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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
LogMeIn, Inc. acquired Bold Software, LLC, to expand LogMeIn's portfolio of web-based services aimed at customer care organizations such as call centers, external help desks, and customer service teams. Total cash value of the deal is $16.5 million.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) purchased Pubget, Inc., a solutions provider focused on content acquisition and analysis through search, retrieval, and browse capabilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pubget founder Ramy Arnaout will join CCC as a senior advisor.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
Safari Books Online -- a joint venture from O'Reilly Media, Inc., and Pearson Education, Inc. -- has acquired Threepress Consulting, Inc., makers of the Ibis Reader online EPUB reading system. Financial terms of the acquisition, effective Jan. 1, were not disclosed.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Google plans to unveil new Google TV devices and television sets. Google is expected to ship the majority of its TV sets by mid-2012, according to chairman Eric Schmidt; however, no official release dates have been announced.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
Netflix is facing changes to its DVD business with two Time Warner, Inc. programmers: One change is that HBO will no longer sell DVDs to Netflix, instead forcing Netflix to buy DVDs at retail or drop them altogether; it seems Netflix will do the former.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
Japan's Rakuten, Inc. has reported that Kobo, Inc., its recent acquisition, saw a ten-fold increase in its number of ebook customers over the holidays. Kobo has not released official sales numbers yet, but the company says it has had "hundreds of thousands" of new device activations each day since Dec. 24.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
Apple filed three new patent applications that detail elements of Intel Corp. and Apple's joint technology for wired data transfer, Thunderbolt. It is speculated that the technology will be applied to iOS devices and would mean faster data transfer as well as faster recharging.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
A new social platform, TouristLink.com, connects travelers with one another as well as new destinations and travel experts. The site is currently in beta and is expected to officially launch in May. TouristLink is a free service, and users can create an account on the site or through Facebook.
Posted Jan 09, 2012
AOL struck a deal with publishing house Bonnier Corp.'s Parenting Group to sell premium ad inventory and promote content from Parenting.com. In turn, the parenting website will have access to some of AOL's ad tech and marketing services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Posted Jan 06, 2012
Advantage Business Media, LLC has purchased Vicon Publishing, Inc. Vicon Publishing will be renamed Vicon Business Media, Inc. and will operate as a subsidiary of Advantage. The acquisition expands Advantage's offering of publications concerning laboratory and forensics sciences.
Posted Jan 06, 2012
Twenty-nine major news and information companies have signed on as initial investors and participants in NewsRight, an independent digital rights and content licensing organization led by former ABC News President David Westin. NewsRight aims to support original news reporting by facilitating the use of published news content and data analytics with the permission of publishers.
Posted Jan 05, 2012
Barnes & Noble plans to "pursue strategic exploratory work to separate the Nook business" from the rest of the company, as reported on paidContent. In a statement, the company said, "There can be no assurance that the review of a potential separation of the NOOK digital business will result in a separation. There is no timetable for the review...."
Posted Jan 05, 2012
According to court papers filed this week, Amazon has reportedly resolved its lawsuit with Smartphones Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp., and the companies have asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit. According to an article on paidContent, no terms of the settlement are mentioned in the court filings, nor do they offer further explanation as to why the companies have ended the lawsuit.
Posted Jan 05, 2012
MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. has plans to release a Samsung smartphone later this year that will be able to tune in to live television broadcasts from local stations. This announcement makes MetroPCS the first cellphone company to offer such a feature.
Posted Jan 04, 2012
RSuite CMS, from Really Strategies, Inc., has added a support community to its offering. The community is available exclusively for RSuite customers and partners. Discussions as well as support requests relative to the CMS software are now kept in one secure location.
Posted Jan 04, 2012
NewspaperDirect.com overhauled its PressReader iPad app to add a number of updated features, including SmartFlow, which presents newspapers as a fluid stream of articles. SmartFlow is exclusive to PressReader 3.0; it blends the traditional way of reading with a new approach.
Posted Jan 04, 2012
Alexander Street Press, LLC has released two new collections: Classical Scores Library: Volume II and Anthropology Online. Both resources are available immediately. Product trials and pricing information is available for qualified faculty and library staff.
Posted Jan 04, 2012
TrafficLand has launched a direct sales program and increased its network of authorized dealers: Real-time traffic video content is now available directly through TrafficLand or through its authorized distributors: BeatTheTraffic, Radiate Media, and Total Traffic Network.
Posted Jan 04, 2012
Springer's SpringerLink science platform is now available in a free mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The app contains articles from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and chapters from 49,000 books, totaling over 5.4 million documents.
Posted Jan 03, 2012
Following the holidays, the app market hit an all-time high last week, with 1.2 billion apps downloaded between Dec. 25 and 31, according to Flurry Analytics & Estimates. This figure is based on the top 20 mobile countries that Flurry regularly tracks and includes downloads to both Android and iOS devices.
Posted Jan 03, 2012
FaceItPages, from Go Smart Solutions LLC, released a new extensive reporting interface that offers more advanced tools aimed at creating a deeper understanding of the activity on professional Facebook pages. This interface is available to Agency and White Label members of FaceItPages.
Posted Jan 03, 2012
According to Benedict Evans' blog, and research for an upcoming Enders Analysis report, almost 40% of Facebook is via a mobile app.
Posted Dec 29, 2011
Facebook added a note to the top of Facebook that asks, "Ever wonder how Facebook makes money?" and then invites users to click for more details. The link connects users to a new "About Advertising on Facebook" page, which lists the steps Facebook takes to deliver ads to pages. Facebook may be preparing its users for the Sponsored Stories ads entering news feeds in 2012.
Posted Dec 22, 2011
News aggregator Digg is using Facebook's new Open Graph to instantly share the stories its users are reading in Digg over Facebook. Stories being read through Digg will appear on news feeds and as Timeline posts. Digg also launched a Newsbar that appears at the top of Digg pages reached through Facebook.
Posted Dec 22, 2011
Scholastic Inc.'s Scholastic Media division launched its first Android apps in the form of I SPY games. The children's publishing, education, and media company debuted its "I SPY Arcade" game series based on the I SPY books. The games will be available for iPhone and iPod touch as well as for Android smartphones and tablets.
Posted Dec 22, 2011
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) announced it would grant a limited import ban on certain HTC devices, siding with Apple on its allegations of patent violations. The ban will go into place automatically after April 19, 2012. Though Apple accused HTC of violating four patents, the ITC asserted that only one was violated.
Posted Dec 22, 2011
Google disabled its author search functionality from Google News in favor of the Google+ Authorship capabilities it introduced in November. Searching within Google News for "author:‘firstname lastname,'" returns no documents, but participating journalists can opt to have a link to their Google+ profiles displayed next to articles they've written.
Posted Dec 21, 2011
Speech technology company Nuance Communications, Inc. is set to purchase Vlingo, Inc., a mobile voice software firm. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Nuance was previously suing Vlingo for patent infringement and planned to appeal a jury's ruling after Vlingo was found not guilty.
Posted Dec 20, 2011
Calcalist, a Hebrew-language newspaper, has reported that Apple, Inc. closed on a deal for Anobit, a 200-employee Israeli company that makes flash memory technology. Although the final terms of the acquisition remain unknown, Calcalist places the deal in the $400 million to $500 million range.
Posted Dec 20, 2011
The New York Times Co. is in the process of selling its Regional Media Group, responsible for 16 regional newspapers and other print publications and related businesses, to Halifax Media Group, of Daytona Beach, Fla. The group's average daily circulation is 433,251.
Posted Dec 20, 2011
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