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Launches and Closures

Naspers is taking aim at the online classifieds market, launching Kalahariads.net, a completely free classified advertising service the media group hopes will allow it eventually to dominate the field in SA.

The plan forms part of a broader strategy by Naspers to be a leader in online classified advertising in emerging markets worldwide. The launch puts Naspers on a collision course with Gumtree, the leader in the online advertising market in SA. Other players include Junk Mail and Vottle.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-20 17:48

The Washington Post Co. is entering the "integrated marketing" space with the launch of SocialCode, which it bills as a full-service branding agency. But unlike the recent efforts by rival newspaper publishers such as Gannett and Tribune to create standalone marketing units that are a step away from the main content product, WaPo's effort is strikingly niche: SocialCode, housed within the Slate group, is devoted solely to helping marketers advertise themselves on Facebook.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-20 17:42

In the coming weeks, News Corp. is set to unveil one of its more audacious content bets in recent years: The Daily, a newspaper designed for the iPad and the generation of tablet devices it inspired.

Conceived by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who negotiated directly with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the publication breaks new ground in a couple of ways. First, it's one of the biggest bets on traditional journalism in years on any platform -- 100 writers, editors and designers have been hired for the project -- since Conde Nast sunk $100 million into Portfolio magazine.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-18 17:19

Many news publishing related trends built up speed and began taking hold in 2010, and are worth watching and considering further in 2011.

In no particular order, those trends are:

Coupons and daily deals

Leading the pack in 2010 was Chicago-based Internet coupon service Groupon Inc., which turned down a US$6 billion buyout offer from Google in early December and secured $500 million (of $950 million) at the end of the month.

Publishers around the globe are trying out Groupon-like daily deals as a way to engage readers, and are beginning to see success.

Social networking

If 2009 was the year your mom joined Facebook, then 2010 was the year everyone else did, from your grandfather to your 12-year-old niece.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-31 22:07

British newspaper The Guardian launched today Data Store, a new site dedicated to "data journalism and visualization," thenextweb.com reported.

"Data journalism has become an increasingly big part of our work here at the Guardian - from Wikileaks to government spending, it's our job to make the key data accessible and easy to understand," editor Simon Rogers explained in a blog post.

Image source: currybet.net
The site allows users to search the world's government and global development databases as well as the infographics published by the newspaper. It also includes Rogers' Datablog, which was launch in March of 2009, and feature applications that have been developed to analyze and visualize data.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-17 15:35

Spanish weekly A pie de calle recently hit the streets of Madrid with a circulation of 100,000 copies, PRNoticias.com reported on Tuesday. Although it currently only serves Madrid's community, the 24-pages free weekly is aiming to have 12 local editions by 2011.

The newspaper was created as an alternative to the existing local media outlets, which are "very focused on the small municipality or district," said director Concha Minguela to Periodista Digital. "There has never been a regional newspaper in a broader context such as in Galicia La Voz accompanied by several local supplements," she explained.

The newspaper also plans to increase its circulation to 500,000 copies and expand its distribution to Barcelona, Sevilla, Bilbao and Valencia, Comunicar.info pointed out.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-16 21:53

Thomson Reuters Corp. is launching a new U.S. service today.

Reuters America will directly compete with The Associated Press, focusing on state and regional news and also using information from other sources, such as SportsDirect Inc. for sports, TheWrap.com for entertainment news, and Examiner.com for local news, The Wall Street Journal reported. The news service's first client is Tribune Co., which last year began a trial on using less AP content in order to cut costs.

Image: The Thomson Reuters building in Times Square, photo by The New York Times
Other than to cut costs, one of the main reasons Tribune has decided to use Reuters America is that it would like to sell pages to other publishing companies, which Reuters is open to, according to the WSJ. The AP, meanwhile, does not allow newspapers to repackage its content for sale.

Tribune has been in a trial phase with the news service for awhile; 75 percent of its content is written by Tribune staffers, while 25 percent is mainly from Reuters America. The publisher, which owned the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, hopes that selling full-page and half-page "modules" of content to non-Tribune Co. newspapers will be a new revenue stream for the future.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-14 22:24

French newspaper Libération has joined other websites in replicating the contents of the Wikileaks site, according to an announcement posted today:

"We chose to prevent Wikileaks from asphyxiation at a time when governments and businesses are seeking to block its operation without a court order. Like thousands of other sites, Libération.fr decided to participate in the support movement that is taking place on the Net by replicating the contents of Wikileaks. The so called 'mirror' can be hosted by anybody with space on servers. That's what we have done to prevent disappearing from the Internet information selected by Wikileaks partner newspapers. So we have opened this address: wikileaks.liberation.fr."

Image: BoingBoing.net

According to the site, Wikileaks is currently mirrored on 1,559 websites.

However, it is "impossible to authoritatively catalog" all of Wikileaks' mirror sites, simply because there are too many, and the situation is "too fluid," BoingBoing writer Xeni Jardin explained last week.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-10 20:51

Twitter is now allowing users to add embedded versions of images and videos from third party multimedia services including Instagram, blip.tv, SlideShare, Rdio, Dipdive and others, PCWorld reported today.

These embedding features are part of the microblogging site's "#newTwitter" design, which is much like its Twitter for iPad. When users click on the tweet containing a link to the sites, a preview of the photo, video or song pop up on the right side of the screen, called the "details pane."

Image: The Instagram photo Twitter showed as an example on its blog

Twitter has been partnering with several multimedia companies in order to offer more within its website, Social Barrel explained.

The five new companies added Monday are blip.tv, Instagram, Rdio, SlideShare and Dipdive. It already has partnerships with YouTube, Flickr and USTREAM, giving it a list of more than 20 partners, according to the Twitter blog.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-08 19:39

TigerLogic Corporation is taking the concept of a personalised newspaper and applying it to the social networking world.

The data management and application solutions company announced today it is launching PostPost, a "real-time personal social newspaper that collects and curates posts shared by your Facebook friends into a familiar, easy-to-read tabloid layout," the company explained in a press release. The newspaper hopes to improve upon the Facebook News Feed, which it says "can quickly become cluttered and unmanageable."

"PostPost is a news aggregator for the social generation, and collates the articles, videos, and photos your friends have found interesting enough to post. It features advanced search technology powered by yolink where users can search deeply within all of their news articles across disparate sources," the PostPost website explained.

PostPost is similar to paper.li, which recently launched Facebook support for its product. However, with paper.il, there is more of an ability to customise news sources, Mashable's Christina Warren pointed out. It also is similar to the mobile app Pulse and the Flipboard iPad app; however, PostPost is accessible through Web browsers, she explained.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-07 22:04

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