Content Delivery

I have strong evidence that “negative” headlines often generate a lot more clicks than “positive” ones. Why do tabloid newspapers put scandals on the cover? Because those big, fat, nasty headlines sell newspapers. Several of my blogger friends have experimented with negative headlines with fascinating results. For example, Jonathan Kranz, a freelance copywriter who works with companies to create marketing materials has a link on his site “Important Reasons NOT to Hire Me.” Here are some of the reasons: “You like jargon,” “You want to play it safe,” and “You like vague messaging.” Kranz says the negative word “NOT” attracts attention.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

I admit that I have been a longtime skeptical observer of the digital magazine format, although 6 or 7 years after its introduction the platform is getting some traction with readers and publishers. Generally designed as facsimiles of printed periodicals, the digi-mag always seemed to fill an unnecessary niche between old and new media, between physical magazines and websites. It has the interactivity and rich media potential of a digital product (hot links, embedded multimedia), but it retained the lush design sense of print. But was this a solution in search of a problem?

Posted Feb 19, 2008

I threw away my dictionary. Tossed it. Considered my cluttered desk and decided it was time to take a critical look at what was crowding this valuable real estate. I gathered a stack of books I've always kept near at hand and, as I wiped the dust off of them, came to the realization that, while I look up the occasional tricky bit of grammar in my tiny, trusty Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, I literally haven't used my dictionary or thesaurus in years.

Posted Feb 19, 2008

Sony launched eStories, its short stories initiative involving over 1,000 stories from America's authors, including all 120 stories by Philip K. Dick, whose stories and novels have inspired numerous Hollywood films including "Minority Report" and "Blade Runner".

Posted Feb 05, 2008

A colleague recently pointed me to, a market research aggregator that promotes its free, short industry profiles as well as access to off-the-shelf market research reports and customized research. What I initially found interesting was that it had a real Web 2.0 feel. The free industry reports are in the MarketWikis area of the website, and they are, in fact, in a wiki format, complete with discussion and edit tabs.

Posted Feb 05, 2008, Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

RSS Feed Creator, a software tool designed to create, edit, and publish RSS feeds, has been released by Webvigour Software.

Posted Jan 22, 2008

MPS Technologies announced that it has made over 1,900 Palgrave Macmillan books available to browse and search online through their BookStore Discovery platform.

Posted Jan 15, 2008

Internap Network Services Corporation, a global provider of end-to-end internet business solutions, announced the completion of its previously-announced plans to expand the company's global content delivery network (CDN) to Hong Kong and Tokyo by adding two new CDN Points of Presence (PoPs).

Posted Jan 11, 2008

NewsGator announced the general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, FeedDemon 2.6, and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile 2.0.

Posted Jan 11, 2008

ProQuest and Dow Jones are extending their longtime information provider agreement, which makes key ProQuest licensed content available globally in Dow Jones Factiva, a business information service.

Posted Jan 08, 2008

The ExtraLabs Software company, a developer of software for creating RSS feeds, announced the new release of the Easy RSS Content Generator that has some new features improving the usability of the product.

Posted Jan 08, 2008

Feed Editor, a software tool designed to create, edit, and publish RSS feeds, has been released by Extralabs Software.

Posted Jan 08, 2008

Sony announced "TransferJet", a new Close Proximity Wireless Transfer Technology enabling the high speed transfer of large data files (photos, HD images, etc.) between electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, digital video cameras, computers, and TVs.

Posted Jan 08, 2008

DocsCorp, a provider of PDF integration technology, announced the latest release of its proven pdfDocs Desktop software.

Posted Jan 04, 2008

CDNetworks, a global, full service content delivery network (CDN), announced a strategic private investment of US $96.5 million led by Oak Investment Partners, with co-investment from Shinhan Private Equity and Goldman Sachs International.

Posted Dec 28, 2007 announced the launch of the new netWeather Mobile, a way to incorporate weather information into your business or personal mobile website.

Posted Dec 21, 2007

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., a provider in RSS and Enterprise 2.0, announced that it has closed a $12 million round of funding.

Posted Dec 14, 2007

Percussion Software, a developer of web content management (WCM) software for multi-channel, customer-centric applications, announced that Nolo, a provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses, has selected Percussion's Rhythmyx WCM solution.

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Akamai Technologies, Inc., a global service provider for accelerating content and applications online, announced the introduction of the Akamai Protocol.

Posted Dec 11, 2007

EdgeCast Networks, a rich media content delivery network (CDN), announced that it has secured $6 million in Series B financing led by Steamboat Ventures, a venture capital firm affiliated with The Walt Disney Company.

Posted Dec 11, 2007

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Yahoo! Inc. have launched Ads for Adobe PDF Powered by Yahoo!, an opt-in service that enables online commercial publishers to drive new revenue by including timely, contextual ads next to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)-based content.

Posted Nov 30, 2007

NewspaperDirect Inc., a provider of multi-channel newspaper and magazine content distribution, announced that Akamai's Dynamic Site Accelerator service has been integrated into its line of digital publication services:, ND Press, and SmartEditions.

Posted Nov 20, 2007 has introduced Amazon Kindle, a portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers to a high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper.

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Globalpex, a company that provides delivery and online retention of content certified communications, announced new web-based services designed to help businesses respond to the increasing complexity and costs of managing their outbound electronic and physical mail communications.

Posted Nov 16, 2007