Media Business News and Trends

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

LivingSocial issued $142.9 million in shares to acquire South Korean daily deals provider, TicketMonster, Inc. While the sale was announced as part of a business combination, whether this means a merger, an acquisition, or an exchange offer has not yet been clarified.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

Netflix, Inc. backed out on its plan to split its DVD-by-mail service into a separate company called Qwikster, which was met with customer backlash and unsubscriptions. Netflix originally announced this plan on September 18, adding insult to injury after its 60% price hike in July.

Posted Oct 11, 2011

Netbiscuits, a mobile platform for developing, publishing, and monetizing sites and apps, published its "Mobile Web Metrics Report," which found high fragmentation in smartphone operating systems, lack of support for basic HTML5 features, and a persistent long-tail of devices. The findings of the report are based on 8.5 billion page and content requests.

Posted Oct 06, 2011

Apple announced the death of Steve Jobs yesterday, due to complications from the pancreatic cancer he had battled since 2004. He was 56. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," said a statement on Apple's website, calling Jobs "a dear friend and an inspiring mentor."

Posted Oct 06, 2011

Federated Media Publishing acquired Lijit Networks, Inc., a provider of ad services, audience analytics, and reader engagement tools for blogs and websites. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., Lijit will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Federated Media, although financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Posted Oct 04, 2011

Yahoo! and ABC News announced an alliance designed to enhance the digital delivery of news by combining Yahoo! News' large audience and far-reaching content with ABC News' operations, anchors, and reporters. According to Gigamo, the alliance debuts with the launch of GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! (GMA.yahoo.com) and the introduction of three online video series that feature ABC News correspondents.

Posted Oct 04, 2011

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