Newspapers Digital First News Summary-12/30/11

Happy New Year! Here’s this week’s digital first news summary for the week ending 12/30/11. This week’s update on digital, social and mobile includes a new report on what’s happening to the share of online retail dollars attributable to mobile devices in the United States. That update and more below:

2012 Will Bring The Appification Of Media                                                                            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. Today, as a result of cloud computing and other advances, applications look more and more like media products.

New Sun-Times’ See Highly Digital Future                                                                     Chicago technology entrepreneur Michael Ferro and former Newsday Publisher and CEO Timothy Knight lead the group. Knight says flagship tabloid newspaper will remain an integral part of the portfolio.

Mobile retail dollars doubled between April and December                                                   The share of online retail dollars attributable to mobile devices in the United States doubled from 1.87 percent in April to 3.74 percent in December, according to a new report from RichRelevance.

How the Boston Globe Pulled Off HTML5 Responsive Design                                               On Monday, The Boston Globe released its new premium content mobile initiative dubbed BostonGlobe.com. That is not to be confused with Boston.com, its free flagship website.

8 Daily Deals Gone Wrong – When the Deal was No Bargain                                             Daily deals can go wrong for a lot of reasons and it’s not always the fault of the deals provider.

iOS Dominates Mobile Shopping in December                                                              Evidently, iOS is the platform of choice for mobile shopping. At least that’s the gist of a new study.

Gen Y, Boomers On Same Smartphone Page                                                                Boomers … they’re just like Millennials, at least when it comes to smartphones.

Mobile Data Use Expected To Grow 21x By 2015                                                                 Mobile phone networks, get your houses in order. Here is how much mobile data consumption is expected to grow in the next four years…

Christmas Sets Record With 242M App Downloads                                                 Apparently, a lot of people spent Christmas Day turning on their new smartphones and downloading apps. Assessing the data from the busiest day of the year for activations and app downloads, Flurry Analytics found consumers shattered records for both this year.

New York Times sells 16 regional papers for $143 million                                               Halifax Media is buying 16 newspapers from The New York Times in a deal that is expected to close within the next few weeks.

Newspapers don’t need to reinvent the wheel, just package it better                                      At a time when newspaper buying habits — and advertiser habits — are dramatically changing, we need to be developing products that will engage around new behaviours, not defending old practices.

Apple Preps For Q3 iTV Launch                                                                                              The supply chain of Apple will start preparing materials for iTV sets in the first quarter of 2012 in order to meet Apple’s schedule to launch the new display products in the second or the third quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.

Small Newspapers Anxiously Eye USPS                                                                              Kevin Bottrell and Sharon Friedlander shudder when they think about the effects another postal shift could have on their newspaper.

Can A Google Tablet Compete Against iPad, Kindle Fire?                                               Google could be the next technology company to throw its hat into the tablet ring, but can a Google tablet compete with the immensely popular iPad and recent newcomer Kindle Fire? 

Bundles Are The End Game, Not Paywalls                                                                                  The coming year will see news organizations asking more readers to pay for digital content – not just online, but also on smartphones and tablet devices. It will be especially noticeable for Canadian readers, and crucial for news media outlets here seeking a new revenue source.

Newspaper Chain Is Switching 8,500 Employees To Google Apps                                     One isolated case doesn’t make a trend, but Microsoft should be worried about cases like the McClatchy newspaper chain.

Apple television said to run on custom-built chips like iPhone, iPad                                  Rather than utilize off-the-shelf chips from a company such as Intel, Apple is expected to use its own custom-built chips like in the iPhone and iPad for its anticipated television set.

Moms Prefer Digital Shopping Over In-Store                                                                      Describe almost any mother of small children and one word comes to mind: busy.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to introduce pay wall Jan. 4                                                  With its digital offering, called “JS Everywhere,” the Journal Sentinel will offer access to JSOnline.com, the Journal Sentinel e-edition, its mobile site for smartphones, plus coming iPad and other digital applications for a subscriber’s fee.

Thank you for reading! If you are so inclined, please let your colleagues know about digitalfirstnewspapers so they can get newspaper specific updates on digital, mobile and social delivered to their inbox.

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About Jeff Hartley

Career Newspaper Executive specializing in Consumer Revenue Growth-both print and digital. Social Media and Mobile Enthusiast. Frequent speaker on consumer revenue and print/digital audience growth.
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One Response to Newspapers Digital First News Summary-12/30/11

  1. Bill Garber says:

    Jeff,
    Nice work here. Very helpful.
    Would be happy to connect with you on LinkedIn …
    Circulation is so important whether paper or digital …

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