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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
Netflix, Inc. backed out on its plan to split its DVD-by-mail service into a separate company called Qwikster, which was met with customer backlash and unsubscriptions. Netflix originally announced this plan on September 18, adding insult to injury after its 60% price hike in July.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
On October 10, 2011, comScore released a report titled "Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits." The report's aim was to uncover the impact of mobile devices, those beyond the computer, on the direction of digital media and digital content distribution and consumption.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
According to the latest report from the Publisher's Information Bureau (PIB), print advertising revenue in tech magazines is up 7.3% for the period of January 1, 2011, through September 31, 2011, as compared to the first three quarters of 2010.
Posted Oct 10, 2011
Filmakers Library, an imprint of Alexander Street Press, added The Forgotten Man: Private Bradley Manning and the Wikileaks Controversy to its catalog. The film details the story behind Private Manning, the alleged source of the classified documents that were published by WikiLeaks.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
Springer Science+Business Media has begun digitizing its collection of approximately 65,000 books, some published as far back as the 1840s. The Springer Book Archives project, aimed for completion by the end of 2012, will be available on SpringerLink. This addition to SpringerLink will boost its catalog to over 100,000 ebooks.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
Mzinga released OmniSocial 2011, its social business software suite, available for immediate purchase. This latest version is equipped with various upgrades and additions to allow businesses to create, manage, and repurpose virtual sub-sites. OmniSocial 2011 includes new user permission and personalization options in addition to greater content management and design control.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
Netbiscuits, a mobile platform for developing, publishing, and monetizing sites and apps, published its "Mobile Web Metrics Report," which found high fragmentation in smartphone operating systems, lack of support for basic HTML5 features, and a persistent long-tail of devices. The findings of the report are based on 8.5 billion page and content requests.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
Hulu announced a multi-year agreement that brings Hulu and Hulu Plus members hundreds of hours of Spanish-language video from the Univision family of networks. Novelas, variety shows, comedies, and reality series, including current season primetime programming from the Univision Network and library content, will be available on Hulu and Hulu Plus starting later this year.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
Apple announced the death of Steve Jobs yesterday, due to complications from the pancreatic cancer he had battled since 2004. He was 56. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," said a statement on Apple's website, calling Jobs "a dear friend and an inspiring mentor."
Posted Oct 06, 2011
AOL plans to launch 15 new web shows, including one with Jennifer Lopez. Ran Harnevo, executive vice president of AOL Video, says that AOL has decided to "double down" on unique original programming.
Posted Oct 06, 2011
According to the report, usage of downloaded mobile apps grew 3% from the previous three month period, with 41.6% of the respondents using an app. This made it the fastest growing category in mobile phone content usage. App usage now sits only .5% behind browser usage in the results of this survey.
Posted Oct 05, 2011
Jouve Group announced it will convert all of the Frankfurt Academy's digital content into enhanced ebooks. This will include slide presentations, audio files, links to video-streams, extracts, images, and editorial content. Only conference delegates will have access to these ebooks.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
Chegg partnered with Group Commerce to launch Chegg Deals, a daily deal site aimed at college students. According to paidContent, Deals are currently offered in New York City, Miami, Atlanta, and Tempe, Ariz., and are expected to expand nationwide in the future.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) developed an in-app licensing toolkit that allows RightsLink Plus and Premium-enabled publishers to add licensing options directly into their iOS apps. Previously, RightsLink gives viewers of a digital publication the option to conduct licensing transactions directly from the website.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
Hulu unveiled a new tool which allows users to swap out an advertisement for one that is relevant to their interests. Ad Swap is customized to each individual user's profile and previous ad-viewing preferences.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
Federated Media Publishing acquired Lijit Networks, Inc., a provider of ad services, audience analytics, and reader engagement tools for blogs and websites. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Lijit will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Federated Media, although financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
Yahoo! and ABC News announced an alliance designed to enhance the digital delivery of news by combining Yahoo! News' large audience and far-reaching content with ABC News' operations, anchors, and reporters. According to Gigamo, the alliance debuts with the launch of GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! (GMA.yahoo.com) and the introduction of three online video series that feature ABC News correspondents.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
A new report from eMarketer estimates that advertisers will pony up nearly $1.23 billion on U.S. mobile advertising by the end of the year. That is up nearly 75% from 2012. The fastest growing category was video, but it is projected to only represent 4.7% of the market. Messaging-based advertising represents the largest piece of the pie at 36.1 percent of all mobile ad spending.
Posted Oct 04, 2011
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, released Gale Business Insights: Global, an international online business resource designed to give students the necessary skills to progress from basic research to higher levels of understanding of international business topics.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
Covario, Inc. and Adobe announced plans to integrate SEO data from Covario Organic Search Insight with Adobe SearchCenter+. The integration is designed to help marketers asses the impact of Organic Search rankings on paid-search programs.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
Demandbase, Inc. partnered with online business network Focus to release the "2011 Demandbase National Marketing and Sales Study," which reveals that a company's corporate website is the second-highest source of new sales leads. Personal connections and referrals edge out the corporate website for the number one spot, but the website is seven times more effective than social media, the study found.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
iCopyright launched a new CMS plugin for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. The plugin is free and available for download at www.info.icopyright.com. The plugin aims to provide bloggers and website owners the ability to syndicate, source, share, promote, track, and sell their content.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
Twitvid.com raised $6.5 million in series B funding led by Azure Capital Partners. According to Gigaom, existing investor Draper Fisher Jurvetson also contributed to the funding round, which Twitvid says it will use toward building onto its team as well as developing its product and technology infrastructure.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
Amazon introduced an all-new Kindle family: three all-new Kindle e-readers including the Kindle Fire, an Android-based tablet that gives users access to the wide variety of content available through Amazon including over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon MP3, and over 1,000,000 Kindle books.
Posted Sep 28, 2011
Door Step School of India added a new School on Wheels bus, its seventh, to serve more children in Pune. Door Step School provides education for underprivileged children in both Pune and Mumbai. Each bus is equipped as a classroom, able to accommodate 20 to 25 children. This bus was donated by Springer Science+Business Media.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
TechMediaNetwork, Inc. received a $33-million Series B financing from ABS Capital Partners. Existing investors Village Ventures and Highway 12 Ventures were also in on the deal. TMN will use the funds to increase its acquisition program, further expand its news organization, and boost revenue and distribution.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Vouchfor!, Inc. launched its cloud-based referral marketing platform, Vouchfor!, which allows businesses to connect with customers over social networks and build customized local rewards programs. Designed to harness the ubiquity of social media, Vouchfor! lets customers "vouch for" the business and refer friends.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Myriad Group AG announced its partnership with Vodafone Essar to deliver social networking and messaging services over SMS and USSD to its subscribers across India. Vodafone Essar will leverage Xumii, Myriad's mobile social networking platform, as well as Myriad Updates.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Tablet owners are more willing to pay for online content, according to a study by FTI Consulting, Inc., an advisory firm that helps organizations enhance enterprise value. The study, titled "The Effect of Tablets on U.S. Content Consumption," illustrates digital media consumption habits of tablet owners versus smartphone, laptop, or desktop owners.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
IMImobile acquired Skinkers, a U.K.-based digital agency that develops desktop, iOS and Android apps for its clients. Together with IMImobile's DaVinci evolved service platform (ESP), Skinkers will offer comprehensive solutions in mobile commerce, customer care, and two-screen interactive TV.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Groupon, Inc. changed its accounting treatment for the third time in amendments to its IPO filing with government regulators according to a report on Daily Deal Media. Instead of measuring revenue by "gross revenue," which includes the money it pays out to merchants, Groupon's revenue will now be measured using its net revenue--the money it retains.
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Google partnered with Inrix to provide realtime data, particularly traffic travel times, to Google Maps' service. According to paidContent, Inrix achieves this in part by crowdsourcing information from the 30 million wireless and GPS devices on its network. The Inrix-powered Google Maps is already available to users in eight countries
Posted Sep 27, 2011
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis computer scientist Ali Jafari introduced a classroom-oriented social network called CourseNetworking (CN). A free online platform, CN combines social with the functionality of a learning management system (LMS) to connect teachers and students worldwide.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
Atex partnered with The Access Network Company on the development of new functionality for the Polopoly web CMS, focused on meeting the needs of branded publishers. The new solution is designed to provide a cost-efficient platform for small to mid-size publishers.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
Engadget announced the release of a free technology news e-magazine, called Distro, which will be available first on the iPad, and then rolled out to other major tablet platforms. The magazine will feature weekly long-form content and reviews from Engadget's editors.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
Public and school libraries powered by OverDrive can now lend ebooks to be read on the Kindle. Amazon and OverDrive first announced the service in April of this year. OverDrive expects to have the Kindle compatibility rolled out to all library sites within days.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
Glam Media, Inc., a social content platform company geared toward women, is acquiring Ning, an online social website building platform. With the acquisition, Glam Media plans to extend its social media platform, add new distribution channels, and leverage the talent from the Ning team to connect brands with customers.
Posted Sep 22, 2011
Amazon.com announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they'll have all of the features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries.
Posted Sep 21, 2011
Springer signed a license agreement with the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, under which they acquire STM titles for SpringerLink. The French bibliographic agency for higher education (ABES) coordinated the agreement, which adds archived articles from more than 1,000 electronic journals and more than 8,500 ebooks.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
Indigo Rose Software launched the Andromo App Maker for Android, a free application designed to enable simple, efficient Android app development. With a point-and-click process and instructions, Andromo can be used by developers at any experience level to create professional, fully-functional apps ready for upload to the Android Market.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
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