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  • Neil Young readies Pono portable music players, download service
    The Pono digital music players and download service, championed by recording artist Neil Young for its greater audio quality, are close to being rolled out, according to and other websites. Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are supporting the Pono format, which Young developed in cooperation with Dolby Laboratories and Meridian Audio. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba to show off new UHDTVs
    Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba will exhibit ultra-high-definition television sets at an industry conference in Japan, choosing to emphasize resolution rather than 3D capability. "TV makers weren't able to use 3D to boost the prices of their sets, so it has just become a drag on their profits," said Keita Wakabayashi, a Mito Securities analyst. "4K technologies have much more appeal, though at current prices just for the wealthy." CIO Asia (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Accenture taps Nokia to expand OTT video services
    Accenture has bolstered its video startup solution with the acquisition of IPTV software and other assets from Nokia Siemens. The global consulting and outsourcing firm says it will integrate the newly acquired technology with its Accenture Video Solution, a family of products designed to help content providers launch over-the-top services across a variety of formats and devices. Reuters (10/1), Multichannel News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comcast gets political with debate streaming service
    Comcast will stream all three planned presidential debates, as well as one between the vice presidential candidates, to subscribers of its Xfinity TV service. The company's TV Everywhere platform will begin by offering a live stream of the first debate, scheduled for tonight, and will cap its presidential coverage with Election Day news and analysis from CNN. Home Media Magazine (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • DMN chief: Unique views dipped, not revenue, after adopting paywall
    The Dallas Morning News lost roughly a third of its page views and unique visitors when it instituted one of the industry's strictest paywalls, but the change had little effect on overall revenues, according to the paper's publisher and CEO, Jim Moroney. In a recent interview, Moroney said the company is nonetheless reconsidering how it applies its paywall, and may switch to the metered format adopted by a majority of papers. (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Integrated Marketing 
  • Do fat fingers help exxplain the popularity of mobile ads?
    Recent data suggesting that 15% of tablet and smartphone users click on advertisements may be overlooking the real reason campaigns on mobile devices seem to draw in more viewers, according to some analysts. "False positives -- namely clumsy digits -- are the real culprits here," said Jonathan Rick, a digital communications consultant, who says it's likely some device users are simply clicking through by mistake because their fingers are too big to exit. Jones Newswires (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Apple said to start mass production of mini iPad
    Apple's new mini iPad tablet reportedly entered production in the company's Asian supplier plants last month, according to a published report that says the device will feature a 7.85-inch screen but lack the glossy Retina resolution of the full-size iPad. Analysts believe the new tablet could find a market among those who believe the full-size iPad is too pricey. TechCrunch (10/3), The Wall Street Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. consumers to get 4G broadband by the end of the month
    British mobile provider Everything Everywhere announced it will begin offering 4G broadband in 10 cities starting on Oct. 30, making it the first company to roll out Long-Term Evolution services in the country. The deployment, which will commence over protest from some of the company's rivals, was recently approved by regulators who said EE could use existing 1800MHz wireless spectrum. (U.K.) (10/3), BetaNews (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
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What I'm not even remotely hinting at is that we would not still be a paid access site. It would just be a changing of the terms of access as opposed to [abandoning] paid access altogether."
--Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News, commenting on possible changes to the paper's paywall, as quoted by

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