Media Business News and Trends

The Internet of Things is already here, though we aren't all plugged in just yet. But in the "Have You Talked to Your Refrigerator Today?" session at the Gilbane Conference in Boston, attendees were treated to a plethora of fun -- and mostly useful -- examples of the way the Internet of Things is coming to life.

Posted Dec 04, 2013

Keeping up with new startups is almost impossible. While we sleep tonight, there are thousands of caffeine-infused individuals hammering away on keyboards creating the next great thing. With a polished slide deck, a few thousand loyal alpha users, and a code repository secret sauce, anyone can take his or her idea from stealth mode to global success overnight. And while some of the companies mentioned in this article will go on to success, others will fall by the wayside, burning through cash and users similar to a summer camp bonfire. The interesting threads to follow through these few successes and myriad failures are the trends that add value to the end user. And the current crop of products and services being launched offers a great list of features to keep our eyes on.

Posted Dec 04, 2013

Regular Gilbane Conference attendees will know that the first day keynotes set the stage for the rest of the conference. If the 2013 keynotes are any indication, attendees can expect to be hearing a lot about context this year. As Meghan Walsh, senior director, e-commerce platform system management at Marriott International, put it, "Content is King but distribution is queen, and she wears the pants."

Posted Dec 03, 2013

Topsy has been keeping an archive of all the tweets ever tweeted since the 2006 launch of Twitter -- and now Apple has bought the company for over $200 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. With the acquisition, Apple will have access to the constant stream of real-time data being created by Twitter users.

Posted Dec 03, 2013

Earlier this year, news came out that Congress was trying to write a shield law to "protect" journalists. This probably sounds reasonable to you, even altruistic, but the question remains: Why shield journalists at all? We have a shield law that covers all speech. It's called the First Amendment.

Posted Dec 03, 2013

Meet the EContent 100 judging team, and get a more in-depth look at the category definitions.

Posted Dec 02, 2013

Katie Couric has come a long way since her days on The Today Show. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced in a blog post that Couric will be the new Global Anchor for Yahoo News.

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Chill.com will shut down its service on December 15, disappointing cord-cutters everywhere. Originally a social discovery service for video, Chill eventually started selling DRM-free video content, including original programming. That move didn't pay off.

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Did you miss our latest EContent Live Hangout on Google+? You can still watch it here! Join Jose Castillo, Kipp Bodnar, and David Hobbs to discuss The Financial Times' gift articles; great content marketing from Microsfot and Coca-Cola; and our panelists' upcoming appearances at the Gilbane Conference.

Posted Nov 22, 2013

After years of explosive growth, ebook sales have leveled off according to a recent report by the Book Industry Study Group, a book trade association. Ebook industry observers are split on the meaning of the leveling off of sales and what it means for the future of ebooks, with some saying that a new Netflix-like rental model is needed while others claim that the decline in sales growth is a blip in the technology's adoption due to tablet usage trends and favorable demographics.

Posted Nov 15, 2013

OneSpot, a content advertising company that combines content marketing with online advertising, announced it has completed a $5.3 million Series A round of financing. Mohr Davidow Ventures led the investment round with participation from existing and new investors Mack Capital, RSL Ventures, Capital Factory, and Bazaarvoice co-founder Brett Hurt. The investment brings OneSpot's total funding to $6.8 million and will help the company aggressively expand its sales and marketing efforts, as well as broaden and accelerate product development.

Posted Nov 14, 2013

MdotLabs, a SaaS security platform company launched to help advertisers avoid invalid traffic, announced it has closed a first round of venture funding of $1.25 million led by Chicago Ventures and NYC-based Great Oaks Venture Capital. Prominent angel investors, including RayZemon , also participated in the round.

Posted Nov 14, 2013

Predicting exactly how waves will break upon the shore is nearly impossible. But forecasting waves that travel along social media streams is more than doable-it's already happening, according to a collection of studies recently published in Internet Research. Consider that virtually every move we make on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels is being recorded in some form as documentable data. That data, apparently, can be prescient when collected on a large scale and carefully examined by social and computer scientists who are skilled at examining online behavior. These experts now have the ability, based on identifiable trends, to foresee likely outcomes such as election results, book sales, and movie box office success.

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Davina Baum is the director of digital content for AFAR, a multiplatform travel media brand designed to make experiential travel easier. Baum, who oversees content strategy, says, "I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how to get our content out to the most people, how to bring new people to us, and how to make sure that reading AFAR.com is the most satisfying experience to readers, whether on browser or mobile."

Posted Nov 08, 2013

On the heels of announcing its acquisition of Openera, LiveQoS, a provider of Quality of Service (QoS) for mobile devices, announced it has closed a $4 million Series C round of financing led by Miralta Capital. The funds will be used for development and launch of LiveQaaS, a mobile Quality as a Service platform.

Posted Nov 07, 2013

Investors are once again clamoring over the latest social media IPO. Twitter will go public on Thursday with shares estimated at $23-$25 each for its 70 million shares. Considering the precedent by Facebook and other social IPOs, you might think investors would be wary, but that doesn't seem to be the case. According to Reuters, "Sources close to the situation said demand among institutional investors was so strong that the final pricing is likely to go even higher than the new range announced on Monday."

Posted Nov 06, 2013

As we went to press, news broke that the partner of The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald--who helped release the Edward Snowden revelations--had been detained under British anti-terrorism laws while traveling through England on his way home to Brazil. The episode was designed to send a message to Greenwald (and all journalists) that if you publish sensitive documents, we will come after you. Just to make sure the message was clear, the border police held Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, for almost the entire 9 hours the law allowed under section 7 of the U.K.'s Terrorism Act 2000.

Posted Nov 05, 2013

Hometown newspapers may be on the decline, but we all have an inherent desire (and legitimate need) to know what's going on in our local communities-whether it is the latest goings on at town hall or to see if we recognize any of the names in the police log-and plenty of content providers have taken note. The recent focus on hyperlocal news-from companies large and small-has yet to produce a single highly successful blueprint for success (or business model). Some hyperlocal publications are surviving on funding from donors, sponsors, and grants. Others focus on advertising to make revenue and, as a result, have struggled (think AOL's Patch).

Posted Nov 04, 2013

Amazon announced a new program for Kindle in the US and UK: Kindle Countdown Deals. Kindle Countdown Deals provide readers with limited-time promotional discounts on Kindle-exclusive books. Customers will be able to see the regular price and the promotional price on the book's detail page, as well as a countdown clock telling them how much time is left at the promotional price.

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Over the past few months, regular listeners of Marc Maron's WTF podcast have heard the comedian rail about a patent troll that is threatening the livelihood of many podcasters. For those of you who don't listen, Maron has also written about it on his blog. In a recent episode of WTF Maron interviewed Moon Zappa, and we all found out that Frank Zappa may just be the savior that podcasters needed.

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Earlier this year we heard about Amazon's plan to provide free or low cost ebooks to buyers who purchase a hard copy, and now it is a reality. Amazon launched Kindle MatchBook on Tuesday, October 29, which gives customers the option to buy--for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free--the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Over 70,000 books are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Pinterest is not just taking over all your spare time, it has also raised a confirmed $225 million according to AllThingsD. Fidelity Ivedtments led the round, along with a number of other investors that have been part of Pinterest's previous fundraising efforts.

Posted Oct 24, 2013

It's the time of year when announcements about new devices are starting to come out fast and furious to capitalize on the holiday shopping rush. Apple kicked the season off with the introduction of the iPad Air that is 20% smaller than the company's current generation of tablets (because tablets weren't small and light enough?). The iPad Air is also faster than the old tablets. But the real surprise came when Apple also announced it will now give away its Mac OS and iWorks suite to users for free.

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Join our panel of content experts, including Jose Castillo, Scott Abel, and Val Swisher, for this month's #ECLive Hangout on Friday, October 25, at 11 a.m. EST. Simply go to the EContent Google+ page and listen to our experts discuss the content news and topics that impact your business.

Posted Oct 22, 2013

As head of curation for Flipboard--which allows users to easily create, edit, and share magazines using content from the web--Mia Quagliarello works to make great content easily discoverable to readers all over the world. "When news breaks, we curate magazines that go deep into current events, with content from different platforms and media types. We might include articles from The New York Times and the BBC, prominent tweets, photos on Instagram, and videos from YouTube," Quagliarello says. She also manages Flipboard's company blog, for which she sometimes gets to interview thought-leaders and celebrities, including Larry King and Jessica Alba. "I also contribute to our social media posts, and create tutorial videos that explain how to use Flipboard," Quagliarello says.

Posted Oct 11, 2013

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