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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
The Food and Drug Administration (FDAhas proposed guidelines that outline the mobile apps the agency plans to oversee-medical apps that could present a risk to patients if the apps don't work as intended. The proposed guidelines8 were posted on the Federal Register website Thursday, July 21, 2011.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
Impelsys is releasing iPublishCentral 3.1, an enhanced version of its digital content distribution and sales platform. iPublishCentral gives users access to full-service electronic publishing features that let them publish, deliver, distribute, and market ebooks. The platform comes bundled with a variety of tools to both manage and monetize digital assets without making significant development investments.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
Future Publishing, which publishers a variety of magazines such as T3, Total Film, and Guitar World, will be selling or closing several of its print titles and laying off 100 staff as part of a shift to focus primarily on digital publishing instead of print. According to a report in the Guardian, the titles being closed or sold include DVD & Blu-Ray Review, Home Cinema Choice, and Photoshop Focus Guides.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
Corbis Images, a visual media provider for the creative community, announced its acquisition of Splash News for an undisclosed amount. The Los Angeles-based company provides candid celebrity photography and video content to entertainment print, online, and broadcast media outlets. Founded in 1990, Splash News has more than 3,000 active photographers worldwide in entertainment hubs throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
CBS Corporation and Amazon.com announced a non-exclusive licensing agreement that will let Amazon customers stream television shows from CBS's library of content. Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library, and Amazon will add 2,000 episodes to its Prime instant video service, including full seasons for 18 popular television series, such as The Tudors, Numb3rs, and the complete Star Trek franchise.
Posted Jul 21, 2011
STM publisher Wiley-Blackwell formed a new partnership beginning in 2012 with the TESOL International Association (TESOL) to publish its two journals, TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal, both of which are currently self-published by the association. First published in 1967, TESOL Quarterly publishes papers on topics of signi?cance to individuals concerned with English language teaching and learning.
Posted Jul 19, 2011
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
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