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Sat - 23.09.2017


Apps

CNN's new iPhone app is creating quite a stir by following an old publishing model - charge a small fee ($1.99) and include ads, the Huffington Post reported yesterday. The commotion surrounding the app, released September 29, is caused by violating the existing expectation that free apps can include ads, but paid apps should not.

Other media outlets have had less luck charging anything for news content. The Associated Press, for instance, reports trying to charge $2.99 for a BlackBerry application this year. The download rate was less than a tenth of what the app usually attracts, said Jane Seagrave, the AP's senior vice president for global product development. Since dropping the fee, the AP has seen its downloads soar, she said.

"There were too many others that were available on the market for free," Seagrave said. For now the AP is trying to generate revenue from the app by selling advertising on it. She would not disclose how much revenue the AP is getting from mobile phone apps, according to the AP.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-09 16:03

A newspaper app in May was deemed too risque for the iPhone store, Geek.com reported. Nevertheless, an interactive app called Puff! which lets users blow on the smartphone and watch a girl's skirt puff up recently made the grade.

TechCrunch observed that the iPhone's imbalanced rating system inexplicably denies users factual matter while letting in frivolous content. Publishers have long decried the mysterious selection process which governs the inclusion and hierarchy of web content.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-08 15:01

The Washington Post on Wednesday ended a 47-year-old relationship with the Los Angeles Times in favour of an alliance with Bloomberg News to supply content for a joint wire service, the newspaper announced Thursday.

The move follows a range of changes at The Post, including absorption of its business coverage into the main section of the newsroom.

"For us, it's 300,000 readers, many of whom we didn't have before," said Marcus Brauchli, The Post's executive editor, of the alliance with New York-based Bloomberg, founded by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Brauchli noted that a key advantage of the partnership is access to the high-income corporate executives and market traders who rely on Bloomberg terminals for real-time financial data.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-02 14:40

Metro Canada launched English-language mobile versions for iPhones and Blackberries in September, and will release French versions in October, Newspaper Innovation reported this week.

Metro will also begin using 2D barcodes in print versions, to allow readers to scan the barcodes with their mobiles and receive additional information on the subjects.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-01 16:10

A recent post on paidContent calls into question the potentially unexplored territory of application development by news organisations.

Citing an idea that the article's author, Rafat Ali, had for an application that finds public transportation stops, he writes: "why didn't the New York Times in NY or our parent Guardian in UK think of this very simple but incredibly useful app?"

The questions brings up intriguing questions given that apps seem to be the thing of the future, making the iPhone not only invaluable, but more fun and addictive as well.

Ali proposes that news groups should have "guerilla dev teams on the hunt for the next new tech turn, or innovation" with which they could build upon and market, with the help of an advanced research and development department.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-21 18:59

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