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I recently traveled from Boston to Baltimore for my brother's wedding. I discovered that the older I get, the less I look forward to packing a suit case, schlepping to the airport, fighting with other passengers for overhead bin space, and then watching in horror as the flight attendants detail how to survive if the plane crashes. Not my cup of tea. One thing that has always made it easier for me, though, is technology. Lately it seems that many businesses in the travel and hospitality field are all about giving their customers technology-friendly options -- from free Wi-Fi to "power up" stations -- but my recent trip made me wonder whether these "perks" are just smoke and mirrors.

Posted Sep 05, 2013

Amazon introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that 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. Print purchases all the way back to 1995-when Amazon first opened its online bookstore-will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook.

Posted Sep 03, 2013

My wife and I recently began the college search with our youngest child and toured two very similar schools: Marymount Manhattan College and Emerson College. I was encouraged that they both seemed to mix real-world experience with classroom learning, a combination that I think is essential in today's job market. However, I was troubled that one seemed fixated on the jobs of yesterday, while the other seemed more focused on the careers of tomorrow.

Posted Sep 03, 2013

It's the time of year when my life nearly has been taken over by my garden. Between the watering, the weeding, and the picking, I'm thinking about hiring a small staff. Frankly, it's a wonder that I still have a job because come May, my mind is always wandering out into the yard. When the sun goes down or the weather turns bad and I'm stuck inside, I'm combing Pinterest for ideas-most of which I'll never be able to implement. This spring, though, many of my thoughts were consumed by compost ... or the lack thereof.

Posted Aug 29, 2013

A few years ago, I read a good book called It's Not the Big That Eat the Small...It's the Fast That Eat the Slow: How to Use Speed as a Competitive Tool by Jason Jennings. He and his co-authors give us 26 strategies and tactics for how companies big and small use speed as a winning tactic. If you examine these business strategies, they no doubt hold merit. But in this day of incredibly high consumer expectations, I argue it's not the fast eating the slow, it's the slow that eat the fast.

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Apple has sold about 140 million iPads worldwide since the tablet's launch about 3 years ago. The wildly successful device has disrupted many industries, creating headaches for some (think personal computers and Microsoft) and opportunities for others, including content owners who can take advantage of the device's capabilities.

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Digital editions, paywalls, and consolidation aren't the only life rafts that can help keep newspapers afloat today. The fate of many valued dailies and weeklies may also rest in the hands of big boys with big bucks aiming for private but powerful ownership. Jeff Bezos' recent purchase of the Washington Post certainly isn't a one-off anomaly. Earlier this year, Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry snatched up The Boston Globe, Wellesley businessman Aaron Kushner bought the Orange County Register and six other dailies last year, and in 2011 the San Diego Union-Tribune was sold to hotelier Doug Manchester. Additionally, Warren Buffett acquired dozens of local papers, the newest of which are the Roanoke Times and Press of Atlantic City (although his investment firm recently dumped shares of Gannett).

Posted Aug 23, 2013

The next wave of mobile internet users will be from urban areas of emerging markets, finds Ovum. The lack of fixed internet infrastructure in the region and the significant purchasing power of urban residents are pushing both end users and service providers towards mobile. New research from Ovum highlights the correlation between the growth of the mobile internet and the adoption of "smart" devices in emerging markets.

Posted Aug 20, 2013

I could spend hours looking at images of couture gowns, fashion shows, and the latest luxe shoes and handbags. Since an "It" bag can easily set you back $12,000, and there's a months-long waiting list, I'm unlikely to ever own one of these items. But the world of high fashion is fascinating. Fascinating, too, is fashion's evolving digital engagement. From a slow start, it now brings together the worlds of publishing, content marketing, and ecommerce in interesting and disruptive ways.

Posted Aug 20, 2013

According to a post by Jane Friedman on the Open Road Integrated Media blog, the digital publisher raised $11 million in Series C funding through a partnership with NewSpring Capital. NewSpring led the funding round with an $8 million investment, and existing investors Kohlberg Ventures, Azure Capital, and Golden Seeds supplied the difference.

Posted Aug 19, 2013

Last year's mobile data traffic was nearly 12 times the size of the entire internet in 2000, according to Cisco. Global mobile data traffic in 2012 was 885 petabytes per month, compared to internet traffic of 75 petabytes per month in 2000. That's a lot of bytes-and traffic continues to grow.Given this exponential growth, and related opportunity, organizations of all kinds are eagerly looking for creative ways to connect and compel consumers to engage with their content, and their advertising, via mobile devices. As they do this, they're looking for effective ways to monetize those apps to drive revenue to the bottom line in ways that range from paid content to advertising, and more.

Posted Aug 19, 2013

HuffPost Live is all grown up. Arianna Huffington reminded us all that on August 13, the social video channel turned a year old. More importantly, she shared some interesting stats about the interactive news channel. In the past year, the Huffpost Live has "generated over 445,000,000 video views, attracting more than 13 million unique visitors a month."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

Apple may have been found guilty of anti-trust in the legal system - a ruling that the company is appealing - but things aren't as clear cut in the court of public opinion, and the whole thing just keeps getting murkier and murkier. The five publishers that were originally named in the suit are unhappy with the terms of Apple's punishment, which would require that Apple be allowed to discount its ebooks for five years - even though the original settlement between the publishers and the DOJ agreed to two years. Publishers are calling this punitive, meanwhile, Apple intends to appeal the court's ruling and has requested a stay of all the court's rulings until its appeal can be heard. The request to stay the rulings was denied. Judge Denise Cote is also reportedly considering limiting Apple to negotiating with one publisher per every six months.

Posted Aug 12, 2013

blinkx, an internet media platform powered by CORE that connects consumers with advertisers through professionally generated content online, entered into an all cash transaction with Grab Network Holdings, Inc., related to its Grab Media property.

Posted Aug 06, 2013

The Washington Post Co. has long been owned by the Graham family, but it revealed on Monday, August 4, that it had agreed to sell the flagship publication to Jeffrey Bezos, most famous for founding Amazon, Inc. The Washington Post says that Bezos will pay $250 million in cash for it and affiliated newspapers.

Posted Aug 06, 2013

When you think of the Pulitzer Prize, you probably envision large news organizations with deep pockets running in-depth investigative series and being rewarded for them with the industry's most prestigious prize. But this year, you'd be wrong. A small company with just seven employees, only three of whom are full-time reporters, took home the prize, beating its better financed competitors.

Posted Aug 06, 2013

Anyone who has a blog with an open comment option has encountered malicious online bots. Log in to your Wordpress dashboard, and you'll find hundreds of new comments. Deceptively, they're not often people excited about your eloquently penned prose, but rather systematic bot programs plugging their own products to your regular human readers.

Posted Aug 05, 2013

Jordy Brazier manages the customer success team at FirstRain, Inc., which provides software analytics for customer and market intelligence to the sales and marketing departments of large companies. "Once a contract is signed, my team and I are the boots on the ground, working with the customer and our engineering team to implement the solution in the best way possible," Brazier says.

Posted Aug 02, 2013

According to reports from Quartz, Google is looking to give its local news service a boost by integrating it with Google Now. The search giant's Now service focuses on deliver contextually relevant content via mobile devices. Google Now is built into new Android devices and the Google Search app for iPhone, but the local news "card" is still in beta testing and only available to Google employees.

Posted Aug 01, 2013

Amazon.com announced "The Kindle Singles Interview," a new series designed to take advantage of the Kindle Singles platform by offering major long-form interviews with iconic figures and world leaders. The Kindle Singles Interview is a new exclusive series in the Kindle Singles store. The debut Kindle Singles Interview, The Optimist, is an interview with Shimon Peres, the 89-year-old President of Israel.

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Mediaspectrum, Inc., a provider of SaaS technology for advertising, content management, and publishing across multiple channels, announced the closing of a $35.8 million minority equity investment from Insight Venture Partners. Mediaspectrum will use the proceeds to support its continued growth. As part of the transaction, Peter Sobiloff, managing director and Cian Cotter, principal at Insight Venture Partners, will join Mediaspectrum's Board of Directors.

Posted Jul 25, 2013

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions for copyright, announced key findings from Outsell's 2013 study on Enterprise Information Access, Consumption and Use. According to the data, 48% of executives believe it's acceptable to share information as long as it's not used for commercial purposes, and 45% believe digital or print paid information is fine to share.

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Gmail users probably noticed a change in their inbox this week, which was-at least in my opinion-for the better. Google introduced tabs to my inbox: Primary, Social, and Promotions. (You can also add Updates and Forums to your tabs but I haven't. And you can turn them all off if you'd prefer.) This represents a win for those of us trying to take our lives back from the monster task that is dealing with email, but a huge blow to email marketers...maybe.

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Few series have garnered more hype over the past year than those produced by Netflix. From Arrested Development's return to its latest original show, Orange is the New Black, the shows have not only received great reviews, but they have helped boost Netflix's bottom line with new subscribers. And now, a new milestone, House of Cards and Arrested Development have been nominated for a raft of Emmy awards.

Posted Jul 18, 2013

Pay per click (PPC) marketers everywhere undoubtedly have July 22, 2013 circled on their calendar. That's the date when Google will automatically upgrade all AdWords accounts from legacy to enhanced campaigns that haven't already made the switch. And those who aren't prepared for the transition are in for quite a change, say the experts.

Posted Jul 15, 2013

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