their mobile marketing initiatives. With the solution's mobile preview function, users can single-handedly design, review, edit, and deliver content to over 9,000 mobile devices.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
Based on survey data and other research, eMarketer, Inc. estimates that by the end of this year, 33.7 million Americans will use a tablet at least once per month. By 2014, that number is expected to jump to 89.5 million, or 35.6% of all internet users.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
Facebook has partnered with HTC Corp. to build a smartphone that has the social network deeply integrated to its services, according to AllThingsD. The phone has been reportedly code-named "Buffy," will run on a modified version of Android, and support HTML5. It could be 12 to 18 months before Buffy enters the market.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
Earlier this week, Penguin Group, part of Pearson Plc., added self-publishing services to Book Country, its community writing site. Self-published authors using the site have allegedly been calling the initiative overpriced, royalty-grabbing, and "truly awful." Book Country's services range from $99 to $549.
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Amplify Social launched the Virtual Fan Network (VFN), a media content network that allows brands to work directly with athletes to remotely engage with their fan-base in short-term, CPM-based media campaigns. VFN enables brands to integrate their messages into an athlete's social media presence.
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Amazon may launch its own smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Citigroup, Inc., citing its supply-chain channel checks in Asia. In a research note dated Nov. 17, Citigroup said it believes Amazon is collaborating on the project with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd.
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Amazon is reportedly looking to entice self-published authors to make their ebooks available in the Kindle store and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Amazon is expected to go public with this offer on Thursday, Dec. 1. Amazon is allegedly offering self-published authors the chance to be paid out of a $500,000 fund.
Posted Nov 21, 2011
The New York Times plans to extend its all-access tablet and smartphone digital subscriptions to companies and organizations with more than 50 employees. NYT offers a self-management tool so a company can assign, delete, and substitute access to individual employees.
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Angie's List, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,793,408 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $13.00 per share. Angie's List is offering 6,250,000 shares of common stock and certain selling stockholders are offering an aggregate of 2,543,408 shares of common stock.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
Google released Google Music, a new online music store. Google struck deals with three major music companies and allows users to buy music and upload and store up to 20,000 songs for free. Users can share music, including streaming an entire album, with their friends via Google+.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
MindTouch, Inc. released a "how-to" toolkit to offer businesses a new social publishing endpoint that replaces static HTML and PDF. Instead, MindTouch offers end users a social, collaborative environment through CCMS (Componentized Content Management Systems), complete with behavioral analytrics.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
Repost.us, part of Free Range Content, Inc., launched Global Content Network, a portal of syndicated content, stocked with over 100,000 articles and multimedia. Global Content Network enables the open exchange of content and allows bloggers, publishers, and writers to monetize their syndicated work.
Posted Nov 17, 2011
The European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) approved four educational courses from CMEcast, a service launched by Informa Healthcare, as EBAC Accredited Educational Programmes. Informa Healthcare is reportedly the first publisher to receive EBAC accreditation for online continuing medical education (CME) courses.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Credo Reference announced that Brill Publishing, a publisher of religion, humanities, and social science titles, will contribute the Brill Religion Collection to Credo Reference's Publisher Collections next year. The Brill Religion Collection includes seven titles which encompass a variety of religious topics.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Gartner, Inc. revealed sales of mobile devices and smartphones worldwide grew during 3Q 2011 in a report titled "Market Share: Mobile Communication Devices by Region and Country, 3Q11." In total, 440.5 million units were sold, an increase of 5.6% from 3Q 2010; smartphones accounted for 115 million units, up 42% from last year.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Condé Nast launched a private ad exchange in conjunction with Admeld, Inc., a company that provides digital advertising solutions for publishers looking to sell inventory and maximize revenue. Home to The New Yorker and Wired, among others, the magazine publishing giant is the first major magazine publisher to offer a private exchange to advertisers.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Alkacon Software GmbH released OpenCms 8.0.3, the latest version of its open source content management system. Version 8.0.3 comes with enhancements for content editors that extend beyond OpenCms 8's original drag-and-drop functions and Sitemap Editor. OpenCms 8.0.3 introduces Function Pages, as well as an improved Create Page dialog.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Intel Capital, global investment and M&A organization of Intel Corp., announced the Intel Capital AppUp Fund, which contains $100 million that will be invested in companies creating software tools and services based on Intel architecture. Intel plans to invest in multiple technologies, but highlights HTML5, digital media, context-aware computing, and infrastructure apps as key areas of focus.
Posted Nov 16, 2011
Northcliffe Digital launched a suite of online video products designed for small business advertisers across Northcliffe's network of over 400 hyperlocal and regional websites. All ads will be created and produced by Localstars.
Posted Nov 15, 2011
LBi International NV, an independent global marketing and technology agency, purchased Mr Youth, a social media and marketing agency. The deal is valued between $40-50 million and includes a performance-contingent pay-out structure.
Posted Nov 15, 2011
Provide Support, LLC introduced a social media application to allow owners of corporate, association, and non-profit Facebook pages to offer live chat service to their visitors. The application aims to expedite customer service.
Posted Nov 15, 2011
The Walt Disney Co. purchased Babble.com, a network of 200 mom bloggers who will reportedly be integrated with Disney's other Moms and Family content offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Posted Nov 14, 2011
SFR, Vodafone Group Plc, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, and Gemalto NV will present a solution involving embedded SIM cards at the CARTES & IDentification congress in France on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The mobile industry quartet aims to demonstrate a new standard to better manage wireless devices.
Posted Nov 14, 2011
Myxer Radio, LLC, part of Myxer Inc., launched a free, ad-supported streaming internet radio service. Myxer Social Radio is available for iOS and desktop web, with the Android version becoming available later this week.
Posted Nov 14, 2011
Accumulate Group has partnered with VocaLink Ltd. to deliver a secure, real-time mobile payment solution. Mobile Payments combines VocaLink's Immediate Payments solution with Accumulate's mobile security platform Mobile Everywhere.
Posted Nov 14, 2011
Amazon.com has begun shipping the Kindle Fire tablet today, one day before its previously scheduled shipping date. The Kindle Touch and Touch 3G e-readers will start shipping tomorrow, Nov. 15, six days ahead of schedule.
Posted Nov 14, 2011
NewspaperDirect's PressReader application will come preinstalled on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, the company announced. A PressReader app for the PlayBook is already available on BlackBerry App World, but the agreement gives users immediate access to the more than 2,000 news publications available through the app.
Posted Nov 11, 2011
Google acquired two tech companies to enhance its Chrome browser and its social network, Google+: Katango and Apture, Inc. Katango employees will join the Google+ team to work on its Circles feature. Apture will join Google Chrome developers to enhance users' search and browsing experience in Chrome.
Posted Nov 11, 2011
Though Adobe has delivered Flash Player to mobile browsers and has been a strong proponent of Flash in a face-off against Apple, which rejected its usefulness on mobile platforms, Adobe announced on its blog that it would discontinue Flash development for mobile and instead focus on HTML5 efforts. Adobe will continue developing Flash Player for desktop PCs.
Posted Nov 10, 2011
Vision Critical, a global research technology firm, debuted a suite of market research tools called Firefly Surveys, which integrate online survey and forum functionalities as a SaaS (software as a service) model. The tools are designed to provide companies with holistic research and promote more efficient decision making.
Posted Nov 09, 2011
Limelight Networks introduced the Limelight Dynamic Site Platform for Mobile, an extension of its web content management platform that focuses specifically on publishing mobile sites. This version of Limelight's Dynamic Site Platform provides tools for repurposing content so that it can be delivered over multiple channels.
Posted Nov 09, 2011
Owners of the Kindle Fire, set to ship Nov. 15, will be able to choose from thousands of the most popular Android apps, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, and The Weather Channel, Amazon announced this week. Games from Zynga, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, PopCap, and Rovio will also be available for download.
Posted Nov 09, 2011
Rakuten, Inc. entered into the process of acquiring Kobo, Inc. for $315 million in cash. Kobo offers a range of e-readers and e-reading apps, as well as a catalog of more than 2.5 million ebooks. Kobo places emphasis on social reading, and has debuted integrated social reading platforms Kobo Reading Life and Kobo Pulse.
Posted Nov 09, 2011
Springer Science+Business Media agreed to acquire the Wolters Kluwer Pharma Marketing and Publishing Services division (MPS). Springer will add MPS to its Springer Healthcare unit. MPS provides strategic marketing, publishing, and business intelligence products and services to medical libraries, research institutions, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Posted Nov 09, 2011
Barnes & Noble introduced the NOOK Tablet, which weighs in at 14.1 oz. but supplies 16GB of storage, double the space of some other tablets. NOOK Tablet is available in the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in Barnes & Noble stores, which feature a range of NOOK digital devices and free NOOK Reading Apps.
Posted Nov 08, 2011
Amazon announced that Kindle Cloud Reader, the HTML5-based web app that lets customers read their Kindle books in their web browser, is now available for Mozilla Firefox. With Kindle Cloud Reader, customers can read Kindle books instantly using only their web browser - online or offline - with no downloading or installation required. As with all Kindle apps, Kindle Cloud Reader automatically synchronizes your Kindle library, as well as your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights for all of your Kindle books. To make it easy and seamless to discover new books, Kindle Cloud Reader includes an integrated, touch optimized store, allowing customers one click access to a vast selection of books.
Posted Nov 08, 2011
Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations for The New York Times Co., will be retiring at the end of the year. While Nisenholtz will stay through a transition period, it was reported that there are no plans to appoint a successor. CEO Janet Robinson is expected to take most or all of Nisenholtz's direct reports.
Posted Nov 08, 2011
Relevantor LLC is set to launch at the New York ad:tech conference, which starts today and goes through Thursday. The company's new service, of the same name, offers web marketing services that afford site administrators with a variety of ways to regulate content presentation for individual site visitors.
Posted Nov 08, 2011
Ektron, empowering organizations to fully realize websites' marketing and revenue-generating potential, announced the Ektron Digital Experience Hub, at Synergy 2011. The Digital Experience Hub is a new product that connects web content management, marketing automation, email marketing, customer relationship management and web analytics within the Ektron environment, powered by the Ektron ContextBus--a new integration layer that passes content and context between connected marketing applications.
Posted Nov 08, 2011
ProQuest has partnered with the NAACP to digitize the association's archives: nearly 2 million pages of internal memos, legal briefings, and direct action summaries from national, legal, and branch offices nationwide. Start and end dates for the project were not disclosed. The collection will be fully searchable and electronically accessed as PDFs.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Alexander Street Press unveiled VAST, a streaming video package for academic and public libraries. A multidisciplinary solution, VAST contains video content from Alexander Street's 21 individual collections. Amassing content from producers like BBC and PBS, VAST's 10,000 titles are cross-searchable.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Beginning in early 2012, Disney will contribute family-friendly video entertainment to YouTube as well as Disney.com. Both companies will spend a combined $10 to $15 million on original video series produced by Disney and distributed on a co-branded channel on Disney.com and YouTube.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Netflix struck a deal with MGM to stream newly-released feature films in the U.K. and Ireland upon Netflix's launch in early 2012. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal is a multiyear licensing agreement and will cover most of the first-runs for feature films from MGM and its distribution partners in the region.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
Acquia launched Acquia U, a program to train and employ career changers and college grads in Drupal, its open-source social publishing system. The Acquia U program will hire professionals as client advisors, provide them six weeks of paid training, and then hire them into Acquia or one of Acquia's partners.
Posted Nov 07, 2011
If you were thinking about getting a tablet this year and weren't sure which one, things just got a little bit more confusing. Amazon is releasing it's Kindle Fire on November 16, but rumor has it that Barnes & Noble will be releasing a tablet of its own at the same time for $249. Documents leaked to several organizations gave full specs for the new tablet.
Posted Nov 04, 2011
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