Media Business News and Trends

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of January 7, 2013, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.

Posted Jan 10, 2013

The rumor mill is in overdrive thanks to a vague invitation from Facebook to reporters to "come see what we're building." The invite went out on Tuesday, and stocks started to rise on Wednesday while speculation ran wild. The event isn't scheduled until January 15, giving the media plenty of time to guess just what it is that Facebook is building -- and unlike an Apple event, it seems that no one actually knows what will be revealed.

Posted Jan 10, 2013

EBSCO Publishing has expanded its evidence-based healthcare content with the acquisition of PEMSoft, a pediatric point-of-care clinical information resource. PEMSoft is an online clinical library and multimedia decision support system that addresses acute and chronic illness, as well as injury conditions in children from newborn to young adult. PEMSoft was founded in 2003 by Ronald Dieckmann, MD, MPH, and Rob Pitt, MD.

Posted Jan 09, 2013

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) announced that they are merging. SIPA will become a division of SIIA and will continue to offer its membership programs, without change. SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and information industries, will continue to offer all of the same programs and services that are currently available to its members, along with new programs.

Posted Jan 08, 2013

I am a notoriously light packer. This is, in part, because airlines charge an arm and a leg to check bags, but it's also just a personality quirk. I don't like clutter in my home, and I don't like packing a huge suitcase for an overnight business trip. I especially dislike dragging a suitcase into a conference with me, so I've become quite adept at fitting everything I need into one -- admittedly large -- purse. But on my last few trips, my laptop has been posing challenges. It works fine, but it's heavy and by the time I board the train home I have an aching back and sore shoulder.

Posted Jan 08, 2013

Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced the acquisition of Knovel Corp. New York City-based Knovel provides a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.

Posted Jan 07, 2013

The ability to build online networks has been boosted significantly by social media sites that deliver literally millions of potential prospects to content providers hoping to grow an audience. These sites vastly expedite the process of gaining online momentum requiring much less time and expense than what was required prior to the days of Web 2.0.

Posted Jan 07, 2013

"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." When Lord Chesterfield said this, he was more than likely referring to being steadfast in your work ethic, and avoiding procrastination. More often than not, those who begin their tasks early find themselves in a superior position down the line. The same can be said for those who think ahead, so with the new year ahead, it's important to not only live in the now, but prepare for the future.

Posted Jan 04, 2013

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 31, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.

Posted Jan 03, 2013

Classified ads have been the workhorses of the newspaper revenue world for as long as anyone can remember. So is it any surprise that Oodle, a large online classified ad network, is so in demand that it's being carved up between three buyers. It has, however, resulted in a rather confusing arrangement.

Posted Jan 03, 2013

Andrew Sullivan is taking The Dish and going it alone. In a post made on the first workday of the 2013, Sullivan announced he was taking The Dish and leaving The Daily Beast. When the contract expired at the end of 2012, Sullivan says he started mulling over his options:"As usual, we sought your input and the blogosphere's - hence the not-terribly subtle thread that explored whether online readers will ever pay for content, and how. The answer is: no one really knows. But as we debated and discussed that unknowable future, we felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism..."

Posted Jan 02, 2013

Barnes & Noble is kicking off the new year by selling a five percent stake in Nook Media to Person, according to Fierce Content Management. For $89.5 million, Pearson now has the right to publish its education content on the Nook and perhaps even distribute devices.

Posted Jan 02, 2013

The naming of Ray Kurzweil as Google's new director of engineering in late 2012 may not have registered as even a blip on the radar of many digital content companies (DCCs). But this simple hiring announcement concerning the famous futurist, author, and inventor may, in fact, represent a symbolic milestone in the rapidly changing information age. Because it's yet another sign that smart DCCs-including Google-value the promise and potential of artificial intelligence (AI), which Kurzweil has long preached has the capacity to greatly enhance our lives.

Posted Jan 02, 2013

The Tribune Company closed out 2012 by emerging from bankruptcy ready to sell off much of its holdings, according to The Chicago Tribune. The company's new board has plans to eventually sell off its eight newspapers, 23 television stations, and stakes in other companies according to the article.

Posted Jan 01, 2013

The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that, while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list, are well-worth a closer look.

Posted Dec 21, 2012

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 17, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.

Posted Dec 20, 2012

Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced that it plans to produce pilots for six original comedy series. The series come from a diverse set of writers including newcomers to Hollywood and industry veterans. This marks the studios' first pilot production since expanding into original programming development earlier this year.

Posted Dec 20, 2012

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire StoredIQ Inc., a privately held company based in Austin, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted Dec 19, 2012

With its generous use of color and graphics--and its emphasis on shorter news stories--USA TODAY, the self-described "nation's newspaper," made a big splash when it stepped onto the national news scene 30 years ago in September 1982."USA TODAY sort of imagined what web publishing, web content would look like before we knew there was going to be a web," says Alan D. Mutter, a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures involving journalism and technology.

Posted Dec 19, 2012

Even the most die-hard digital aficionado surely can't help but have a sneaky regard for the hard men of the 19th and 20th centuries arts and letters, such as van Gogh, Hemingway, and Picasso-who were all, allegedly, users of Moleskine notebooks with their iconic waxy black covers and elastic closures. It's been well-documented, however, that this impressive heritage is, in fact, marketing chutzpah, since the Moleskine brand was only invented (by an Italian company) in 1997.

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Every week, EContentmag.com highlights hot stories and links on digital content and digital media. Here are the latest links for the week of December 13, 2012, with stories on Random House, mobile entertainment revenues, and more.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Perfect Sense Digital announced it has acquired KickApps, a social media application. This is the first acquisition by Perfect Sense Digital, a full-service product development company based in Reston, VA. Perfect Sense Digital will integrate key social features into their Brightspot CMS, including identity management, social graph sharing and user-generated content tools in early 2013.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

According to one Huffington Post writer, Facebook's 1 billion user figures may be vastly overstated. Janet Tavakoli says that due to duplicate accounts, straight out fakes, and identity fraud, she estimates the social media giant's use base to be more around the 500 million mark.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Content marketing has had quite a run. After an interesting battle with terms such as branded content, custom media, brand journalism, and custom publishing, Google searches tell us that content marketing is now the de facto term for nonmedia companies creating relevant content to attract and retain customers.

Posted Dec 10, 2012

North Plains, announced it has acquired VYRE, a UK-based leading provider of marketing resource management (MRM) and brand asset management (BAM) software. This acquisition will enable North Plains and VYRE customers to optimize the entire creative marketing lifecycle to create, manage and share rich media, improving marketing agility and profitability.

Posted Dec 06, 2012

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