Media Business News and Trends

There is plenty of news coming out of Apple's WWDC today, but perhaps at the top of the list is the announcement that yes -- just as the rumor mill had predicted -- a streaming version of iTunes will be coming to a device near you. Apple says the service will be available to users in the United States for free in the fall. Repurposing much of its "Genius" technology, the streaming music service will suggest music to users based on their tastes. As of now, Warner, Sony, and Universal have all signed on to provide streaming rights to iTunes.

Posted Jun 10, 2013

When Apple's decision to use its own maps instead of Google's turned out to be a bit of a disaster, rumors abounded that it might solve its problem by buying Waze, a company that provides a social navigation app. And it was, in fact, the solution for many disgruntled iPhone users after the map debacle. Facebook was also rumored to have interest in the company. Now, Google is the one rumored to be buying Waze.

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Michael Boor maintains the Wonderware Developer Network (WDN) Technical Support Website, an online knowledge center for Wonderware, a real-time operations management software solution from Invensys, Inc. Boor says, "The WDN has evolved and grown from a community-focused site into a central self-help source for the Wonderware software platform." "My role is a combination of technical communicator, content strategist, business system analyst, videographer, usability expert, fixer-of-problems, and rock 'n' roll drummer," Boor says. His primary focus is to provide news, reports, content, design, functionality, and content strategies that support the site. And there's no end point to the project. As Boor says, "By definition, the site is never finished. It must always evolve."

Posted Jun 07, 2013

On Monday the DOJ's trial against Apple -- which is charged with colluding to raise ebook prices in an antitrust case -- got underway in New York. Though Apple was originally charged along with publishers, those companies have long since settled the case and are now testifying against Apple.

Posted Jun 06, 2013

LRP Publications, a source for practical and legal education guidance since 1985, announced that it has acquired the acclaimed Education Library from Thompson Media Group. By incorporating the Education Library into LRP Publications' content, LRP will be positioned to accelerate their ability to supply a wider variety of newsletters, books, pamphlets, eLearning courses, and training tools across all print and digital platforms.

Posted Jun 05, 2013

Scripted.com, a marketplace for businesses to create quality content at scale, announced its Series A financing led by Crosslink Capital and Redpoint Ventures. Scripted sells content to businesses looking to increase inbound marketing efforts. Scripted has a user-base of more than 80,000 pre-vetted, US-based writers. Scripted vets every writer, pitches topics to businesses, generates content, and automatically copy edits work through its technology solution.

Posted Jun 05, 2013

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the publication of a new recommended practice, Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics (IOTA): Recommendations for Link Resolver Providers. These recommendations are the result of a three-year study performed by the NISO IOTA Working Group in which millions of OpenURLs were analyzed and a Completeness Index was developed as a means of quantifying OpenURL quality.

Posted Jun 04, 2013

In April of 2012 a suit was filed in New York by the Department of Justice against Apple and five publishers -- Penguin Group, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan - alleging that the companies colluded to keep ebook prices high. Over the past year the publishers have settled, but Apple refused and is now getting its day in court. The trial started on Monday.

Posted Jun 04, 2013

Internet disruption could be accused of being a serial killer. Its most recent victim is the venerable alternative weekly The Boston Phoenix. The paper, launched in 1966 during another time of change and upheaval, died a slow and painful death by internet disruption.

It's ironic in a way, that The Phoenix, which was born as an alternative to the traditional daily newspaper, was itself eventually fatally disrupted.

Posted Jun 04, 2013

Content Industry Staffing News for the Week of June 3, 2013

Posted Jun 03, 2013

As the internet exploded and more and more sites have constant streams of news and commentary on everything from world politics to which celebrities are dead (dead-celeb.com), the importance placed on content curation was, perhaps, inevitable. Separating the wheat from the chaff is sometimes so important to people, they're willing to pay for it.

Posted Jun 03, 2013

Content marketing. Brand journalism. Custom content. No matter what you call it, it's clear that the place where quality content, and marketing meet is an up and coming hotspot. Content marketing isn't exactly new, but in the digital age, it's taken on a new importance and experts are in high demand. That's why EContent is introducing the Content Marketing 50, a list of the top influencers in content marketing.

Posted Jun 03, 2013

Media forecast and research firm Simba Information has released the 2013 edition of "Trends in Digital and Trade Book Retailing." This new report found that a quarter of adults who have used a Kindle to read an ebook in the last three months have also bought at least one book at an independent, local, or used bookstore. More than one in five have used a chain bookstore.

Posted May 29, 2013

Search and social analytics specialist, Searchmetrics, has released a list of web sites that have been affected by the May 22, 2013 Google Penguin 2.0 update. This is Google's latest algorithm update in its fight to promote high quality content in search results.

Posted May 28, 2013

News Corp. says that on June 28 2013 the split between its entertainment and publishing arms will be official. Current chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch will head both wings of the company.

Posted May 28, 2013

LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a provider of content and technology solutions, announced that, together with Reed Elsevier Properties SA, it has acquired the publishing brands and businesses of Sheshunoff and A.S. Pratt from the Thompson Media Group. Financial details were not disclosed.

Posted May 23, 2013

There were plenty of lessons to be learned from this year's Streaming Media East conference, held May 21-22, in New York City. Digital content creators of all stripes have plenty to learn from the video-focused crowd at SME, but a few key takeaways stood out above the rest.

Posted May 22, 2013

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is making news again: this time with the $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr. All Things D, among a bevy of other publications, reported late last week that anonymous sources said Mayer had met with Tumblr CEO David Karp and was interested in bringing the popular blogging service into the Yahoo! fold. Then, Monday morning the companies announced the deal was final via a press release.

Posted May 20, 2013

Burst Media, an online media company and wholly owned subsidiary of blinkx PLC, released the results of a survey revealing how and why web users interact with brands via social media. Conducted in March among 2,577 U.S. online adults, the study found that the effectiveness of social cues in advertisements varies by the medium.

Posted May 20, 2013

Apigee, the API company, launched the Apigee Institute, a research and strategy organization formed to help Global 2000 companies extend their leadership in the app economy. The Apigee Institute delivers strategic insights and practical recommendations based on real-world benchmarks and original research, with a focus on guiding organizations as they build strong digital ecosystems through apps, APIs and data.

Posted May 17, 2013

Sean O'Neal is the chief marketing officer for Mail Online, the wildly popular online newspaper. Mail Online is regarded as the world's most widely read newspaper site, and turned its first profit in 2012, setting it apart from many of its competitors. EContent talked to O'Neal about some of the secrets to its success, as well as its efforts to grab an American audience.

Posted May 17, 2013

Medio, which specializes in optimizing the acquisition, retention, and monetization of mobile users, announced the launch of K-Invite. Named after the viral coefficient "K," K-Invite empowers mobile app developers and marketers to create and track the virality of their mobile applications. The net result is higher quality installs at a fraction of the cost charged by traditional ad networks.

Posted May 16, 2013

A Tapjoy survey of 25 million moms on its network and found out quote a bit about when, where and how this powerful demographic is using smartphones. It's probably not a surprise that when it comes to moms, "social beats gaming" as the most popular leisure time activity for moms on their smartphones, with Facebook and Instagram as their top two favorite apps.

Posted May 13, 2013

While it may be easier than ever to disseminate content to the public via the web, it's not easy to build and monetize your audience and quickly expand a fledgling presence into a thriving publishing empire. Nevertheless, every year a few more brave souls take a leap of faith into the great econtent unknown and manage to make a go of it. Here is their advice to the future digital publishers of the world.

Posted May 13, 2013

Third-party data collection across many leading websites continues at significant levels while data collection via social media/sharing widgets is growing rapidly according to the third-annual Cross Industry Study (CIS) of web data collection activity from Krux.

Posted May 08, 2013

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