Media Business News and Trends

Cloud and mobile technologies are expected to continue to gain momentum as the most disruptive technologies in consumer and business markets over the next three years, according to the Global Technology Innovation survey by KPMG LLP. The survey also predicts biometrics and big data technologies to develop as key breakthrough technologies.

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Bad news for Apple -- as well as publishers and authors. A verdict has finally come down after last month's antitrust trial, in which Apple defended itself against accusations that it conspired with publishers to raise ebook prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled on July 10, 2013 that Apple was in fact guilty of conspiring with publishers, which opens the company up to a damages trial.

Posted Jul 10, 2013

re:fuel -- a media and promotions firm -- announced the launch of IHeartNewspapers.com, an online resource for newspaper research and information. The site's content is designed to promote the positive impact that newspapers have on readers and illustrate the value of newspaper advertising to marketers.

Posted Jul 10, 2013

The Fancy is a blend of Pinterest and Amazon, selling items curated by users, and investors are taking notice. According to Bloomberg, The Fancy just got an influx of cash with $53 million in investments from Len Blavatnik along with such notable names as American Express and Will Smith (yes, that Will Smith).

Posted Jul 08, 2013

Lately, the media has been so focused on the Apple ebook trial that you could be forgiven for having forgotten all about the Author Guild's lawsuit against Google for its attempts to scan every book. But a three judge panel decided this week to revoke class action status, at least temporarily.

Posted Jul 02, 2013

Andrew Sullivan's decision to leave The Daily Beast and take his blog, The Dish, with him at the beginning of the year was bold. Sullivan decided to support The Dish with a subscription model, and now six months in he's updating us all on the site's progress.

Posted Jul 02, 2013

Omnicom Media Group announced the acquisition of market leading, search engine optimization (SEO) company Bruce Clay Australasia, which joins the Group's Resolution global search network. With this acquisition, Omnicom hopes to create a holistic, search and digital marketing business with over 70 employees servicing Omnicom Media Group Australia and existing Bruce Clay Australasia clients.

Posted Jul 02, 2013

Reputation Changer, a provider of online reputation management (ORM) and brand control services, announced the acquisition of Brand.com in a six-figure deal. In a strategic move that follows 1500% revenue growth within two years, Reputation Changer will change its name to Brand.com.

Posted Jul 01, 2013

According to a survey of retailers conducted by EPiServer at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE 2013), 46% of retailers who already have a mobile strategy in place and 74% of retailers who are planning to implement a mobile strategy in the coming year, are using mobile primarily to increase customer loyalty and provide a more personalized experience for consumers.

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Content Industry Staffing News for the Week of June 24, 2013

Posted Jun 25, 2013

If you were one of the few people who loves the Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble has some bad news for you-sort of. Barnes & Noble isn't discontinuing the tablet, exactly, rather it is forming an outside partnership - the partner has not yet been announced - to manufacture the tablets. It will continue to produce its e-ink Nook readers on its own. The tablet will be co-branded with the mystery partner.

Posted Jun 25, 2013

The popularity of the hashtag (#) has just received another boost with the recent news that Facebook will now be rolling them out to their users. The official Facebook announcement states that hashtags will be clickable and allow users to see public posts around shared topics like #NBAFinals, #Oscars, and more. While most of us are familiar with those four simple lines and their rise to fame on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, their background and meaning remains shrouded in internet lore. Who created the hashtag? Why is it called a pound sign, number sign, and a host of other names? And why do we use them, are they actually helpful?

Posted Jun 20, 2013

According to a report from Analysys Mason, by making rights available for online distribution, content providers are not only able to shrink the demand for pirated content, but also to expand their markets and overcome corresponding decreases in the sale of physical content. The report, commissioned by the Internet Society, found that while online distribution does present some threats to the businesses of content owners, it allows for even greater opportunities.

Posted Jun 18, 2013

One of the biggest challenges for both the defense and prosecution in the Apple anti-trust case is that the man at the company's long-time CEo, the late Steve Jobs, is around to testify. In his stead, Eddy Cue -- often referred to as the "ringmaster" of the alleged conspiracy to raise ebook prices -- has become the epicenter of the case against Apple. Cue was scheduled to kick off the third week of the trial by completing his testimony, which began the previous Thursday.

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Digital publishing success is no longer just about old media adjusting to the digital future. Big media brands-whether they have a print legacy or a digital-only history-are learning that most readers are not coming through the "front door" anymore, and they must adapt to a social future where aggregators and curators are guarding the door or be left behind.

Posted Jun 17, 2013

At the outset of the antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice, things didn't look good for Apple. Even the judge hearing the case in lieu of a jury urged the company to settle, like its co-defendents had all done. But Apple refused, and in the second week of the trial, things are looking up for the company.

Posted Jun 11, 2013

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

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