Monthly Archives: December 2012

Kim Dotcom To Host Mega’s Launch Event At His New Mega Zealand Mansion Next Month | TechCrunch

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“Kim Dotcom doesn’t do things small. The man behind the Megaupload empire is about to launch his next service dubbed simply Mega. But don’t expect a simple press event in a hotel conference room.”

 

Kim Dotcom doesn’t do things small. The man behind the Megaupload empire is about to launch his next service dubbed simply Mega. But don’t expect a simple press event in a hotel conference room. Nope, on January 20, 2013, exactly one year after his over-the-top takedown, Dotcom is hosting the Mega launch event at his sprawling New Zealand estate — effectively giving the finger to the RIAA, MPAA, and the shady US Justice Department.

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Members of the media who like to be at the press conference of the EPIC Mega launch at the Dotcom Mansion pls register: mega.co.nz/press/

27 Dec 12

Dotcom has promised to return bigger than ever after a ridiculous show of force involving New Zealand’s special police and the U.S. Justice Department. He has teased parts of the upcoming Mega service several times. It’s unclear if Mega will reach the sheer numbers of its predecessor, Megaupload, but a massive, extravagant launch event is the best way to give the service a pop right out of the gate.

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Google News Crumbles, And More 2013 Media Predictions – Forbes

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Guest post written by Ashley Harrison Ashley Harrison is CEO of the social news reader and publishing platform Taptu, a unit of Mediafed.”

 

With the digital and mobile era clearly setting in across the global landscape, media is continuing to transform. With new doors opening and others closing nearly everyday in the world of publishing, 2013 will be the year that mobile consumption finally raises the bar on both advertising and publishing in the digital age. Here are five predictions for how digital media will unfold in 2013:

Advertisers and publishers will take note as mobile devices will become the #1 way to read news.R.I.P. iOS magazine apps.Google News will start to fade as publishers seek profits.Revenue of news distribution on mobile devices will make up a third of all digital publishing.The ‘Super Blog’ will take over.

As smartphones and tablets begin to overthrow PCs, advertisers and publishers alike are stuck in a search for a way to hit their target audience and still generate revenue.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2012/12/26/google-news-crumbles-and-more-2013-media-predictions

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MediaPost Publications Mag Bag: 2012 Was A Tough Year For Magazines 12/28/2012

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Mag Bag: 2012 Was A Tough Year For Magazines – 12/28/2012

 

2012 Was A Tough Year For Magazines

2009 was miserable. 2010 wasn’t much better. 2011 was a little bit worse. And 2012 looks to be, in a word, crappy.
 
Magazines can’t seem to catch a break, as the ongoing transition to digital media continues to undermine print advertising, still the main source of revenue for most big publishers. According to the Publishers Information Bureau, total ad pages fell 8.6% in the first nine months of 2012, compared to the same period last year.

That follows a decline of 3.2% for the full year 2011, which followed a flat 2010, which looked positively spectacular compared to drops of 25.6% in 2009 and 11.6% in 2008 — blows from which the industry has never recovered.
 
Indeed, taking a somewhat longer perspective, the total number of ad pages at publications tracked by PIB has fallen from 179,339 in the first three quarters of 2006 to 110,483 in the first three quarters of 2012. That’s a 38.4% drop in six years — not quite as bad as the newspaper business, where revenues are down by half, but a steep enough decline to prompt New York Times media columnist David Carr to warn in August: “Now, like newspapers, they seem to have reached the edge of the cliff.”

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/190039/mag-bag-2012-was-tough-year-for-magazines.html#ixzz2GcuyQVJf

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CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Now Controls Nearly One-Fifth Of U.S. Mobile Display Ad Revenue

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It’s the top U.S. publisher in mobile display.

 

This chart comes from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and and analysis service focused on the mobile and Internet industries. Sign up for a free trial here.

Facebook has vaulted past its competitors to control 18.4 percent of U.S. mobile display ad revenues. 

According to eMarketer, that means Facebook will end the year as the top U.S. publisher in mobile display, with roughly $340 million in revenue for all of 2012.

The chart below presents a visualization of Facebook remarkable performance. The social network wasn’t in the picture in 2011. One year later, it has seized a fatter share of U.S. mobile display revenues than heavyweights such as Google, Pandora, and Apple’s iAd platform. In the process, a greater share of revenue has accrued to the top six publishers. 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-facebook-mobile-revenue-2012-12#ixzz2GSNfRTGM
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The Woz Uses Cycloramic And An iPhone 5 To Street View His Kitchen | TechCrunch

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There are only two excuses for using the term “amazeballs!”: you’re Zooey Deschanel and you star in the hit TV sitcom New Girl, or you’ve just witnessed the Cycloramic app in action.

 

 

There are only two excuses for using the term “amazeballs!“: you’re Zooey Deschanel and you star in the hit TV sitcom New Girl, or you’ve just witnessed the Cycloramic app in action.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is even fascinated with the app, which takes a 360-degree video on its own, without the help or support of a tripod, special case or accessory of any kind.

But this isn’t the exciting bit. You can actually get all kinds of awesome, interactive 360 degree video on your phone from awesome companies like Kogeto. Plus, there’s a Panorama mode on almost all iPhones now with iOS 6. The content is cute, but the best part of the app is watching it in action.

Start by balancing your phone upright on a flat surface (a granite countertop or glass table). The surface has to be really smooth, so don’t expect any non-laminated wood or tiles to work.

Once you press “GO”, the app will make the phone vibrate at just the right frequencies to force to phone into a twirl. Your iPhone will continue to spin in a circle, which recording video, until you press the “STOP” button.

The app works best with the iPhone 5, which is lighter and has a different vibrator than the iPhone 4/4S. Founder Bruno Francois says that the iPhone 4/4S will slowly rotate on level glass top only.

The app also has a few limitations, so you have to make sure your vibrator settings are set properly on the phone or the app won’t work. If, for example, your phone is set to silent mode, you must have the “Vibrate on Silent” setting turned on. If the phone is set to ring, you must have “Vibrate On Ring” turned on.

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MediaPost Publications Sun-Times Media Will Close Suburban Newsrooms 12/27/2012

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Sun-Times Media Will Close Suburban Newsrooms – 12/27/2012

 

Chicago-area newspaper publishers are retrenching as the year draws to a close, with major cost-cutting initiatives from Sun-Times Media and the Tribune Co. Most recently, Sun-Times Media announced that it will close six of its suburban newsrooms with an eye to consolidating all editorial and production activities in the company’s main Sun-Times building in downtown Chicago.
 
Sun-Times Media will close suburban newsrooms in Aurora, Glenview, Gurnee, Joliet, Tinely Park and Merrillville, Indiana, and relocate about 70 employees, including editors and production personnel, to the Sun-Times headquarters building.

Suburban reporters will work from the field or from home via laptops and mobile devices. Some workers involved in production may be laid off. In addition to saving money on rent and streamlining production, Sun-Times execs said the moves are part of a push to transition to a “digital first” company.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/189999/sun-times-media-will-close-suburban-newsrooms.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+mediadailynews+%28MediaPost+%7C+MediaDailyNews%29#ixzz2GGrtipje

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Publishing: The Road Ahead | TechCrunch

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With the closing of Spin Magazine’s print edition alongside the failure of the print edition of Newsweek (not to mention the shuttering of countless newspapers and magazines around the world) you’d be hard-pressed to say that publishing -…

 

With the closing of Spin Magazine’s print edition alongside the failure of the print edition of Newsweek (not to mention the shuttering of countless newspapers and magazines around the world) you’d be hard-pressed to say that publishing – particularly in the news space – is doing well.

Add in the merger of Penguin and Random House – a Napster-esque move designed to stave off the vagaries of a non-collusive market – and you’ve got an even bleaker picture.

In short, after centuries of progress, the old method of transmitting information via the printed page – not to mention the publisher’s tendency to control content with an iron fist – is crumbling. In its place we have an entirely new system and regime, one ruled less by a central authority – the editors, publishers, and printers of yore – and now ruled by the mob.

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Big data was big in 2012, it will be bigger in 2013 – Telegraph

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The big data hype continues, but one UK start-up is trying to use it to revolutionise traditional telephony in the same way Google did with the internet, says Monty Munford.

 

There is no doubt that 2012 was a big year for big data. A Google search or a cursory glance at the Twitter hashtag of #bigdata underscores how pervasive it has become; it is digital’s DNA and it matters a great deal.

According to Gartner Research, this is only the beginning. It reports that it drove $96 billion of global IT spending in 2012, a figure that will rise to £74 billion in 2013, up to an extraordinary $232 billion by 2016.

The definition of big data is a wide one. It is not just the closed data possessed by corporations and governments, it is the information that is openly buzzed across social media channels, how that social media is analysed… it exists everywhere.

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How the tablet market evolved in 2012: Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft go to war

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The biggest year for tablets so far was undoubtedly 2012. Amazon and Google stepped up their games, Apple responded accordingly, Samsung flexed its muscles, and even Microsoft showed …

The biggest year for tablets so far was undoubtedly 2012. Amazon and Google stepped up their games, Apple responded accordingly, Samsung flexed its muscles, and even Microsoft showed up to the party. Here’s our take on what happened this year and what it all means.

Before we dive in though, it’s important to acknowledge that there are of course other companies that make and market tablets. The tablet space is still growing very rapidly, but it’s already massive enough for these firms to be able to sell their offerings. Without help from the big guys, however, it is becoming increasingly harder for them to compete. Each of the five has put in a huge amount of resources to ensure they get their cut.

As such, tablet buyers will almost definitely end up supporting the Apple iOS ecosystem, some form of the Android ecosystem (Google’s, Samsung’s, or Amazon’s variations), or Microsoft’s Windows 8 ecosystem. In fact, 2012 showed us that many people will end up with more than just one tablet for themselves, and thus likely multiple in their household.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the bigger picture of what each company did, and tried to do, this year.

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MediaPost Publications ‘Spin’ Goes Digital-Only, Music Mags Hit Sour Note 12/26/2012

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‘Spin’ Goes Digital-Only, Music Mags Hit Sour Note – 12/26/2012

It isn’t a very cheery holiday season for the consumer magazine business, with yet another big title closing as the year draws to an end. Music mag Spin announced a few days ago that it will cease publication after 27 years of documenting the alternative, indie, and emerging music scenes.

The magazine, which was recently acquired by Buzz Media, will continue to operate digital properties, including its Web site, Spin.com, Spin Play for iPad and Spin mobile.
 
Like other music titles, Spin was hit hard by the rapid shift to Internet media consumption, especially among the young adults who typically dominate the audience for music mags.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/189955/spin-goes-digital-only-music-mags-hit-sour-note.html?edition=54872#ixzz2GBQcYhmT

 

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