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The Associated Press is looking to create new products and services, according to CEO and president Tom Curley, who was speaking at the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention. Poynter's Steve Myers was live blogging from the conference, which is taking place at the Poynter Institute.

The AP will definitely go into e-commerce and create some subscription-based products, Myers reported Curley as saying, such as a service that collects the top stories of the day and includes "the story behind the story." A product based on the top 25 football teams is another possibility. This echoed elements of Curley's speech at another meeting on Monday, when he mentioned a plan to launch new mobile and tablet applications early next year. convention.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-21 20:00

The Daily and Sunday Express newspapers of the Express group have launched an online casino service on their news sites called express-casino.com, in collaborative partnership with Casinos Austria International, PressGazette.co.uk reported yesterday.

The white label online casino service launched on October 1, and will be operated by CAIGames.com, the online gaming platform of Casinos Austria International, according to a press release by the gaming company. The gaming hub on the news website features an extensive choice of online casino, slot machine, video poker, jackpot and instant games.

Image Source: Casino Austria International

As a part of the deal, the Express newspapers will support the new casino with advertising and editorial promotions on print and online, in return for the gaming service offerings, according to Press Gazette.co.uk.

The gaming division also offers users an opportunity to participate in unique promotions with landbased operations in the Casinos Austria International network around the globe, the press release stated.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-20 18:09

Yahoo plans to unveil a new feature called 'Y Connect' this autumn, emulating the Facebook Connect strategy to allow media publishers, Web developers and other websites to integrate elements of their services with Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal reported.

This move by Yahoo is aimed at helping Internet companies track user engagement and better target advertising offers, while increasing traffic to its site - a strategy already used by Facebook, the WSJ pointed out.

With the Internet service company struggling of late to increase traffic on its site and having recently revamped its search feature, "additional traffic is critical at this juncture," Mashable.com reported. The company has also been rumoured to be fighting off an acquisition attempt by AOL.

Through this Y Connect feature, users can register and log into media sites simply by clicking a Yahoo button and sharing their activity on media sites with other contacts on Yahoo. Content on non-Yahoo sites would be shared via Yahoo Pulse, a hub connected to Yahoo Mail accounts, according to the WSJ.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-19 19:12

UK title The Independent is prepping to launch on Oct. 26 a new daily, called "i," which will target readers in their 20s, MarketingWeek.co.uk reported today. The launch date's announcement comes after weeks of industry speculation suggesting The Independent could change to a freesheet, a notion that has been dismissed by owner Alexander Lebedev.

i's launch is "targeted at readers and lapsed readers of quality newspapers, and those of all ages who want a comprehensive digest of the news in printed form," the publisher reported today. It is hoped that the quality daily will complement The Independent newspaper, which remains priced at £1, and will be available for sale at newsstands from Monday to Friday at a cover price of 20p.

Image Source: MediaWeek.co.uk

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-18 20:46

UK newspaper The Independent is preparing to launch a new titles for readers in their 20s, MediaGuardian reported today. However, an official announcement is not expected until next week.

It is believed the title will cost 20 pence. It is not expected to have a separate editor, as it will likely use original material and content from the Independent. "There has been intense speculation in recent months that the Independent could launch a free version of the paper. One senior industry source say it could be a 'staging post' on the way to making the Independent free," MediaGuardian's report stated.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-15 20:34

Alibaba Group, a notable e-commerce company in China, has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to create a new search site, a move that could challenge Baidu and Google in the Chinese search market, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last Saturday, Alibaba Group launched a beta version of a web site called Etao, which is aimed to drive traffic to Alibaba's retail website, Taobao.com.

Search results first show up Taobao listings, including images and product prices, followed by links to related online forums and informational web sites, as well as search results provided by Microsoft's Bing.

Both companies confirmed that Etao is in public, or beta, testing, but refused to do any further comments.

Baidu's dominance in the Chinese search market has increased since Google decided not to cooperate with Beijing's censorship regulations and moved its site to Hong Kong, where the regulations don't apply. Google is still accessible in China, but sometimes interrupted by the government's firewall technology. Baidu and Google did not comment on Etao, WSJ reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-13 17:07

A Muslim newspaper is going to be launched in the UK "aimed at Muslim people across the world," according to the Guardian. The weekly paper will be based in London and will be backed by the Pakistani pay-TV operator ARY Digital. The paper will appear early in 2011.

"ARY, known for broadcasting the Pakistani version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, also broadcasts to several Gulf states and in North America and the UK, where it launched in 2000 as the Pakistani Channel on Sky," reports the article. The unnamed paper is going to be edited by Burhan Wazir, who is the former deputy features editor for the Times and was awarded young journalist of the year in 1999. He also used to be an executive at the National, the English-language newspaper based in Abu Dhabi launched by former Telegraph editor Marvin Newland, adds the Guardian.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-12 14:14

Bloomberg will launch in January a news subscription service that will focus on the U.S. federal government, The New York Times reported Sunday. Called Bloomberg Government, the service will be accessible through a website without the need of a special hardware.

"We want to do exclusive enterprise reporting that quantifies the business implications of government action," Deputy Managing Editor Ken Sands told Poynter. "Some of our subject-matter experts will write academic white papers that are quite rigorous, and it'll bring a whole different level of expertise to the product."

The idea for the service was inspired was the boom of political news that lacked of deep analysis, said Bloomberg Government's chairman Kevin Sheekey. "There's been... a sort of hidden but very sharp decline in coverage of government apart from politics, in terms of what government is doing and regulating, and the impact that will have on segments of the economy. That part of press coverage of our society has probably dropped off tenfold."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-11 23:57

Microsoft will shut its in-game advertising unit Massive Inc. by the end of this month, according to sources close to the company, Media Week reported.

The sources said that Microsoft had been seeking a buyer for Massive over the past few months. Candidates include rival in-game ad vendor Double Fusion, as well as several others in the gaming space.

Microsoft acquired Massive in 2006 for between $200 million and $400 million.

At the time of the acquisition, in-game advertising was at its heyday. According to former Massive CEO Mitch Davis, the market is estimated to reach $2 billion by this year. Since 2006, Microsoft's gamer-aimed subscription service, Xbox Live, has boosted and now hits 25 million users worldwide.

According to Media Week, Xbox Live seems to be a much more attractive advertising option - Microsoft retains all ad revenue it earns from Xbox Live, but it must share Massive's ad revenue with game publishers.

Also, the sources pointed out Massive's ad sales efforts were never in sync within the Xbox team. It is said some Xbox executives were against the deal, but ex-Microsoft executive Cory Van Arsdale and other members in the business development team had pushed hard for the acquisition.

Microsoft officials refused to comment for this story, Media Week reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-10-11 23:08

U.S. Spanish-language television network Univision has launched a music website, called Música, which will target Hispanic audiences, Mediaweek reported today.

Sixty-nine percent of Univision's audiences agree that "music is an important part of my life," the company found through its own research. paidContent noted that the broadcaster called music a "huge passion point" for Univision.com's audience. Mediaweek stated the site will likely compete with Vevo, which has a big following with Hispanics; however, video on the site contains a Vevo label, suggesting a partnership.

The company is also using UnivisionMusica.com to launch a new original series, Univision in Studio, which will feature exclusives from new artists, as well as question-and-answer sessions with fans, according to Mediaweek.

"Our new interactive offerings and exclusive music content - like our new, originally produced intimate music series - will provide a great experience that will engage our online and mobile audience more than ever before," said Kevin Conroy, president of Univision Interactive Media, according to All Access.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-10-08 23:08

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