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Online content delivery network Akamai Technologies - the biggest in terms of market share - has filed a lawsuit against competitor, start-up Cotendo Inc., paidContent reported today. Massachusetts-based Akamai claims that Cotendo, which provides website acceleration and online content delivery services, is infringing on three of its patents, but Cotendo has said it will fight the allegations in court.

The California-based Cotendo said the lawsuit, filed by Akamai and MIT, has no merit and that it will "defend the suit vigorously," the Boston Globe reported. In the suit, the plaintiffs are asking the U.S. district court for an injunction to stop Cotendo from using "methods covered by the patents," the report stated.

"When competing companies use patents to battle each other, the most common pattern is small or defunct companies suing market leaders, looking to cash in their patents. But 'predatory' patent lawsuits such as Akamai's, brought by dominant players against smaller competitors, do happen as well," paidContent's Joe Mullin explained.

Akamai has a market cap of US$9.5 billion, according to an article by Israeli business news site Globes.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-12 20:07

Somalia's Ministry of Information has launched a weekly newspaper called "Dalka (The Country)" and daily Somali-language news bulletin online, SunaTimes.com reported today.

Through this initiative, the Ministry aims to engage with the public and contribute to the overall increase in oral literacy in Somalia, while providing the government with an extra source to inform the Somalis about key developments inside the country and about international developments as well.

Image: SunaTimes.com

In addition to topical issues covered by the newspaper, such as politics, reconciliation, business, health, education, youth, women, and sports, it will also carry a page dedicated to Somali poets and musicians, according to a report on the SunaTimes.com. The publications will document key events in hard retrievable form and will be published by the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).

The publications can be followed through the Radio Mogadishu website as well as through e-mail circulations. Users can also sign up through sonnanews@gmail.com.

The Ministry aims to launch printed version of the newspaper too, and plans to launch English and Arabic language editions of the publications as well.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-12 18:37

Since raising its paywall in June, News International titles The Times and Sunday Times have seen the percentage of their UK users increase significantly. The percentage of people accessing the news site from within the United Kingdom has more than doubled, from less than 35 percent in February to 75 percent today, according to a report by MediaWeek.co.uk.

The paywall around the Times websites has also resulted in a more "affluent and more engaged digital audience," according to chief marketing officer Katie Vanneck, the report stated. Also, the frequency with which users are accessing News International's online content has risen, from an average of twice weekly, to an average of three times each week.

When comparing the sites to their competitors, UK audiences made up 36 percent of MailOnline's 46.9 million unique users in September, 34 percent for the Telegraph.co.uk, 42 percent for Guardian.co.uk and 43 percent for Independent.co.uk.

Vanneck said The Times and Sunday Times had more than 105,000 paid-for customers since June. By doing some basic math, even if we estimate that number today at 110,000 (with 75 percent being from within the UK), then 82,500 of those users are UK-based. Compare that to the MailOnline's 36 percent of 46.9 million uniques - reaching 16.884 million UK users. However, the number of returning users is likely much lower.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-11 14:49

Research in Motion Ltd. will sell its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for under US$500, said co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie. The touch screen tablet will be launched in the United States in the first quarter of 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

"There's a lot of demand and we are seeing a lot of interest from international retailers," Balsillie said, adding that the Asian market, especially South Korea and Japan will be key.

Image: AFP
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the price set by RIM puts the PlayBook "in direct competition with the Apple iPad," which is currently being at a initial price of $499.

The PlayBook is smaller than the iPad as it has a 7-inch display while Apple's tablet is 9.7 inches, the Agence France Press reported. Furthermore, it will used Adobe Flash video software and will connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-11 00:13

The Wall Street Journal is planning to expand its targeted Professional Edition for chief financial officers (CFOs) and other senior financial executives with a customised version, FinChannel.com reported today. This initiative is scheduled to launch in spring 2011.

"Utilizing the Journal as a window for specialized content, the new product will provide CFOs with a comprehensive, targeted news feed and archive with real-time coverage focused on accounting, tax, regulatory matters, financial markets, strategy, operations and management, along with customizable tools, features and newsletters - all built to serve the specific needs of CFOs," according to a press release posted on DowJones.

"We are continually looking for ways to serve readers and users with the most relevant content in an innovative and timely manner," Daniel Bernard, chief product officer of the WSJ Digital Network, was quoted as saying by FinChannel.com. "The expansion of The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition - with its unmatched breadth and depth of content from thousands of sources - will provide the CFO community a comprehensive, customizable product to stay in the know on topics and news that matter most."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 18:35

Weekly Indian newspaper The Sunday Guardian unveiled a beta version of its online version this weekend, Exchange4Media.com reported today.

The second section of the website, Guardian20 will take three more weeks to come up.

When quizzed about attempts to monetize the news site, MJ Akbar, editor-in-chief of the Sunday Guardian, was quoted by Exchange4media.com as saying: "We will not be creating any pay-walls or asking readers to pay. Pay-walls might be a necessary evil in this business, but that experiment is being conducted by media superpowers like Murdoch and the NYT. Let's just say we are monitoring those developments. By providing content online for free, we don't anticipate any fall in the subscription revenue. We have been growing at a pretty fast and steady rate and the Internet just allows us to reach a much larger audience, especially outside Delhi. We've had good support from online advertisers, who have seen the quality of content and style, and are very excited to be on board."

The content from the weekly newspaper will comprise of the content on the website and some original content specifically for the online edition will also be created.

A separate team has been established to manage and maintain the news site, according to a report by Exchange4media.com. The news site will be using social networking tools to promote the website.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-09 19:29

The Guardian Media Group is planning to separate its newspapers, The Guardian and The Observer, and their websites from the rest of the group's multi-media assets, according to a report drawn by MediaGuardian from the Sunday Times print edition.

The move will be led by CEO Andrew Miller, who joined GMG in July, and it is expected to "draw a line under ambitions to be a multi-media group" by treating assets outside the Guardian News and Media national press division as "arms-length investments", according to a report by PressGazette.co.uk. This means that the group's management and operational focus will be on Guardian News Media.

The company's multi-media assets include its holdings in Trader Media Group and the b2b magazine publisher Emap, both jointly owned with private equity firm, Apax, radio stations and property websites.

Also likely consideration of sale or stock market listing of the lucrative Trader division and its principal brand, Auto Trader magazine, estimated at a value of £1.5bn "is likely to fuel speculation over the financial future of Guardian Media Group," according to nma.co.uk. The media group also recently announced the switch in payment model of its iPhone app from a one-off charge to a subscription model.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-09 18:51

Twitter is currently testing an add-on to its places feature that would allow businesses to "claim" a location, TechCrunch reported Sunday.

Although Twitter allows users to tweet their location since June, the new feature "provides a permanent URL for specific locations, along with a list of people who have recently tweeted from that location and their tweets," Mashable explained.

Image: Mashable.com
So far, only Twitter headquarters has been claimed. But the feature "is not available at this time," said the micro blogging company in statement reported by Mashable. "We're experimenting with a variety features. Allowing businesses to claim a Place is a natural thing to consider for the future."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-09 18:37

China-based tech firm Hanvon is expected to announce today the first e-reader with color e-ink at this year's FDP International trade show in Tokyo, Japan, PC Mag reported.

The device will emerge on the Chinese market in March next year and may cost US$440, according to CNN. The e-reader will have a 9.68 inch touchscreen as well as 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Image: NYT

"Consumers want everything: vibrant color and full video with low power consumption and zero glare at an unbeatable price. Until that arrives, we'll continue to see both makers and readers in this space accepting tradeoffs and experimenting to find a balance that works," Wired.com stated.

According to The New York Times, e-ink's black-and-white displays are present on almost 90 percent of e-readers across the globe, i.e. Amazon's Kindle or Sony's Reader Daily Edition. Apple's iPad and Barnes & Noble's recently unveiled colour Nook reader both use LCD technology.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-09 16:14

Publisher Condé Nast's UK version of Vogue announced the launch of an iPad edition, available from November 6 onwards for £3.99 (US$6.44 or €4.63), Media Week reported. Nicholas Coleridge, Condé Nast's Managing Director in the UK, divulged that the digital issue made use of a platform that was specifically designed, permitting fashion photography "to come to life" while offering a "multi-sensory experience," MediaGuardian reported.

"Vogue on the iPad has given us the opportunity to put life, colour and movement into our magazine. From moving image and sound, to internet connectivity, the possibilities are exciting and engaging," said Vogue Creative Director Robin Derrick, in charge of managing the app's formation.

Image: FashionStake Blog

Advertisers present in the December print issue will also have a spot on the iPad, Media Week added. These include luxury brands Burberry, Chanel, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. Furthermore, there will be Internet-only content such as interview footage of Harry Potter actress Emma Watson.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-09 15:58

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