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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
Brainshark, Inc., a developer of online and mobile video presentations, released the Brainshark App for Android, which is available for free in Google's Android Market. The app is designed to provide a more interactive experience for users when they view Brainshark video presentations on Android-based smartphones and tablets.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Access Intelligence, LLC, publisher of min and CableFAX Daily, acquired Cynopsis Media, a producer of daily and weekly e-letters for the television, digital media, kids marketing, and sports media markets. Cynopsis was founded by TV business veteran Cynthia Turner in 1997, and publishes the daily flagship Cynopsis, which covers the TV industry, as well as Cynopsis Digital, Cynopsis Kids and Cynopsis Sports, with nearly 150,000 subscribers in 53 countries.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Sitecore acquired the development team and the intellectual property of Pectora, a long-standing Sitecore technology partner that provides web publishing solutions for deep integration with print-based projects. According to Sitecore, the combined offering is designed to unify print and web design teams to deliver more dynamic and personalized print media, including brochures, catalogs, and magazines.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Ingram Content Group Inc. announced that Vital Source is expanding its e-textbook offering with the acquisition of VPG Integrated Media (VPG), a developer of enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects, and e-whiteboard content, as well as video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Facebook announced a video-calling feature on Wednesday in partnership with Skype, the popular Internet video-chat provider recently acquired by Microsoft. The addition of video chat comes a week after Google launched its own social network, Google+, which also includes a video-chatting program.
Posted Jul 07, 2011
Springer announced its 50th SpringerOpen journal, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS. The journal focuses on issues in disaster science and risk management and is being fully sponsored by the Beijing Normal University. The open access initiative SpringerOpen was launched one year ago with the goal of expanding open access to more disciplines within the science, technology, and medicine fields. Most of the newly launched SpringerOpen journals derive from the fields of engineering, medicine and mathematics.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Three of Twitter's leading faces are launching a new venture dubbed The Obvious Corporation. Few details have yet been released about the project, except a statement that the corporation intends to develop systems "that help people work together to improve the world." The venture is being launched by Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and Jason Goldman.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
According to a report in the New York Observer, digital retail giant Amazon.com is coming under scrutiny by some in the publishing world for a system by which it offers extra promotion as an incentive for published authors to provide review blurbs for books on its Amazon Publishing imprint.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
WoodWing is augmenting its Tablet Publishing Solution with a new program that's designed to help more publishers deliver digital issues of their daily, weekly, or monthly tablet editions. WoodWing´s new CDS Go! program targets smaller tablet publishers rather than larger enterprises, providing a more flexible and useful billing mode for small- and mid-sized businesses and agencies.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Bitberry Software released Free YouTube to MP3 Converter TURBO, a YouTube to MP3 converter product with built-in YouTube Download Accelerator technology. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter TURBO is a free product that lets users download any video from YouTube and convert it to MP3 on-the-fly. After installing the product, users can click the Download & Convert button in your browser and the software will automatically place an MP3 file in the My Music folder.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that a virtual currency system called Facebook Credits used to play games on Facebook's social network violates antitrust law. According to the organization, Facebook controls well over 50% of the $2 billion market for virtual goods in social gaming.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
we7, a British music streaming website backed by musician and digital entrepreneur, Peter Gabriel, announced the launch of we7.be. The service will provide Belgians with the ability to access music through the country's first legally compliant and free music streaming service, from a database of 7.5 million songs. we7 will feature content from the major labels as well as those specific to Belgium, such as Black Hole Recordings, EPM Online, NewsNV, and PIAS.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Cloud-based video creator Animoto closed a $25 million round of funding through the participation of Spectrum Equity Investors and Madrona Venture Group. Animoto's service is a free service, with subscription options, that lets users create slideshows of graphical content on a computer or a mobile phone. Subscription options unlock additional features, such as custom templates or the ability to produce longer videos.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
News Corp. announced that it has found a buyer for ailing social network Myspace. The network will be acquired by Specific Media, a digital media and advertising agency, for a rumored $35mil. The network was placed up for sale earlier this year by owner News Corp., which purchased the network in 2006 for approximately $580 million. As part of the deal, News Corp. has also taken a minority equity stake in Specific Media.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Google released details of its Google+ project, a far-reaching social networking initiative that comprises a number of individual projects and services, including Circles, Sparks, and Hangouts. According to the search company, the project is designed to add nuance and depth to online interaction by adding more options and individual control to the process.
Posted Jun 30, 2011
Elsevier expanded its offering to researchers by adding full text from its SciVerse ScienceDirect database to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) as well as the Ex Libris Primo Central Index. In other Elsevier news, the company expanded its SciVal Funding tool to users in Canada, U.K., and European Union, with plans to expand to Australia, Singapore, South Africa, India, New Zealand, and Ireland by the end of 2011.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Cengage Learning announced an expanded partnership with the National Geographic Society through which it will acquire the National Geographic Society's digital and print school publishing unit. The new agreement also allows Cengage Learning a wider use of the National Geographic Society brand and content.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) announced that academic institutions using its Pay-Per-Use Services would be able to obtain reuse rights for entire books, including some that are commercially unavailable. CCC enables publishers to offer reuse rights for their books.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
OverDrive announced that Thomas Nelson, Encyclopedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet will provide simultaneous access ebooks to OverDrive's global network, enabling libraries and schools to provide "always available" ebooks without waiting lists or holds.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
ProQuest linked ebrary's search platform to its own, which enables users to discover multiple formats from multiple content sources. Leveraging tools from both platforms, users can discover search results that include ebrary's ebook content along with ProQuest's relevant reports, videos, and articles, and access the full text of the result from either source.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
ChoiceStream, which offers personalized online marketing solutions, launched CRUNCH, a custom audience targeting platform that makes use of proprietary intent data in order to predict how audiences will react to marketing. Brands can use CRUNCH to reach the audience most likely to respond to its display ad campaign, regardless of the prospects' location online.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Free Range Content announced new features and functionality for Repost.Us, an instant syndication platform that makes articles and stories embeddable. Repost.Us will feature a new monetization model through Amazon Payments that establishes tiered pricing for content syndication, and is also introducing a new WordPress plug-in.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
GSV Capital Corp. invested $6,587,500 into Facebook as it acquired 225,000 shares in the social networking company at an average price of $29.28 for each share. The investment represents about 15% of GSV Capital's total portfolio.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Hulu may be up for sale, if the owners can make up their minds. The free TV-streaming site is co-owned by Disney, NBCUniversal, News Corporation, and Providence Equity Partners, the parent corporations of major TV networks ABC, NBC, and Fox. Hulu began to look into options for its sale last week after an unsolicited overture from Yahoo!, and the company is expected to meet with potential buyers in the coming weeks.
Posted Jun 28, 2011
Dome9 brings aboard a new vice president of marketing, while Semantico expands its engineering and marketing teams. Get the full story in this week's Peopleware.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier announced that the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect content will be indexed within Serials Solutions' Summon web-scale discovery service. Once the indexing is complete, researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summon service.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
OverDrive announced that booksellers, libraries, and schools in its global network will be able to access 1,500 DRM-free ebook titles from O'Reilly Media. The publisher's entire ebook catalog will be available to OverDrive's channel partners, including those in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other territories. Bestselling ebooks on computer technologies available through the distribution agreement will include iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Head First Java, and Windows 7: Up & Running.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced new series for three Gale Digital Collections: Slavery and Anti-Slavery, The Making of the Modern World, and The Making of Modern Law.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
CEM4Mobile, a customer experience management solution for mobile devices, rolled out the latest release of its eponymous mobile tool with an Open Export Interface for back office integrations. The new functionality allows for the easy exchange of analytics data with existing business support systems. The mobile analytics solution was also recently extended to fully support mobile operators' business case through direct mobile network integration capabilities.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Adlib announced the general availability of the Adlib Content Transformation Platform, a completely automated transformation solution. The Adlib Platform is designed to streamline document-intensive business processes to help improve efficiency and is designed to be deployed as a shared service. Adlib can scale enterprise-wide, helping centralize content-to-PDF transformation capabilities to multiple applications and departments.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
UK virtual publisher, nDreams, recently launched a floating archipelago called Aurora, a virtual environment situated within the PlayStation Home virtual world. The virtual environment is free to users and can be used to play games, purchase virtual real estate, and win online rewards. According to nDreams, Aurora has received over a million visits, more than the Taj Mahal and the London Eye combined.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Springer Science+Business Media launched SpringerReference.com, a new platform for researchers and both academic and corporate libraries. The site offers editions of Springer's e-references well in advance of their print editions across every subject. Scientists can use the platform to submit updates to articles whenever they want. SpringerReference.com is designed to offer a way to quickly publish major reference works, which need to be constantly updated.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Oracle announced the acquisition of FatWire Software, a provider of web experience management software that helps companies build and deploy interactive online sites. FatWire's solutions are designed to deliver relevant customer content and increase community engagement. Oracle hopes that the acquisition will further extend its technology into the multi-channel customer experience market.
Posted Jun 23, 2011
Credo Reference and Elsevier have teamed up to add 45 new health sciences titles to the Credo Reference Subject Collections. Launched with eight initial collections this spring, the subject collections are subject-specific reference titles curated and compiled by library professionals.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
LYRASIS expanded its Mass Digitization Collaborative by partnering with Digital Conversion Solutions (DCS), a division of the HF Group, and by furthering its existing partnership with Creekside Digital. The Mass Digitization Collaborative allows LYRASIS member libraries to digitize books, serials, and newspapers for a low fee, and the expansion is opening the offering to other formats.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
Online video platform vzaar announced a new video player branding tool, which allows users to design customized players. Developers and creative marketers can now add any image to the players, and edit the video player's parameters, including color, controls, links, and size, to alter the way it appears and functions.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
Adobe unveiled its new Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, a modular, open, standards-based platform that delivers digital customer experience management (CEM) solutions via social, web, mobile, and print. Designed to connect marketing and IT, the platform offers a set of Customer Experience Solutions.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
The Library of Congress collaborated with the Facing Change: Documenting America photography group to archive and publish a new documentary photography project. Work from the Farm Security Administration, a federal project that documented the American experience of the Great Depression and World War II across all economic levels, will now be available through the Library of Congress.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
Lijit Networks, Inc., a provider of advertising and analytics services and engagement tools, announced a real-time bidding (RTB) platform designed to equalize long-tail online publishers and larger commercial publishers. The RTB platform will allow publishers to connect directly to every major advertising agency, trading desk, DSP, ad exchange, and ad network in the industry.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
Cloud9 IDE, Inc., a cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE) for web and mobile applications, raised $5.5 million in a round of funding from Accel Partners and Atlassian Software. The series A funding round provides the necessary support for Cloud 9 IDE to reach its goals in the emerging development-as-a-service (DaaS) market.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
we7, a cloud-based music streaming service in the U.K., closed a new round of funding that will allow the company to expand into Europe and continue to grow in the U.K. and Ireland. Using we7, 3 million unique users each month create personal radio stations with specific artist or song requests, and stream music from a library containing more than 7 million songs.
Posted Jun 21, 2011
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