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New Technology to Catch Photoshop Fakes
December 19, 2011

The image editing software Photoshop made by Adobe is used by millions of people around the world. It's become so common it is now a verb. And it's hard to imagine a world without it, particularly the fashion world. "Everything is Photoshopped," said Jessica Coen , editor-in-chief of the online magazine Jezebel. Her site has made a cottage industry of catching fashion editors and advertisers Photoshopping women's bodies in ridiculous ways.

"From the moment a young woman can look at a newsstand, she is looking at these images and these images are saying this is what an attractive woman

Getting a Tablet Is Easy; Getting Digital Magazines Is a Pain
December 19, 2011

Buying that new iPad, Kindle or Nook for Christmas is just the first step to becoming a digital magazine reader. While shopping for books and movies is a fairly straightforward process, getting your favorite magazines onto your new e-reading device can be trickier.

The ways you can buy a magazine are rapidly multiplying, making it harder for readers to evaluate their choices. Major magazine publishers, digital newsstands and magazine customer service companies are trying to simplify the process of setting up digital magazine subscriptions, but so far, it's still sometimes a confusing process.

Wanted: New Postmaster General; Must Be Able to Kiss 535 Backsides Simultaneously
December 19, 2011

Now the Congressional silliness regarding Postmaster General Pat Donahoe has gone bipartisan. Rep. Dennis Ross indicated a few days ago that Donahoe should be fired—apparently for bowing to pressure from 20 senators and agreeing to a mostly meaningless moratorium on the closing of postal facilities. The Republican subcommittee chairman’s attack comes less than two weeks after Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said Donahoe should be canned for trying to save money by lowering the Postal Service’s delivery standards.

Can Donahoe focus on building new revenue sources or developing long-range plans, the way the CEO of any other multibillion-dollar business would? Nope,

ALM Signs Exclusive Publishing Agreement with Philadelphia Bar Association
December 19, 2011

ALM, a leading provider of news and business information to the legal and real estate industries, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Philadelphia Bar Association in which ALM will serve as the exclusive publishing agent of the association’s attorney directory, magazine and newspaper. The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and is a keystone in the ongoing developments of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania legal systems. ALM’s The Legal Intelligencer is the oldest daily law journal published in the United States, and serves the legal community

Nicholas Carr: 2012 Will Bring the Appification of Media
December 19, 2011

Editor’s Note: We’re wrapping up 2011 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring. To kick things off, it’s Nicholas Carr, the veteran technology writer, whose most recent book — The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains — was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. For years now, the line between the software business and the media business has been blurring. Software applications used to take the form of packaged goods, sold through retail outlets at set prices.

Can Personalized Ads Save Magazines?
December 16, 2011

Some Popular Mechanics subscribers got something extra with their November issues. The issue was bundled with an outsert from Hewlett-Packard that greeted them by name and showed a scene specific to their hometown. Inside the issue was a 16-page insert that gave readers locations where they could buy HP products near their homes.

The program was meant to promote HP’s line of printers aimed at consumers, but the bigger message was about its printing technology that produced the ads.
Jane Wladar, associate publisher of the Hearst title,

Amazon's online monopoly game
December 16, 2011

Whoever thought up Amazon’s latest idea for squeezing other retailers - offering money off to people who scanned prices in US stores with its smartphone app and then bought the goods on Amazon - deserves an award for bad timing. Amazon’s $US5 offer is a textbook example of why the Supreme Court changed US antitrust laws four years ago to discourage free-riding by discounters. It has caused outrage among retailers and politicians at a time when Amazon needs all the political support it can get. While Amazon is blithely using its rivals’ property as a storefront, it wants antitrust

Outlook for 2012: A year of struggle
December 16, 2011

This year brought mixed results for magazines, which saw advertising decline after a solid 2010 but also began to explore digital initiatives more aggressively. Next year likely will bring more of the same ups and downs. While print revenue will continue its decline, a trend that will hold for the foreseeable future, digital magazines will become more commonplace. Digital advertising won't offset the slide in print revenue. But there is long-term promise for the industry if it can figure out how to monetize this new media. One forecast has overall magazine revenue bottoming out over the next several years

Controversial anti-piracy bill nears House approval: Why you should care
December 16, 2011

The Stop Online Piracy Act is close to being approved even though many security experts, Internet watchdog groups, and tech companies oppose the bill The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee met on Thursday to discuss the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a copyright bill that many believe to be extremely dangerous for the future of the Internet as we know it. What's more, they appear to be moving toward approving the bill, as the committee rejected six amendments that were supposed to address the concerns of those who believe the bill to be suspect. These

Want to Build an App? This Is the Customer to Target
December 15, 2011

There are more opportunities than ever to build an app that people will pay for -- if you know where to look. What’s a better gift for a business than new markets? That’s exactly what is waiting for many small software companies. In a smartphone and tablet app market that often disappoints developers because of the small average sums they can expect to make, there’s good news. Small software companies now have competition from do-it-yourself enterprise workers who are creating the apps they need. That may seem contradictory at first. How could more competition from people doing something as

$35 Million in Funding for Content Recommendation Platform Outbrain
December 15, 2011

Content recommendation/discovery platform Outbrain announced today a whopping $35 million in funding, following the close of its Series D funding round and bolstered the most by Index Ventures. Prior investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also pitched in. Outbrain now has a total of $64 million in financing. According to a statement issued by Outbrain this morning, the company has grown 600 percent in the past 18 months. That’s a crazy amount of growth for a company most people outside the tech world have never heard of, but Outbrain’s presence is extremely broad. The company creates widgets

Commentary: The Nightmarish SOPA Hearings
December 15, 2011

Last night I had a horrifying dream that a group of well-intentioned middle-aged people who could not distinguish between a domain name and an IP address were trying to regulate the Internet. Then I woke up and the Judiciary Committee’s SOPA hearings were on. It’s exactly as we feared. For every person who appears to have some grip on the issue, there were three or four yelling at him. “I’m not a nerd,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- Calif.). “I aspire to be a nerd.” “I’m a nerd,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). If I had a dime for

In Brave New World of Advertising Sales, It's All About Deep Audience Learning
December 15, 2011

As a publisher and writer, I’ve sat on both sides of the church/state media divide. Not only have I written and edited my own print magazine, Monk, I’ve also sold a colorful array of four-color ads for it (including for Icelandic rock bands, Swedish vodka, Czech beer, even the eggless donut), often while stationed outside at public pay phones in the winter cold.

In the pre-digital magazine world, newsstand sales were incidental gravy, subscribers were loss leaders. The name of the print game was advertising.

Are You Reading the Best Magazine in America?
December 15, 2011

My original commitment to Bloomberg BusinessWeek was so small it was almost negative. About this time last year, US Airways, Delta, or some other crappy airline notified me that my soon-to-expire frequent flyer miles could be exchanged for magazine subscriptions, which is how I ending up spending something like 600 miles to add a year’s subscription to Bloomberg BusinessWeek to my Towering Reading Pile. My Towering Reading Pile is governed by neo-Darwinan, survival-of-the-smartest-copy laws. With all the good stuff to read directly on the Web, stored on my RSS reader, and stockpiled by my Instapaper account, a mere book,

Playboy Magazine Moving Operations to Los Angeles
December 15, 2011

After more than a half-century as a Chicago-based institution, Playboy magazine is packing up for the West Coast.

Executives confirmed Tuesday that the magazine's editorial, art and photo departments will be based out of the company's Los Angeles office by May of next year.

"Some of the magazine's Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition," Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said in a statement.

No final decisions have been made about other departments located at Playboy's Chicago headquarters,

Apps vs. the Web: Are They Enemies or Allies?
December 14, 2011

George Colony, the chairman and CEO of Forrester Research, re-ignited a minor firestorm recently, with a presentation at the LeWeb conference in which he argued that the web is dead, and being replaced by the app economy — with mobile and smartphone apps that leverage the cloud or other services rather than the open web. That sparked some strong responses from longtime open-web advocates such as RSS pioneer Dave Winer, who argued that apps are not the future, and others who compared them to the “interactive” CD-ROMS of the 1990s. Do apps necessarily mean the death of the web,

Michael Clinton, Hearst's Billion-Dollar Man
December 14, 2011

By Looking at Michael Clinton, you’d never know he has the best chin in publishing. It was a mere 18 months ago that many questioned whether his career at Hearst Magazines was over. Clinton had been very publicly passed over for the top job at the publishing company in favor of an outsider — and one from Hearst rival Condé Nast, no less: David Carey. But Clinton, a 30-year publishing veteran, has had plenty of practice at taking a proverbial punch, shaking it off and bouncing back. Since his very public

Flipboard iPhone App Logs 1 Million Downloads in a Week
December 14, 2011

Flipboard's iPhone app has raked in one million downloads just a week after its release. According to paidContent, people aren't just downloading and forgetting about it. With its iPad app, Flipboard was clocking 650 million flips every month, but the addition of the iPhone app has bumped that up to 2 billion flips. PCMag's Jill Duffy spent some hands-on time with the new app and noted that since Flipboard was originally designed for the iPad, "one might worry that the comparatively cramped screen space might bog down the experience, but our first impressions are that design still reigns even

NJ Nets owner wants to buy Russia media holding
December 14, 2011

The billionaire owner of the New Jersey Nets running for the Russian presidency against Vladimir Putin is expected to make a formal offer to buy a leading media holding Wednesday, his representative said. Mikhail Prokhorov, who is worth about $18 billion, according to Forbes magazine, announced his candidacy earlier this week for the March presidential election. Prokhorov will be making a formal offer to buy the Kommersant publishing house from Alisher Usmanov, Prokhorov's spokeswoman Olga Stukalova told The Associated Press. Usmanov, however, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying he doesn't have any plans to sell it.

Mobile Passes Print in Time-Spent Among US Adults
December 14, 2011

US adults now spend more time on mobile devices each day than they do with print media, according to a new forecast by eMarketer. Meanwhile, time spent watching traditional TV—whether live or recorded on a DVR or DVD—is also increasing, despite industry fears of online encroachment and consumer “cord-cutting.”

The average adult consumer has spent 4 hours and 34 minutes each day watching TV and video on a traditional television set this year, up 10 minutes from last year, eMarketer estimates.