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Lately, the media has been so focused on the Apple ebook trial that you could be forgiven for having forgotten all about the Author Guild's lawsuit against Google for its attempts to scan every book. But a three judge panel decided this week to revoke class action status, at least temporarily.

Posted Jul 02, 2013

It probably won't matter much to the hordes of Potter fans who frequent Pottermore, but CEO Charlie Redmayne is leaving to return to HarperCollins U.K. as CEO. Redmayne had served as the head of Pottermore since its beginning in 2011.

Posted Jul 02, 2013

Cloudup announced the launch of its free, instant service for sharing any files or links by simply dragging-and-dropping them into the browser. Backed by funding of $2.875M from Charles River Ventures, Atlas Ventures, and other prominent investors, Cloudup uses HTML5 to ensure that both web and mobile users can instantly access what you're sharing regardless of device, operating systems, browsers, or applications.

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Yandex, a large European internet company operating Russia's most popular search engine, released a full-fledged mobile browser for the iPad and for Android smartphones. Yandex's mobile browser was designed from the ground up to closely integrate the search engine and the web surfing experience.

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Nearly a month in advance of Google Reader's demise, Curata has announced that Curata Reader is now available. Curata says it built Reader to be the cleanest, simplest, and easiest feed reader on the web.

Posted Jun 18, 2013

Freelancer.com announced that its contest feature is no longer limited to just design categories, allowing SMEs and entrepreneurs to crowdsource anything, from websites and software to architecture and engineering. Freelancers can now directly compete with each other to complete a contest in any industry.

Posted May 28, 2013

On Thursday, May 8, Clipboard -- a visual web clipping service -- announced it has been acquired by Salesforce. As a result the company will shut down its services on June 30, 2013. This leaves time for current users to download the content they have amassed during their time with Clipboard, and view it offline.

Posted May 13, 2013

The HR Policy Association announced the launch of Jobipedia.org, a website that provides personal, free, and timely answers about job searches and the workplace from active company recruiters. The HR Policy Association was created to help prepare students and first time job seekers for the professional world.

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Altova, creator of XMLSpy, announced general availability of its family of server software products for Windows, Linux, and MacOS. The new FlowForce Server manages the orchestration of events, triggers, and the automation of workflows and processes. MapForce Server automates any-to-any data mapping and aggregation processes, and StyleVision Server automates multi-channel report generation.

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Pingdom has introduced a free plugin for WordPress that makes it possible for anyone to add support for Real User Monitoring (RUM) to their WordPress site.

Posted Apr 25, 2013

BizAnytime, the company behind a new all-in-one suite of cloud collaboration tools, completed a successful closed beta and announced its official launch. The BizAnytime web application is geared toward team and client management.

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Curata, Inc., a content curation platform, announced that it is developing a Google Reader replacement that is specifically designed for business users, following Google's March 13, 2013 announcement of its intentions to discontinue Google Reader. Curata plans to utilize existing intelligent content processing technology from its flagship content curation product. The company is currently accepting invitations in anticipation of the public launch of Curata Reader.

Posted Apr 03, 2013

If you've come to rely on Google Reader to bring you your personally curated news, you probably won't like to hear that Google has announced it's shutting down Google Reader as of July 1, 2013. Google announced the news on Wednesday via a blog post, and positioned it as another step toward focusing on its core products.

Posted Mar 14, 2013

SDL announced that its machine translation (MT) solution -- SDL BeGlobal -- can now be integrated with text analytics solutions, enhancing businesses' ability to track and monitor global customer sentiment and business trends. With the ability to translate multilingual content such as social media, web content, and enterprise data in real-time, businesses can now rapidly identify and quickly respond to critical global trends and customer insights.

Posted Mar 11, 2013

On Monday, Twitter announced it was going to concentrate its efforts on developing its web-based apps - which will likely be no surprise to anyone who has tried to use its mobile apps. The apps will be moved from the app marketplace in early May.

Posted Mar 05, 2013

CBS Corporation and Amazon.com, Inc. announced an expanded content licensing agreement to bring classic series and hit TV shows from CBS Television Distribution and Showtime Networks to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, extending the catalog of CBS content available for Prime members to instantly stream, and enjoy at no additional cost.

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Insight Enterprises, Inc. -- a global technology provider of hardware, software, and service solutions -- announced the expansion of its InsightCloud Solutions Center, with the addition of Cloud Business Provisioning, powered by dinCloud.

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Zillow, Inc. is tackling home improvement with the launch of Zillow Digs, a free app available exclusively for iPad and as a web service. With Zillow Digs, home shoppers and homeowners can find visual inspiration and understand the potential cost of remodeling projects. Users can browse tens of thousands of photos and see Zillow's proprietary Digs Estimates for the estimated cost, based on where they live, of the actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing. They can create, save, and share Boards of ideas and décor, browse boards created by others, comment on photos, and follow people with similar interests.

Posted Feb 06, 2013

Expanding its multi-platform, end-to-end offering for game developers, Amazon announced a new in-app purchasing service that enables developers to let customers use their Amazon accounts to purchase virtual goods and currencies from within Mac, PC, and Web-based games. With the announcement, Amazon now provides in-app purchasing services for Mac, PC, web, Android, and Kindle Fire developers, enabling them to offer Amazon's customers a convenient, and secure buying experience.

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Maestro Market, a platform that connects people with their ideal experts, or even heroes, announced its official launch. The new platform facilitates a variety of engagements (e.g., in person, using Skype, via telephone, etc.) between experts and anyone interested in learning a skill, solving a problem, getting inspired, gifting an experience, or indulging a desire. The company is also announcing initial partnerships.

Posted Dec 10, 2012

First there was Blogger. Then there was Twitter. Now, somewhere in between those concepts is Medium, the ambitious new creation of co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, who are responsible for all three social media online publishing tools.Launched recently by Williams' and Stone's Obvious Corp., Medium offers a fresh take on blogging by combining some of the best features already built into competitor sites such as Tumblr, Pinterest, reddit, and Zeen. Medium's design lets users collaborate on works consisting of words and/or images that are published on the site. After reading a work, users can provide feedback to the author, indicate if they liked it, and supplement it with additional content.

Posted Nov 12, 2012

It used to be that the only data publishers had to work with to determine if a book was a success or a failure were the sales figures. But those numbers only scratch the surface and lead to many more questions than answers. For example, are readers actually finishing a book? And who, exactly, is buying the book?Well, now, thanks to the power of analytics, ebook publishers have the ability to uncover a treasure trove of information about their readers and their behavior. Not only can a publisher find out how many copies have been sold, but it can also determine who is doing the purchasing, how much progress those readers are making, and how much time they're spending with a particular ebook.

Posted Oct 29, 2012

It's been a bad start to the week for Amazon. One Kindle owner is alleging that Amazon deleted her Kindle library and basically said "too bad" when she asked what happened. The story originated on a Norwegian blog, where Amazon UK's response to the Kindle owner's inquiries was posted.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

As a senior experience architect for Siteworx, Inc., an interactive agency with a focus on agile design, web content management, and systems integration, Dara Pressley says, "I put together the structure, or bones, of a website." She's responsible for user research, information architecture, competitor analysis, and interactive designs, and she also works with a team to produce the work.

Posted Oct 19, 2012

Ganxy announced the launch of its Showcase service which offers a consistent interactive display across diverse marketing channels where readers can browse, buy, and connect with authors and publishers.

Posted Oct 09, 2012