• Independent's U.S./Canada Paywall Failing
    The Independent's experiment metered paywall, which only applies to readers in the US and Canada "has not delivered on the ambitions from a revenue standpoint", according to managing director for digital Zach Leonard. Leonard said almost a year on from the launch of the trial, which could have been rolled out to other regions if successful, the title is now reviewing the model "with the most likely outcome of removing it". The metered model was set up to allow readers to access 20 articles before payment was required.
  • Spotify UK Ad Revenues Up 51% Over 2010
    Advertising revenue at Spotify's UK operation grew 24.2% to GBP22.4m in 2011, while a big increase in subscription revenue helped the company reduce its operating losses by 92% year on year. According to Spotify UK's accounts for 2011, overall revenue was GBP95.48m, up 51.1% on 2010 and predominantly attributable to an increase in revenue from subscriptions. Revenue from sales of subscriptions was GBP72.46m, up 60.8% year on year. For 2011 the ad revenue figure only includes income generated in the UK but the subscription revenue includes all European subscription revenue until the end of May 2011, after which revenue from …
  • Ex-Formula One Boss In German Privacy Battle
    Max Mosley is suing Google over claims that the search engine is breaking German privacy laws by not taking down links to websites featuring a video of him at a 'sex orgy'. Mosley was not present at the state court in Hamburg on Sept. 28 when the hearing for his case was opened, reports The AP. It is unclear when a ruling will be made. The German case against Google is said to be part of action Mosley is taking in 22 countries around the world. His legal team have already managed to remove the video and related material from …
  • Far East Twice As Likely To Shop On Mobile
    In Europe, Brits were most worried about mobile security, with 27% of respondents stating that this was their biggest mobile shopping concern, compared to just 14% of Italians and Japanese. Despite growth in tablet sales in Western Europe, up 142% year-on-year in the first half of 2012 according to research from GFK, Thailand came out top for m-commerce tablet adoption with 35% using their tablets for shopping, compared to closest European market Italy at 18% and the UK at 14%.
  • Future Debuts IPad-only Photography Week
    The launch of the magazine comes a year after the British Journal of Photography launched a bespoke quarterly iPad edition. It has been such a success that iPad subscriptions to BJP now equal print ones. Future revealed yesterday that sales of digital editions on Apple devices have now passed GBP5m since Apple Newsstand was launched in October 2011. Photography Week is aimed at an international audience and is priced at GBP1.49 per issue, or GBP19.99 for an annual subscription, as the company strives to become a "predominantly digital business continues".
  • Econsultancy Swallows New Media Age
    After being downsized and taken out of print, UK digital-marketing trade publication New Media Age (NMA) will now be folded in to a rival website bought by its owner. NMA's publisher Centaur bought Econsultancy - a site bringing news, analysis, research and training to digital marketers - for up to GBP50 million ($81 million) in June, saying the 13-year-old site was "highly complementary". Now Econsultancy announces that NMA, which was taken out of print and left as a website last year, and Econsultancy will be "joined together".
  • UK Trails Estonia, Philippines In Internet Freedom
    The UK has been placed eighth in terms of internet freedom, which includes access to the internet and free expression, according to a new report. Washington-based NGO Freedom House's Freedom on the Net 2012 report says that Estonia has the highest level of freedom on the internet, followed by the U.S. and Germany. The report revealed that the UK executed poorly in terms of restrictions on online activity, surveillance and privacy when compared to Estonia and the U.S.
  • Google TV, Partners Launch In France
    FRANCE 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD) have unveiled a service created for this new platform. The trio are giving users a trilingual offer, English, French and Arabic. Building on its application for connected TVs, the new FRANCE 24 interface for Google TV will allow users to get the three FRANCE 24 versions live, apart from the channel programs on demand in three languages and articles published on FRANCE24.com.
  • Independent Taps Broughton For Digital Editing Role
    The Independent has announced the promotion of Christian Broughton to digital editor for web, mobile and tablet services as part of its plans for growth. Under Broughton's lead, the digital team will work to publish more content more often throughout the day and across the brand's multiple platforms. Martin King will also be taking on a new role of digital operations editor, where he will oversee daily publishing and content management.
  • Advertisers Hot On Heels Of Online Canadians
    A new study finds advertisers believe digital video to be equally or more effective than traditional television, and more than or as effective as display advertising, thus encouraging them to increase their investment in the platform. The second annual Canada Video Advertising Report, assembled by BrightRoll and IAB Canada, is the result of polling more than 100 advertising executives at top Canadian agencies in the face of online video viewership rising 58% year over year.
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