Media Business News and Trends

The cartoonish graphic is clean, colorful and simple: A young girl curls up on a park bench to scan the top headlines on her tablet while an assumedly older, bespectacled man sitting next to her is riveted to the local print newspaper he holds up to his face. Anchored below the art is a commanding headline that is terse, direct, and assured: "Smart is the new sexy," it asserts. And as a closing statement, the motto "The newspaper-get it" floats in the bottom right corner.

Posted Nov 07, 2011

If you were thinking about getting a tablet this year and weren't sure which one, things just got a little bit more confusing. Amazon is releasing it's Kindle Fire on November 16, but rumor has it that Barnes & Noble will be releasing a tablet of its own at the same time for $249. Documents leaked to several organizations gave full specs for the new tablet.

Posted Nov 04, 2011

LinkedIn Corporation announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed public offering of shares of its Class A common stock. LinkedIn proposes to sell approximately $100 million of its shares, as well as any shares issued to the underwriters to cover over-allotments. The remaining shares will be sold by existing stockholders.

Posted Nov 04, 2011

BuzzLogic, an online media company specializing in emotive-based advertising, announced that it has changed its name to Twelvefold Media. The word "twelvefold" signifies a substantial increase in size, degree or amount and centers upon Spectrum, the company's recently launched online advertising platform.

Posted Nov 03, 2011

New Media Strategies (NMS) is hosting the first social media-focused event held by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, Nov. 4. The daylong conversation on achieving success through social media marketing is intended to connect corporations and consumers over social networks, establishing better communication in light of the economic unrest and #Occupy protests.

Posted Nov 02, 2011

In a recent Q3 earnings report and call with shareholders, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was positive, stressing the benefits of the company's acquisition of The Huffington Post and the success of its local news network AOL Patch-which the company hopes to expand from 500 sites to 1,000 sites.

Posted Nov 02, 2011

Following a three-month partnership, Urban Airship, Inc. has acquired SimpleGeo, Inc. Terms of the all-stock deal have not been disclosed, but the sum is alleged to be about $3.5 million. With the acquisition, Urban Airship aims to offer a platform that combines push notifications, in-app purchasing, subscriptions, context, and geo-location.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Clearspring Technologies, Inc., a content distributor, has acquired social data tool XGraph, Inc. The amount of the deal was undisclosed, but it involved equity as well as cash. Clearspring provides content and analysis of content and advertising that are distributed through social media tools and apps.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Adobe Systems, Inc. acquired Auditude, Inc., a provider of video ad management and monetization technology designed for publishers and media companies. The amount of the deal was undisclosed. Adobe plans to integrate Auditude's advertising server platform with Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite, and Adobe Pass.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Appcelerator, Inc. -- a platform to create apps for mobile devices, tablets, and desktops -- garnered a $15 million endowment in a third round of funding. This latest deal gives the company a total $31.5 million investment. The round was led by Mayfield Fund, Red Hat, and Translink Capital.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

HarperCollins Publishers is in the midst of acquiring Thomas Nelson, Inc., a Christian publishing company. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the year; the amount of which has not been disclosed. Thomas Nelson bundles free digital and audio editions with the purchase of any print book.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

According to comScore, the U.S. mobile social media audience grew by 37% over the past year, a significant increase by anyone's standards. It seems only logical that smartphone users access social media more regularly--after all, they aren't paying those high fees for data plans just to read the occasional email. But what does it really mean?

Posted Oct 28, 2011

Time Warner Cable said it lost around 128,000 residential subscribers in 3Q 2011, but added 89,000 internet services customers. At the end of the quarter, 11.9 million customers subscribed to video, while internet services had 9.8 million subscribers. CEO Glenn Britt calls the phenomenon "cord-cutting."

Posted Oct 27, 2011

A New York judge ruled that two political consultants can continue their lawsuit against Arianna Huffington and her partner regarding the origin and ownership of the Huffington Post. The lawsuit was filed last year by Peter Daou and James Boyce, two Democratic advisors who claim that Huffington stole their idea for a Democratic news reporting website and blog.

Posted Oct 27, 2011

The U.K's Office of Fair Trade (OFT) cleared Amazon to continue its acquisition of The Book Depository International Ltd., an online retailer of books in U.K. and international markets. Amazon moved to acquire The Book Depository in July, but came under fire for dominating the U.K.'s online book trade.

Posted Oct 26, 2011

The third quarter was accompanied by a large number of product enhancements, developments, and announcements by Amazon. Amazon released financial results from 3Q 2011 that reveal increases in shares and net sales and decreased operating income. CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Sept. 28 was the biggest order day for Kindle, ever.

Posted Oct 26, 2011

WikiLeaks suspended operations due to a financial blockade that has cut off 95% of its revenue, according to Slate. Co-founder Julian Assange announced that if the blockade continues, WikiLeaks will be unable to continue operations into next year, and said WikiLeaks will now focus on fundraising efforts to maintain cash flow.

Posted Oct 26, 2011

YouSayToo.com partnered with Infolinks to offer YouSayToo's 37,000 members the option to further monetize their sites with in-text advertising. Infolinks monetizes the highest-paying keywords within websites' content based on real-time, full-text analyses.

Posted Oct 25, 2011

Today, comScore, Inc. released its monthly report on the top U.S. Web properties. The report is based on data from the comScore Media Matrix service. Google sites (which includes YouTube) remained the top U.S. web property with 184 million unique visitors for the month of September.

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Springer announced it would work with the Edanz Group, a scientific manuscript editing service, in order to enhance its support for authors. The Edanz Group helps international ESL authors by providing professional editing services prior to publication. Springer and Edanz will hold workshops in regions of the world that do not often publish research in English.

Posted Oct 20, 2011

After a year of beta testing, Google released its DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) Video solution for advertisers, which is designed to ease ad trafficking, improve workflow, enhance scalability, and increase profitability. Google also announced the launch of DFP Small Business Video in beta, which is supported by a partnership with Brightcove, Inc. and LongTail Ad Solutions.

Posted Oct 20, 2011

After months of negotiation, Microsoft acquired for Skype, paying $8.5 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of that division. Microsoft plans integrate Skype into its existing devices and systems.

Posted Oct 18, 2011

EBSCO Publishing acquired Ergonomics Abstracts, a database focused on ergonomics and human factors, from Taylor & Francis. The database provides indexing for ebooks, journal articles, and reference works, and includes abstracts of articles and records from more than 135,000 works covering more than 25 years of ergonomics research.

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Demand Media, a "content-farm" that uses thousands of freelance writers and editors to generate content for sites such as eHow.com, has reportedly decided to lessen its pace. An email the company sent to its staff, who have produced more than 3 million articles for eHow.com, said that in order to prevent redundancy, fewer assignments would be doled out from now on.

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Much like the average American family farm, it seems like content farms may be struggling -- if this week's news about Demand Media is any indicator. One of the biggest and most well-known mass producers of content on the web is cutting back the number of articles it produces, and enraged its freelancers in the process.

Posted Oct 12, 2011

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