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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
LinkedIn Corporation announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed public offering of shares of its Class A common stock. LinkedIn proposes to sell approximately $100 million of its shares, as well as any shares issued to the underwriters to cover over-allotments. The remaining shares will be sold by existing stockholders.
Posted Nov 04, 2011
According to a "US Publisher Survey" from BrightRoll, online video ad spending is growing faster than any other digital ad format, and is a common offering from online publishers and ad networks alike. However, brands may be likely to pump dollars into digital video advertising, they concede that certain barriers continue to slow the format's growth
Posted Nov 04, 2011
BuzzLogic, an online media company specializing in emotive-based advertising, announced that it has changed its name to Twelvefold Media. The word "twelvefold" signifies a substantial increase in size, degree or amount and centers upon Spectrum, the company's recently launched online advertising platform.
Posted Nov 03, 2011
Amazon announced the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which lets Kindle owners who are also Amazon Prime members borrow ebooks for free with no due dates. Readers can borrow one ebook at a time and keep it for an unlimited amount of time, but the offering is only available to owners of actual Kindle devices, including the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet—it will not be available through Kindle apps.
Posted Nov 03, 2011
The Web Marketing Association called for entries to its 10th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards for 2012. The industry-based advertising award competition is dedicated solely to online advertising, and covers all forms of online ads in 86 categories, including email, newsletters, mobile apps, websites, video, and social media.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
Online media company Burst Media introduced 12 internet video channels that offer TV-style programming to its independent publishers. Spanning food, travel, fashion, parenting, and how-to, the video programming can be integrated into publishers' websites to enhance their existing content. Burst Media's video content comes from blinkx's direct play partners such as Reuters, CelebTV, GeoBeats, and TVGuide.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
A new daily deals site, appropriately titled DailyDeals.com, made its official debut this week. While it seems that the daily deal-startup market may be getting crowded, DailyDeals.com will offer only online and nationwide deals rather than the hyperlocal deals that are popular among other daily deal sites, including industry leaders Living Social and Groupon.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
New Media Strategies (NMS) is hosting the first social media-focused event held by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, Nov. 4. The daylong conversation on achieving success through social media marketing is intended to connect corporations and consumers over social networks, establishing better communication in light of the economic unrest and #Occupy protests.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
Education, technology, and business publishers worldwide can expand the reach of their content through an agreement between Safari Books Online and Ingram Content Group's CoreSource platform. Ingram's CoreSource is an online solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
Cambridge University Press launched University Publishing Online, an ebook and digital content platform that aggregates content from several scholarly presses worldwide. Extending the Cambridge Books Online offering, University Publishing Online aims to provide libraries with ebooks and database products from academic publishers.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
NewspaperDirect, Inc. released updates to its PressReader app, which enables iPad and iPhone users to read more than 2,000 digital newspapers, based on the upgraded iOS 5 platform. The updates to the user interface are designed to take advantage of the improved speeds and the high resolution touch screens found on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
Two Seattle residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against HTC and AccuWeather, Inc. The plaintiffs allege that the AccuWeather app on their HTC EVO phone has been transmitting precise and unencrypted GPS data at regular intervals as well as when they open the app to check the weather.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
Following a three-month partnership, Urban Airship, Inc. has acquired SimpleGeo, Inc. Terms of the all-stock deal have not been disclosed, but the sum is alleged to be about $3.5 million. With the acquisition, Urban Airship aims to offer a platform that combines push notifications, in-app purchasing, subscriptions, context, and geo-location.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
Clearspring Technologies, Inc., a content distributor, has acquired social data tool XGraph, Inc. The amount of the deal was undisclosed, but it involved equity as well as cash. Clearspring provides content and analysis of content and advertising that are distributed through social media tools and apps.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
Adobe Systems, Inc. acquired Auditude, Inc., a provider of video ad management and monetization technology designed for publishers and media companies. The amount of the deal was undisclosed. Adobe plans to integrate Auditude's advertising server platform with Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite, and Adobe Pass.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
Appcelerator, Inc. -- a platform to create apps for mobile devices, tablets, and desktops -- garnered a $15 million endowment in a third round of funding. This latest deal gives the company a total $31.5 million investment. The round was led by Mayfield Fund, Red Hat, and Translink Capital.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
HarperCollins Publishers is in the midst of acquiring Thomas Nelson, Inc., a Christian publishing company. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the year; the amount of which has not been disclosed. Thomas Nelson bundles free digital and audio editions with the purchase of any print book.
Posted Nov 01, 2011
Google launched an interior version of Street View, aimed for small and medium businesses. The pilot program sends a Google photographer to take 360-degree photos, allowing potential customers to walk through a store once the pictures are integrated to Street View on Google Maps.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Flurry introduced a solution designed to boost app traffic beyond initial user acquisition. The AppCircle Re-Engagement tool allows iOS app developers to identify and target campaigns to consumers who have previously downloaded their apps.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Disney-ABC Television Group signed a video licensing agreement with Amazon, providing Amazon Prime members with an added 800 titles available for instant streaming. This partnership expands the Prime library to include nearly 13,000 television shows and movies.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
inStream launched an e-receipt tool that allows retailers and advertisers to deliver targeted ads to shoppers via emailed transactional receipts. Advertisers can reach shoppers with targeted ads based on recent purchases in a given location and immediately send third-party offers.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Fetchly announced the public beta of its new freemium service that will allow users to share contact information via SMS messages. Users can include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites, Twitter profiles, and other social media accounts. Each digital business card also comes with a custom QR code.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
YouTube will be expanding its current channel line-up with a mass of professional-grade, original content in areas such as news and education, lifestyle, music, sports, and pop culture. Thomson Reuters, Hearst Magazines, The Wall Street Journal, and TEDEducation are among the 96 currently-listed partners.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Google partnered with at least 15 daily deal providers to allow users to purchase, manage, and redeem offers from one account. Google Offers has expanded to Baltimore, Minneapolis, San Diego, and San Jose. Google also created a personalization quiz, designed to provide users with deals that are relevant to their interests.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Schmap released a tool for Twitter users that provides a demographic analysis of their followers. Know Your Twitter Followers offers a free summary or a paid full analysis, available for any individual, company, or brand. The price for the full analysis depends on the number of followers and the type of user.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Hulu and The CW announced a new five-year licensing agreement to bring current season programming to the Hulu Plus subscription service and the free, ad-supported Hulu service.
Posted Oct 28, 2011
UK-based social reading site, Anobii is now making it possible for users to buy books directly from the site. Already backed by HMV, HarperCollins UK, Penguin UK and Random House UK, Anobii recently signed with 10 publishers to allow its users to buy through the site. By the end of this month, Anobii will be able to sell e-books from participating publishers which include Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins, along with Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Canongate, Faber, Wiley and Harlequin UK.
Posted Oct 28, 2011
HighWire Press partnered with TEMIS S.A. to integrate TEMIS' Luxid software within HighWire's ePublishing Platform. The solution is intended to provide automated content annotation, enrichment, and linking to HighWire's customers. The integration is expected to accelerate product development and time-to-market for both web and mobile.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
Time Warner Cable said it lost around 128,000 residential subscribers in 3Q 2011, but added 89,000 internet services customers. At the end of the quarter, 11.9 million customers subscribed to video, while internet services had 9.8 million subscribers. CEO Glenn Britt calls the phenomenon "cord-cutting."
Posted Oct 27, 2011
The Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, will launch a metered paywall on its site Nov. 1. Under the paywall, readers who do not subscribe to the print paper will have to pay 99 cents per week to access more than 20 articles a month. Regular print subscribers have free access to the full site, mobile site, and apps.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
Userlytics launched a white label version of its video-in-video market research platform. Research firms and enterprises can integrate the testing and analysis solution with existing in-house research tools, or use it as a stand-alone, private label product. The white label Userlytics solution lets firms work in-house, or outsource some capabilities to Userlytics.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
A New York judge ruled that two political consultants can continue their lawsuit against Arianna Huffington and her partner regarding the origin and ownership of the Huffington Post. The lawsuit was filed last year by Peter Daou and James Boyce, two Democratic advisors who claim that Huffington stole their idea for a Democratic news reporting website and blog.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
ComScore recently released its September U.S. online video rankings. While month-to-month growth remains relatively low, a year-over-year comparison makes the growth of online video much more obvious.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
Condé Nast announced increases in new subscription sales across the nine digital editions it offers on Apple's Newsstand. The iOS 5 Newsstand feature for magazine and newspaper apps has only been live for 2 weeks, and yet Condé Nast reports subscription sales are up 268% in comparison with the 8 weeks prior to the Newsstand launch.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
The U.K's Office of Fair Trade (OFT) cleared Amazon to continue its acquisition of The Book Depository International Ltd., an online retailer of books in U.K. and international markets. Amazon moved to acquire The Book Depository in July, but came under fire for dominating the U.K.'s online book trade.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
The third quarter was accompanied by a large number of product enhancements, developments, and announcements by Amazon. Amazon released financial results from 3Q 2011 that reveal increases in shares and net sales and decreased operating income. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Sept. 28 was the biggest order day for Kindle, ever.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Outsell, Inc. released a proprietary iPad app at its annual Signature Event conference. The app was developed for its Outsell Leadership Council (OLC) members, but will soon be available to other CEOs served by Outsell. It delivers information that caters to C-level executives of the information industry, such as analysis of industry news, interaction with Outsell analysts, and peer-to-peer decision support.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Elsevier B.V. collaborated with Ex Libris Group to deliver a bX article recommender application to mutual customers. The bX recommendations suggest further reading based on researchers' usage data, and will be available for integration with the Elsevier SciVerse interface. Users will see bX recommendations in addition to articles from Elsevier's Scopus and ScienceDirect databases.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Cotendo, Inc., a provider of cloud-based web and mobile acceleration services, and Citrix Systems, Inc., which provides application delivery infrastructure, partnered to release Citrix Netscaler CloudConnector for CDN within the Cotendo Acceleration Cloud. Global scalability, mobile optimization, and performance acceleration are all anticipated benefits of the service.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Netflix released content from its deal with Dreamworks Animation, LLC this week, in the form of a Halloween-themed mini-series called Dreamworks Spooky Stories. According to Gigaom, Netflix acquired content from Dreamworks Animation in a deal announced last month, but the deal wasn't expected to result in new content until 2013.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
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
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