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Pearson buys 5% stake in NOOK Media, the Microsoft-Barnes & Noble joint venture, for $89.5m

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A bit of news straight out of left field today that should perk some ears over at Amazon.com HQ: publishing and education company Pearson has announced that it is investing nearly $90 million in cash in NOOK Media, the recently formed joint-venture of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble. The strategic...
Pearson buys 5% stake in NOOK Media, the Microsoft-Barnes & Noble joint venture, for $89.5m

Top jobs of the week in tech

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After five days of panel-hopping, endless lines and a host of outlandish marketing gimmicks, the GigaOM team is busy recovering from this weekend’s SXSW Interactive marathon. Click here to check our our full festival coverage, and then check out our latest batch of job listings: Boeing: Software Engineer (Huntington Beach,...
Top jobs of the week in tech

Pearson: FT digital subs overtake print; ebooks hit 17% of global sales

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Pearson released its 2012 annual report Monday. The company had worldwide revenues of £6.1 billion (USD $9.2 billion). Some digital highlights: As previously reported, Financial Times digital subscriptions overtook print subscriptions for the first time in 2012. The FT now has “almost 316,000″ digital subscribers, compared to about 286,000 print subs, and...
Pearson: FT digital subs overtake print; ebooks hit 17% of global sales

Inkling will sell iPad textbooks in over 900 college bookstores

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iPad textbook publisher Inkling is partnering with college bookstore provider Follett. Starting this fall, Follett will sell “hundreds of Inkling titles” in its over 900 college bookstores — including Stanford and UC Berkeley — and on its website. Titles include popular undergraduate textbooks as well as specialized MBA, medical and...
Inkling will sell iPad textbooks in over 900 college bookstores

Penguin UK, Economist Partner On E-Singles

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Penguin UK and the Economist are partnering on a series of e-singles, “Penguin Economist Specials.” The partnership makes sense since Penguin is owned by Pearson (NYSE: PSO), which has a stake in the Economist. The first five Penguin/Economist titles go on sale in the UK tomorrow, March 1, for...
Penguin UK, Economist Partner On E-Singles
Pearson buys $89.5m Nook stake to secure book distribution

Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

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If there's one thing we've seen plenty of here at Techdirt, it's the damage a single DMCA takedown notice can do. From shuttering a legitimate ebook lending site to removing negative reviews to destroying a user's Flickr account to knocking a copyright attorney's site offline, the DMCA notice continues to...
Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

Penelope Trunk: Publishers' revenue model "assumes authors are going to flake"

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Popular blogger and Brazen Careerist founder Penelope Trunk has a new book, The New American Dream, and she’s gotten a lot of attention because of a post that she wrote about that book last week. This attention, she said, surprises her. In a post entitled “How I got a big...
Penelope Trunk: Publishers' revenue model "assumes authors are going to flake"

Who were the top ed tech acquirers in 2012?

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A new report from M&A database CB Insights gives an overview of the 2,277 tech acquisitions it tracked last year (you can see my colleague Eliza Kern’s post on the breakdown here or view the entire report here.) But to give GigaOM a better view of the ed tech sector...
Who were the top ed tech acquirers in 2012?

French business daily gives up on print

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La Tribune, the troubled French financial newspaper founded in 1985, has ceased daily newsprint publication.Its new owners, France Economie Régions and Hi-Média, say it will print a weekly issue from 6 April and publish daily news on its website.La Tribune, which had a circulation of about 75,000, was formerly owned...
French business daily gives up on print

Startup Chronon looks to replace logging and record apps instead

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Look out, Splunk. Chronon, a startup that just picked up $30,000 in seed funding through the second class of the Alchemist Accelerator, wants to take a different approach to keeping and reviewing log files — it wants to ditch them in favor of something that takes much less time to deploy,...
Startup Chronon looks to replace logging and record apps instead

Penguin in E-Book Price Settlement

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Pearson's Penguin Group reached a settlement with the U.S. over allegations that it and other publishers conspired to raise e-book prices for consumers....
Penguin in E-Book Price Settlement

Canada clears Random House-Penguin merger

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Canada’s Competition Bureau and the Department of Canadian Heritage approved the proposed merger between Random House and Penguin on Friday. Penguin parent company Pearson and Random House parent company Bertelsmann expect the merger to take place in the second half of 2013. Random House and Penguin announced their merger last October. The U.S....
Canada clears Random House-Penguin merger

Hey, people who really like Barnes & Noble: Buy a Nook tablet, get a Nook e-reader free

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Barnes & Noble is seemingly trying to get some stock off its hands with a new, week-long promotion: Anybody who buys a Nook HD+ tablet between March 24 and 31 will get a Nook Simple Touch e-reader (the non-front-lit version) for free. The offer applies at Barnes & Noble retail...
Hey, people who really like Barnes & Noble: Buy a Nook tablet, get a Nook e-reader free

Can Commercial VPNs Really Protect Your Privacy?

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Nick Pearson is the founder of IVPN - a privacy-focused VPN service, and Electronic Frontier Foundation member. As Techdirt readers are no-doubt well aware, online surveillance laws are undergoing a major revamp across the western world. From Australia to the UK, law enforcement agencies are taking the opportunity to gain...
Can Commercial VPNs Really Protect Your Privacy?
Google officially launches Google Wallet for web content

Penguin and Random House merge, promise a brave new e-book future

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The pressure of digital transitions can lead traditional media companies to circle the wagons -- for better or for worse -- and book publishers certainly aren't immune as e-books take hold. Bertelsmann and Pearson are worried enough to be merging their respective Random House and Penguin publishing wings into...
Penguin and Random House merge, promise a brave new e-book future

FT: Digital Subscribers Now Outnumber Print For First Time

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A milestone reached as the world of old media continues its push in a digital direction: the storied, pink-sheeted daily newspaper the Financial Times, read by 2.1 million readers daily, today said digital subscribers now outnumber those in print, and that digital revenues now account for half of all sales...
FT: Digital Subscribers Now Outnumber Print For First Time

E-book settlements near, Apple said still holding out

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Some progress has been made on trying to negotiate a settlment on e-book antitrust disputes in the US and Europe, insiders disclosed Wednesday. Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster have reportedly agreed to terms that would dissolve the iBookstore deals they struck, the Wall Street Journal said, which gave them...
E-book settlements near, Apple said still holding out

Pearson exec: we need to be an 'Electronic Arts for education'

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What does publishing giant Pearson have in common with the giants of the video game industry? Not enough, apparently. In a conversation at the SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum, Luyen Chou, chief product officer for Pearson’s K-12 technology group, said that as new technology upends the textbook publishing industry, his...
Pearson exec: we need to be an 'Electronic Arts for education'

Google rebooting content micropayments initiative under Wallet

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After retiring its experimental OnePass news payments system this spring, Google is now going ahead with a fuller version of its content micropayments platform under the Google Wallet moniker. In an overnight blog post, which was briefly published and removed, Google Wallet product manager Pali Bhat and engineer Rob Ennals said Google...
Google rebooting content micropayments initiative under Wallet
Pearson buys a stake in Nook Media

Most U.S. College Students Now Prefer Digital Reading

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The majority of U.S. college students now prefer digital formats whether they’re reading textbooks or “fun” books, according to a new survey from the Pearson (NYSE: PSO) Foundation. “Survey on Students and Tablets 2012” (PDF) polled 1,206 U.S. college students and 204 college-bound high school seniors. Some findings: —College...
Most U.S. College Students Now Prefer Digital Reading
E-bleeder: is Nook on its deathbed?

Nook Media finalizes $89.5 million Pearson investment

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The deal will see Pearson obtain a 5-percent stake in Nook Media, the division that handles Barnes & Noble's Nook operation. [Read more]...
Nook Media finalizes $89.5 million Pearson investment

European Commission reaches ebook deal with Apple and publishers

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The European Commission has officially reached a settlement with Apple and four publishers – Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan’s parent company, Holtzbrinck — on ebook pricing. The U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster and it was approved in September. Apple and Holtzbrinck...
European Commission reaches ebook deal with Apple and publishers

Ed tech accelerators go corporate: Pearson and Kaplan launch startup programs

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Have an idea for an ed tech startup? Now might be a good time to go forward with it, because in the last month not one, not two, but four new ed tech accelerators have launched. Earlier this month, we reported on the launches of Boston’s LearnLaunchX and New York’s...
Ed tech accelerators go corporate: Pearson and Kaplan launch startup programs

To avoid EU antitrust case, Penguin offers to drop deals with Apple

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In order to end an antitrust investigation by the European Commission, Pearson-owned book publisher Penguin has offered to drop e-book deals with Apple that inflated prices for Amazon and other vendors, Reuters reports. Penguin is the fifth publisher to settle, joining Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmillian, which along...
To avoid EU antitrust case, Penguin offers to drop deals with Apple

With new recommendation engine, Alleyoop wants to be a tutor for teens

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Technology can’t replace the experience of working with a personal tutor, but Pearson-backed education startup Alleyoop is hoping its software can come close. The Boston-based company, which launched in February to help teens become better prepared for college, tailors its online experience to each student’s learning needs. As middle and...
With new recommendation engine, Alleyoop wants to be a tutor for teens

OER Textbook Startup Sued By Publishers For Copyright Infringement

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Blog: Hack (Higher) EducationBoundless Learning can boast a bunch of features that make it sound like an incredibly promising education startup: it's focused on open educational resources. It's rethinking the textbook. It's student-focused. It's got a great set of advisors, including folks from Creative Commons, Connexions, MIT, and O'Reilly Media (disclosure:...
OER Textbook Startup Sued By Publishers For Copyright Infringement
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