Media Business News and Trends

DigiTrust is the first non-profit, industry-wide collaborative organization that will build technology solutions that improve the digital experience for consumers, publishers, advertisers, and technology platform. Just launched, DigiTrust was founded by twenty of the leading digital advertising technology platforms including 33Across, Casale Media, Centro, Dstillery, OpenX, PubMatic, Rubicon Project, RUN, Sizmek, and SpotXchange. As a first order of business, DigiTrust plans to take on the challenge of reducing the number of third-party requests on web pages.

Posted Jun 19, 2014

Amazon unveiled Fire, the first smartphone designed by Amazon. Fire has Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, two new technologies that allow you to see and interact with the world through a whole new lens. Dynamic Perspective uses a sensor system to respond to the way you hold, view, and move Fire. Firefly recognizes things in the real world--web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and lets you take action in seconds--all with the press of the Firefly button.

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Websense, Inc. released the first report of the Ponemon Institute survey, "Exposing the Cybersecurity Cracks: A Canadian Perspective," uncovering the deficient, and disconnected realities that challenge IT security professionals. The new survey of nearly 240 Canadian IT security professionals reveals a deficit in enterprise security systems, a disconnect in how confidential data is valued, and limited visibility into cybercriminal activity.

Posted Jun 17, 2014

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, professional practice, and education, announced that it has acquired SimBioSys Inc., a provider of scientific software tools that facilitate the drug discovery process. Terms were not disclosed.

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Fans of The Colbert Report have probably already heard that Amazon is in a tiff with Hachette publishers. While Hachette and Amazon haggle over a new contract, Amazon has made Hachette books unavailable for pre-order and shipments of its books are being delayed. Hachette, however, is not the only company in Amazon's crosshairs. Warner Bros. is having similar problems regarding its upcoming DVD releases for titles like The Lego Movie, according to Gigaom.

Posted Jun 12, 2014

A few years back, when the economy bottomed out and sent the publishing industry into a nosedive, a colleague of mine told me that ebooks would save publishing. At the time, I thought she was crazy. Kindles were just beginning to gain popularity, and most of us were still hanging on to the idea that print publishing could survive-maybe even thrive-in the years to come. But a recent story from NPR has me doubting the possibility that reading, even digitally, will continue to flourish in the years to come.

Posted Jun 12, 2014

After a particularly tough winter, spring cleaning has hit our neighborhood hard, and we recently received a bag of old electronics for the kids. Buried underneath a phone and handheld organizer were three versions of portable CD players. My 7-year-old daughter became fascinated with these devices. A CD player may seem to be old technology to someone who grew up in the '80s. But to a first grader, these arcane devices looked similar to intergalactic transponders.

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Vdopia, a provider of mobile video advertising, reports that smartphone advertising is having a significant impact on the way that consumers interact with various forms of entertainment. The number of people who consumed entertainment content on their smartphones ever in a month jumped 28% in the past year to 109 million. Buying movie or event tickets via mobile has grown nearly 40% in the past year. Mobile entertainment audiences not only are twice as likely to click on mobile ads but 45% recall seeing ads vs. only 24% for non-mobile entertainment audiences.

Posted Jun 05, 2014

Sure, the deal was interesting. It now means Amazon Prime subscribers can stream many of HBO's top titles, including Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. It also means the general public no longer needs a cable subscription to view past seasons of these shows (and HBO doesn't need to worry about viewers resorting to illegally downloading the programs, either). Despite the fact that HBO didn't include its ever-popular Game of Thrones, the entire thing was still a no-brainer, a win-win-win situation for everyone.But that's about it.

Posted Jun 05, 2014

Google made a move into your home with its purchase of Nest for $3.2 billion, and now Apple is getting into the game, according to The Financial Times. At the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple is expected to make a "big play" in the world of the connected home.

Posted May 27, 2014

A division of Simon & Schuster, Atria Publishing Group, is teaming up with United Talent Agency to create a new imprint-Keyword Press- that will focus on providing an outlet for social media stars. According to the New York Times, five book deals have already been made with the likes of YouTube personalities Shane Dawson and Justine Ezarik.

Posted May 27, 2014

Content personalization on the web is quickly becoming the standard. Amazon and Netflix have mastered it, presenting product or content suggestions so enticing it's as if the companies can perform black magic by reading consumers' minds. Research shows that personalized content done well can make websites more sticky and dramatically increase sales. But experts say that good content personalization is much harder than it looks. And yet, most customers seem to crave personalized content, and retailers see gold in the tactic, which means that its usage will only increase.

Posted May 26, 2014

The Alliance for Audited Media recently released its look at U.S. and Canadian newspaper circulation figures for the first half of 2014 and its annual newspaper snapshot had some positive takeaways for those in the digital news industry. Neal Lulofs, AAM's executive vice president, marketing and strategy, says the report shows a continuing transition to a media cross channel environment in terms of how newspapers are publishing content and engaging with readers.

Posted May 23, 2014

The "Netflix of Books" dreams just got one step closer to being a reality. Scribd and Oyster launched in 2013, offering access to unlimited books for less than $10 a month. However, the services have struggled to get buy-in from the big publishers. That all changed when Simon & Schuster announced it would make its backlist of about 10,000 ebooks available on both services, as Gigaom reports.

Posted May 22, 2014

The National Advertising Division has recommended that Taboola LCC, modify its native advertising recommendation widget to better assure that consumers understand that clicking on links provided by Taboola will take them to sponsored content. NAD is an investigative unit of the advertising industry's self-regulation system, administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Posted May 22, 2014

It is one thing to talk about trends affecting the digital content industry, but it's something completely different to be one of the people whose job it is to bring those trends to life. From Big Data to content marketing, EContent talked with three people who exemplify what it means to be working in digital content today. Today we profile a social media star: Greg Bedard, Senior Writer, theMMQB.com.

Posted May 21, 2014

It is one thing to talk about trends affecting the digital content industry, but it's something completely different to be one of the people whose job it is to bring those trends to life. From Big Data to content marketing, EContent talked with three people who exemplify what it means to be working in digital content today. Today we profile a brand journalist: Michelle Manafy, Editorial Director, Online Publishers Association.

Posted May 14, 2014

Publishers have surprisingly little knowledge of which and how mhing any third-party companies - such as Google, advertising vendors, and others - are accessing and profiting from their user and audience data. The Cxense Publishing Profitability Survey, a survey of more than 380 qualified US publishing executives, conducted in conjunction with Editor and Publisher magazine, showed that nearly 80% of respondents simply do not know who accesses their audience data. The survey results were released at the International News Media Association (INMA) World Congress by Cxense.

Posted May 12, 2014

Zinio, a digital newsstand and magazine app for iOS, Android and web, announced that it has acquired Audience Media, a developer of mobile app solutions, to translate print publications into mobile apps optimized for the smartphone and table.

Posted May 01, 2014

Kenshoo, a provider of predictive media optimization technology, announced a $20 million growth financing round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Kenshoo's existing investors, Sequoia Capital, Arts Alliance, and Tenaya Capital also participated. The company plans to use the funding to further its proprietary approach to predictive media optimization.

Posted May 01, 2014

Long Island-based technology company Aereo provides a service that many entertainment consumers want: the ability to stream their favorite TV shows live or record them to view later. The company accomplishes this by leasing its customers a remote antenna that can pick up 28 different channels, including the major broadcast ones, and offering DVR recording space using their cloud service. Its customers can use the service on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers, as well as via iOS devices or a Roku box. Aereo currently serves eleven main cities across the United States, and plans to cover 19 more in the near future.

Posted Apr 30, 2014

With concerns about privacy raging after media coverage of high-profile events-such as Edward Snowden and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax profiling uproar, and Target's massive loss of personal data to hackers over the holiday season-consumer concern about how their personal information is being used is at an all-time high, and it's likely to go higher. This is at a time when the promise and opportunity of Big Data for content providers is also at an all-time high.

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Freelancer Limited announced the acquisition of Warrior Forum. Warrior Forum will continue to be operated independently, and will be leveraged to enhance growth in Freelancer's core marketplace. Founded in 1997, Warrior Forum is a marketplace and community for internet marketing professionals. Warrior Forum's user base includes vice presidents, chief marketing and chief growth officers from some of the top internet companies in the world.

Posted Apr 22, 2014

The Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM) released the results of the Business Information Network (BIN) Report for 2013. ABM's annual report finds that the business-to-business media and information industry revenue grew 4.8% last year, up 77% compared with a growth rate of 2.7% in 2012. That growth represents an industry-wide level of business media and information revenue of $26.85 billion in 2013, compared with $25.62 billion in 2012.

Posted Apr 22, 2014

BuddyTV provides viewers with engaging, interactive guides for personalized television viewing. The company's manager of business operations, Andrew Sumitani, says his role requires more than just a revenue focus. "I manage many aspects of our web property, so I make feature requests of our development team and help them prioritize which to tackle first. Then, when those requests are completed, I hand off marketing to our social media team," he says.

Posted Apr 18, 2014

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