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Taboola, a NY-based content-distribution and monetization platform, announced that it has completed a $15 Million Series D round of funding. The funding was led by Pitango VC with participation from existing investors Evergreen Venture Partners, WGI Group and Marker.

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Effective immediately De Gruyter and Versita will be publishing all Open Access content under the uniform application of Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND. This means that publications may be copied, disseminated, and otherwise made public with a few conditions.

Posted Feb 14, 2013

American Express has long advised customers not to leave home without it. Now, it may be telling you not to sign-on without. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Twitter and American Express are partnering to allow Twitter users to buy directly through the site.

Posted Feb 12, 2013

Social commerce company Owned it announced plans to launch new apps and its team expansion as a result of a recent funding boost. The social referral platform helps retailers to increase revenue and conversions by turning the retailer's order confirmation page into a springboard for social sharing of tailored offers and incentives.

Posted Feb 04, 2013

In a post on its website, Payvment announced that it will be joining a new company and shutting down its platform on February 28. The Payvment platform has been used by people selling goods on Facebook. Those people, according to the post, will have one month to transfer their account to Ecwid in order to continue selling on Facebook.

Posted Jan 28, 2013

Expanding its multi-platform, end-to-end offering for game developers, Amazon announced a new in-app purchasing service that enables developers to let customers use their Amazon accounts to purchase virtual goods and currencies from within Mac, PC, and Web-based games. With the announcement, Amazon now provides in-app purchasing services for Mac, PC, web, Android, and Kindle Fire developers, enabling them to offer Amazon's customers a convenient, and secure buying experience.

Posted Jan 22, 2013

Andrew Sullivan is taking The Dish and going it alone. In a post made on the first workday of the 2013, Sullivan announced he was taking The Dish and leaving The Daily Beast. When the contract expired at the end of 2012, Sullivan says he started mulling over his options:"As usual, we sought your input and the blogosphere's - hence the not-terribly subtle thread that explored whether online readers will ever pay for content, and how. The answer is: no one really knows. But as we debated and discussed that unknowable future, we felt more and more that getting readers to pay a small amount for content was the only truly solid future for online journalism..."

Posted Jan 02, 2013

When they are off-mic and off the record, most publishing executives are getting increasingly frank about the mobile conundrum they face. The math just doesn't look good. Oh, the hordes are here. Of that there is no doubt. It is not uncommon for top media brands to report exponential spikes in the share of traffic coming to them from mobile devices in the last year.

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Epom Ad Server, a provider of advanced ad serving technologies operated by Epom Ltd., announced improvements to its platform. New features have been launched, and new pricing plans for ad networks have been introduced, including free membership for small ad networks, and lucrative tariffs, plus free trial for middle-sized ad networks.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter's publishing partners - Harvard University Press, and Böhlau Publishers - will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to an expanded range of academic content.

Posted Nov 28, 2012

It's the time of year when predictions abound, and in the digital content world, few things are cause for more speculation than mobile revenues. ABI Research data says mobile app revenue will top out at over $30 billion by the end of the year, PCMag reports. That is nearly double what apps raked in last year.

Posted Nov 27, 2012

For electronic content providers and digital publishers, the age-old question remains: fee or free? Today, the answer for many lies somewhere in between-in other words, freemium. As a business model, freemium-offering a completely gratis but possibly feature-limited product or service that also allows options for premium upgrades/options that users can pay for-is increasingly in vogue, as evidenced by the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Google, and countless other businesses offering free versions of products used by millions today. (Case in point: IHS recently revealed that an astounding 96% of all smartphone apps downloaded in 2011 were free.)

Posted Nov 26, 2012

As the publishing industry continues to evolve, publishers are experimenting with new online models. But to find the right commerce solution, you must think about your primary objectives. Are you building a branded content destination, or are you glad to attract followers around the edges of the digital world in social media outlets or around other properties that do not bear your brand name? Is video an enhancement to your message or a distraction? Is your content valuable to other brands? All of these things must be considered before you choose a commerce model.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

In 2007, Wiley acquired Blackwell Publishing, growing its Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly (STMS) content to more than 1,500 journals, 9,000-plus books, reference works, and databases offered in print and electronically. This content is invaluable to the world's research and scholarly communities, and granting permission for reuse of this information posed a great challenge for Wiley's rights and permissions team. Following the merger, Wiley was suddenly receiving hundreds of permissions requests each day, with no efficient way to provide prompt turnaround. Its former manual email-based procedure would not suffice, and Blackwell's semi-automated method was also not satisfactory. Customers and employees alike were frustrated, and Wiley knew that it needed a solution that would please everyone and streamline the process.

Posted Nov 07, 2012

Consumers are demanding their entertainment on a variety of platforms, and everywhere you look it seems like everything is streaming. But is that sustainable? There is not only the issue of monetization, but there's bandwidth too. Can we all stream our favorite shows and music? And can companies make enough money to keep producing the content?

Posted Nov 05, 2012

Facebook's post-IPO struggles can be baffling to the average person. How can a company with over a billion active users be experiencing so much trouble with its stock price--and revenue building in general? But those troubles may be behind the social network after a better than expected third quarter earnings report. And in a flurry of not-so-great earnings news from other companies, Facebook is reaping the benefits.

Posted Oct 23, 2012

Last month I wrote about some of the immediate effects of the DOJ ebook settlement, including the reduction of prices on many HarperCollins e-books within a few days of the court's acceptance of the settlement. This month Hachette -- a former settlement holdout -- released JK Rowling's first adult book The Casual Vacancy. However, a look at the Amazon Kindle page shows a note that reads, "This price was set by the publisher." When initially released it was listed at $17.99 (and had quite a few formatting errors.). It's been lowered to $14.99 this week, but it's still more than half the list price for the hardcover. Amazon is selling the hardcover below list, at $20.90 but the Kindle edition is still substantially less.

Posted Oct 18, 2012

The digital age has given way to an open access renaissance - allowing for the free flow of information traditionally bound up in scholarly journals and academic publications. But when an influential analyst said that a European push toward open access could significantly hurt academic publisher Reed Elsevier's bottom line, many STM publishers took a second look at this model.

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and provider of licensing solutions, announced the launch of Open Access Solutions. CCC helps publishers manage variable Open Access (OA) models through its RightsLink platform, which supports unique pricing rules, licenses and messaging for OA journals, encouraging compliance with funding agency requirements.

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Just in case your online shopping carts don't make buying easy enough for you, Facebook is combining the visual interest of Pinterest with the purchasing power of Amazon. The social network rolled out "Facebook Collections" to some users - though it hasn't said how many - on Monday, October 8.

Posted Oct 10, 2012

OwnZones, which gathers premium subscription multimedia content tailored to user interests into a convenient ad-free site, has launched beta of the service. OwnZones is now open to anyone and registration is free. Consumers and potential media partners are invited to check out the site and provide valuable feedback that will help shape OwnZones for a full launch.

Posted Oct 04, 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

We've all been there. You visit a website looking for information, movies, or other digital content and find a few freebies. Eventually, however, you run into a request for registration or, more substantially, a request to pay for additional content. DigiCareers, a website that provides job listings for those in the media industry, recently released survey results examining the impact of paywalls on current consumers. By sending emails to a random selection of its 30,000 members, DigiCareers received a 78% participation rate, using the feedback of 200 individuals. Some experts found the results surprising.

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Shrewd social commerce partnerships can do more than increase hits and generate online buzz. They can also employ technology to benefit worthy causes, as evidenced by a new initiative launched by Hearst Digital Media and mulu, an online social network platform that enables users to share product recommendations and designate a portion of the purchase proceeds to a chosen charity or nonprofit group.

Posted Sep 07, 2012

Digital Technology International announced the launch of its new metered paywall, Digital Paymeter. DTI said that with Digital Paymeter, news media publishers will retain 100% of their paid content revenue without any requirements to share revenue or subscriber data. Digital Paymeter is cloud-based and customizable to a company's needs.

Posted Aug 20, 2012

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