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Report: Facebook's IPO To Start At $5 Billion, And It's Coming Wednesday AM

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Facebook’s much-anticipated IPO looks to be coming ever-closer, with a new report out with further details of what we will see come Wednesday morning. According to the International Financing Review, Facebook will be filing to raise $5 billion in a preliminary initial public offering prospectus on Wednesday morning. IFR...
Report: Facebook's IPO To Start At $5 Billion, And It's Coming Wednesday AM

F+W Launches Hard-Boiled Crime E-Book Imprint

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F+W Media is launching a new digital-only imprint, Prologue Books, that aims to reintroduce readers to previously out-of-print crime, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, western and YA titles published between 1940 and 1970. Prologue Books launches with about 150 titles, available through Kindle, Nook, Sony (NYSE: SNE), Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Kobo....
F+W Launches Hard-Boiled Crime E-Book Imprint

Another Tech Blogger Launches An E-Book Venture

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Does three make a trend? In recent months, both former Gawker editor Emily Gould and GigaOm’s Michael Wolf launched their own e-book ventures. Now Lifehacker editor Jason Chen has left Gawker Media to launch an e-bookstore of his own, StoryBundle. Chen will publish bundles of DRM-free e-books under a...
Another Tech Blogger Launches An E-Book Venture
Tesla Will Webcast Supercharger Quick-Charge Unveiling Tonight

Kindle Touch Heads To Europe

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Amazon’s Kindle Touch e-reader will be available in Europe at the end of April, the BBC reports. The Kindle Touch will go on sale in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy—the countries where Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has a Kindle Store—on April 27. It’s been available in the U.S....
Kindle Touch Heads To Europe

Apple: 3 Million iPads Sold This Weekend

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After Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook hinted Monday morning about a “record weekend” for sales of the new iPad, Apple this afternoon is confirming just how good of a weekend it was. Since the first iPads went on sale Friday morning, 3 million tablets have been sold, according...
Apple: 3 Million iPads Sold This Weekend

Bloomberg's Lex Fenwick Named Dow Jones CEO

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News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) has appointed Lex Fenwick as the CEO of Dow Jones & Company, filling the position left open following Les Hinton’s resignation in July. Fenwick has been at Bloomberg for the past 25 years, most recently as founder and CEO of VC fund and startup incubator...
Bloomberg's Lex Fenwick Named Dow Jones CEO

NPD: Apple Takes Top Three Slots For Smartphone Best-Sellers In U.S.

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Android held on to its title as the most-popular smartphone platform in the U.S. in the last quarter, but when it comes to sales of specific devices, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is running away from the competition, with Samsung swiftly behind, according to research out from the NPD Group. Apple...
NPD: Apple Takes Top Three Slots For Smartphone Best-Sellers In U.S.

As Amazon and IPG's Fight Continues, One Client's Sales Fall By 40%

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It’s been a few weeks since Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) removed the Kindle versions of 5,000 titles from distributor Independent Publishers Group, but IPG has not capitulated to Amazon’s demand for better terms. Now one IPG client, who is losing sales fast, has launched a Change.org petition to “stop Amazon’s...
As Amazon and IPG's Fight Continues, One Client's Sales Fall By 40%

Traditional TV Use Flat In Q1— And It'll Stay That Way, One Analyst Says

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No disruption to see here folks, move along. A ratings analysis by Turner Networks and a report from Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser both said they aren’t seeing a dramatic shift from traditional linear TV and towards emerging digital channels. According to Turner, total prime-time viewership of the...
Traditional TV Use Flat In Q1— And It'll Stay That Way, One Analyst Says
Amazon Will Sell Some E-Books Beyond The Kindle Store

The Morning Lowdown 3-8-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  U.S. Warns Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), Publishers (WSJ) »  The iPad Lowdown (paidContent) »  TheComplete.me wants to be the Pinterest of dating (GigaOM) »  Among Online Entrepreneurs, Subscriptions Are All the Rage (New York Times) »  Getty Images licenses...
The Morning Lowdown 3-8-12

Publishers To Ad Nets: Hands Off Our Ad Inventory

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Over the past few years, a number of major publishers have sworn off remnant ad networks, often citing the lack of transparency and fear of driving down premium prices as the reason for their avoidance. But as a Mediaweek piece shows, online pubs like WSJ.com, Bloomberg.com and TheStreet.com, which...
Publishers To Ad Nets: Hands Off Our Ad Inventory

New Book Startups Actually Focus On The Buying And Selling Part

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Two new book-related startups that launched in beta this week seek to redefine the book buying, browsing and selling experience. A host of reading-related startups to launch recently—Subtext, Readmill, Findings—focus on social and sharing but don’t touch on the down-and-dirty, selling-more-books part. Bilbary and Jellybooks are different. Both have...
New Book Startups Actually Focus On The Buying And Selling Part

Apple On Motorola IP Claims In Germany: "This Old Pager Patent Is Invalid"

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Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) in the last 24 hours has been dealt not one but two blows in court cases involving Motorola (NYSE: MMI) and patents in Germany, one involving IP licensing on older iPhone models (not the 4S) and one involving iCloud. Apple has already told paidContent that it...
Apple On Motorola IP Claims In Germany: "This Old Pager Patent Is Invalid"

Yahoo News Puts Out An Original Web Series With Reveille

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Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO)—which is upping the amount of original content on Yahoo News—has now added an original web video series to the site. Yahoo says the series—“Who Knew?”—is supposed to be “easy-to-digest,” and “easy-to-digest” it certainly is with a series of “out-of-the-ordinary facts and information” about the “most talked-about...
Yahoo News Puts Out An Original Web Series With Reveille

European Union, U.S. Coordinate On E-Book Pricing Cases

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As regulators on both sides of the Atlantic investigate publishers and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) for allegedly colluding to fix the price of e-books, the two sides are coordinating on the cases and the EU is open to a settlement. The European Union is investigating the UK divisions of the...
European Union, U.S. Coordinate On E-Book Pricing Cases

Former Facebookers Get $11 Million For Q&A Startup

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Quora, a Q&A startup founded by several early Facebook employees, including former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo, has raised $11 million in a first round of funding. TechCrunch puts the valuation at a whopping $86 million, even though the site—which pitches itself as a “continually improving collections of questions and...
Former Facebookers Get $11 Million For Q&A Startup

Paywall Promos: How Far Should Newspapers Open The Door?

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As newspapers lock content behind paywalls, marketers are opening that same content right back up again through campaigns that provide readers with temporary access for free. The idea seems a good one but newspapers are still experimenting with when and how to do it. On Thursday, for instance, the...
Paywall Promos: How Far Should Newspapers Open The Door?

What's On Your Strategic Roadmap For Mobile In 2012?

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Is 2012 “the year of mobile?” No sir. Mobile is simply too disruptive to have just one year. After all, who remembers the year of the TV or the year of the Internet? Talk of “the year of ...” is not only passé but also irrelevant. The disruptive forces...
What's On Your Strategic Roadmap For Mobile In 2012?

The Morning Lowdown 3-9-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Chris Hughes is the new owner of The New Republic (NYT/Media Decoder) »  If the government makes agency pricing go away (Mike Shatzkin) »  Press+ opens pay model data vault (paidContent) »  The Herald Sun paywall launches on...
The Morning Lowdown 3-9-12

Jersey Shore, Dora, iCarly To Amazon Prime Instant In Viacom Deal

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Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is expanding its Prime Instant Video library in a deal with Viacom (NYSE: VIA), bringing the total number of streaming videos available free Prime members to over 15,000. The deal brings “thousands” of Viacom episodes to Prime Instant “over the next several months,” including MTV’s The...
Jersey Shore, Dora, iCarly To Amazon Prime Instant In Viacom Deal

DirecTV Aims To Double Latin American Revenue To $10B In 5 Years

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Faced with a maturing market for satellite TV services in the U.S., DirecTV (NYSE: DTV) is pinning its future growth needs on the Latin American market. And on its Latin America Investor Day Thursday, the company outlined an ambitious agenda for doubling revenue in the region to more than...
DirecTV Aims To Double Latin American Revenue To $10B In 5 Years

News Corp's Times Hikes Digital Fee To Milk iPad Riches

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With Rupert Murdoch in London to launch the Sunday Sun whilst grasping News International’s crisis for a second time, News Corp is doubling its digital subscription fees for The Times and Sunday Times, to take more money from wealthy iPad owners. From March 1, The Times and Sunday Times’...
News Corp's Times Hikes Digital Fee To Milk iPad Riches

Publisher EDC Pulls All Its Books From Amazon

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Tulsa, OK-based children’s book publisher Educational Development Corporation will no longer sell any of its titles on Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), in a move EDC president Randall White calls “critical” to his company’s growth. However, the company is uniquely positioned to make such a move. EDC, which had revenues of...
Publisher EDC Pulls All Its Books From Amazon

MTV's Music Meter App Out Of Beta For Both iOS And Android

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Believe it or not, MTV actually does still care about music: its Music Meter mobile application has shed the beta tag with its 2.0 release, allowing users to see which artists are generating the most buzz across social-media networks and streaming sites. The new version is available for download...
MTV's Music Meter App Out Of Beta For Both iOS And Android

The Morning Lowdown 3-22-12

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»  AP Goes To Its Board To Replace Curley; Hires McClatchy’s Pruitt As CEO (paidContent) »  Amazon’s Gift Card Promotion Nets $5 Million and Lots of New Subscribers (All Things D) »  What Zynga really wants from OMGPOP’s Draw Something (GigaOM) »  Six Quotes On How Newspapers’ Digital Fate...
The Morning Lowdown 3-22-12

Is Cable's Long, Glorious Ratings Run Finally Over?

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For more than three decades, cable TV programmers enjoyed steady ratings gains—mostly at the expense of broadcasters. Inspired efforts like AMC’s Mad Men and FX’s Sons of Anarchy notwithstanding, those steady ratings increases sometimes belied the quality of programming they ran on their channels (sorry, Snooki). But with the...
Is Cable's Long, Glorious Ratings Run Finally Over?

The Mobile Stats That Keep Microsoft Up At Night

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Here’s why Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is launching a “completely new smartphone OS” later this year. The latest smartphone platform market share figures, courtesy of comScore:...
The Mobile Stats That Keep Microsoft Up At Night
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