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Micro-blogging service Twitter gained 30 million new users over the past two months, which puts its total member count at 175 million, San Francisco Chronicle reported today. According to TG Daily, it could reach a userbase of 200 million by the end of the year.

"It has become so muscular and ubiquitous that it now competes with the likes of Google and Facebook for users -- and is beginning to compete with them for advertising dollars," wrote New York Times journalist Claire Cain Miller.

Three years ago, Twitter had 503,000 users. In 2009, the number exploded to 58 million, PC Mag informed. According to WWWery, back in April and September, Twitter had 105 million and 145 registered users, respectively. The start-up currently attracts 370,000 new users per day.

The Times explained that Twitter not only changed the process of obtaining and distributing news content but that it also altered how public figures communicate. It might as well be on the verge of joining the ranks of other Web companies that "dominate the whole globe," the Chronicle added.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-01 16:49

Despite the global economic downturn that has slowed or reversed growth across media industries since 2008, technologies and digital sectors continue to advance and grow, and new media platforms gain market share across the board. Meanwhile, traditional media are seeing limited growth or decreasing shares overall, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2010, released by the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

According to IDATE, the number of mobile customers worldwide has grown from 2.16 billion in 2005 to a projected 5.2 billion in 2012, with the number of Chinese customers far surpassing any other country, with an estimated 915 million customers in 2012. The Asia Pacific region on the whole will grow from 820 million to 2.54 billion customers from 2005 to 2012.

Following China in growth are India, expanding tenfold from 76 million to 704 million, and Japan, from 90 million to 126 million, in the six-year period.

Meanwhile the No. 2 continent, Europe, will expand its customer base from 692 million to 1.04 billion, led by Russia, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-28 20:16

Russia's telephone operator Vimpelkom announced today that its Beeline network provider is teaming up with the country's largest social site, VKontakte, to offer free access to the mobile edition of the site, GZT.ru reported. According to Oksana Belyaeva, Vimpelkom director of marketing for new business tools, almost half of Beeline subscribers with mobile Web access use the Internet for social networking.

O.vkontakte.ru is a text-only site, as opposed to other mobile versions of the social network, meaning that pages are loaded much faster, GZT.ru reported. Extra material can be downloaded by users and the cost varies depending on the subscription package each user has. Vimpelkom's commercial interest lies in this factor, RIA Novosti informed.

Russian mobile operators are branching out into social networking features because there is a surging interest amongst the population, RIA Novosti explained. Another prominent provider, MTS, launched a mobile Facebook site (O.facebook.com) simultaneously alongside Vimpelkom during the summer. A third large operator, MegaFon, has ventures with VKontakte, but hasn't initiated free mobile access to either Facebook or its Russian counterpart yet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-27 22:09

Kobo, the eReader device backed by Indigo Books & Music, Borders, REDgroup Retail, Cheung Kong Holdings, and other leaders in technology and retail, announced it will offer newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

The selection includes "dozens of top U.S. and Canadian publications", according to the company, WebProNews reported.

As an added bonus, the company said it is now offering a two-week free trial period.

After that, the monthly subscription prices start at $13.99 for newspapers and $2.99 for magazines. All content are delivered automatically to the device as soon as they're published, according to CrunchGear.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-27 21:32

Being able to buy an issue or subscription on one device, and then access it across devices makes sense for device and app users. And, for the most part, it also makes sense for the makers of gadgets - Apple, Amazon, and others. However, it doesn't make sense for publishers looking to sell their own multi-platform subscriptions, paidContent's Staci Kramer wrote yesterday.

It is in the publisher's best interest to control their customer relationships and their brands across devices. Amazon announced its vision is to allow customers to "buy once, read everywhere" - a stance that could lead to content creators locking horns with device-makers.

Image via Melville House Publishing

For example, Kramer writes: "The NYT has invested considerable resources in an iPad app that eventually will be part of its metered plans. Selling subscriptions on the Kindle or Nook makes sense. Selling one that works on an iPad and competes with that, not so much."

Amazon has also said that in the future, it will allow users to lend e-books on the Kindle for 14 days, depending on the publisher's discretion, Retail Digital reported today.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-26 23:58

According to a new Nielsen study, news takes the cake as the most popularly viewed type of content on the iPad, Poynter reports. The study, called "Internet Connected Devices," shows that news is the top content category, with 44 percent of iPad users viewing news regularly. Music comes in second, with 41 percent of users consuming on a regular basis.

But even with the boom of the iPad, the study found that more people still access news from their iPhones. Although iPhone news junkies fall two percent behind music consumers, 51 percent of users read the news on their phone.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-25 21:24

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation shelved this week its ambitious Alesia Project, a paid-for news content aggregation platform that promised publishers to generate new digital revenue streams, Poynter.org informed today.

"It is believed that News Corp's decision not to take the product to market is related to concerns over running costs," explained Campaign magazine, which estimated in £20 million ($31.5 million) the investment made in this venture. The digital newsstand was going to be launch in the next few weeks and at least £1 million had been already allocated to advertise it.

Although no official explanation has been provided, a source said to Reuters that the company "was unable to reach a 'critical mass' of publishers to support the plan."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-22 22:36

Barnes & Noble is expected to launch its new Nook Color reader next Tuesday, CNet reported yesterday. According to The New York Times, the book retailer also teamed up with U.S.-based department store chain Wal-Mart for the sale of previous models across 2,500 stores of its outlets, starting October 24.

The 7-inch touch screen e-reader will reportedly be powered by Google's Android operating system, according to a "reliable" anonymous source, CNet informed. Wired News explained that it might not have "quite as much functionality as the iPad or full Android tablet," which is hinted by Nook Color's relatively cheaper US$249 cost.

Image of previous Nook reader from gizmag

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-22 18:45

The Daily and Sunday Express newspapers of the Express group have launched an online casino service on their news sites called express-casino.com, in collaborative partnership with Casinos Austria International, PressGazette.co.uk reported yesterday.

The white label online casino service launched on October 1, and will be operated by CAIGames.com, the online gaming platform of Casinos Austria International, according to a press release by the gaming company. The gaming hub on the news website features an extensive choice of online casino, slot machine, video poker, jackpot and instant games.

Image Source: Casino Austria International

As a part of the deal, the Express newspapers will support the new casino with advertising and editorial promotions on print and online, in return for the gaming service offerings, according to Press Gazette.co.uk.

The gaming division also offers users an opportunity to participate in unique promotions with landbased operations in the Casinos Austria International network around the globe, the press release stated.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-20 18:09

Having launched the second phase of its "Mon Journal Offert" (My Free Newspaper) project last week as part of a €600 million government bailout programme, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication is offering readers between the ages of 18 and 24 a free copy of the daily paper of their choice once a week for a year, according to a report by our sister publication, Editors Weblog last week.

The French government is furthering this initiative to encourage its citizens to become loyal newspaper readers by giving away an additional 210,000 free newspaper subscriptions as a part of the state intervention to save the country's news industry, MediaGuardian reported today. In the next three years, the programme is expected to cost more than £13 million (€14.47 million). The scheme had already given away 300,000 subscriptions, according to Editors Weblog.
"Culture minister Frederic Mitterrand, hailing the programme a success, last week said the scheme had expanded to include 62 titles for its second year and had set a target of giving out 210,000 subs," paidContent reported. "Publishers and the taxpayer split the cost of the free subs 50/50; subscribers receive only one copy per week of their chosen title."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-20 18:06

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