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Internet Media Services, Inc. (IMS) released SimplyProspects.com, an online marketplace that matches prospects, defined as consumers who have expressed interest in products or services, with businesses looking to increase revenue. SimplyProspects.com is designed to be a cost-effective solution for small businesses looking to acquire customers.
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Miivies, a specialist in internet-based 3D animation technology, launched its Made In Internet Movies technology, which allows 3D animations to be created collaboratively over the internet. The free-to-use, browser-based animation studio is designed for young people between ages 12 and 24.
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Adobe Systems, Inc. launched the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3.5, an authoring toolkit for delivering content across multiple channels in the constantly evolving tech world. The new release of the suite is designed to help content providers generate output in multiple formats for a range of devices, including e-readers, smartphones, and tablets.
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Google announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc., a division of Motorola, Inc. responsible for smartphones and tablets, wireless accessories, end-to-end video and data delivery, and management solutions. Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion in cash.
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Limelight Networks, Inc. announced that Limelight Dynamic Site Platform is adding several new features in its latest series of updates. The upgrade is based on technology acquired by the purchase of Clickability in May 2011, and includes Web Content Management capabilities for enterprise marketers and online publishers.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
Etextbook publisher Kno is adding the ability for users to view their textbooks through a web-based reader, along with a number of other additions to the company's iPad app. Users will now be able to transfer notes, images, and highlights from their textbooks to a digital journal, and can construct quizzes for themselves by blacking out text.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
Chinese web services company Baidu announced that it was closing its microblogging platform Shuoba as a result of a "business adjustment." Launched last year, Shuoba provided Chinese users with a Twitter-like service for sharing short updates and other content. The exit of Baidu from the microblogging market leaves competitor Sina as the only significant player in that market in China.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
Platinum Equity announced the acquisition of Quark, a developer of design and publishing software for businesses. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to the company, the acquisition will benefit Quark by providing them with Platinum's expertise in mergers and acquisitions, as well as market strategy.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
Content creator and publisher Demand Media announced the acquisition of the Indieclick ad network, which serves ads to a wide variety of independent and alternative blogs. The company will also be extending its ad-serving deal with Google, which it hopes to use to boost its ad revenue and inventory.
Posted Aug 11, 2011
Wiley-Blackwell will partner with The Hastings Center to publish the Hastings Center Report, a journal that covers the bioethics field. Through the partnership, more libraries will be able to access the Hastings Center Report, which publishes essays, commentary, and research articles on the social and ethical issues raised by medical advancements.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
Satirical news source The Onion is implementing a subscription model for non-U.S. visitors. Those who want to read more than five stories within 30 days are charged a $2.95 monthly fee, or given the option to pay a $29.95 annual fee.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
EPiServer announced the launch of MobilePack for EPiServer, a set of templates and software for creating mobile web applications that drive users' online engagement with brands. MobilePack is designed to give marketers tools to quickly and efficiently extend brands' online presence on multiple channels, including web, ecommerce, and social media, to mobile devices.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
Powa, a secure content and commerce platform, and vzaar, an online video hosting platform for ecommerce and business video, partnered to provide integrated web video marketing to businesses. The video solution is designed to keep visitors on businesses' sites longer, to enhance online shopping, and to increase customer engagement.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
NYTimes.com is introducing new features to the public via a new site called beta620, in an effort to encourage more involvement from dedicated users and outside developers. All NYTimes.com registered members, both paid and unpaid, can access the beta620 site, which currently debuts seven projects and features.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
Travel Ad Network (TAN) will partner with See Jane Fly, Inc., a travel and local lifestyle media site that attracts a predominantly female audience. TAN will provide social media sponsorships and content advertising opportunities for brand advertisers across See Jane Fly's network of independent publishers, which will reach women looking for travel inspiration.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
Znak, Inc. will launch the public beta version of Znak it!, a digital content curation and monetization platform, this month. Designed to benefit content providers, web users, and advertisers simultaneously, Znak it! won the 2011 Florin Transaction Service Innovation Award.
Posted Aug 09, 2011
ProQuest, LLC acquired Expert Information Ltd., the U.K.-based publisher of Index to Theses and Theses.com, which provides citations and abstracts for British and Irish dissertations and master's theses. The addition will expand ProQuest's dissertations publishing program, which includes its graduate research resource, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT).
Posted Aug 09, 2011
Broadband and phone provider TalkTalk launched the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2011, a U.K-wide search to find people using digital technology to benefit their communities. The awards will be run as a partnership with Citizens Online and supported by Race Online 2012. Twelve winners, one from each region of the U.K., will each get £5,000 to enhance their digital projects, with one overall winner getting £10,000.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
ebrary announced the availability of a new ebook collection on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The collection is priced under US$3,000 and offers a perpetual archive package that includes 40 current titles from renowned publishers such as Wiley, Springer, and Taylor & Francis. The ebooks may also be purchased individually, and they are not available in any ebrary subscription product.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
As of January 2012, Springer will begin publishing the Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering (CJME), an official Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES) journal. CJME is a peer-reviewed publication, and will join Springer's Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 China-based international research journals.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
Telligent, a developer of social software for enterprises, released its Telligent Community 6.0 suite. The suite is designed to provide tools to create custom enterprise communities and is built on the new Telligent Evolution 6.0 platform. The suite features more than 50 new features, including social search and content discovery, native social integration, interactive profile and avatars, smart content recommendations, and social calendars.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, released the results from its "Love 'Em or Leave 'Em: Adoption, Abandonment and the App-Addled Consumer" study. The research examined the different stages of the life cycle of apps, beginning with how consumers select which apps to download and continuing on through the end of their use.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
Vimeo, an operating business of IAC, launched the new Vimeo Pro service. Vimeo Pro accounts offer a professional video hosting solutions aimed at entrepreneurs and is priced at $199 U.S. per year. The accounts include 50GB of video hosting and 250,000 plays, in addition to a suite of core tools designed to simplify hosting online video within a company website.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
Social media giant Facebook snapped up Push Pop Press, a digital publishing company that developed a multi-touch interface for enhanced ebook publishing. The company, which was founded by two former Apple engineers, recently published Our Choice, an enhanced ebook by Al Gore detailing research and concepts for helping fight global warming.
Posted Aug 04, 2011
The Harry Potter fan and ebook website Pottermore.com, which officially launches to the public in October, began a contest on July 31 to grant 1 million winners access to the beta site. As part of the "Magical Quill" contest, a clue will be posted on the Pottermore homepage each day for a week. Those who solve the clue then have the opportunity to register for early access to the site. A limited number of people can register each day, and the Pottermore site and @Pottermore Twitter account will indicate when registration for the day has come to a close.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Interim results from the first half of 2011 reveal that the Financial Times increased its audience and attracted more paying subscribers across all channels. As of June 2011, customers that subscribe to FT.com increased by 34% and the total number of registered users for the site grew to more than 3.7 million. This increase in registered users reflects a 49% growth compared to 2010.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Game designer Zynga has taken one of its most popular mobile apps-Words With Friends, a two-player Scrabble-like game-and made it available on the Facebook platform. Best known for creating Angry Birds, Zynga created many games specifically for iOS and Android devices, including Words With Friends. With a larger user base on Facebook, Zynga has brought many of the games it originally launched on the Facebook platform to mobile devices, but this is the first time that it has launched one of its mobile apps on Facebook.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Mobile Future partnered with the Analysis Group's David Sosa, Ph.D. and Mac Van Audenrode, Ph.D. to conduct a study that reveals mobile broadband's role in boosting the United States economy. The study, titled "Private-Sector Investment and Employment Impacts of Reassigning Spectrum to Mobile Broadband in the United States," concludes that reassigning 300 MHz of additional spectrum to wireless networks would spur $75 billion in capital spending, creating more than 300,000 jobs and $230 billion more in GDP. By reassigning 200 MHz of new spectrum would create 200,000 jobs and increase GDP by $155 billion, the paper predicts.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Gale, part of Cengage Learning announced enhancements to the Gale PowerSearch platform, which offers cross-searching of periodical content, reference content, primary source information, multimedia, and ebooks. The new features include search assist, enhanced results lists, language customizability, expanded content ,and enhanced subject and publication search options, designed to make the search and discovery process more efficient.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Springer is partnering with the Beijing Normal University to launch a fully sponsored open access (OA) journal called International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS). The journal will be included in the SpringerOpen portfolio, which allows the journal's contents to be OA immediately, and available on Springer's online platform SpringerLink to anyone with an internet connection.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Cengage Learning completed its acquisition of the National Geographic Society's (NGS) digital and print school publishing unit, creating a new Cengage brand called National Geographic Learning. Cengage acquired extended rights to distribute NGS images, maps, videos, articles, and other content. The National Geographic Science Series, National Geographic Explorer! magazines, and Hampton Brown's literacy and language programs are now assimilated into Cengage's English Language Learning business.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
A team of four informatics and computing professors from Indiana University who established the Truthy website received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $905,000 to broaden its analysis of the public data stream from social networks. The team gained national attention last year after they established the website, which identified political astroturfing on Twitter. The researchers eventually plan to create and maintain a web service that allows people to follow trends, bursts and suspicious memes based on the stream of information from large-scale social networks.
Posted Aug 02, 2011
Springer announced the purchase of the Asia Europe Journal from The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), a long-time partner Springer. ASEF will no longer be associated with the journal, which will be relaunched with new editors-in-chief and refocused on its core topics. The journal will further promote discussion on the challenges and opportunities of a common future of Asia and Europe.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
Yahoo is adding a variety of new features and tools to Right Media, the company's advertising exchange platform. The company plans to provide sellers with greater control over the price, coverage, and visibility of real-time bidding options for ad sales in its RMX ad platform.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
As part of its shift in strategy following its acquisition of the Huffington Post, AOL is closing several of its main content sites in the UK, according to a report by paidContent. The internet company plans to shut down operations for its AOL Music and FanHouse operations in the UK, following similar closures and consolidations in its US operations.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
Mobixell Networks, a provider of rich media mobile data solutions, released a clientless solution that lets users view Adobe Flash video content on iOS devices. Mobixell Seamless Access 5 allows mobile operators to deliver Adobe Flash video content to subscribers using an Apple iPhone or iPad, which normally do not support Adobe's video and media format.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
Posted Jul 28, 2011
Mediaspectrum, Inc. announced some changes to its flagship advertising platform with the launch of Mediaspectrum Sales. Mediaspectrum Sales is built to manage a wide variety of advertising formats, sales campaigns, and customer accounts across different media channels and devices. The tool is designed to integrate the entire ad supply chain onto one consolidated platform., using an open architecture to pull together different personnel, from advertisers to sales staff to production to billing.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
Vringo, Inc., which designs software platforms for mobile social and video applications, announced the completion of a $2.5 million investment that took the form of a private placement of convertible notes in the amount of $2.5 million, primarily to venture capital firms Benchmark Capital and DAG Ventures.
Posted Jul 28, 2011
Derycz Scientific, Inc. announced that its fully-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc. signed a distribution agreement with the American Bar Association (ABA). The agreement enables the company to source and deliver articles from ABA journals, enhances the dissemination of important legal information, and expands the growing list of journals that Reprints Desk can access.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest LLC, released updated comprehensive lists of key databases and packages of the serials titles and publishers available in the Summon index, a search and discovery service. Serials Solutions intends to provide librarians with transparency into the full-text searchable content indexed in the Summon service.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Elemental Technologies, provider of multi-screen content delivery solutions, and thePlatform, a white-label video publishing company, announced a joint solution for processing and management of large, dynamic video content libraries for IP-connected devices. Service providers and media companies can use Elemental Server's integration with thePlatform's mpx to enable video delivery on multiple devices.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
A study of 250 marketing decision makers in the U.K. conducted by EPiServer found that 68% of businesses have appointed or plan to appoint a social media or online community manager within the next year. The survey, titled "The rise of the community manager," found that 28% already employ a social media or community manager and another 41% expect to hire one in the next 12 months.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Elsevier B.V. and iSpeech collaborated to develop an audio reader application for SciVerse Applications beta. iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, devised its Audio Reader as an enhancement for the SciVerse ScienceDirect content, enabling researchers to listen to scientific articles.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Ektron, a provider of Web Content Management (WCM) solutions, announced its software would be upgraded to Ektron 8.5. Along with a user-interface makeover and improved scalability, Ektron 8.5 focuses its enhancements for developers.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
LinkedIn announced a plug-in that enables job seekers to submit their LinkedIn profile when job hunting on an employer's website. The Apply with LinkedIn button will be displayed on a company's site, and is intended to increase the opportunities for employers and candidates alike to find work.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Amid a push to streamline operations, Research in Motion (RIM) plans to cut 2,000 of its 19,000 employees as part of a "cost optimization program." The layoffs accompany some shifts at the top of the workforce as well.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Apple is enforcing its new in-app subscription rules for ereader apps, which require that apps be stripped of links to external sites for purchasing digital books or subscriptions. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have since complied with the new terms, removing links to their bookstores from their iOS apps.
Posted Jul 26, 2011
Google announced a partnership with JK Rowling's upcoming Pottermore website to help distribute the author's ebooks to users in the U.S. on the Google eBooks platform. When the site launched this fall, the bestselling novel series will be available for purchase and import into the Google Books cloud library, as well as to a variety of other ereading platforms.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
Gebbie Press released PRPro, an online service that helps local and small businesses distribute press releases more effectively. PRPro lets users enter a zipcode and a mile radius and returns all the TV, radio, daily and weekly newspapers within that specific area. Trade and consumer magazines are broken down into 114 editorial categories so users may target their release. Users can then use the list to email or otherwise distribute press releases and media kits on their own.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
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