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Latin American freelance marketplace Workana bags $500k in round led by Evenbase

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Latin American freelancing marketplace Workana has raised a $500k round of investment led by DMGT‘s employment division, Evenbase, which announced the deal on its blog today. Latin American angel investors also participated in the deal. Workana is based in Buenos Aires, where it graduated from NXTP Labs‘ acceleration program last June. While it is similar to  Freelancer and oDesk,...
Latin American freelance marketplace Workana bags $500k in round led by Evenbase

Topshop to turn London fashion week show into Facebook 'entertainment'

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Users will be able to customise clothes and accessories as they appear on the catwalkThis Sunday, Topshop will turn its London fashion week catwalk into "social entertainment". The high-street trendsetter, in partnership with Facebook, has developed cutting-edge technology to make the fashion show experience more inclusive for its legions of...
Topshop to turn London fashion week show into Facebook 'entertainment'

Sainsbury supermarket buys HMV’s aNobii stake to enter e-books

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Fresh from buying white label digital entertainment vendor Global Media Vault in October to power its new launch in to online content retailing, the UK supermarket chain J. Sainsbury is now moving in to e-books. It is buying a 64 percent stake, mostly from HMV, in aNobii, a social discovery...
Sainsbury supermarket buys HMV’s aNobii stake to enter e-books

How are organisations planning for digital beyond marketing?

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Econsultancy’s Digital Cream event in London last week was a great place to announce our plans for a new piece of research about the impact of digital on a range of business functions including marketing, customer service and product development. Our research, being carried out in association with digital business...
How are organisations planning for digital beyond marketing?
Androids are going to take our jobs, and that's great!

Mobile boom means big challenges for Vevo's global roll-out

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Music video service Vevo will soon launch in three more western European countries, declaring most online videos will ultimately be viewed on mobile. But, although the service sees no problem heading to emerging young markets, high costs will keep it out of Germany for the foreseeable future. “We’re about to...
Mobile boom means big challenges for Vevo's global roll-out

Another WPP Digital Acqusition: Possible Worldwide Buys Fortune Cookie For Easter European Expansion

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The advertising giant WPP continues its strategy to build up its digital business through acquisitions: today Possible Worldwide, a WPP-owned digital agency that has strong operations in emerging markets, announced that it has purchased Fortune Cookie, a 190-person, UK-based firm with operations also in Poland, the U.S. and Australia. Financial...
Another WPP Digital Acqusition: Possible Worldwide Buys Fortune Cookie For Easter European Expansion

Amazons Grabs Top Sony Music Exec

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Michael Paull, who oversaw Sony Music’s digital business, is headed to Amazon. Sources say Paull, who had been at Sony for the last four years, has already left the music label. No word from Amazon about role he’ll have there, and Sony has yet to announce a replacement. Last year...
Amazons Grabs Top Sony Music Exec

New Call of Duty Titles Announced, Fired Devs Sue For Name

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eldavojohn writes "Activision has announced new Call of Duty titles while fired Infinity Ward Developer leads Jason West and Vince Zampella sue them for the rights to the name. According to Activision, 'The company intends to expand the Call of Duty brand with the same focus seen in its Blizzard...
New Call of Duty Titles Announced, Fired Devs Sue For Name

Online retailers expect bumper Christmas

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Internet sales predicted to hit £4.6bn in first two weeks of December, with £1bn of goods snapped up via mobile devicesInternet retailers are gearing up for a bumper Christmas, with consumers forecast to spend £4.6bn online during the first two weeks of December, up from £3.7bn in the same period...
Online retailers expect bumper Christmas

Labels And Spotify Still Struggle To Convince Some Artists On Stream Rates

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The debate over whether artists get enough played out in public last week when EMI and Spotify executives failed to win over two sceptical EMI acts during an industry seminar. Music artists must rack up 80 to 200 music streams to earn royalties equivalent to one download, according to...
Labels And Spotify Still Struggle To Convince Some Artists On Stream Rates

European Union approves Random House-Penguin merger

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The European Union cleared the merger of publishers Random House and Penguin on Friday, saying it does not pose a risk to competition. The EU said the merger doesn’t threaten competition. In a press release, the European Commission said of its investigation: “The Commission assessed the impact of the transaction...
European Union approves Random House-Penguin merger

Tech Predictions for 2013: It's All About Mobile

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In a report about the state of digital business, comScore published some surprising tidbits about smartphone usage, the rivalry between Facebook and Google, and the most popular Web sites....
Tech Predictions for 2013: It's All About Mobile

DealBook: Microsoft's Nook Deal, Aiming at Amazon, Sets Up Battle in E-Books

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The deal, which gives Microsoft a 17.6 percent stake, values the Nook unit at $1.7 billion and bolsters the bookseller’s efforts to make its digital business the linchpin of its future growth....
DealBook: Microsoft's Nook Deal, Aiming at Amazon, Sets Up Battle in E-Books

MLB.com Boss Bob Bowman Is Still an Apple Man. But Samsung Is on Deck.

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The last time we asked MLB.com boss Bob Bowman for his take on mobile platforms, it went something like this: He loved Apple, and Apple users, supported Android because he had to, and thought Blackberry was still a viable market. That was two years ago. What do things look like...
MLB.com Boss Bob Bowman Is Still an Apple Man. But Samsung Is on Deck.

Microsoft May Have Solved A Big Problem With Its Tablet Strategy Today (MSFT, BN)

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This morning, Microsoft dropped $300 million to invest in a new joint venture that will be spun out of Barnes & Noble's digital business. That means Microsoft now owns 17% of a new company that makes a popular product — the Nook e-reader — based on a rival platform, Google's...
Microsoft May Have Solved A Big Problem With Its Tablet Strategy Today (MSFT, BN)

Best Buy snags Starbucks tech guru

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The man behind popular innovations at Starbucks, like free WiFi and payment via smartphone, is being tapped to help the electronics retailer. FORTUNE -- Stephen Gillett, the Starbucks chief information officer who revamped the retailer's technological approach to selling coffee, is joining electronics giant Best Buy. The 36-year-old former college...
Best Buy snags Starbucks tech guru

Pearson to Invest $89.5 Million in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media

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Publishing and education company Pearson PLC agreed to invest $89.5 million for a 5 percent stake in Barnes & Noble Inc.’s digital-business unit, Nook Media LLC. Bookstore operator Barnes & Noble will now own 78.2 percent of Nook Media, and Microsoft Corp., which made a $300 million investment earlier this...
Pearson to Invest $89.5 Million in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media

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The Curious Vaporization Of Jesta Labs, A $15 Million Startup Incubator

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Here’s a puzzler. Back in September 2011, less than 6 months ago, Jesta Digital loudly committed $15 million to establish Jesta Labs, a New York-based mobile services startup incubator. Fast forward to today, and the incubator has vanished from the face of the planet. Their website has been taken down,...
The Curious Vaporization Of Jesta Labs, A $15 Million Startup Incubator

And Now's The Perfect Time For A Megalomaniac To Make A Big Offer For The New York Times...

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The New York Times Company continues to shrink, selling off one asset after another in an attempt to delay the inevitable--a significant restructuring of its flagship newspaper. The company's digital business is thriving--it's one of the best news sites in the world--but the digital business cannot carry the weight of...
And Now's The Perfect Time For A Megalomaniac To Make A Big Offer For The New York Times...
Brenda Spoonemore: 'A biz dev playbook for startups'

Bankrupt Kodak will stop producing cameras in 2012

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Kodak, the beleaguered company that invented the handheld camera, is slashing its product lines in an attempt to survive a rapidly changing consumer electronics landscape. The iconic company will ease production of its cameras, including digital and pocket video cameras, as well as its digital picture frames, before the summer...
Bankrupt Kodak will stop producing cameras in 2012

Is Print Media Doomed Worldwide or Just In The US?

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As I walked in the headquarters of the Jawa Pos—the flagship newspaper of one of South East Asia’s largest print media empires—I was wondering just how screwed my profession is; globally I mean. Is the death of print a world-wide certainty or merely an American reality? After all a lot...
Is Print Media Doomed Worldwide or Just In The US?
6 things every CIO should know (or at least think about)
Athenahealth Acquires Maker Of Popular Mobile Health Apps For Doctors, Epocrates, For $293M

What's The Future Of TV Everywhere? Hear From Jeff Bewkes At IGNITION

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It's not often that consumers demand companies take their cash. But last month a devoted Game of Thrones fan started a website called, "Take My Money, HBO!" The site encourages viewers to proclaim their willingness to forgo pirating content. It invites them to instead tweet an amount they would be...
What's The Future Of TV Everywhere? Hear From Jeff Bewkes At IGNITION

Yahoo Wants To Double The Amount Of Original Content It Publishes (YHOO)

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Despite Yahoo's well-publicized strategy to corner a broad array of online businesses from advertising to search to content, it has more aggressively moved into the publishing space, increasingly looking like a content company. Last week, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based portal dropped $100 million on articles aggregator Associated...
Yahoo Wants To Double The Amount Of Original Content It Publishes (YHOO)

Strategist Jonathan MacDonald on 'denoising' and creating an engaged workforce [Video]

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.” It was this Plato quote that Jonathan MacDonald, co-founder of This Fluid World and strategist for some of the world’s largest brands, chose to kick-start his keynote with at TNW Conference Europe last month. MacDonald delivered an impassioned talk...
Strategist Jonathan MacDonald on 'denoising' and creating an engaged workforce [Video]
Enterprise gamification goes big as Badgeville teams up with Capgemini
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