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Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast's reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed by Consumer Watchdog. With Net Neutrality on the docket, it is no surprise that these companies would step up their presence on Capitol Hill.

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Amazon Studios, known for television series such as Transparent, Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut.

Posted Jan 20, 2015

MadCap Software, a provider of multi-channel content authoring tools and a showcase company for Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft XPS, announced the acquisition of Doc-To-Help from GrapeCity. Doc-To-Help, which comes from the ComponentOne Division of GrapeCity, is a Microsoft Word-based authoring tool for multi-channel publishing.

Posted Jan 13, 2015

Mobile product development and device-appropriate customer experience design are converging. People are spending more time on their mobile devices than ever before and expect more from their interaction with businesses. Comrade, a design and strategy agency, unveiled key findings from its new Mobile User Experience Research Report, along with top Customer Experience trends that companies should plan for in the year ahead.

Posted Jan 08, 2015

Finally, 2014 is officially over. The ball has dropped, and it's time to turn our sights to the year ahead. If you are anything like me, you've already had your fill of "New Year, New You" mottos being blasted around social media. So in the spirit of the New Year, I've decided to reexamine 2014 and what I've learned.

Posted Jan 08, 2015

Managing localization in a time and cost effective way is critical for the definition and execution of digital globalization plans. It is therefore no surprise that product leaders and content owners need process enhancements while making the most of localization budgets according to clear requirements and indicators. This is where automation comes in to play. However, it may turn out to be a great efficiency enabler as well as a dangerous pitfall if it is not used at the right time and within the right framework.

Posted Jan 07, 2015

Ignoring content globalization is no longer an option in international business environments, and questions and comments may come up on how to best define, optimize, and execute against a strategy-and how the expected ROIs and growth can be ensured and measured effectively. Generally speaking, creating and developing awareness around global challenges remains crucial to align and change mindsets-which is the foundation of the organizational and process transformation needed to take up these challenges. Once the stage is set, processes can be defined and implemented in line with global business objectives and enabling technology and resources can be identified.

Posted Dec 29, 2014

Purch announced the acquisition of Anandtech.com, a provider of mobile, computing, and IT analysis and reviews. Purch's combination of high-quality content and integrated commerce experiences makes complex buying decisions easier for consumers and professionals. With the acquisition of AnandTech, Purch furthers its mission to simplify purchase decisions for in-market tech consumers by adding one of the most popular computer components, hardware, and mobile reviews sites to the brand portfolio.

Posted Dec 23, 2014

Podcasting is all the rage right now. And no, not because Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Clark, and Pat Flynn are doing it (and have been doing it) it's because of one simple reason: Podcasting is a cross-channel content powerhouse. With pundits and experts dubbing today as the content era, thousands are flocking to the platform for several reasons. Let's examine the "why" behind this phenomenon.

Posted Dec 23, 2014

I was once fortunate enough to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong while on a business trip. Checking in after a 13-hour flight from London, I was too tired to fully appreciate the stunning, tree-filled atrium; the amazing view from my room; or the impeccable service as a procession of hotel employees appeared unbidden, bringing tea, fruit, and hot towels. I haven't had the good fortune to revisit that particular haven of luxury again, but I was interested to learn that, starting in spring 2015, all 85 Shangri-La hotels and resorts will no longer provide guests with complimentary print newspapers. Instead, the hotels will offer online access to more than 2,000 local, regional, and international publications from 100 countries in 60 languages, which can be downloaded to guests' own devices, via an app that is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows.

Posted Dec 23, 2014

I have a new obsession. Well, not really a new obsession, as much as an old, new obsession. This Thanksgiving I found myself in an unsavory situation: I had to drive from Boston, Massachusetts all the way down to Arlington, Virginia the day before Thanksgiving. By the fourth hour on the road, when I was stuck trying to get through New York City, I had grown tired of music and was beginning to lose it a bit. I did something I haven't done in a while. I put on a podcast.

Posted Dec 18, 2014

The Search Agency, a leading global online marketing firm and the largest independent U.S. search marketing agency, released findings from the latest edition of its quarterly report, "The Mobile Experience Scorecard - Print News and Media" which found that none of the most visited print news and media sites scored were able to pass Google's recommended five-second load time threshold, however, 30% of the sites served Google-encouraged responsive web design (RWD) sites.

Posted Dec 18, 2014

I've been thinking a lot about attention span lately. Since the advent of Twitter, we've been told that our audience is no longer capable of maintaining interest in what we have to say if it's more than 140 characters long. Then Vine appeared on the scene with 6-second videos, and panic nearly ensued. Meanwhile, though, millions of Americans sat down on their couches to binge watch entire seasons of Orange Is the New Black. Clearly, the public at large is perfectly capable of paying attention when it wants to. So what are we to conclude from this information? The problem isn't your audience's attention span--it's your content.

Posted Dec 17, 2014

I recently had the good fortune to visit the MIT Media Lab. These days, the Media Lab is much more than media, of course. Its focuses include building smart cities and urban farming, efficient vehicles, and better artificial limbs. There's a lot going on there, but as a media columnist, one area caught my eye: a project on the future of news.

Posted Dec 10, 2014

Detroit-based private equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity announced it has acquired Robb Report, a media property focused on luxury lifestyles, which connects discerning global audiences to luxury marketers through magazines, websites, apps, events, and a private club.

Posted Dec 04, 2014

Check out these sites and technologies on the cutting edge of content.

Posted Dec 03, 2014

Get to know the judges of the 2014-2015 EContent 100 awards.

Posted Dec 01, 2014

The 2014-2015 EContent 100, a list of the 100 Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry.

Posted Dec 01, 2014

In its recent third quarter reporting, the company posted a 7% decrease in user engagement and a slide in growth of monthly active users: growth increased 23%, but that was down from 24% posted in the second quarter of 2014 and down from 38% reported in the third quarter of 2013. Consequently, Twitter's stock price has fallen in recent weeks, and the S&P downgraded Twitter's debt to junk status, describing the company's risk as significant. So, how did it come to this? Where did Twitter go wrong, and, more importantly, what can it do to right the ship and recruit new users?

Posted Nov 26, 2014

If you have been waiting with bated breath to see what Jeff Bezos would do with The Washington Post, it is time to exhale. Amazon announced an all-new WaPo tablet app, available immediately, exclusively for Amazon Fire tablet customers. Fire users will get unlimited free access to the app for six months--no subscription required.

Posted Nov 20, 2014

In her role as a product marketing manager for Telerik, which offers a web content management (WCM) platform that lets businesses personalize web experiences, Svetla Yankova's primary remit is, as she puts it, "to find the product for the market and the market for the product, all the way from strategy to execution." This covers the spectrum from strategy-centric tasks such as market research, positioning, and persona building, to actual execution by communicating roadmaps, implementing launch plans, creating marketing plans, and providing sales support.

Posted Nov 14, 2014

A new study from Expedia Media Solutions, the advertising sales division of Expedia, Inc., analyzes the importance of multiplatform devices in online travel content consumption and provides an in-depth look at device usage and trends, research and booking habits, and unique behaviors across audience segments.

Posted Nov 13, 2014

Google results vary widely on mobile devices- from as low as 20% to as high as 43% difference for individual search queries -- in comparison to identical searches via desktops and laptops, according to new research announced by Searchmetrics, a provider of enterprise search experience optimization platform.

Posted Nov 13, 2014

A Cxense "Extraordinary Insight" survey of more than 260 publishing executives reveals escalating interest in native ads and their perceived value, but also shows the market remains largely untapped, with just 20% of respondents running native ads today.

Posted Nov 11, 2014

Thousands of years have done very little to change the design of the ax. A list of commoditized tools would have the ax right at the top. But, somehow, a small company in New York has managed a rebirth of this simple hand tool. And the difference has had everything to do with the storytelling and lifestyle. You can buy a $40 ax at your local home improvement store or you can pay $350 for the Lincoln from Best Made Co. Both axes will chop firewood, but that's where the similarities end. The Lincoln is backed by stories about quality, made in the U.S.A., and a campfire surrounded by friends sipping whiskey and swapping tales. With a simple approach of honest storytelling, an ax has been transformed. A commodity has become something unique.

Posted Nov 04, 2014

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