Media & publishing

PredictGaze vison control demo

A TV that turns itself off when you leave the room, and a browser that logs you out of Facebook when someone else uses your iPad: Mountain View-based vision control startup Predictgaze shows us what it has been working on.

pC2012: Discoverability: Getting It Right

When everything is everywhere, how do you get the right content to surface at the right time in front of the right people? How do you avoid search-engine syndrome? A look at who’s leading in discoverability, how it ties into branded content distribution, and the results of getting this critical piece of the puzzle right.

Moderator: Michael Wolf, VP of Research, GigaOM Pro

Speakers: Amit Kapur, CEO, Gravity
Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed
Valla Vakili, CEO and Co-Founder, Small Demons

pC2012: Paying The Way

Spotify has 2.5 million paying customers. One year in, The New York Times’ pay wall is proving successful. Once a question of “will they? /won’t they?”, consumer online content payments appear to have a rosier future. In these new frontiers, how do you effectively price your content when there are few comparisons and free alternatives elsewhere?

Moderator: Robert Andrews, Senior Editor, International, paidContent / GigaOM

Speakers:
Tomas Bella, CEO, Piano Media
Rob Grimshaw, Managing Director, FT.com

pC2012: Social: The New Politics-As-Usual

Politics really is the ultimate branded content. So in this big election year, how will social factor into who wins, who loses—and who comes out looking good either way? Will the promise of social—its potential to democratize the influencers, redirect the conversation, and flatten the playing field—ultimately change the outcome? Or will it end up being more of the same, with campaign dollars trumping viral as the way to spread the message and get the word out? And who’s making money from it?

Moderator: Mathew Ingram, Senior Writer, GigaOM

Speakers:
Josh Marshall, Editor and Publisher, TalkingPointsMemo.com
Vivian Schiller. Chief Digital Officer, NBC News

pC2012: Q&A with Betaworks CEO John Borthwick

In order to benefit from digital media and the disruption created by the social web, content companies and publishers have to think differently about what they do, John Borthwick of Betaworks told attendees at paidContent 2012.

pC2012: Research: GigaOM Pro’s David Card on discoverability

How can you curate the chaos of social discovery? Real-time results from a proprietary survey were revealed at paidContent 2012, focusing on how, when and why traditional media audiences are migrating to digital content. David Card, research director of GigaOM Pro, discusses what the most salient, emerging lessons are and how you might apply them to your digital strategy.

pC2012: Forrester’s James McQuivey on “the tablet world”

Tablets may be a hot item now, but they’re just getting started. By 2016, 34 percent of the U.S. population will own tablets, making them the fastest adopted consumer electronics device in history. But tablets alone won’t be the big story in the coming years according to James McQuivey, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research.

Q&A: Rob Grimshaw, MD, FT.com

Rob Grimshaw, the managing director of The Financial Times’ digital operation, talks about mobile, the future of print and the newspaper’s premium digital strategy with Robert Andrews, senior editor, international, for GigaOM/paidContent.

Steve Case on Policies and Passion

In this video, Steve Case talks with GigaOM’s Colleen Taylor about making governmental policies more entrepreneur-friendly, bringing Silicon Valley’s culture to other regions nationwide, and how entrepreneurs should follow their passions.

Netflix Playstation FAIL

Sony hs taken down the Playstation Network for the time being. One result is that PS3 users also aren’t able to access any Netflix streams.

The Best Digital Media April Fools’ Spoofs

Here at paidContent.org, we specialize in digital-media news. That’s not a joke. But in honor of April Fools’ Day, we’ll bring you some of t…

Al Jazeera Launches Mobile News Sites

Al Jazeera has launched two mobile websites to disseminate its news to as many people as possible. The director of Al Jazeera Network Wadah…

Los Angeles Radio Station Goes Web-Only

The magazine and newspaper trend of going web-only has now come to radio, as Indie 103.1 , a Los Angeles FM station, is no longer on the dia…

Round-Up: Add-To-Phone; Times Mobile; Shazam iD

— Cellfish Media have launched an “Add-to-Phone” service, which allows publishers and bloggers to put a button on their page allowing reade…

1010WINS Launches Mobile Site

New York news-only radio station 1010WINS has gone mobile, launching a site with the latest stories as well as current temperature and a wea…

HarperCollins Keen On Digital And Mobile

The publishing world is increasingly going digital, and since a lot of reading is done while “mobile”, it makes sense that mobiles are a par…

Round-Up: Beyonce Phone; Def Jam Radio; Mippin

— The latest branded phone to be announced is a Beyonce-branded version of the UpStage music phone on Sprint…”The B’Phone, as it is calle…

Hello Launches Mobile Service

Hello Magazine has launched a mobile service based on SMS and MMS which will offer celebrity news and photos. Eventually a WAP site is plann…

Zagat Launches Mobile Site

City guidebook company Zagat has launched a mobile effort at Zagat.mobi. It covers major US cities, London and a few other cities around the…

Gannett Launches 100 Local Mobile Sites

More moves from traditional media into mobile: Gannett (NYSE: GCI) is launching over 100 mobile Internet sites to beef up its presence in th…

New York Times’ Mobile Plans

New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced its Q2 results today, and on the earnings call, Janet Robinson, CEO and president, talked about…

IDG’s Mobile Breaking News Voice Alerts

An interesting use of mobile podcasting by IDG, the big media trade company: it has launched mobile alerts for its brands CIO, Computerworld…

Cars.com Goes Mobile

Cars.com is launching a mobile version of its website. Users will have access to the site’s inventory of 2 million new and used vehicles and…

Esquire’s Mobile Service

Hearst has launched a mobile service for its Esquire magazine — m.esquire.com — which is notable because it takes a different tack than mo…

Record Numbers Vote For US Idol

Over the five-months of this years series of American Idol 609 million votes were cast by either SMS or calling a toll-free line, beating la…

MEF Brings Participation TV Guidelines To US

The Mobile Entertainment Forum has ported its Code of Practice for Participation TV (quizzes, etc) from the UK to the US. The participation…

Clear Channel Expands Mobile Services

Clear Channel will launch some mobile initiatives in a bid to strengthen the ties between its radio stations and their listeners. “Starting…

Drive.com.au Launches Mobile Service

Drive — a part of Fairfax Digital — has launched a mobile version of its service in Australia. Drive Mobile will offer people access to te…

HelloMetro Goes Mobile With 600 Sites

HelloMetro — an online collectin of more than 600 sites based on providing information about various cities — has gone mobile. As such it…

Hearst Mobilizes Magazines Aimed At 35+ Women

Hearst Magazines is launching three mobile sites aimed at women in the 35+ age bracket. Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful and Redbook mobil…

Magazines Trying Different Mobile Strategies

Magazines are beginning to go mobile, although they’re still experimenting with the format — from mobile magazines to WAP pages to SMS aler…

mBooks Via SMS

Moka is launching a service mBooks service that will deliver excerpts of books via SMS. The genre of books sent are self-help books, religio…

Forbes, SportingNews.com To Launch Mobizines

Both Forbes and SportingNews are launching Mobizines in the US for the launch of the service into North America by Refresh Mobile. Mobizines…

TV Shows Forced Online, Mobile By Viewers

The SMH has a good look at how TV shows are using the internet and mobiles to provide more content for their viewers, and how they will have…

The Possibilities For Newspapers On Mobile

Here’s some good weekend reading… The Editors Weblog has a piece on how mobiles will affect newspapers (“according to Visiongain, by 2008,…

Gutenberg Project Mobilizes

The Gutenberg Project (to digitise books that are out of copyright and make them available free) has made a move into mobile, according to T…

In Style Mag Goes Mobile

In style magazine has launched a mobile application build by Limelife. The service includes daily photos of celebrities, fashion trends and…

African Teen Mags Mobizines Efforts

Mail&Guardian has a piece on youth media in Africa, starting with the teen mags launching mobizines — Saltwater GIRL,Blunt, Zig Zag, Sevent…

Financial Times Expands Mobile Offering

The Financial Times has extended its mobile offering, launching a Java application based mobile news reader. The service offers access to ne…

Maury Goes Mobile; Includes Localization

Not that big a deal since it involves a syndicated show asking responses through SMS…but it is trying to build in localization. Viewers in…

ZDNet UK Launches Mobile Version

ZDNet UK has launched a Mobizine with “a daily update of the most important tech developments”. It’s free of charge, and they mention data c…

The Mobile Effect On Digital Rights

According to Lionsgate’s exec VP of TV distribution, Jon Ferro, the licensing of content for wireless distribution is in its infancy but som…

Forbes Goes Mobile

Forbes Magazine has launched a mobile version of its website. “The company is targeting on-the-go executives with free access to all editori…

Japanese Women Love Mobile Manga

Mobile manga is taking off pretty well in Japan, although Newsweek reports that the most common time for reading them is after 11pm, rather…

The History Of Rock On Your Mobile

Richard E. Aaron is launching The History Of Rock on mobile phones. A bit of background… Richard E. Aaron has been a photographer of Rock…

Wrestlemag Goes Mobile

WrestleMag: UK magazine Wrestlemag has added mobile content to its offering. “The deal (with Gloversure) will enable existing readers based…

The Week Magazine Launches SMS Columns

The Week Magazine has entered into an “exclusive partnership with Microsoft Windows Mobile” to offer some of its columns in SMS format. The…

WSJ To Launch Ad-Supported Mobile Site

Suddenly, it is all the rage: news sites launching ad-supported services…after NYT and WaPo, now WSJ is gearing to launch one.

Washington Post Launches WAP Site

Updated below: The Washington Post Co has gone mobile, launching WAP sites for its flagship newspaper The Washington Post, as well as Newswe…

Mobile-Generated Mag Goes Mobile

Some of you may remember Shock, the magazine that set out to be the Ogrish of the publication world by publishing shocking images taken with…

AP To Offer U.S. Election Results On Mobile

The first U.S. 2008 presidential election mobile service has been announced…expect a lot more activity on mobile for ’08: Associated Press…

Discovery Launches D2C Mobile Site In US

Discovery Communications has announced its biggest mobile content push in U.S. yet: the launch of its direct-to-consumer website in the US,…

Tribune Interactive Goes Mobile

The Tribune Company is going mobile — the media company has 11 daily newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times as well as 2…

Push Media Is Back – On Cell Phones

People are now talking about push media again, this time on mobile phones. The idea makes sense in that it allows phones to download content…

Dow Jones Newswires Launches Mobile Service

Subscription only, of course, in keeping with DJ Newswires main business..the site is DJNMobile.com. The service/mobile site will offer a ra…

Newsland Moves To Symbian

Newsland has announced plans to extend its reader to work on Symbian phones (currently it works on Windows devices), with the new version pl…

Television’s New Joy of Text

The WSJ has an interesting story about TV companies getting into SMS competitions and voting…this does two main things. It encourages peop…

GoComics Launches New Title On Sprint

This release is about uclick mobile signing an agreement with Wowmax Media to launch the “manga and anime hit Guilstein” on its GoComics Boo…

Bravo Fashions Mobile “Runway” Fare

A rather elaborate mobile plan for the latest season of Bravo’s hit series Project Runway. The show, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, has 15…

3AU Goes Tabloid

3 Australia has signed a deal with News Interactive, the online delivery arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited, to provide access to digital…

Straits Times Launches STOMP

OK, I like the name… Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times has launched its digital side, www.stomp.com.sg, for both online and mobile.…

Tribune Venture to Offer Mobile Content

Tribune Media Service, the syndication arm of Tribune, will create TMS Mobile, a service to deliver branded content to mobile device users,…

Who Wants Mobile Newspaper Content?

The Editors Weblog has picked up on a recent NYT story that had nothing to do with mobile newspaper content, for precisely that reason. “The…

A New Shock Publication

A new magazine is planned that intends to cover all media — paper magazine, online and mobile. The concept behind the magazine is to report…

Reuters And B2B Individuals

I was reading Connected Workforce (which I picked up at CTIA) and there was an interesting chapter by Geert Linnebank, editor-in-chief of Re…

Mobile Magazines By Consumers & Business

Press Release: TocMag is a website that allows both businesses and the general public to create mobile magazines and have them available for…

@ CTIA: Reuters Mobile On Ki-Bi

Reuters was at the Ki-Bi booth at CTIA promoting its mobile version, which it seems to think will do well using Ki-Bi’s technology. This is…

@ CTIA: Mobile Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

OK, so this is a simple brand play, but the turtles are cool…uClick has signed a licensing agreement with Mirage Licensing to put the Teen…

Mobile Publishing Moves, Maxim And Poker

There’s a couple of mobile publishing announcements today…Maxim will make its May issue mobile, “with links in the pages to content and ad…

The Mobile Effect On Media Rules

Advances in mobile media (along with the internet) are providing more media options for consumers, leading to questions about the need for c…

Media Barons Dream Of A Mobile Nirvana

Big media companies are salivating at the prospect of getting a healthy chunk of the rapidly growing mobile content pie…this article focus…

GoComics Mobile Serial Player

GoComics has launched “GoComics Books”, an application designed to “present comics in a panel-by-panel format for quick viewing and a simple…

USAToday.com WAP Site

USAToday.com has launched a WAP site (wap.usatoday.com) as part of its push into the mobile world. “The killer application for wireless cont…

Bravo To Launch Mobile Service

NBC Universal-owned cable TV channel Bravo is launching a mobile service called Bravo to Go, which offers mobile personalization products fr…

Fox Reality Launching Mobile Sub Service

The reality arm of Fox is launching a mobile subscription service which will allow fans to access content tied to the networks’ programs via…

Telstra Gets Newspaper Content From Fairfax

Telstra has signed a deal with Fairfax to put the news websites theage.com.au and smh.com.au on Telstra’s 2.5G i-Mode service and its 3G ser…

Fineline Signs Cartoon Distie Deal

Fineline Holdings has signed licensing agreements for its cartoons with “three major mobile phone companies” on three continents; Australia,…

BET Launches BET Mobile brand

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom catering to African-American audiences, has launched its mobile brand called, well, BET Mobile. The company/chan…

MTV UK Revamps Web & WAP Sites

MTV UK has re-launched its main Web and WAP sites as parent portals for all its TV channel sub brands. The WAP site will support the Web sit…

India Telcos Go Comic

Much like other mobile content producers around the world there’s been some big deals in the Indian marketplace in terms of comics moving to…

AlJazeera Launches Mobile Services On Vodafone

“In collaboration with AlJazeera Channel, Al Majaz Telecom Technology and Aiwa Gulf, MTC-Vodafone will enable customers to stay connected by…

Beep. It’s from Hamlet. 2B? NT2B?=???

“Dot Mobile, a company offering mobile phones to students, has hired Professor John Sutherland of University College London to provide subsc…

Verizon Expands Content Portal

Verizon Wireless has added a whole bunch of stuff to its content portal Mobile Web 2.0… I was first informed via a press release from GoCo…

The Inquirer Canvasses Stories by MMS

Textually has noted that The Inquirer has asked its readers whether they’d like to receive stories by MMS…
“The idea is that we’d deliver…

India Gets Mobile Comics From Reliance

It’s now comic strips on mobile a la newspaper. Reliance Infocomm, India’s leading mobile service provider, has begun uploading major Indian…

Automatic Mobile Manga Transcriber

ComiAsia has launched a mobile comics automation platform MCAP) which is specially designed to adapt and optimize the viewing experiencing o…

Mobile Romance, The Harlequin Way

Harlequin — publisher of romance novels — has signed a deal to make a variety of titles available for download on mobile phones, handheld…

National Enquirer Goes Mobile

The National Enquirer has signed up FoneStarz to sell some mobile content…”The exclusive deal will initially allow any of the estimated 12…

HarperCollinsPublishers Goes Mobile

Legion Interactive, HarperCollinsPublishers and SanRemo have joined forces to launch HarperCollins MobileReader…it will enable consumers t…

Mobile Magazine In India

Indian company Coruscant Tec has signed up some english magazines to put onto mobile phones…
The content from, say, Man’s World, the metro…

Breaking News Demand Sees Mobile Group 3 Upbeat

3UK (which is expected to break even this year) has said that “calls to its “breaking news” 3G data service went up 19-fold in the hours aft…

More Scoopt Members Make Sales

Scoopt is keen to show that the recent sale by one of its members is not a one-off occurence. In a release it reveals that:

Scoopt member…

IHT Unveils Mobile Content Service

The International Herald Tribune has moved onto mobiles with a WAP page (wap.iht.com) and a mobile web page (mobile.iht.com)…the WAP is in…

Handmark, AP Join For Wireless Content

This must be a special day for news services…Handmark has signed a content distribution agreement with The Associated Press to bring news…

Funmail To Provide Nickelodeon Content

Nickelodeon is teaming with wireless entertainment publisher FunMail to offer images of popular characters from the children’s network. FunM…

More On Manga

The move of manga onto mobile phones in Japan has received a lot of press lately, with Sony Pictures Entertainment making a move to dominate…

Telstra Taps NineMSN For 3G Content

Telstra has extended its media partnerships with Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) and NineMSN (a joint venture between PBL and Micr…

Washington Post Moves Into Mobile

Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (publisher of Washingtonpost.com) has signed up Proteus to launch its mobile content offering…nothing…

Comics On Smartphones

A group of US cartoonists have formed Fulltiltmobile, a website designed to sell their comics for people to read on smartphones…”Users may…

Scoopt Gets 600 Useless Photos

Scoopt — the picture agency set up to handle photos taken with mobile phones — apparently attracted 1,200 members in the space of a week a…

Reuters Launches Premium SMS Alerts

Reuters has launched a premium SMS news alerts service in U.S…similar services have been operating in UK and Europe for some time now, and…

Industry Moves: CBS Names Wireless Head

CBS Digital Media, the recently formed digital media unit of Viacom’s CBS/TV units, has named a wireless head: Cyriac Roeding has been named…

Shaping The Media With Mobiles

Since the first series of bombings in London on 7th July people have become increasingly media savvy, comprehending which events are newswor…

Ur mobile on? Read SMS novel

A rage in China, Japan and Taiwan, novels over short-messaging system, SMS, are still a curious phenomenon in India. A novel, Cloak Room,whi…

Mobile Content And Magazines

A rather simplistic but a good overview story on how some magazines are trying to make forays into mobile content. Among the most aggressive…

Hello! Launches WAP Portal

Celebrity rag Hellomagazine has launched a WAP page to extend its current SMS and Java services…the WAP page “allows users to access daily…

Nokia Also Ties In With MTV

Nokia is supporting an MTV mobile magazine (which I think will be called MTV: starzine) is billed as Europe’s first magazine to be created e…

AOL Pictures Goes Mobile

America Online is preparing mobile access to its AOL Pictures Web service. A beta version of the service provides SprintVision and Cingular…

iWitness In More Detail

After writing about iWitness I thought it was a good idea, but wasn’t sure how it worked. David Russell, the man behind Mutoo Creations and…

Live8 To Use SMS To Promote Poverty Plan

If you haven’t heard, on July 6th the leaders of the worlds eight largest economies will gather together for the G8 Summit…a few days earl…

E!'s Future in Mobile Media

A detailed interview with Ted Harbert, CEO of E! Networks, on the future of TV and his company’s role in the evolving digital media world: “…

iMedia Expands Into Mobile Market

iMedia — a company which makes digital magazines on DVD and CD-ROMs — has made the fairly logical expansion into the mobile world. The WAP…

Newspapers’ Role in Mobile Ecosystem

The World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum is going on in Seoul, Korea this week, and some “experts” there think that newspape…

o2 Syndicates Sun WAP Page

O2 has signed a revenue sharing agreement with Blue Star Mobile Group to syndicate the ‘Page 3’ multimedia content of The Sun newpaper for a…

Harlequin Signs With Vocel For Mobile Novels

Harlequin, synonymous in U.S. with romance novels, has signed up with Vocel, a mobile content tech company which recently got a strategic in…

Singaporean Company Releases Mobile Comics

A Singaporean company called Mobtoon is offering cartoons for mobile phones. “As the technology advances, we can do more things on the mobil…

Mobile Speed Reading With BuddyBuzz

Researchers at Stanford University’s Persuasive Technology Lab are working to offer a faster way to read text on mobile phones. The system,…

Teen Titles Go Mobile

Publishers of teen magazines (they’re called “teen”, even though they’re pretty much only aimed at girls) are concerned about the technology…

Reuters’ President on Mobile Media

In an interview with our sister site paidContent.org, Chris Ahearn, the president of Reuters Media spoke about broadband, online and mobile,…

Contrasting Mobile Content Strategies

The recently announced mobile strategy of Time Magazine has been compared with that of the BBC, and has not performed particularly well…”O…

Time Inc. Plans Long-Term Mobile Strategy

Time Inc. is developing a sustainable mobile marketing strategy for its magazines starting with People and Teen People…it recently tied up…

O2 Offers FT News On Mobiles

UK operator O2 has signed a deal with the Financial Times to provide global business and financial news to mobile operators, with the mobile…

Time Inc To Launch on Mobiles

Time Inc has made a foray into mobile content, and tied up with vendor Flytxt, to implement a variety of text message-based content and mark…

Hans Christian Andersen Goes Mobile

Fans of Hans Christian Anderson (author of such fairy tales as The Ugly Ducking, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Little Mermaid) will soo…

Korean Magazines Go Mobile

Korea mobile operator KTF is launching a service allowing users to read magazines from home and abroad such as Woman Sense, Living Sense and…

Books On Mobiles

AP has sent out a story about mobile phone users in Japan being able to download and read entire novels on their handsets. It’s a bit over-s…

Bertelsmann Considering Launching MVNO

Not the first time media company has gotten into mobile phone services (MVNOs: Virgin is an example. The upcoming ESPN and Disney-branded mo…

Correction on Reuters’ Piece

Reuters people told us about a correction in our earlier piece on Reuters’ mobile efforts. The news and info company will be working with op…

Reuters To Ramp up Mobile Efforts

Updated to reflect Reuters’ plan to also go with carriers…initial post suggested it won’t do that.
Reuters, the news agency, is ramping up…

Drag And Drop Publisher For Mobiles

Normally I wouldn’t blog the launch of a product, but Trivantis has launched the Zirada Mobile Publisher, a computer-based system for creati…

Yahoo Launches Mobile RSS News Feed

Yahoo has extended its RSS feeds to mobile devices, which the company has targeted as a growth area for its internet services. “To access co…

Mobile Content For Dummies

Wiley Publishing is partnering with Airborne to put the For Dummies series of books on mobile phones. Sixteen titles will initially be made…

Publisher Aims at Cellphones (reg required)

Publisher Random House is making a move onto mobile phones, buying a minority stake in educational mobile content provider Vocel. Two produc…

Vodafone launches Reuters channel

Reuters has launched a business and financial news and information channel on Vodafone live!, in a bid to increase its audience reach in the…

SMS on iTV Generating Millions

South Africans are loving the concept of interacting with television via SMS, according to this story. Of particular note: “the “168-charact…

NBC Launches Wireless Apps For Fall Shows

Looks like NBC is getting serious about mobile content/services and tying them up with their new TV shows…in assocation with Crisp Wirele…

Us Weekly Gossips Wirelessly

(via Textually) Finally, gossip/celebrity magazines in U.S. are catching on to the likes of Hello and OK…US Magazine here is launching a…

Reaxion Helps Deliver The Source

Hudson Entertainment has called on Reaxion to enable the wireless delivery of The Source magazine to wireless customers. As part of the deal…

SMS Micropayments for Website Content

Top South African online publisher Media24 Digital, which publishes the News24.com website, is experimenting with using SMS as a form of pay…