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Citizen journalism is back in the spotlight, this time as Ukrainian citizens protest their government-and the government fights back with extreme force. The country's only opposition-friendly television station has been shut down, and as such, protesters are turning to the internet to get their message-and images-out to world at large. Ustream, which was already being used in an ad hoc manner for distributing video from the protests, has responded by introducing UStream for Change.
Posted Feb 20, 2014
Mocana introduced the Mocana Atlas extended enterprise engine, a purpose-built platform designed to simplify enterprise mobile app deployments. The Mocana Atlas appliance mitigates many of the security bottlenecks that typify large-scale rollouts, while reducing mobile total cost of ownership (TCO) for organizations. Deployed behind the firewall, Mocana Atlas securely connects mobile apps to back-end systems with simplicity for IT and one-click access for end-users, across the entire extended enterprise.
Posted Feb 20, 2014
European courts ruled on a question many of us already thought was answered. According to Gigaom, the EU's highest court decided that linking from one website to another does not constitute copyright infringement.
Posted Feb 18, 2014
According to research from the Diffusion Group called Benchmarking the Connected Consumer, over 60% of homes with broadband have connected TVs. This represents a 19% increase over the last year.
Posted Feb 18, 2014
Are You a Human, a Detroit startup that specializes in creating alternative ways for brands to interact with users, announced that it has launched PlayThru for Video. PlayThru for Video is an add-on to existing pre-roll campaigns by rewarding them for engaging with the brand. By interacting with the advertiser-for example, by dragging a "Sold" sign to a home in an ad for Quicken Loans-users can conclude the ad and get straight to the video they originally wanted to watch.
Posted Feb 18, 2014
AddThis, an online content engagement platform, is transforming its business model to include a new subscription-based offering. AddThis Pro uses the power of the AddThis behavioral data pool, which reaches more than 97% of the internet population in the United States and across 14 million websites globally. By applying these big data insights to recommended content widgets, AddThis Pro can significantly increase a site owner's content engagement metrics.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
According to a recent survey, there are more than 920 million websites on the internet-almost all are costly mistakes. More than 95% of these sites fail to follow Google's recommendation to build and maintain one website that works across all devices, including desktop, tablets, and smartphones. Moboom announced the launch of Moboom3, a development tool and content management system that future proofs websites and brings together responsive and adaptive design philosophies, all while allowing developers to build responsive websites 100 times faster than if they were to code them by hand.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
Sitecore, a provider of customer experience management software, and Znode, provider of .NET e-commerce software solution, Multifront, announced the release of an integration for version 7 of Sitecore's customer experience management software. The integration of the two solutions will empower businesses to deliver engaging and relevant experiences to customers while supporting the rapidly evolving demands of today's enterprise e-commerce and content management strategies.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
Predictive analytics is not reaching its full potential because companies are struggling to rapidly bring information sources together to make meaningful predictions.With this in mind, Attivio eliminates the source integration challenge through the newest version of Active Intelligence Engine (AIE), a unified information access platform, which integrates and correlates silos of structured data and unstructured content.
Posted Feb 13, 2014
Rapt Media announced the official launch of its patent-pending Site Pairing technology, which breaks down the wall separating online video from website capabilities. The new technology is poised to transform the online media experience by creating a link between the video player and the website on which it is posted, enabling creatives and content producers to build immersive, mobile-ready, video-based web experiences at scale without worrying about technical implementation.
Posted Feb 11, 2014
iSocket, a provider of programmatic direct and sales automation solutions, announced $5 million in new funding led by Time Warner Investments, with participation by Condé Nast; R&R Venture Partners, a new fund created by Dick Parsons, Ronald Lauder, and Vivi Nevo.
Posted Feb 11, 2014
Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management (CSM) solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement with thePlatform, a white-label video-publishing company, to offer cloud-based video-publishing services to Front Porch Digital customers throughout the global media and entertainment industry. Under the agreement, Front Porch Digital will integrate thePlatform's mpx video-publishing system into the Front Porch Digital LYNX cloud-based CSM system for managing media assets.
Posted Feb 11, 2014
Following its Series A funding of $2.35MM, UK-based marketing technology firm idio, Ltd. announced the launch of idio Inc. to address the growing North American market for content marketing software. Expanding from its corporate headquarters in London, the company's North American operations will be based out of Chicago with additional offices in New York.
Posted Feb 11, 2014
Aquafadas, a developer of digital publishing solutions, has just released version 3.2 of its Digital Publishing System. The upgraded version of the award-winning technology offers publishers a smoother and more interactive user experience with over 30 new features and improvements throughout the system.
Posted Feb 11, 2014
Amazon Publishing announced that Kindle Worlds has reached licensing agreements to open up seven new Worlds, including ones based on Hasbro's G.I. JOE brand, and Warner Bros. TV shows Veronica Mars and Ravenswood. Writers can now choose from more than 20 Worlds to write and sell their own original fiction inspired by popular characters and storylines.
Posted Feb 06, 2014
AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc., Asia's leading supplier of BSS systems, announced the global launch of its Veris Open Operational Platform (O²P), a collaboration platform for mobile operators that transforms Over-The-Top (OTT) services into new operator revenue streams. O²P enables operators to boost revenues by converging their products with those of the OTT players who in turn get access to operators' advanced back-office IT capabilities.
Posted Feb 06, 2014
AIP Publishing LLC and Publishing Technology have launched the next generation of IP's Scitation site, serving scientists around the world. Launched on a custom platform developed using Publishing Technology's pub2web hosting solution, AIP Publishing and seven AIP Member Societies are now housing nearly a million articles from 47 journals, as well as conference proceedings, standards, and blogs. It also hosts Physics Today, AIP's flagship magazine.
Posted Feb 06, 2014
It wasn't so long ago that I was writing about Facebook Stories as the social media giant's first steps into the content marketing game. Now Facebook is putting an even bigger emphasis on content, with Facebook Paper (check out this video to see what some experts think about the new app). The Flipboard-esque app is, in essence, just a sleeker way to get and share the same content you see in your normal Facebook feed-combined with a news reader.
Posted Feb 04, 2014
ValueClick, Inc., a provider of personalized digital marketing, announced that it has changed its name to Conversant, Inc. Under the new brand the company will roll out the an integrated marketing personalization platform that helps brands connect with people as individuals at major scale. Conversant unites five digital marketing leaders launched or acquired by ValueClick since 1998 to combine video and mobile capabilities, RTB and CRM infrastructure, offline measurement, and device recognition to deliver one-to-one engagement at scale.
Posted Feb 04, 2014
Vasont Systems, a TransPerfect Company that provides component content management system (CMS) software, announced that its Vasont Universal Integrator (VUI) extension is certified with both Adobe FrameMaker 12 and Adobe's new XML authoring solution, FrameMaker XML Author 12. The VUI is a software extension that provides integration between these FrameMaker products and the Vasont CMS.
Posted Feb 04, 2014
North Plains Systems announced the availability of On Brand 2.7, its out-of-the-box, brand asset management solution. This latest version of On Brand enhances the product's rapid time to value by extending its user-friendly capabilities with a configurable, graphical dashboard that provides real-time updates on social media trends, tracking, asset ratings and usage statistics. On Brand also now includes language packs for French, German and Japanese.
Posted Feb 04, 2014
There's a new music subscription service in town. Beats Music, the brainchild of Jimmy Iovine, is now available for Apple devices. According to GigaOm, the app launched ahead of its anticipated release on Jan. 21, but this first version isn't final. The app will also be available in the Google Play store before too long.
Posted Feb 04, 2014
In a move that does not lack for irony, Flipboard says it is aiming to make the reading experience better by (get this!) copying magazines. According to Gigaom, Flipboard launched new features on January 29, and will continue to roll them out to all its users over the coming weeks. These features are designed to make it easier for readers to scan the day's big headlines in the categories that most interest them. These features can be found in the "Cover Stories" stream.
Posted Jan 30, 2014
The Search Agency, a global online marketing firm independent U.S. search marketing agency, released its quarterly State of Paid Search Report for Q4 2013, which found that after three quarters of sequential growth in impressions, Bing's impressions declined last quarter. Additionally, mobile continued to gain market share over desktop, with one-fifth of all clicks coming from smartphones, and one-eighth coming from tablet devices.
Posted Jan 30, 2014
Specific Media Introduces TV Audience Segments
Posted Jan 30, 2014
Mag+ released version 5.0 of its platform for creating mobile applications. All of the changes in Mag+ 5.0 focus on helping clients to engage their users, bolster conversions, and increase sales. The update offers a richer in-app storefront and real-time newsfeed, new marketing tools and more.The most visible change in Mag+ 5.0 is a new interface for its white-label reader app, which includes a more customizable storefront for document and issue management, as well as a full-screen newsfeed window for delivering more frequent content updates.
Posted Jan 29, 2014
Motility Ads, an all-in-one solution for creating an engaging mobile ad experience, announced ActivateTV, a turnkey advertising solution that harnesses the power of TV for mobile user acquisition. ActivateTV ads display SMS short codes or custom URLs that allow brands and consumers to engage instantly through app downloads, special offers, or exclusive content.
Posted Jan 29, 2014
Acrolinx announced version 4.0 of its software that guides writers to create findable, engaging, and understandable content. With this release, Acrolinx enhances its support for technical communicators while expanding its support to marketing writers.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
SDL launched the SDL Customer Experience Cloud, a unified suite of offerings to help marketers create and deliver global customer experiences across all channels, devices, and languages. The SDL Customer Experience Cloud integrates web content management, campaign management, and social intelligence, as well as analytics, e-commerce, language solutions, and documentation. The SDL Customer Experience Cloud empowers the entire organization from marketing through to customer support to understand, create, manage, and deliver contextually relevant customer experiences.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
Skillsoft announced a multi-phase joint development agreement with IBM to leverage the power of big data in enterprise learning. The goal of this collaboration is the development of an enhanced adaptive learning experience for users with a focus on productive data-driven learning outcomes. The project will combine IBM Research's big data and customer experience analytics capabilities with content interaction data from Skillsoft's 50,000+ learning assets, to create new methods of creating and assessing optimal learning experiences at an individual level.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
MobSoc Media announced a digital publishing network of 35 properties across four verticals (Entertainment, Lifestyle, Technology, and Sports) to attract and engage consumers with precision targeting. MobSoc Media aims to enable advertisers to reach their target audience in the mobile and social sphere at a more effective cost of audience acquisition.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
According to Curata, Inc.'s fourth annual benchmarks study, 2014 Content Marketing Tactics Planner: Creation, Curation and Syndication, 71% of marketers are increasing their content marketing investment in 2014, and 39% are increasing spend on curation.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
Chipotle Mexican Grill is pulling out all the stops, blurring the lines between entertinament content and advertising in new ways with a show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous. It's a satirical show that takes a look at agri-business and factory farming, which brings attention to Chipotle's commitment to sustainable, humane farming practices while--hopefully--entertaining you.
Posted Jan 27, 2014
According to the letter Netflix sent to shareholders in the last quarter of 2013, it is exploring tiered pricing options, but only for new members. In April of last year, Netflix introduced a 4-concurrent stream option for $11.99 to "begin our evaluation of plan tiering." Now, Netflix is looking at adding more tiers.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Amazon Publishing announced the launch of Waterfall Press, a new Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based non-fiction and fiction. Waterfall Press non-fiction will aim to provide "spiritual refreshment and inspiration", while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres. Waterfall Press titles will be published by Brilliance Publishing, part of the Amazon.com group of companies, which currently offers readers self-help and personal growth books under the Grand Harbor Press imprint.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Attivio, Inc., creator of the Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) unified information access platform, and Quant5, Inc., a developer of marketing and sales analytics solutions, announced the availability of an integrated suite of cloud-based predictive customer analytics solutions for deeper, actionable customer insights.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
SessionCam, a creator of technology for recording and understanding customer interaction on e-commerce and other high-traffic websites, has enhanced its session replay product to enable precise website optimization for mobile devices. Using SessionCam's new session replay capability for mobile devices, marketers can see the exact experience they deliver to mobile customers, identify critical issues with usability, and improve conversion levels.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Following a year of testing and a soft launch in 2013, Datorama is launching its Cross-Channel Marketing Analytics Platform. One trend Datorama is seeing across clients and product categories is the impact of TV on social media, and it is aiming to address those issues.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Interacting Technology, the Israeli born social vertical building platform, announced the worldwide launch of Moovz.com, a social networking platform and mobile application for the gay community. Since its Beta launch in October 2013, Moovz has been available online and on mobile devices worldwide. The platform currently operates in eight different languages and launched with over 25 million interactions by users worldwide.
Posted Jan 23, 2014
Brainshark, Inc., a provider of cloud-based business presentations, announced the availability of new solution packages including the Brainshark Sales Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Learning Cloud. The aim is to help businesses improve the effectiveness of external and internal communications. Brainshark is also unveiling its new Analytics Dashboard, an integral component of these packages. The dashboard provides a visual, single-screen representation of real-time presentation viewing data so individual users and managers can see how their content is performing and take action.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
Glam Media, Inc., a vertical social media company with a large online global reach in lifestyle, announced an exclusive partnership with Hubert Burda Media, to launch and operate Glam Media in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Samir Arora, Glam Media chairman and CEO, and Fabrizio D'Angelo, CEO of Burda International, made the announcement at the annual DLD Conference in Munich.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
Products and services from ProQuest's Seattle-based technologies business unit will now carry the ProQuest brand as the "Serials Solutions" name is retired. The change is effective immediately and customers will see the ProQuest name on business cards, email addresses, product information, and in connection with products such as the Summon discovery service and the new Intota library management service.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
There's a new music subscription service in town. Beats Music, the brainchild of Jimmy Iovine, is now available for Apple devices. According to GigaOm, the app launched ahead of its anticipated release on Jan. 21, but this first version isn't final. The app will also be available in the Google Play store before too long.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
Verizon Communications Inc. and Intel Corporation announced an agreement for Verizon to purchase from Intel the assets of Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The transaction will accelerate the availability of next-generation video services, both integrated with Verizon FiOS fiber-optic networks and delivered OTT to any device.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
Facebook wants your eyeballs, and isn't about to let any competitor go unchallenged. This time around, the social media powerhouse has Flipboard in its sights as reports of the impending release of Facebook Paper filter out. According to re/code, Paper could be out sometime this month and will aggregate your news into a Flipboard-like app for mobile users.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Pytch, built upon a $40 million mobile commerce business established by ClickBank, debuted its new monetization service for app developers and advertisers. The monetization service features new ad-serving technologies that serve contextual ads in apps. Pytch also provides online businesses that advertise through the service with site and secure payment optimization tools for mobile.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
EBSCO Information Services has acquired Plum Analytics, an altmetrics provider which moved beyond metrics about articles to track all research output in any form. Plum Analytics is the provider of PlumX, a product that delivers a more complete picture of research and answers questions about research impact.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Memorease and Milestones introduced its own approach to social networking by providing platform to upload and share any type of digital content with a personally selected list of family and friends. Serving as an alternative to social networks that actually sell and never delete uploaded content, Memorease and Milestones guarantees a private place to share, manage, and edit any kind of digital content.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5, the next generation of its single-source authoring and multi-device publishing toolkit for technical writers, help and policy authors, and instructional designers. This latest version aims to streamline the creation of standards-compliant technical content by leveraging XML/DITA authoring with complete Document Type Definition (DTD) support and enables authors to expand the outreach and adoption of their content by seamlessly disseminating it on a range of platforms and in a variety of formats.
Posted Jan 14, 2014
If you needed further proof that the Internet of Things is taking off, now you have it. Google bought Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for a whopping $3.2 billion on January 13, 2014.
Posted Jan 13, 2014
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