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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
Wiley-Blackwell announced the launch of the Wiley Job Network, an online recruitment tool that enables employers to attract applicants from among the users of Wiley Online Library's products and services. Wiley Job Network brings job opportunities from an array of industries to job seekers by leveraging Wiley's network of professionals and scholars.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
The Wall Street Journal launched the beta version of WSJ Social, a Facebook app that lets users read, share, and comment on news articles from The Wall Street Journal within Facebook. Content includes articles and blogs from WSJ.com that cover breaking news, columns, analysis, and opinion.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
As reported on paidContent, TIME magazine is rolling out niche blogs in an effort to generate more traffic to its website, Time.com. The blogs created so far include Moneyland (finance), Techland (technology), Swampland (politics), and Battleland (military), with plans for more to come later this year.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
According to paidContent, Google reportedly acquired Daily Deal, a German daily deal site akin to Groupon. The Daily Deal site states that the barely 2-year-old startup will be combining with Google Offers. The search giant also began rolling out a mobile payment service called Google Wallet, available in the U.S. on Sprint's Nexus S device, in cooperation with MasterCard.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
Netflix will split into two brands: Netflix for streaming, and Qwikster for DVD rental, according to CEO Reed Hastings. As reported on paidContent, the company announced it would be separating the two services and increasing subscription cost earlier this summer, but was criticized for lack of adequate communication on the matter.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press, LLC released Nursing Education in Video, a collection of educational and training videos for nurses from Medcom-Trainex. The partnership between Alexander Street Press and Medcom-Trainex resulted in a collection of 260 full-length titles.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Publishing Technology, PLC, which provides software and services to the publishing industry, will build an academic publishing platform for GSE Research. The new online platform will use pub2web, Publishing Technology's semantic web-based publishing software. GSE Research hopes to build an interactive sharing community around the platform.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Accumulate, a provider of mobile financial and security solutions, announced a partnership with PayPal. The two companies will collaborate on mobile services for the Swedish local market, based in Accumulate's Mobile Everywhere (ME) platform.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Covario, Inc. and Kenshoo, providers of digital marketing solutions, announced an agreement to deliver search and social marketing solutions for enterprise marketers. Under the agreement, Covario will license Kenshoo's digital marketing software to enable scalable online media buying.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
WeVideo launched its cloud-based social editing platform in open beta at DEMO Fall 2011. The solution is designed to make video storytelling and collaborating accessible to everyone by eliminating complex, expensive desktop software. Users can upload video content from their devices into the cloud.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
WeVideo launched its cloud-based social editing platform in open beta at DEMO Fall 2011. The solution is designed to make video storytelling and collaborating accessible to everyone by eliminating complex, expensive desktop software. Users can upload video content from their devices into the cloud.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
WeVideo launched its cloud-based social editing platform in open beta at DEMO Fall 2011. The solution is designed to make video storytelling and collaborating accessible to everyone by eliminating complex, expensive desktop software. Users can upload video content from their devices into the cloud.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) partnered with cSubs, which provides subscription management services for books, newspapers, and econtent. Through the partnership, CCC's point-of-content licensing solution RightsLink Basic will be integrated directly into the cSubs workflow.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
The Financial Times introduced a free iPad app for How To Spend It, its luxury lifestyle magazine, which offers innovative new ways to present magazine content for iPad. It features searchable content from more than 60 editions of the magazine, with new magazine content posted every day.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Amazon and the Hearst Corporation expanded their relationship regarding consumer marketing, ecommerce, and content. The companies announced that Amazon will become the largest third-party seller of print subscriptions for Hearst's magazines over digital channels, and will also work with Hearst in ecommerce.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Amazon announced that customers with its Kindle with Special Offers and Kindle 3G with Special Offers will also start to receive special offers from AmazonLocal on their Kindle screensavers. Launching in New York City, AmazonLocal for the Kindle will expand to all AmazonLocal cities later this year.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Genpact Ltd. acquired EmPower Research, an integrated media and business research company that specialized in social media research, media monitoring, and data management. The acquisition will boost analytics, research, reengineering, and risk management in Genpact's Smart Decision Services business.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Exponential Interactive Inc. completed the acquisition of AdoTube, a centralized end-to-end digital video solution that offers publishers and advertisers access to proprietary in-stream video advertising. AdoTube will leverage Exponential Interactive's footprint across 23 countries to expand its global presence.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Mobile ad network InMobi announced that it raised $200 million in its latest funding round from Softbank Corp., a Japanese company. The investment is the largest of the year in the mobile sector, and one of the biggest venture capital deals of the entire year.
Posted Sep 15, 2011
Springer Science + Business Media released a new web tool allowing catalogers and librarians to download batches of MARC records or ebook lists to their libraries' Springer ebook collections. The ebook title lists from Springer contain the main bibliographic information and a URL to each ebook on SpringerLink.
Posted Sep 13, 2011
Safari Books Online, an on-demand digital library for professionals, announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) renewed its license to Safari Books Online, allowing active and retired members of the military and DOD and their families to access resources in the library.
Posted Sep 13, 2011
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