Jeff Bezos wants to turn the Washington Post into a national publication, and he's going to use his other company-Amazon.com (AMZN)-to help achieve that goal.
For the past few months, a group inside the Post has been working on a new application that will offer a curated selection of news and photographs from the daily newspaper in a magazine-style, tablet-friendly format. The application will come preinstalled on Amazon's newly updated Kindle Fire tablet, expected to be launched later this fall with the larger 8.9-inch screen, according to people with knowledge of the Post's plans.
Adobe announced today a partnership with Samsung on a new digital magazine marketplace called Papergarden. The marketplace will come installed on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet devices. With the service, Adobe hopes to leverage the DPS Native Android Viewer and streamline the purchase experience. Readers will be able to fully preview, view pricing, and purchase single issues or subscriptions without having to first install the magazine app.
Microsoft Corp. has pulled one of five patents used last year to sue Barnes & Noble Inc. for alleged infringement related to the book retailer's use of Google Inc.'s Android software in its Nook devices, removing another element from one of several cases targeting Google's technology.
The move marks the second patent removed from the case, and comes as Google and its partners confront a wave of legal action directed at Android, which is provided freely to device makers and has captured a large share of the mobile-software market.
Hoping to take a small slice from Apple's big pie, newspaper publishers are developing tablet computers of their own.
The Tribune Co., one of the largest U.S. news enterprises, is working on a touchscreen tablet that it plans to offer to newspaper subscribers, according to people briefed on the plans.
The Chicago company owns a handful of major daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, along with 23 television stations. Tribune also owns the Los Angeles Times, which is my former employer.
Vizio Inc., will introduce a low-cost smartphone and tablet computer using Android software to attract consumers who can’t afford Apple Inc.’s devices.
Apple Inc. is developing a digital newsstand for publishers that would let them sell magazines and newspapers to consumers for use on Apple devices, said two people familiar with the matter.
Peter Weedfald, a 25-year veteran of the technology industry, was named president of Ziff Davis Media this afternoon in an announcement made by CEO Jason Young. The move is another step in Ziff Davis Media’s transformation into a digital media company and comes on the heels of the company settling its debt with creditors on Wednesday. Weedfald is a former employee of Ziff Davis Media. He most recently held the post of SVP, CMO at Circuit City. Previously, he served as SVP, CMO of Samsung Electronics North America, where he was responsible for the company’s sales, marketing, product management and advertising of its