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Cambridge University Press launched University Publishing Online, an ebook and digital content platform that aggregates content from several scholarly presses worldwide. Extending the Cambridge Books Online offering, University Publishing Online aims to provide libraries with ebooks and database products from academic publishers.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
NewspaperDirect, Inc. released updates to its PressReader app, which enables iPad and iPhone users to read more than 2,000 digital newspapers, based on the upgraded iOS 5 platform. The updates to the user interface are designed to take advantage of the improved speeds and the high resolution touch screens found on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
Posted Nov 02, 2011
Two Seattle residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against HTC and AccuWeather, Inc. The plaintiffs allege that the AccuWeather app on their HTC EVO phone has been transmitting precise and unencrypted GPS data at regular intervals as well as when they open the app to check the weather.
Posted Nov 01, 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
Google launched an interior version of Street View, aimed for small and medium businesses. The pilot program sends a Google photographer to take 360-degree photos, allowing potential customers to walk through a store once the pictures are integrated to Street View on Google Maps.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Flurry introduced a solution designed to boost app traffic beyond initial user acquisition. The AppCircle Re-Engagement tool allows iOS app developers to identify and target campaigns to consumers who have previously downloaded their apps.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Disney-ABC Television Group signed a video licensing agreement with Amazon, providing Amazon Prime members with an added 800 titles available for instant streaming. This partnership expands the Prime library to include nearly 13,000 television shows and movies.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
inStream launched an e-receipt tool that allows retailers and advertisers to deliver targeted ads to shoppers via emailed transactional receipts. Advertisers can reach shoppers with targeted ads based on recent purchases in a given location and immediately send third-party offers.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Fetchly announced the public beta of its new freemium service that will allow users to share contact information via SMS messages. Users can include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites, Twitter profiles, and other social media accounts. Each digital business card also comes with a custom QR code.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
YouTube will be expanding its current channel line-up with a mass of professional-grade, original content in areas such as news and education, lifestyle, music, sports, and pop culture. Thomson Reuters, Hearst Magazines, The Wall Street Journal, and TEDEducation are among the 96 currently-listed partners.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Google partnered with at least 15 daily deal providers to allow users to purchase, manage, and redeem offers from one account. Google Offers has expanded to Baltimore, Minneapolis, San Diego, and San Jose. Google also created a personalization quiz, designed to provide users with deals that are relevant to their interests.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Schmap released a tool for Twitter users that provides a demographic analysis of their followers. Know Your Twitter Followers offers a free summary or a paid full analysis, available for any individual, company, or brand. The price for the full analysis depends on the number of followers and the type of user.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Hulu and The CW announced a new five-year licensing agreement to bring current season programming to the Hulu Plus subscription service and the free, ad-supported Hulu service.
Posted Oct 28, 2011
UK-based social reading site, Anobii is now making it possible for users to buy books directly from the site. Already backed by HMV, HarperCollins UK, Penguin UK and Random House UK, Anobii recently signed with 10 publishers to allow its users to buy through the site. By the end of this month, Anobii will be able to sell e-books from participating publishers which include Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins, along with Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Canongate, Faber, Wiley and Harlequin UK.
Posted Oct 28, 2011
HighWire Press partnered with TEMIS S.A. to integrate TEMIS' Luxid software within HighWire's ePublishing Platform. The solution is intended to provide automated content annotation, enrichment, and linking to HighWire's customers. The integration is expected to accelerate product development and time-to-market for both web and mobile.
Posted Oct 27, 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
The Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, will launch a metered paywall on its site Nov. 1. Under the paywall, readers who do not subscribe to the print paper will have to pay 99 cents per week to access more than 20 articles a month. Regular print subscribers have free access to the full site, mobile site, and apps.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
Userlytics launched a white label version of its video-in-video market research platform. Research firms and enterprises can integrate the testing and analysis solution with existing in-house research tools, or use it as a stand-alone, private label product. The white label Userlytics solution lets firms work in-house, or outsource some capabilities to Userlytics.
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
ComScore recently released its September U.S. online video rankings. While month-to-month growth remains relatively low, a year-over-year comparison makes the growth of online video much more obvious.
Posted Oct 27, 2011
Condé Nast announced increases in new subscription sales across the nine digital editions it offers on Apple's Newsstand. The iOS 5 Newsstand feature for magazine and newspaper apps has only been live for 2 weeks, and yet Condé Nast reports subscription sales are up 268% in comparison with the 8 weeks prior to the Newsstand launch.
Posted Oct 26, 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
Outsell, Inc. released a proprietary iPad app at its annual Signature Event conference. The app was developed for its Outsell Leadership Council (OLC) members, but will soon be available to other CEOs served by Outsell. It delivers information that caters to C-level executives of the information industry, such as analysis of industry news, interaction with Outsell analysts, and peer-to-peer decision support.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Elsevier B.V. collaborated with Ex Libris Group to deliver a bX article recommender application to mutual customers. The bX recommendations suggest further reading based on researchers' usage data, and will be available for integration with the Elsevier SciVerse interface. Users will see bX recommendations in addition to articles from Elsevier's Scopus and ScienceDirect databases.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Cotendo, Inc., a provider of cloud-based web and mobile acceleration services, and Citrix Systems, Inc., which provides application delivery infrastructure, partnered to release Citrix Netscaler CloudConnector for CDN within the Cotendo Acceleration Cloud. Global scalability, mobile optimization, and performance acceleration are all anticipated benefits of the service.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Netflix released content from its deal with Dreamworks Animation, LLC this week, in the form of a Halloween-themed mini-series called Dreamworks Spooky Stories. According to Gigaom, Netflix acquired content from Dreamworks Animation in a deal announced last month, but the deal wasn't expected to result in new content until 2013.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Global information management provider SDL announced a product content maturity model to help its customers assess the best way to leverage structured product content throughout the organization. Rather than using traditional technical documentation in manuals and guides, dynamic, live product content may help improve customer engagement and may be more effective.
Posted Oct 26, 2011
A new social reading app called Subtext launched for the iPad. As reported on MediaBistro, users of the free app can read ebooks and discuss them with a network of friends within the pages of the ebook itself. Readers can add comments and links and participate in discussions as they would on other social networking sites, such as Facebook
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
In a blog post on September 25th, streaming media expert, Dan Rayburn stated that the Amazon Kindle Fire could be to the video industry what the iPod was to the music industry. Leaked sales figures suggest that the Kindle Fire may surpass the iPad as the biggest tablet launch ever.
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
Taylor & Francis Group announced the second phase launch of Routledge Online, a reference database for the social sciences and humanities. Routledge Online will be incorporating over 400 reference titles. Routledge Online also updated its user interface and enhanced its search functionality.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Netflix posted third-quarter customer losses that were worse than the company forecasted last month. According to Bloomberg.com, the number of domestic subscribers fell to 23.8 million as of September 30, from 24.6 million three months earlier. Netflix's share price closed on Monday, October 24, at $118.84.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
e-Spirit AG, in collaboration with MATERNA Group, released a new module for FirstSpirit, a content management system, which is designed to integrate FirstSpirit with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The new module enables users to manage multi-site presentations and multi-lingual web projects.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Zite introduced a new feature to its iPad application to allow users to have multiple profiles. Zite conducted an internal study that found that one-third of those surveyed share their iPad with other members of their household, in some cases between three or more people.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Netflix will bring its services to the U.K. and Ireland starting in early 2012. According to paidContent, Netflix will offer unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies but its DVD movie rental business will not expand overseas. The international expansion is aimed at internet-enabled TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Phorm, Inc. arranged an equity placing of approximately £30 ($47.7 U.S.) million which will be used in part to repay a £16 ($25.44) million convertible-notes loan it took out in March. According to paidContent, the rest will be used to cover operational costs and work towards positive cash flow. Phorm's operational costs are expected at £1.1 ($1.75) million per month over the next year.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
CPAlead launched The SpotLight Tool, designed to provide content owners with a digital monetization solution that aggregates existing monetization methods into one tool. Content owners can combine cost-per-click, cost-per-mille, cost-per-action, and cost-per-view models without charging users directly.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
Zoove received a $5 million investment from Rogers Ventures, part of Rogers Communications Inc., to accelerate its StarStar number operations in the U.S. Mike Lee, Vice President of Rogers Ventures, will join Zoove's Board of Directors. The $5 million funding is in addition to the $15 million Series D funding announced in August.
Posted Oct 25, 2011
comScore, Inc. released results of a study on mobile social media usage based on data from its comScore MobiLens service, which showed that 72.2 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs on their mobile device in August 2011 -- an increase of 37% in the past year. The study also provided new insights into how mobile users interact with social media, finding that more than half read a post from an organization, brand or event while visiting social sites on their mobile device.
Posted Oct 24, 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
EasyBib launched an app for the iPad after success of its iPhone app released in June. The iPad app contains the same features as the app for iPhone, but is optimized for a larger screen. After downloading the app, writers can either scan the barcode of a book or type in a book's title and the app generates an accurate citation following MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
Posted Oct 20, 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
Simon & Schuster introduced its Author Portal, an online source of information and support for authors and illustrators throughout the publishing process. Two other publishers, Random House and Hachette Book Group, also announced this week that they planned to launch similar services for authors.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
Nielsen published its Cross-Platform Report for Q2 2011, which looks at Americans' media consumption preferences and habits for TV, internet, and mobile devices. The report found that emerging technologies and content options, including online video, mobile video, live streaming, and video on demand, helped drive anywhere/anytime viewing.
Posted Oct 20, 2011
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