Media Business News and Trends

In an effort to help brands better understand the intent and motivations of their target audiences, San Francisco-based Twelvefold Media--which calls itself "an emotive-based media company that helps brands target, reach and persuade engaged audiences"--introduced the Mindset Index on Jan. 24.

Posted Jan 25, 2012

The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that the number of U.S. residents who reported owning a tablet or an e-reader nearly doubled between mid-December and early January, both jumping from 10% to 19%, attributable to the available of lower-priced options.

Posted Jan 24, 2012

OverDrive, Inc. has released 2011 statistics on library ebooks, audiobooks, and digital media from its Virtual Branch websites. The websites garnered 1.6 billion page views, up 130% from 2010. Similarly, the company reports nearly 100 million visitor sessions, a 107% increase over 2010.

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Pearson, PLC reported that in 2011, it accrued around £600 million ($927 million) from emerging markets and £2 billion ($3.09 billion) in digital revenues, according to its January trading update. Pearson's digital revenue is up from £1.6 billion ($2.47 million) in 2010.

Posted Jan 19, 2012

Nucleus Research found that electronic content management applications have an average ROI of $6.12 for every dollar spent. Nucleus' case study audits indicate that increased competition and more cost-effective cloud options are driving down software prices and deployment costs.

Posted Jan 18, 2012

Yell Ltd. appointed Linda Kennedy as the company's new director of group human resources. The Audit Bureau of Circulations named Eric T. John as vice president of ABC Interactive.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Future Publishing Ltd. has sold its New York operation to NewBay Media, LLC, in a deal worth $3 million (£1.9 million). NewBay, owned by the Wicks Group, LLC, will front an initial $2.6 million in cash, followed by $150,000 in cash on Sept. 30 and the final $250,000 (cash) in 3Q 2012.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Target Corp. will introduce miniature Apple shops to its own stores, beginning with trial runs at 25 locations that will roll out this year. This store-within-a-store concept has been described simply as "expanded displays" of the products, though it could resemble the Apple stores seen within Best Buy retail locations.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

The Financial Times (FT) Ltd. announced four new appointments to its editorial teams in the U.S. and U.K.

Posted Jan 13, 2012

A new report from Marin Software, Inc. indicates that tablets and smartphones accounted for 10% of all paid-search ad clicks in the U.S. in 4Q 2011 -- double the amount in 3Q 2011. Search ads also accounted for the highest of all click-through rates.

Posted Jan 13, 2012

New research from In-Stat, part of The NPD Group, Inc., outlines users' attitudes and behaviors toward mobile devices. In-Stat concluded that larger screens are more conducive for productivity, whereas smaller screens are better for communication and entertainment.

Posted Jan 12, 2012

Scandinavian media group Schibsted ASA plans to acquire music streaming provider Aspiro AS for 340 million Swedish kroner ($49 million). Schibsted already owns 18.3% of the company, and Aspiro's board is reportedly recommending that its shareholders accept Schibsted's bid for all shares.

Posted Jan 12, 2012

LogMeIn, Inc. acquired Bold Software, LLC, to expand LogMeIn's portfolio of web-based services aimed at customer care organizations such as call centers, external help desks, and customer service teams. Total cash value of the deal is $16.5 million.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) purchased Pubget, Inc., a solutions provider focused on content acquisition and analysis through search, retrieval, and browse capabilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pubget founder Ramy Arnaout will join CCC as a senior advisor.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

Safari Books Online -- a joint venture from O'Reilly Media, Inc., and Pearson Education, Inc. -- has acquired Threepress Consulting, Inc., makers of the Ibis Reader online EPUB reading system. Financial terms of the acquisition, effective Jan. 1, were not disclosed.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Google plans to unveil new Google TV devices and television sets. Google is expected to ship the majority of its TV sets by mid-2012, according to chairman Eric Schmidt; however, no official release dates have been announced.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

Netflix is facing changes to its DVD business with two Time Warner, Inc. programmers: One change is that HBO will no longer sell DVDs to Netflix, instead forcing Netflix to buy DVDs at retail or drop them altogether; it seems Netflix will do the former.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

Japan's Rakuten, Inc. has reported that Kobo, Inc., its recent acquisition, saw a ten-fold increase in its number of ebook customers over the holidays. Kobo has not released official sales numbers yet, but the company says it has had "hundreds of thousands" of new device activations each day since Dec. 24.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

AOL struck a deal with publishing house Bonnier Corp.'s Parenting Group to sell premium ad inventory and promote content from Parenting.com. In turn, the parenting website will have access to some of AOL's ad tech and marketing services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted Jan 06, 2012

Advantage Business Media, LLC has purchased Vicon Publishing, Inc. Vicon Publishing will be renamed Vicon Business Media, Inc. and will operate as a subsidiary of Advantage. The acquisition expands Advantage's offering of publications concerning laboratory and forensics sciences.

Posted Jan 06, 2012

Barnes & Noble plans to "pursue strategic exploratory work to separate the Nook business" from the rest of the company, as reported on paidContent. In a statement, the company said, "There can be no assurance that the review of a potential separation of the NOOK digital business will result in a separation. There is no timetable for the review...."

Posted Jan 05, 2012

According to court papers filed this week, Amazon has reportedly resolved its lawsuit with Smartphones Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp., and the companies have asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit. According to an article on paidContent, no terms of the settlement are mentioned in the court filings, nor do they offer further explanation as to why the companies have ended the lawsuit.

Posted Jan 05, 2012

Yahoo! announced the appointment of Scott Thompson as the company's new CEO. Credo Reference appointed Jillian Tweet to the position of account manager.

Posted Jan 04, 2012

From an outsider's perspective, being a professional freelance writer may seem like the dream job. After all, you can make your own hours, work from the comfort of home (or from your local Starbucks), and handpick which projects you want to pursue based on your level of expertise or interest. Those who are active in the field know this is far from true. For many freelancers, finding a job that appropriately compensates their level of skill, and relaying that job into a steady gig takes patience, perseverance, and a whole lot of practice writing query letters. But there's good news for freelancers. The market is changing.

Posted Dec 26, 2011

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) announced it would grant a limited import ban on certain HTC devices, siding with Apple on its allegations of patent violations. The ban will go into place automatically after April 19, 2012. Though Apple accused HTC of violating four patents, the ITC asserted that only one was violated.

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Pages
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122