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Industry Trends

by Tatiana Repkova

In Norway - and probably elsewhere - pdf editions of newspapers aren't popular. New figures from Norwegian Media Businesses' Association show that virtually nobody is interested in PDF versions of newspapers.

PDF accounts for 0.07 percent of total newspaper circulation in Norway, according to the trade magazine Kampanje (in Norwegian). Combined, Norwegian newspapers sold 1,850 PDF copies daily last year. Even for a small country, this figure is low to the point of insignificance. Regional newspaper Bergens Tidende has the highest PDF circulation in the country, with a not-so-staggering daily sale of 128 copies. Most Norwegian PDF editions cost approximately $2 USD each. http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=118745; February 21, 2007

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2007-02-21 20:58

by Tatiana Repkova

New technology means colour e-paper tablet newspapers and magazines could be possible in two years, developers have claimed. Mike Nelson, general manager of sales for Fujitsu Europe, told an industry conference in London, that colour e-paper technology, on which portable tablet newspapers could be carried, will be ready for use in two years.

Demonstrating a prototype of what he claimed was the world's first colour e-paper, he said the idea of black-and-white e-paper was redundant and the colour version would see first use next year in supermarket displays.

"All the print media has moved to colour. When you read your newspaper, it's in colour. I don't believe the industry will accept going back to a black-and-white format just to embrace the new technology. The technology has to move the printed image on somewhat and add some usability and user value," he told Journalism.co.uk. "The first application will be as electronic labels for supermarkets and that will start next year, with much smaller screens but the same technology in colour."

Nelson added that Fujitsu was looking to form alliances with content providers and tablet manufacturers so that, once the technology was ready, it would not be delayed in getting to market.

"It's probably two years away before we can get the screen manufacturing technology up to scratch for an A5 or bigger size in colour. That is when we can talk about distributing magazines and so forth on it,” Nelson said.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2007-02-14 21:10

by Tatiana Repkova

Yahoo launched in December YouWitnessNews, a Web siteWeb site that posts offerings from users after the submissions pass muster with professional editors.

Founded almost two years ago, news Web siteWeb site NowPublic.com taps into legions of people that post pictures, videos, or commentary online. NowPublic boasts more than 60,000 contributing "reporters" in more than 140 countries and promises to quickly locate potential witnesses or news gatherers close to breaking events from natural disasters to terrorist attacks.

"We have become the largest participatory news network in the world," NowPublic chief executive Leonard Brody told AFP. "We have everything from complete amateurs to complete professionals."

NowPublic and YouWitnessNews have formed alliances with traditional international news wire services and provide them photos or other worthy content. NowPublic takes the deal a step further, promising to swiftly pinpoint for wire service reporters potential witnesses or contributors close to the scenes of breaking news.

"If a bomb went off in Budapest and you wanted to connect with someone within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the scene, we find them for you," Brody said. Vancouver-based NowPublic has been doubling in size every three months. NowPublic does not pay people for news stories, images or video. AFP; February 11, 2007

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2007-02-12 05:54

by Tatiana Repkova

Europe's biggest telecom groups are aiming to create a mobile phone search engine that could challenge Yahoo! and Google, the U.S. giants. Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and one American network, Cingular, are among the companies that will come together for secret, high-level talks at the mobile industry's biggest annual trade show in Barcelona in February. Declining call revenues are driving network operators together to compete against Google and Yahoo! search engines.

Faced with declining revenues as calls become cheaper, network operators are determined to secure a large slice of the lucrative search advertising market. In the United Kingdom alone, more than 20 percent of subscribers are expected to have access to mobile Internet at broadband speeds by the end of 2007, which should prompt a dramatic increase in the use of search engines via mobile phones. The initiative will come as a surprise to Google and Yahoo!, which have lost no time in striking deals with mobile operators and handset makers.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2007-02-05 21:11

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