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Global information management provider SDL announced a product content maturity model to help its customers assess the best way to leverage structured product content throughout the organization. Rather than using traditional technical documentation in manuals and guides, dynamic, live product content may help improve customer engagement and may be more effective.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
A new social reading app called Subtext launched for the iPad. As reported on MediaBistro, users of the free app can read ebooks and discuss them with a network of friends within the pages of the ebook itself. Readers can add comments and links and participate in discussions as they would on other social networking sites, such as Facebook
Posted Oct 26, 2011
WikiLeaks suspended operations due to a financial blockade that has cut off 95% of its revenue, according to Slate. Co-founder Julian Assange announced that if the blockade continues, WikiLeaks will be unable to continue operations into next year, and said WikiLeaks will now focus on fundraising efforts to maintain cash flow.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
In a blog post on September 25th, streaming media expert, Dan Rayburn stated that the Amazon Kindle Fire could be to the video industry what the iPod was to the music industry. Leaked sales figures suggest that the Kindle Fire may surpass the iPad as the biggest tablet launch ever.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
YouSayToo.com partnered with Infolinks to offer YouSayToo's 37,000 members the option to further monetize their sites with in-text advertising. Infolinks monetizes the highest-paying keywords within websites' content based on real-time, full-text analyses.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Taylor & Francis Group announced the second phase launch of Routledge Online, a reference database for the social sciences and humanities. Routledge Online will be incorporating over 400 reference titles. Routledge Online also updated its user interface and enhanced its search functionality.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Netflix posted third-quarter customer losses that were worse than the company forecasted last month. According to Bloomberg.com, the number of domestic subscribers fell to 23.8 million as of September 30, from 24.6 million three months earlier. Netflix's share price closed on Monday, October 24, at $118.84.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
e-Spirit AG, in collaboration with MATERNA Group, released a new module for FirstSpirit, a content management system, which is designed to integrate FirstSpirit with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The new module enables users to manage multi-site presentations and multi-lingual web projects.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Zite introduced a new feature to its iPad application to allow users to have multiple profiles. Zite conducted an internal study that found that one-third of those surveyed share their iPad with other members of their household, in some cases between three or more people.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Netflix will bring its services to the U.K. and Ireland starting in early 2012. According to paidContent, Netflix will offer unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies but its DVD movie rental business will not expand overseas. The international expansion is aimed at internet-enabled TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Phorm, Inc. arranged an equity placing of approximately £30 ($47.7 U.S.) million which will be used in part to repay a £16 ($25.44) million convertible-notes loan it took out in March. According to paidContent, the rest will be used to cover operational costs and work towards positive cash flow. Phorm's operational costs are expected at £1.1 ($1.75) million per month over the next year.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
CPAlead launched The SpotLight Tool, designed to provide content owners with a digital monetization solution that aggregates existing monetization methods into one tool. Content owners can combine cost-per-click, cost-per-mille, cost-per-action, and cost-per-view models without charging users directly.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Zoove received a $5 million investment from Rogers Ventures, part of Rogers Communications Inc., to accelerate its StarStar number operations in the U.S. Mike Lee, Vice President of Rogers Ventures, will join Zoove's Board of Directors. The $5 million funding is in addition to the $15 million Series D funding announced in August.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
comScore, Inc. released results of a study on mobile social media usage based on data from its comScore MobiLens service, which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their mobile device in August 2011 -- an increase of 37% in the past year. The study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or event while visiting social sites on their mobile device.
Posted Oct 24, 2011
Today, comScore, Inc. released its monthly report on the top U.S. Web properties. The report is based on data from the comScore Media Matrix service. Google sites (which includes YouTube) remained the top U.S. web property with 184 million unique visitors for the month of September.
Posted Oct 21, 2011
EasyBib launched an app for the iPad after success of its iPhone app released in June. The iPad app contains the same features as the app for iPhone, but is optimized for a larger screen. After downloading the app, writers can either scan the barcode of a book or type in a book's title and the app generates an accurate citation following MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
Springer announced it would work with the Edanz Group, a scientific manuscript editing service, in order to enhance its support for authors. The Edanz Group helps international ESL authors by providing professional editing services prior to publication. Springer and Edanz will hold workshops in regions of the world that do not often publish research in English.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
Simon & Schuster introduced its Author Portal, an online source of information and support for authors and illustrators throughout the publishing process. Two other publishers, Random House and Hachette Book Group, also announced this week that they planned to launch similar services for authors.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
Nielsen published its Cross-Platform Report for Q2 2011, which looks at Americans' media consumption preferences and habits for TV, internet, and mobile devices. The report found that emerging technologies and content options, including online video, mobile video, live streaming, and video on demand, helped drive anywhere/anytime viewing.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
After a year of beta testing, Google released its DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) Video solution for advertisers, which is designed to ease ad trafficking, improve workflow, enhance scalability, and increase profitability. Google also announced the launch of DFP Small Business Video in beta, which is supported by a partnership with Brightcove, Inc. and LongTail Ad Solutions.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
In a press release this morning, The Times says it is expanding it's Opinion Pages online. The changes will include more contributors, more content, and more video, as well as enhanced discussion features.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
Brainshark, Inc. introduced SlideShark, an app tailored to display PowerPoint presentations on the iPad. SlideShark is available for free download from Apple's App Store. The app is designed to preserve animations, fonts, graphics, and colors. Presentations can be downloaded and played locally, without the requirement of an internet connection.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
The Financial Times launched MBA Newslines, an annontations tool on FT.com for MBA professors and students. MBA Newslines is designed to connect current events with course programs and principles, thereby helping students to better understand different business cultures.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
SpringCM announced a free content management service for Salesforce.com, Inc. customers. SpringCM VIP Edition is designed to make it easier to find, add, share, and manage content right from salesforce.com objects such as Opportunities, Accounts, Cases, and Campaigns.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
Mag+, part of Moving Media+, has provided the Apple Newsstand with almost a dozen magazines designed especially for the iPad. Titles from Mag+ include Popular Science+, Popular Photography+, Outside+, and Maxim+. Newsstand is available with iOS5, which was released last Wednesday.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
Jadu Ltd. upgraded its web content management offerings with the launch of Jadu Universe, a web experience platform with multi-channel web publishing, retail, and marketing tools. Jadu's services are designed for higher education, government, and large commercial organizations.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
BuzzLogic, Inc. introduced an online advertising platform called Spectrum. Centered upon emotive-based advertising, Spectrum aims to identify and understand the influence of content at a page level (versus the site or category level). The tool also executes real-time bigs and ad placements based on relevant content to a brand's unique campaign goals.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
In the coming weeks, Google will shut down Google Buzz to focus their social media efforts solely on Google+. Users will still be able to see previously-posted content on their Google Profile and download it using Google Takeout. In addition to Buzz, iGoogle's social features, Google Labs, Google Code Search, and Jaiku will soon shut down.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
After months of negotiation, Microsoft acquired for Skype, paying $8.5 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of that division. Microsoft plans integrate Skype into its existing devices and systems.
Posted Oct 18, 2011
A one year old baby goes back and forth between a magazine and an iPad. So, exactly what's so great about a magazine?
Posted Oct 18, 2011
ProQuest digitized collections of historic American Jewish and regional newspapers, dating as far back as 1841, for its Historical Newspaper collection. The Jewish Advocate and The American Hebrew and Jewish Messenger are available now.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
UK Publisher Pan Macmillan is partnering with literary agency Curtis Brown UK to release hundreds of out-of-print titles as digital editions under the imprint Macmillan Bello. Available in both digital and print-on-demand formats, 120 titles will be released in November, with an additional 400 scheduled for release in 2012.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
EBSCO Publishing acquired Ergonomics Abstracts, a database focused on ergonomics and human factors, from Taylor & Francis. The database provides indexing for ebooks, journal articles, and reference works, and includes abstracts of articles and records from more than 135,000 works covering more than 25 years of ergonomics research.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
Ex Libris Group is adding content from several international sources to its Primo Central Index. Ex Libris signed agreements for content from several collections and publishers in Europe and Asia. These resources will be instantly available online to Ex Libris Primo users.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
NewspaperDirect teamed up with Kooaba AG, a Swiss image-recognition startup, to enhance Kooaba's mobile app, Paperboy. Using the app, available on iPhone and Android, readers can take pictures of articles that interest them in their local printed newspapers and then share the articles as PDFs through Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
WHSmith announced it would partner with Kobo in the U.K. and Ireland to bring Kobo e-readers and Kobo's ebook store to its customers. More than 750 WHSmith high street and travel stores will carry Kobo's range of Wi-Fi e-readers. WHSmith will also connect its customers with Kobo's ebook store, in lieu of the existing WHSmith ebook store.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
Impelsys, provider of digital delivery solutions, released version 3.2 of its iPublishCentral digital publishing platform, which expands support for mobile devices: the platform's Bookstore-as-an-App framework will now support iPad, iPhone, and Android mobile devices. iPublishCentral 3.2 also lets publishers create and price ebooks in multiple formats, such as PDF, EPUB, or MOBI.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) launched the Permissions Acquisition Service and the Republication License, two services designed to simplify the licensing of content among rightsholders. The streamlined solutions are intended to enable publishers and buyers to manage rights more efficiently, in the face of new digital formats and increasing types of permissions.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
Demand Media, a "content-farm" that uses thousands of freelance writers and editors to generate content for sites such as eHow.com, has reportedly decided to lessen its pace. An email the company sent to its staff, who have produced more than 3 million articles for eHow.com, said that in order to prevent redundancy, fewer assignments would be doled out from now on.
Posted Oct 13, 2011
According to an email sent to Authonomy.com users, the site is launching a digital publishing program devoted to Authonomy's best authors.
Posted Oct 12, 2011
Bowker, a provider of market research information and business intelligence on book markets in the U.S., through BML Bowker, in the U.K., will launch a study that will assess and track device adoption, attitudes, and purchasing habits of e-book consumers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. The study, starting in January 2012 and repeating annually, will enable comparisons between ebook markets in countries experiencing different growth patterns.
Posted Oct 12, 2011
Today, Streaming Media Magazine announced the Streaming Media 100, their editor's picks of the top companies in the online video space. Recognizable companies that made the list include: AOL, Apple, Facebook, YouTube (Google), Netflix, Akamai, Hulu, and Microsoft.
Posted Oct 12, 2011
EBSCO Publishing, in partnership with GESIS, will add German databases Social Science Research Information System (SOFIS) and Social Science Literature Information System (SOLIS) to the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Wiley-Blackwell, of John Wiley & Songs, Inc., has teamed up with the International Reading Association (IRA) to publish its three journals: The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
OverDrive, Inc. will share details of its new WIN Catalog this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The catalog is designed to maximize discovery and potential sell-through by providing samples and links to national and local booksellers for library website visitors that discover a title and "Want It Now."
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Elsevier B.V. launched SciVerse Scopus Alerts Individual, an iPhone and Android app for noninstitutional subscribers. The app allows users to peruse the Scopus database, which contains nearly 18,000 journal titles from more than 5,000 international publishers.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Ektron, Inc. and PR Newswire Association, LLC. partnered to integrate press release publishing and social media monitoring into the Ektron platform with PR Newswire Sync and the PR Newswire Listening Dashboard.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Amazon.com, Inc. debuted 47North, its seventh imprint from Amazon Publishing, which focuses on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 47North launched with 15 books, all of which will be published throughout 2011 and into 2012.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Silverpop, after acquiring PlacePunch, added PlacePunch's location-based services to its Social Connect strategy through its Engage platform. Through this tool, companies can provide customers with promotional offers after sharing their location on foursquare, Facebook, or Twitter.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
LivingSocial issued $142.9 million in shares to acquire South Korean daily deals provider, TicketMonster, Inc. While the sale was announced as part of a business combination, whether this means a merger, an acquisition, or an exchange offer has not yet been clarified.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
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