Google submitted a settlement proposal to the EU Competition Commission earlier this month. European Union privacy regulators are expected to resolve the two-year long investigation into claims that Google has been misusing its dominant position in the online search market against its rivals. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said: "We can reach an agreement after the summer break. We can envisage this as a possible deadline."
Lagardre Active, owner of the Elle brand, has launched a digital platform to promote the Elle international network across the web, mobile and via social media. The new platform was created in order to link content from the 43 international editions of Elle online, as well as via mobile sites and apps. The platform will also be used to promote Elle's media and events worldwide. The digital platform will encompass Elle's website, mobile page, Facebook page and Twitter account.
Global media discovery company Shazam has revamped its iPad and Android tablet offerings, at the same time as it reaches 300 million users worldwide. New features of the apps include a redesigned home screen, improved layout for Shazam tag results for both TV and music, new activity streams for browsing what friends have been tagging and an interactive mapping feature to explore what other fans are discovering around the world.
The Financial Times reported a 4% increase in revenue to GBP443 million in its end of year results this morning. According to parent company Pearson's latest accounts the FT Group also saw its adjusted operating profit rise 7% to GBP49 million. Digital and services revenues now account for 50% of FT Group revenues with digital subscriptions now exceeding print subscriptions, as first announced by the company in July 2012.
The team behind a citizen journalism site founded by former Northcliffe editor Marc Astley is poised to launch their first franchise - with the company also in advanced talks in several other regions of the UK. After just five months of trading in Exeter as theexeterdaily.co.uk, The Daily UK is expanding into Plymouth next month. And founder Astley told Press Gazette that talks are at an advanced stage in a number of other areas across the UK.
Yahoo has teamed with Nationwide Building Society to release a video series to answer everyday financial questions from consumers. The 'How Money Works' series will be produced alongside GroupM Entertainment and 360 Production. The 20-part series will see comedian Ed Byrne voice the videos and will form part of a wider partnership between Yahoo and Nationwide, which has included the launch of a new property channel within Yahoo! Finance.
The New York Times has taken another step in its strategy of becoming a global news brand. On Monday, the company announced it will rename the International Herald Tribune and officially launch a publication called the "International New York Times" later this year. The Times has wholly owned the IHT since 2003 and merged the websites of the two publications in 2009. The IHT is distributed in print around the world and contains large selections of New York Times content (including the crossword) as well as content from affiliates like Spain's El Pais.
Several publishers have launched digital-first imprints for genre titles - science fiction/fantasy, romance and so on. In these instances, books are published first as ebooks and aren't released in print unless they take off. Until now, though, we haven't seen a major publisher launch an e-imprint focused on new literary fiction - more serious fiction of the type that wins awards and gets major reviews. That appears to be changing with Little, Brown U.K.'s launch of Blackfriars, a digital-only imprint that will focus on new literary fiction and serious nonfiction.
Live video stream platform Bambuser is currently working on a way to make it possible for news outlets to "integrate Bambuser technology" into their own apps. Speaking to Journalism.co.uk, co-founder and chief executive of Bambuser Jonas Vig said the company will be working on this functionality "more extensively over the coming months". The aim is to enable news outlets to integrate the technology "into their existing apps".
Casual social games company King.com is increasing its global footprint with the launch of two of its most popular Facebook games, Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga, in Japan and Korea. Localised versions of both games will be introduced in the Japanese and Korean markets, with mobile versions of the games to launch across iOS and Android platforms shortly.