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December 31, 2012
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  Entertainment News 
  • Rumored Intel virtual-TV service is nearing, sources say
    Intel could soon announce and begin deploying a digital-television initiative on a city-by-city basis, sources say. Reports have said the service could include a proprietary set-top box and rudimentary facial-recognition technology to enable advertisers to tailor their content based on age and gender. TechCrunch (12/29), DailyTech (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Social media drives TV-viewing patterns, study finds
    Social media conversations are driving Web users' TV-viewing habits, according to a survey by Nielsen and the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing. The survey found that about 49% of women and 43% of men said they had started watching a show based on Facebook chatter, while 14% of women and 16% of men said Twitter buzz had prompted them to try out a show. "This snapshot shows social media is influential for all viewers, particularly the 18- to 34-year-olds," CTAM chief Char Beales says. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Company Town blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Digital pay walls work best when print is part of the package
    The growth of online-news pay walls doesn't mean a death knell for print media, Peter Preston writes. While print-newspaper subscriptions have decreased, research shows that the most lucrative pay walls are those that bundle print and digital media into a single package and rely on a print edition to buoy advertising dollars, Preston writes. The Observer (London) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Personal, emotional connections are the future of mobile marketing
    Mobile marketing's future lies in new technologies that allow a more intimate appeal to consumers, seeking to tap into their emotions, argues IBM Research's Robyn Schwartz. Retailers will have to find ways to offer a more personalized experience, tapping a wider variety of consumer preferences, based on their shopping data. "What we think is going to happen ... is this kind of unifying experience that happens across touch points in support of the customer's end goal, whatever that may be," said Schwartz. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Pew: Nearly one-quarter of Americans read an e-book in 2012
    The number of Americans who have read an e-book in the past 12 months reached 23% this year, compared with 16% a year ago, according to a survey for the Pew Internet & American Life Project. One-third of those surveyed this year reported owning an e-reader or tablet computer, up from 18% in late 2011. Readers of books in print fell to 67% this year from 72% a year earlier, although there was a smaller decline in the total percentage of book readers, the survey found. Network World/IDG News Service (12/27), GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC order paves the way for satellite broadband on airplanes
    The Federal Communications Commission has issued an order giving airlines the authority to test new in-flight broadband services using aircraft-mounted satellite antennas. The order formally licenses so-called "Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft" as a fixed-satellite application, which the FCC says will help speed up the application process for airlines interested in bringing two-way, high-speed connectivity to passengers. Broadcasting & Cable (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Startup Weekend to start up before the 2013 CES
    Kicking off the world’s largest annual innovation event will be Startup Weekend on Jan. 4 to 6. Startup Weekend will bring together the entrepreneurial, Web development and design communities for one weekend. The main goal for the weekend is going from idea to launch! This event will be held in Las Vegas in the InNEVation Center, 3rd Floor. The winning team gets to exhibit at CES Unveiled LAS VEGAS: The Official Press Event of the International CES that evening! To learn more about this event, please visit To register and work with your partners like never before, visit or LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New events at DMW Music
    On Feb. 20 and 21, DMW Music opens its doors to 500-plus of the most influential music and digital media leaders in downtown New York to socialize, share ideas, do deals and learn about new technologies and services. Attend the Music-Tech Crawl, which includes the offices of Spotify, YouTube/Google, Pandora, Clear Channel and more! Don't forget to cast in your nominations for the Music Leadership Awards. Also new are the Un-Conference Sessions and classroom style presentations. Find out more at CEA members and friends receive 15% off registration with code CEA15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Those who seek to dive into digital media find the environment cannibalistic, as anybody who tries to make money from an app knows; it is hard just to be noticed, let alone bought."
--Dan Sabbagh, media and technology journalist, as quoted by The Observer

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