Media Business News and Trends

Adult Swim launched a new digital comedy website called Thing X, led by former Onion editor Joe Randazzo and several other members of the popular humor site. Thing X uses the conceptual launch point of a click-hungry web portal to satirize everything on the Internet through exclusive videos, columns, interviews, reviews, e-mails, podcasts, and more. The site also boasts an active social media presence, as well as original interviews and performances from comedians.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

Regardless of industry or niche, reputation is one of the most precious commodities that a working professional has. It can take months, even years to build up a strong, positive reputation; then, the whole thing can come crashing down, in an instant. This has never been truer than it is now, in the age of Google, Facebook, and Yelp.com: A bad review or a defamatory post can make its way onto the web and all but destroy a person's image.

Posted Oct 17, 2012

If you've been buying your ebooks at Amazon or Apple, you may have some credits coming your way. According to CNN Money, Kindle users who bought ebooks between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 will receive credits ranging from $0.30 to $1.32 per book. Apple did not specify an amount.

Posted Oct 16, 2012

Kenshoo, a digital marketing software provider, published its inaugural quarterly report, "Kenshoo Global Search Advertising Trends." The report examines the performance of paid search ads by analyzing aggregate campaign data across search engines including Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Baidu, and Yahoo! Japan based on more than $3 billion in annual paid search budgets managed through Kenshoo.

Posted Oct 16, 2012

If you were in Europe on Friday and found that you couldn't access your Facebook account, you may have Anonymous to blame. Twitter users Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, and Norway reported Facebook outages. Subsequently, a Twitter account associated with the hacking group claimed responsibility, according to CBS News.

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Trinity Mirror plc (the Group) announced a change in the management structure of the Group to create a more efficient model from which to develop its long term strategic direction as "One Trinity Mirror." The Nationals and Regionals divisions will be unified under one management structure -- ensuring that editorial, advertising and support functions can operate as effectively as possible across all of the Group's print and digital publishing operations. This will enable an accelerated rollout of digital products, says the company.

Posted Oct 15, 2012

The World Wide Web has forever changed the way companies of all sizes do business. From the smallest mom-and-pop shop to the largest enterprise, the internet has not only made it easier for companies to grow, but it has added new concerns. To be sure, the web is the great equalizer. In the past, only a select few corporations operated on a global scale, but the web has made it possible for organizations in Peoria, Ill., to sell goods and services to those in Prague. While leveraging the web to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time may seem relatively straightforward, it is not.

Posted Oct 15, 2012

Google and book publishers have come to an understanding of sorts, ending a lawsuit that has been ongoing since 2005 when publishers first took legal action against the search engine which had begun scanning print copies of books from libraries and making them findable and searchable online.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

Digital technology has broken down many barriers for new authors trying to break into the book publishing business. Ebooks and online publishing tools offer relatively easy and inexpensive ways to self-publish, and the internet provides a virtual platform from which to potentially grab the attention of a worldwide audience, including those seemingly elusive book editors and literary agents.

Posted Oct 08, 2012

Author J.K. Rowling knows how to cast a spell on readers with her enthralling stories. But she and her publisher probably wish they had a magic wand that could undo the troublesome technical defect in the faulty first run of the ebook version of her new novel, The Casual Vacancy.

Posted Oct 05, 2012

Barnes & Nobles consumers should be forgiven if they're more than a little confused by the appearance and then disappearance for Amazon books on their shelves-yes, the actual, physical shelves. Some Amazon titles are being published and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and they popped up on Barnes & Noble's shelves. But according to paidContent, the books were quickly pulled from shelves when an email was issued asking the local stores to take it down.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

Recent findings from Bowker Market Research reveal that 55% of readers who purchased young adult books belonged to the 18-and-up age bracket. In fact, the largest segment of those adult book buyers were between the ages of 30 and 44, and a good portion of that percentage were buying these books for themselves as opposed to gifts.

Posted Oct 04, 2012

Over 450,000 ebooks and e-journal contributions, over 15 million database entries, and some 17,000 open-access journal articles are now available at De Gruyter Online. The consolidation of all content at a single platform offers scholars advantages, as research can now be conducted conveniently from one interface, regardless of the publication format or distribution model. There are a range of helpful features at De Gruyter Online to make day-to-day use easier, including alerting services that inform users about new releases in a specific field, as well as export interfaces for all major citation services.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

I read several books during my summer vacation. And each time I came across a passage about a person reading a newspaper over breakfast, I checked the copyright page at the front of the book. You just don't see people casually reading the paper over coffee anymore-at least not in the U.S. It's a quaint vestige of an earlier, slower time.The daily newspaper has been replaced by the internet. People don't even casually eat breakfast anymore. They grab a coffee, probably at a chain such as Starbucks, and chug it on the run. They get their news on their mobile devices or laptops.

Posted Oct 02, 2012

America loves its Facebook. According to comScore, Inc., the social network had 158.01 million unique visitors in the U.S. in May 2012. Believe it or not, that represented a slight decline in the number of visitors. Despite its popularity, Facebook has some competitors out there, and they may just be stealing a bit of attention from the leader in social networking.

Posted Oct 01, 2012

No on has taken a more hard line stance against search engine indexing of news content that Rupert Murdoch, but some two years after declaring that Google (and other search engines) would no longer be able to crawl News Corps' The Times, paidContent is reporting that the news site will now allow the first two sentences of its articles to be indexed.

Posted Sep 27, 2012

RAMP, a next generation search and video experience provider, announced a Series C financing led by New York-based StarVest Partners. As part of the transaction, Deborah Farrington, co-founder and general partner at StarVest will be joining RAMP's board of directors. StarVest is also joined by Hearst Interactive Media and EDBI as new investors in RAMP, along with participation from existing RAMP investors Fairhaven Capital, Accel Partners, General Catalyst Partners, and Comcast Ventures. This round brings the total capital raised to $40 million for the company.

Posted Sep 27, 2012

Rwanda, the tiny East African nation that is synonymous with the infamous 1994 genocide -- in which close to one million people were slaughtered in a bloody ethnic cleansing that lasted about 100 days -- has made giant strides on a path towards national reconciliation and recovery. Today, the country is on a grand march towards socio-economic growth that has been spurred by favorable government policies and investor confidence.However, the Rwandan government has learned valuable lessons from its troubled history and has been working hard toward collating and collecting data from before, during, and after the genocide with a view to using this information to educate not only the Rwandans, but also the entire world on what political and ethnic hatred can do to a people.

Posted Sep 27, 2012

AOL has focused, almost pathologically, on local news over the past few years. The center piece of that strategy has been Patch, which is now getting a makeover. The new look focuses on social networking, and according to paidContent it will debut on five Long Island Patch sites, and slowly roll out to more - and that Patch CEO Jon Brod says the site is focusing on "content, conversation, and commerce."

Posted Sep 25, 2012

It appears that the battle of the retail behemoths is in full swing. Last week Wal-Mart announced it would no longer carry Kindles. Wal-Mart has long been one of the biggest book sellers in America. Amazon, of course, is not only known for being the largest online book retailer, it's now one of the leaders in the e-reader market and is leading Wal-Mart in the online and mobile commerce world.

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Announced to the public in April of 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an Antitrust lawsuit against Apple and publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster. The Justice Department alleged that Apple and the aforementioned publishing companies conspired together in an attempt to curb competitive pricing for e-books, namely in the wake of Amazon's offerings of $9.99 or less.

Posted Sep 21, 2012

While the DOJ's lawsuit against Apple and several publishers - which accuses them of price-fixing - has gotten most of our attention, a similar lawsuit has been working its way through the European legal system. While three publishers settled here in the States, Apple and the other publishers have vowed to fight on. In Europe, however, it's been a different story.

Posted Sep 20, 2012

Those of us who have come to rely on Amazon reviews in our buying decisions will no doubt find recent study results from Gartner truly disturbing. According to the research firm, by 2014 users can expect about 10%-15% of social media reviews to be paid by the companies selling the products being reviewed.

Posted Sep 18, 2012

Founded by Christian Puricelli, former CEO of Onrest Web Services, and Filmon Ghirmai, MyNews.is began a quest to transform how people discover and read news articles. MyNews.is is a personalized discovery magazine, that let's people discover news that is of interest to them. Users choose their categories and sources that interest them and then rate these sources. MyNews.is then selects news stories that may interest the user.

Posted Sep 17, 2012

You're probably most familiar with Buzzfeed as the site you visits for adorable pictures of kittens, but according to GigaOm, the company recently purchased Kingfish Labs for an undisclosed amount of money. Kingfish works in the natural language processing field, and aimed to use Facebook profiles to match up users for online dating.

Posted Sep 17, 2012

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