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Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said his company has “moved on” and is no longer interested in buying Yahoo, pointing out that the focus is now on an Internet search agreement between the two firms, Reuters reporters Wednesday.

Following Ballmer's announcement, Microsoft shares dropped by 3 percent to US$18.99 while Yahoo's plunged by 19 per cent to $9.38. Earlier this week, Yahoo shares were up due to speculation that Microsoft may once again offer a bid for Yahoo after the firm's Chief Executive Jerry Yang divulged the possibility of departing.

In May, Yahoo refused a buyout deal from Microsoft after Yang and his board labelled the $47.5 billion offered as “too low,” Reuters reported. However, Yahoo went on to team up with Google Inc. for an advertising venture, which fell through following U.S. antitrust concerns.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-11-20 19:37

The new voice-activated Google Mobile application for the iPhone is now available, CNet reported Monday.

The search application is able to execute a Google search based on voices, and uses the phone's location data to narrow results. For example, if a user tries to search a sushi restaurant, he can just say “sushi” and will get the closest sushi restaurants at the top of the search results. The application, CNet reports, is “freakishly accurate.”

The Google Mobile application provides its answers in text, and if the results include phone numbers, users can dial the phone by just one click, according to CNet.

Google also has Goog411 service, which is a full voice-in, voice-out experience, best for drivers who need a quick connection.

According to TechCrunch, Google Mobile doesn't support voice dialing from the contact list. “It's frustrating to be able to search the entire Web with your voice but not be able to search your own phone. But it's still a useful and very cool little service,” CNet reported.

To get the new application, users can visit the iTunes Application Store and search for “Google Mobile App,” CNet reported.

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Erina Lin

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2008-11-19 21:00

Ziff Davis Media will close the print edition of flagship PC Magazine with its January issue, following which it will be an all-digital brand, available at PCMag.com, MediaWeek reported Wednesday.

Due to the closing, seven print production staffers will be leaving, and print subscribers will be given a digital version of the printed magazine, according to the company.

Although magazines across the board have been struggling, computing magazines have been hit hardest, due to tech savvy readers increasingly preferring the Web, MediaWeek reported. This year, the 27 year-old PC Magazine had to cut its rate base to 600,000 from 700,000 and put out 12 issues per year, down from around 25, according to MediaWeek.

The magazine's ad pages also suffered, plummeting 35.8 percent to 330 in the first six months of 2008, according to data from the Publishers Information Bureau, MediaWeek reported.

In 2008, PC Magazine's rival, PC World, also dropped its rate base to 600,000 from 710,000, MediaWeek reported.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-11-19 20:54

UK regional newspaper publisher Newsquest has signed up for new Audit Bureau of Circulations Electronic (ABCe) six-month certificates. The move will allow the group to release overall Internet traffic numbers for its sites and to also focus on individual figures for larger Web sites such as its Swindon Advertiser and the Lancashire Telegraph, Journalism.co.uk reported Monday.

In the past, the publisher announced its ABCe data in an informal manner. Its unique users/browsers per month added up to an average of 5,124,715. The ABCe figures will now account for daily, weekly and monthly unique users/browsers, an ABCe release reported.

Other regional newspaper publishers to sign up for the new ABCe certificate include Johnston Press and Northcliffe Media.

“We are committed to the transparent reporting of our network in order to demonstrate not only the size of our audiences across the UK, but more importantly the localness of those audiences. The growing online power of our local and regional media brands combined with our traditional strength in print deliver unrivalled pan-platform opportunities for advertisers,” said Newsquest Digital Media Managing Director Roger Green, according to Journalism.co.uk.

From Journalism.co.uk, the average monthly unique user numbers for each Newsquest Web site are:

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-11-19 17:44

As the U.S. newspaper industry has struggled to cope with the advertising market downturn, circulation slumps and migration of print readers to online, publishers are increasingly looking at offshoring work to India as a way to cut costs, in addition to other cost-cutting measures, such as reducing staff and streamlining production and resources, a new report by Research and Markets shows.

“This trend is set to gain traction in the next few years,” the summary of “Offshoring by U.S. Newspaper Publishers” report states.

Offshoring ad production services to India is one of the most popular moves, as it “provides maximum leverage for ad production services since this is easier to provide from India,” the report's summary states.

Offshoring is currently done mostly by Tier 1 publishers, and outsourced work is mostly ad production. “However, as offshoring matures, the Tier 2 and Tier 3 publishers will offshore a wider range of services to India,” said Arun Jethmalani, CEO of ValueNotes, the Research and Markets report states.

The offshore vendor market in India is “at a nascent stage with only a handful of vendors in India actively focusing on the newspaper segment,” with Affinity Express, Express KCS, 2AdPro and Mindworks Global competing as top offshoring firms, according to Research and Markets.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-11-18 21:15

Due to the worldwide appeal of Japanese pop music and video games, MySpace said it will increase the number of artists by more than double on its Japanese pages to get more clicks globally, Reuters reported Monday.

New sign-ups and page views are slowing in Japan, where people are opting for rival networking services such as mixi Inc. MySpace Japan, which launched two years ago, however, plans to buck the trend by expanding the number of sales artists can make on its site.

"Until now, Japanese artists catered primarily to the home market, but the home market is no longer big enough. Demand for Japanese music and games are strong abroad, and we are now uniquely positioned to clear barriers posed by language," MySpace Japan CEO Atsushi Taira told Reuters.

According to a Synovate study, the popularity of social networking sites in Japan is decreasing, as they are usually used to reinforce existing friendships, instead of expanding networks, Reuters reported.

The number of artists that have registered with the Japanese version of MySpace has doubled over last six months to about 90,000 people, Taira said.

Taira is confident that the site can easily double that next year, as more artists sell their music and T-shirts on MySpace, he said. "Once we have a large group of artists using MySpace, the content will win more fans and other users," Reuters reported.

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Erina Lin

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2008-11-18 20:12

The Knoxville News Sentinel, of Knoxville, Tennessee, showed off a new design Monday that cuts costs by merging four sections – local, national, sports and features – into two sections, for two editions each week, the Associated Press reported.

Editions on Tuesday through Saturday will still have four sections. However, other standard features are changing, such as stock tables now being available on the newspaper Web site only.

The E.W. Scripps-owned newspaper has previously had to cut 50 jobs as part of a layoff of 400 employees across the company. Single copy prices have also gone up, according the AP article, posted by CNN Money.

Although the changes are aimed at cutting costs, Editor Jack McElroy wrote in his Sunday column he believes they will also make the paper “more engaging,” the AP reported.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-11-18 19:29

The Crossroads Journal, a locally owned monthly newspaper in Browns Summit, has just ended all print editions and is now only available online, the Greensboro Telegram reported Sunday.

The tabloid-style newspaper has been printed since 1999, serving U.S. communities in the North Carolina counties of Guilford and Alamance counties.

Robert Thomasson of Brown Summit, owns the newspaper.

The newspaper touted that it “crossed counties and communities” to collect news while serving small towns, according to the Greensboro Telegram.

In other news in the United States, Copley Press has put its last surviving paper, the bi-weekly Borrego Sun, up for sale, Editor & Publisher reported Monday.

The Borrego Sun, of San Diego county, was founded in 1949 and served readers in Borrego Springs, California. Copley Press has retained JP Media Partners to aid in the sale.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-11-18 19:06

The Internet and new technologies will only boost the newspaper industry to “new highs in the 21st century,” and will provide new opportunities rather than hurt newspapers, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch said in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio address on Sunday.

“Among our journalistic friends are some misguided cynics who are too busy writing their own obituary to be excited by the opportunity,” he said, according to ABC Radio National.

However, for newspapers to thrive, executives must “fully comprehend what it means to be alive in the era of information,” the ABC Radio's Boyer Lectures online section explained.

Murdoch pointed out in his radio lecture that “self-pity is never pretty,” and that the newspaper business is more about “giving readers great journalism and great judgment,” and less about the format, be it print or online.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-11-17 23:23

USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc. has acquired social media services and tools provider Ripple6, Media Post reported Friday. In addition to social media services, the firm also offers content publishing, social marketing and a word-of-mouth analytics feature.

As part of the deal, Gannett also bought out the 10 percent holding Gannett's Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Chris Saridakis had in Ripple6. The publisher said Saridakis did not participate in transaction negotiations. The terms of the agreement are not yet disclosed.

Ripple6 already powered Gannett's MomsLikeMe.com sites across 80 U.S. local markets, according to Media Post.

“Ripple6 helps us empower moms in local communities across the U.S. by providing them with easy-to-use, specialised social media tools. We also benefit through Ripple6's unique analytics and insights, which help us understand what's happening within our communities and what topics moms are passionate about,” said Peter Lunquist, vice president for Online Content and Product Development Gannett Digital, according to the Ripple6 Web site.

Based in New York, Ripple6 also intends to launch a social network with magazine publisher Meredith Corp.'s title Better Homes and Gardens. Other clients include Procter & Gamble and General Mills, Media Post reported.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-11-14 20:11

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