Newspapers Digital First News Summary-11/02/12

Here’s this week’s digital first news for the week ending 11/02/12. This update on digital, social and mobile includes a discussion how Web ads have likability problem  See this and more recent developments in this week’s update.

Rupert Murdoch is looking to buy the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune.     There are fresh rumors that Rupert Murdoch wants to buy the flagship newspapers of America’s second and third biggest cities. This would give him a giant footprint in the country’s three biggest markets — but it still doesn’t make business sense.

Google to unleash 10-inch tablet, 3G Nexus 7 and Android 4.2 in New York                 Google is to hold a mega Android smartphone and tablet event in New York that will see Google take the wraps off a 10-inch Nexus tablet, a 32GB Nexus 7, and a 3G edition as well as a Nexus smartphone.

Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire demand has forced Apple to launch the iPad Mini, say researchers  Researchers say that success for the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 has not only lit up the Android tablet market, but also forced Apple to tweak its ethos from one which, under Steve Jobs, was famously dismissive of 7-inch slates

Tampa Tribune’s New Owner Cuts Salaries, Offers Buyouts                                                 The Tampa Tribune — recently sold by Media General to a California private equity investment firm for $9.5 million — is cutting employees’ wages and offering buyouts.

Consumers Spend More Time with Mobile as Online Growth Slows                                     The shift to mobile is on. According to new estimates by eMarketer, time spent using mobile devices for activities such as internet and app use, gaming, music and others has more than doubled in the past two years among US consumers.

Holiday Buyers Make It Mobile                                                                                                  The number of consumers planning a mobile purchase has nearly doubled

The newsonomics of Rupert Murdoch, American publisher                                                  With his position attacked in the U.K., Murdoch is looking to the United States. Will he find newspapers a worthwhile investment?

Germany’s Die Welt To Raise Paywall                                                                                  Germany’s largest newspaper publisher will introduce a paywall for its flagship national daily Die Welt by the end of this year and is confident competitors will follow suit

4 out of 10 young people read daily news or newspapers                                                     Some 40% of Americans under age 30 regularly read daily news or newspapers, compared with 62% of older adults. Younger Americans are also are less likely to read newspapers on any particular day; among these regular news readers, 56% of those under age 30 read news on a typical day, compared with 78% of those over 30. 

The biggest sites in social publishing                                                                                                   It’s surprising to see how old media properties play into this mix.

Want to trade your iPad 3 for the iPad 4? Some Apple stores will let you                     Apple’s decision to unveil the fourth-generation iPad at yesterday’s iPad Mini event infuriated some iPad 3 owners, but those users will now be pleased to learn that some Apple stores are accepting returns in exchange for a free fourth-generation iPad.

Toronto Star’s latest carrot: free e-reader to digital product bundle subscribers        Product bundling is a common marketing strategy that involves offering several items for sale as one combined product offering.

Tim Cook agrees with Steve Jobs — Apple shouldn’t make a 7-inch tablet                            In the competitive tablet world, sometimes fractions of an inch make all the difference. For example, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously dissed the idea of smaller, 7-inch tablets as, among other criticisms, “insufficient to create great tablet apps.”

Apple CEO says Surface a fairly compromised confusing product                                            In response to a question about Microsoft’s Surface announcement today, Cook said he hasn’t had a chance to play with it yet, “but from what we’re reading about it … it’s a fairly compromised confusing product.”

McClatchy reports lower 3rd-quarter earnings as ad, circulation revenue falls                  The owner of The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee and other newspapers said Thursday that it earned $5.1 million, or 6 cents per share, in the July-September period. That’s down 46 percent from $9.4 million, or 11 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Tablets: In Windows 8, the iPad has its first real challenger                                                Since its 2010 debut, no tablet has come close to unseating the mighty iPad.

Web ads have likability problem                                                                                                     A recent Adobe study reported that audiences basically want online advertisers to get their act together.

NY Times Launches App For Windows 8                                                                                  The new app, as well as a new channel in the Bing News app, will include full articles, videos, photos, slideshows and blogs. Times subscribers will have full access, while nonsubscribers will only be able to access the apps’ Top News section.

Why Advertisers and Publishers Should Care That Apple’s ‘iPad Mini’ Is More Mobile Apple on Tuesday introduced the iPad Mini — a 7.9-inch tablet starting at $329 that is closer in size to the Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 than previous versions of the iPad. Now advertisers and publishers that focus on Apple devices have a new complexity to consider: a truly mobile Apple tablet.

Thanks for reading!

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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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