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Emmis Communications launched the Loud Digital Network, a vertically integrated digital entertainment network for the 18-35 year old audience. Loud Digital Network will produce and distribute premium digital branded entertainment content across a variety of media platforms, including online, on air, print and mobile.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
Acorn Media Group announced the launch of Acorn TV, a new streaming service that makes the company's award-winning British mysteries and dramas available online to American audiences. The launch line-up includes series such as Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited, The Far Pavilions, Foyle's War, Agatha Christie's Poirot, and The Forsyte Saga. This is the first time many of these programs are available for streaming.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
Amazon is debuting a program to allow students to rent textbooks in digital format for their Kindle devices at up to 80% off the list price of the print textbook. Students can choose rental lengths of between 30 and 360 days and pay only for the time they need the textbook, and also have the option to extend rental periods on a daily basis, if need be. The service will give students access to the content on PC, Mac, Kindle, or other mobile device, and will also be able to store highlights, notes, and annotations for access across devices.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
CNN is launching a 24/7 streaming video service that will give subscribers access to feeds of CNN's two channels, CNN and Headline News (HLN) on any desktop and iOS-based mobile platforms. The service will feature live feeds from both channels, as well as an archive of on-demand content and series, and special topic-specific live feeds for breaking news and major events.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
Local Yokel Media (LYM) is launching a hyperlocal online ad marketplace that will specializing in monetizing ad impressions for the hyperlocal content market, which focuses on neighborhood and regional content. The service will allow any local or national business serving a defined geography to target audiences in their immediate service areas on local online content communities.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
TigerSpike, a provider of multi-platform personal media technology, closed an $11 million minority equity financing from Aegis Media. According to the company, the funding will help accelerate TigerSpike's future growth plans, as well as expand its product group and extend its reach into new markets. The company's personal media technology solutions help organizations build closer relationships with their content users.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
Elsevier is initiating a partnership with The Quality Group (TQG), a creator of blended online learning solutions for process improvement. Elsevier will market and distribute TQG's Lean Six Sigma training solution for health care professionals. The blended e-learning series uses condensed class times and customized online training modules designed to meet the needs of the health care workforce.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
Percussion Software, which developers web content management software, and consulting firm Ironworks Consulting established a partnership to provide Percussions' CM System to Ironworks customers. The partnership helps customers meet market demands and drive interactive web content on different online channels.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
Five months after its acquisition of ebrary, ProQuest is linking the two companies' search platforms to enable users to discover ebooks in the context of their libraries' ProQuest content and use tools from both environments. The platform is rolling out in libraries around the world, and it adds a flexible technological architecture that lets users look deeper into multiple content sources in multiple formats.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
AT&T announced that it will be the exclusive U.S. mobile broadband provider for the "Sony Tablet" S2 (currently a codename), a dual screen, multi-functional tablet to be launched by Sony Corporation plans to launch later this year. The "Sony Tablet" S2 will be 4G-capable and will also support wi-fi access and is designed for both business and entertainment use.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
Netflix Inc. announced that it is separating its unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD plans in the U.S., allowing customers to choose between a streaming-only plan, a DVD-only plan, or a combination of the two. The changes will be effective immediately for new Netflix members, while existing subscribers will be affected following September 1. The company stated that it is making the changes to reflect the true costs of each service.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
Cloudware Hosting Ltd, a web 2.0 SaaS company that provides a managed subscriptions billing platform for web content, is launching its open beta. Cloudware City is designed to provide a simple way for website owners to include subscriptions and recurring billing to their sites, and can interact with a variety of publishing platforms, such as Wordpress and Joomla. The company claims that the service can be up and running within three minutes for certain publishing platforms.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
Jason Heller, who co-founded and later sold Mass Transit Interactive, is launching AGILITI, a consultant group focused on digital marketing operations management. The firm plans to work with marketers to audit, review, and align digital marketing operations to build better relationships with digital agencies and maximize digital marketing investments.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
ChoiceStream, a developer of online personalized marketing solutions for major brands, is launching its CRUNCH audience targeting platform. CRUNCH is built around proprietary intent data that can be used to predict how audiences will react to brand messages, helping users find brand prospects and form display ad-based marketing strategies.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
American music enthusiasts can now use Spotify, a European digital music service - if they have an invite. After months of negotiating with record companies, the service is now available on a limited, invitation-only basis for free-or you can choose to pay-and provides mobile and offline access to music, and also makes it possible to share content.
Posted Jul 14, 2011
Acquia, a provider of commercial solutions for Drupal, announced today that Twitter selected a Drupal-based community solution for its new Twitter developer website at dev.twitter.com. The site, which was developed with support and guidance from Acquia, launched July 11, 2011.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
Econsultancy published a 60-page report that details best practices for using online video as a marketing tool, titled Online Video Best Practice Guide. Written by Staffan Aquarone, the report contains technical insights, tips, and case studies for marketers looking to use online video.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
PriceGrabber, a part of Experian, released results from its recent Local Deals Survey which reveal that 59% of respondents plan to use daily deal websites for holiday or special occasion gift purchases this year. When asked which occasions they would be shopping for, 60% said Christmas or Hanukkah, 56% said a birthday, and 23% said an anniversary.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
LivingSocial announced that it would celebrate the launch of LivingSocial Instant Deals in San Francisco on July 13 by offering diners $1 lunch. Instant Deals helps consumers find immediate deals at local restaurants and attractions. San Francisco is the third LivingSocial Instant Deals launch this year.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
Social media analytics firm DataSift earned $6 million in a Series A round of funding led by IA Ventures and GRP Partners. DataSift says that the funds will be used to expand sales and marketing efforts, specifically in North America, where its real-time feed is in high demand. The U.K.-based company will also continue to develop its platform.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
The iriver Story HD e-reader arrives in stores on July 17 for $139.99, and will be the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform. The Story allows users to browse, buy, and read Google eBooks on the e-reader through Wi-Fi. It features a high resolution HD E Ink screen and a keyboard.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
As the popularity of daily deal sites surges, Local.com Corp. acquired Screamin' Media Group, Inc., a firm that operates daily deals websites, including Screamin' Daily Deals, which launched in February 2010, and a related travel site. Screamin' Media generated $4.4 million in revenue during the first half of 2011.
Posted Jul 12, 2011
Springer signed an agreement for a publishing partnership with Asia Briefing Ltd. for technical and business guides. Springer will take over the backlist of around 15 books from Asia Briefing, and reissue them in updated editions, as well as publish five new books each year. The books are written exclusively by legal, accounting, and auditing professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Userlytics, a video-based usability and remote testing platform, released an enterprise version of its interactive testing solution. The new offering uses the ubiquity of webcams and the demographic targeting of digital marketing to let agencies and designers test campaigns, applications, and online properties with relevant target audiences. Users can receive full video results of demographic testing to gauge the effectiveness of advertising.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
A research report from Informa Telecoms & Media found that telecoms and pay TV operators will increasingly need to add new services such as Spotify and YouView to service bundles in order to retain subscribers and attract new customers. According to Informa, telecom and TV operators are not attracting significant enough numbers of first-time customers for their core services, encouraging them to add new services to their bundles to maintain existing subscription levels.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
SEO-Company-Services.com released a web-based tool that lets companies create video sitemaps for their web videos, providing a tool to help carry out video search engine optimization. The tool helps video owners create properly formatted XML Video Sitemaps for their videos.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Brainshark, Inc., a developer of online and mobile video presentations, released the Brainshark App for Android, which is available for free in Google's Android Market. The app is designed to provide a more interactive experience for users when they view Brainshark video presentations on Android-based smartphones and tablets.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Access Intelligence, LLC, publisher of min and CableFAX Daily, acquired Cynopsis Media, a producer of daily and weekly e-letters for the television, digital media, kids marketing, and sports media markets. Cynopsis was founded by TV business veteran Cynthia Turner in 1997, and publishes the daily flagship Cynopsis, which covers the TV industry, as well as Cynopsis Digital, Cynopsis Kids and Cynopsis Sports, with nearly 150,000 subscribers in 53 countries.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Sitecore acquired the development team and the intellectual property of Pectora, a long-standing Sitecore technology partner that provides web publishing solutions for deep integration with print-based projects. According to Sitecore, the combined offering is designed to unify print and web design teams to deliver more dynamic and personalized print media, including brochures, catalogs, and magazines.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Ingram Content Group Inc. announced that Vital Source is expanding its e-textbook offering with the acquisition of VPG Integrated Media (VPG), a developer of enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects, and e-whiteboard content, as well as video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Facebook announced a video-calling feature on Wednesday in partnership with Skype, the popular Internet video-chat provider recently acquired by Microsoft. The addition of video chat comes a week after Google launched its own social network, Google+, which also includes a video-chatting program.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Springer announced its 50th SpringerOpen journal, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS. The journal focuses on issues in disaster science and risk management and is being fully sponsored by the Beijing Normal University. The open access initiative SpringerOpen was launched one year ago with the goal of expanding open access to more disciplines within the science, technology, and medicine fields. Most of the newly launched SpringerOpen journals derive from the fields of engineering, medicine and mathematics.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Three of Twitter's leading faces are launching a new venture dubbed The Obvious Corporation. Few details have yet been released about the project, except a statement that the corporation intends to develop systems "that help people work together to improve the world." The venture is being launched by Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and Jason Goldman.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
According to a report in the New York Observer, digital retail giant Amazon.com is coming under scrutiny by some in the publishing world for a system by which it offers extra promotion as an incentive for published authors to provide review blurbs for books on its Amazon Publishing imprint.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
WoodWing is augmenting its Tablet Publishing Solution with a new program that's designed to help more publishers deliver digital issues of their daily, weekly, or monthly tablet editions. WoodWing´s new CDS Go! program targets smaller tablet publishers rather than larger enterprises, providing a more flexible and useful billing mode for small- and mid-sized businesses and agencies.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Bitberry Software released Free YouTube to MP3 Converter TURBO, a YouTube to MP3 converter product with built-in YouTube Download Accelerator technology. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter TURBO is a free product that lets users download any video from YouTube and convert it to MP3 on-the-fly. After installing the product, users can click the Download & Convert button in your browser and the software will automatically place an MP3 file in the My Music folder.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that a virtual currency system called Facebook Credits used to play games on Facebook's social network violates antitrust law. According to the organization, Facebook controls well over 50% of the $2 billion market for virtual goods in social gaming.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
we7, a British music streaming website backed by musician and digital entrepreneur, Peter Gabriel, announced the launch of we7.be. The service will provide Belgians with the ability to access music through the country's first legally compliant and free music streaming service, from a database of 7.5 million songs. we7 will feature content from the major labels as well as those specific to Belgium, such as Black Hole Recordings, EPM Online, NewsNV, and PIAS.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Cloud-based video creator Animoto closed a $25 million round of funding through the participation of Spectrum Equity Investors and Madrona Venture Group. Animoto's service is a free service, with subscription options, that lets users create slideshows of graphical content on a computer or a mobile phone. Subscription options unlock additional features, such as custom templates or the ability to produce longer videos.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
News Corp. announced that it has found a buyer for ailing social network Myspace. The network will be acquired by Specific Media, a digital media and advertising agency, for a rumored $35mil. The network was placed up for sale earlier this year by owner News Corp., which purchased the network in 2006 for approximately $580 million. As part of the deal, News Corp. has also taken a minority equity stake in Specific Media.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Google released details of its Google+ project, a far-reaching social networking initiative that comprises a number of individual projects and services, including Circles, Sparks, and Hangouts. According to the search company, the project is designed to add nuance and depth to online interaction by adding more options and individual control to the process.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Elsevier expanded its offering to researchers by adding full text from its SciVerse ScienceDirect database to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as well as the Ex Libris Primo Central Index. In other Elsevier news, the company expanded its SciVal Funding tool to users in Canada, U.K., and European Union, with plans to expand to Australia, Singapore, South Africa, India, New Zealand, and Ireland by the end of 2011.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Cengage Learning announced an expanded partnership with the National Geographic Society through which it will acquire the National Geographic Society's digital and print school publishing unit. The new agreement also allows Cengage Learning a wider use of the National Geographic Society brand and content.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) announced that academic institutions using its Pay-Per-Use Services would be able to obtain reuse rights for entire books, including some that are commercially unavailable. CCC enables publishers to offer reuse rights for their books.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
OverDrive announced that Thomas Nelson, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet will provide simultaneous access ebooks to OverDrive's global network, enabling libraries and schools to provide "always available" ebooks without waiting lists or holds.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
ProQuest linked ebrary's search platform to its own, which enables users to discover multiple formats from multiple content sources. Leveraging tools from both platforms, users can discover search results that include ebrary's ebook content along with ProQuest's relevant reports, videos, and articles, and access the full text of the result from either source.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
ChoiceStream, which offers personalized online marketing solutions, launched CRUNCH, a custom audience targeting platform that makes use of proprietary intent data in order to predict how audiences will react to marketing. Brands can use CRUNCH to reach the audience most likely to respond to its display ad campaign, regardless of the prospects' location online.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Free Range Content announced new features and functionality for Repost.Us, an instant syndication platform that makes articles and stories embeddable. Repost.Us will feature a new monetization model through Amazon Payments that establishes tiered pricing for content syndication, and is also introducing a new WordPress plug-in.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
GSV Capital Corp. invested $6,587,500 into Facebook as it acquired 225,000 shares in the social networking company at an average price of $29.28 for each share. The investment represents about 15% of GSV Capital's total portfolio.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Hulu may be up for sale, if the owners can make up their minds. The free TV-streaming site is co-owned by Disney, NBCUniversal, News Corporation, and Providence Equity Partners, the parent corporations of major TV networks ABC, NBC, and Fox. Hulu began to look into options for its sale last week after an unsolicited overture from Yahoo!, and the company is expected to meet with potential buyers in the coming weeks.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
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