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A Facebook news app for users might come about in the near future, but news publishers should be wary of its appearance, believes NewsCloud's Jeff Reifman. He writes on his NewsCloud Blog that as Facebook already lets users share photos, e-mails, events and groups, it seems that "a built-in news application is inevitable." An application like this would help Facebook "take on Google News" and broaden its content. However, Reifman believes a news app for Facebook apparently would not be good for media companies. (It must be noted that Reifman's NewsCloud offers a Facebook application for news organisations and therefore he has a specific interest in this topic.)

For some time, publishers have lost (and gained) page views because readers are finding news from Google News, Twitter and Facebook. "Currently, news bubbles into your Facebook feed in a distributed fashion based on Facebook pages you've joined," states Reifman. Publishers also use Facebook pages "despite concerns about end user privacy, data collection and revenue" and they cannot personalize stories to certain readers through Facebook. However, a Facebook news app could change the way news is delivered to Facebook users.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-18 15:20

Google has revealed it will launch its own paid apps shop for Android-based shops in 18 additional countries, including Brazil, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Israel, India and Mexico, ZD Net reported.The search engine giant said developers from 20 additional countries (such as Finland, Argentina, Ireland, Denmark) could sell their apps on the Android Market as well.

"Since we launched Android and Android Market, we have seen the population of Android users and devices expand into many countries," Google stated in a blog post. "This widespread adoption has brought with it growing interest in Android Market's support for the buying and selling of paid applications in these additional countries."

According to CNet, users in these newer countries were able to start purchasing apps "over the next two weeks," Google added. Google also said that the list of countries with the Android Market will be expanded over the upcoming months.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-04 16:27

In an effort to tap the mobile platform for revenue, Australian media group Fairfax has unveiled iPhone apps based on the subscription model for its newspapers, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Today and WAToday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday.

While most newspaper publishers have opted for a one-off fee payment system, the Fairfax group is the first publisher to have launched an iPhone app based on the subscription model, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Readers can download the apps from the Apple iTunes store at a monthly charge of $2.49 and those who opt for subscriptions over a six-month period are entitled to a 15 percent discount, and therefore will pay only $12.99.

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"It's the first move by Fairfax Media to charge for its online news content on a mobile phone," Brian McCarthy, chief executive at the Fairfax group, was quoted by The Australian as saying. "The development of the apps is a milestone in our ongoing strategy around the delivery of content through digital platforms."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-30 19:36

As consumer reading preferences increasingly shift to mobile devices such as the iPad and smartphones, The Associated Press is looking for a means to harness the mobile medium's potentials by bringing circulars and coupon inserts to newspaper apps, AdAge.com reported today.

Tentatively called "iCircular," the app is currently being developed in collaboration with Verve Wireless and will work in conjunction with the AP's white-label app platform. Jane Seagrave, senior vice president and chief revenue officer at the AP confirmed its development, but declined to provide any further information saying, "the development process wasn't far enough along," according to AdAge. Member publishers can also publish apps under their own brand with the help of this application.

"Ad circulars ... are extremely important to almost every newspaper," James Moroney, CEO and publisher at the Dallas Morning News was quoted as saying by AdAge. "With the decline of classified print advertising, as far as printed newspaper ad-revenue categories go, it is, if not the largest for a lot of papers, always going to be one of the two or three largest categories."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-27 21:28

The Telegraph Media Group is launching its first free iPad app in association with Audi as the launch sponsor, Mediaweek.co.uk reported today.

The app will make editorial content from the UK media group's newspapers, Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph, available for free throughout the week, according to the newspaper.

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"We are delighted that iPad users will now be able to enjoy the best journalism from The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph," Edward Roussel, digital editor of the media group was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "This development demonstrates Telegraph Media Group's dedication to making its content accessible to the widest possible audience on all key platforms."

The content available on the iPad will include world news, UK news, politics, sports, business, editorial, features and cartoons. While the newspaper stated that the app is available for free download from the iTunes store for a 'limited period' and readers can download content from 5 a.m. daily, no further information was provided.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-21 15:31

Sport24.com, the French-language sports news site, is launching a free iPhone application that will stream live footage in an "innovative" format, Le Figaro reported Thursday.

The app will feature content in horizontal format, something which is not that common, according to Le Figaro. The format is reportedly popular following the launch of the iPad.

The app will include live coverage of matches, re-enactment of matches in 3D and an alert service that is free for the first three months (then €0.79 for three months) Sport24.com was created in 1998 and was bought by the Figaro group in 2006.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-03 16:06

Apple has sold 120 million iPods, iPads and iPhones since 2007, when it launched its iOS operating system, chief executive Steve Jobs announced yesterday, paidContent revealed.

This represents an increase of 20 million in the last three months. Every day, the company is activating an average of 230,000 devices, Mashable reported. These numbers only include activations and not system upgrades, Jobs said.

Steve Jobs presented Apple's results during an event in San Francisco. Photo:
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This puts Apple's "operating system ahead of the pace of Gooble Inc.'s Android software. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in August that Android was gaining 200,000 new users a day, up from 100,000 two months earlier," a Bloomberg article stated.

So far 6.5 billion applications, which translates in 200 apps per second, have been downloaded from iTunes. According to PCWorld, Apple's virtual store has 300,000 apps out of which 25,000 are for iPads.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-09-02 21:22

L'Agence France-Presse (AFP) has announced it plans to offer readers direct access to AFP content on digital devices rather than just a "Business to Business" model. AFP is the third largest news agency in the world, tailing the Associated Press and Reuters, and is undoubtedly an influential force in the print industry, providing articles to about 5,000 newspapers in six different languages. Yet Emmanuel Hoog, CEO of AFP, admits that the company is behind the digital trends. Hoog commented to Le Monde "It's absurd that the third largest news provider does not have an application for the iPad, the smartphone, or the internet...How have the AP and Reuters launched mobile apps in French and not AFP?"

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-02 17:09

According to findings from research carried out in May by Digital Media Test Kitchen, "few mobile news apps have pushed the creativity envelope." The report stated that "compared to the innovation that's rampant in the non-news mobile app world, the news apps we reviewed seem behind the curve."

Six newspaper apps were reviewed: USA Today, The New York Times, THE Associated Press, the Guardian, Politico, and the Huffington Post. "Most of the news applications that have been created by single news brands do not do enough to encourage interactivity, customization, or creativity...there is an overall lack of interactivity compared to the news brands' regular Web sites." Regarding creativity, these apps generally stuck to the same pattern of pairing headlines with thumbnails photos. However, these thumbnail photos can usually not be enlarged when clicked on, "a disappointment when the image was too small to discern adequately." As for interactivity, while most of the apps permitted sharing on social networks, only the HuffPost app allowed users to comment.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-30 22:17

U.S. Publisher Hearst Magazines is preparing to open an "App Lab" at its Hearst Tower headquarters in Manhattan, paidContent reported. The lab will serve as a "think tank" for those in the advertising and marketing industries, aiming to to kick-start business associations and help experts discuss mobile content ideas with the publishing industry.

The initiative is set to begin in September, with educational sessions on topics including previews of emerging mobile content, applications and platforms, including iPad and other tablets; advertiser and agency roundtables on new ad formats and models; and consumer insight panels, among other programming, according to the press release posted on WebWire.com. In early 2011, the group plans to open up a physical space for showcasing its iPhone, iPad and tablet products exclusively to consumers.

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"The App Lab is a digital think tank to bring together innovators, both inside Hearst and across the media and technology industries, in order to create the smartest content, ad models and platforms that resonate with consumers today," David Carey, Hearst Magazines' newly named president, stated in the press release.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-25 19:23

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