Publishing

  • Mashable reportedly selling to Ziff Davis for about $50 million

    Mashable reportedly selling to Ziff Davis for about $50 million

    Tech site Mashable is being sold to publishing giant Ziff Davis, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The website, which focuses on tech and tech-related stories and has been publishing since 2005, will sell to Ziff Davis for around $50 million according to the report, which is far less than its valuation of $250 million, from a funding round it raised in March last… Read More

  • Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

    Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada

    Amazon has finally brought its line of Alexa-powered Echo speakers to Canada. The release of Echo hardware has been long awaited by America’s northern neighbor, which could only watch and wait as Echo went through two generations in the U.S. Echo Dot, the second generation Echo and the Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub are all on sale in Canada as of today, compete with full… Read More

  • Pronoun, an ebook service for writers, shuts down

    Pronoun, an ebook service for writers, shuts down

    Pronoun, a self-publishing service for authors, is shutting down after promising free ebook distribution for authors. The company, which raised millions in funding and ended up being sold to Macmillan announced the shutdown in an email to authors and on its website. Two years ago Pronoun set out to create a one-of-a-kind publishing tool that truly put authors first. We believed that the power… Read More

  • Tencent’s online publishing arm set to raise $1B in Hong Kong IPO

    Tencent’s online publishing arm set to raise $1B in Hong Kong IPO

    Tencent’s China Literature, an Amazon-like e-book business, is continuing the trend of Asian tech IPOs after it announced its public listing in Hong Kong will raise $1.06 billion on Wednesday. The company set the price for its 151,371,800 share offering at HK$55, the top end of its range, and it could sell an additional 22.7 million through a greenshoe option with underwriters. The… Read More

  • Beheld is a new startup that lets you scan, send, and print yourself

    Beheld is a new startup that lets you scan, send, and print yourself

    Kat Kinkead and Peter Weijmarshausen met at their old company, Shapeways. Weijmarshausen recently stepped down as CEO and was looking for something cool to do when he and Kinkead realized that the most popular application of 3D scanning and printing was in 3D figurines. These tiny action-figure-like representations were wildly popular print subjects back at Shapeways but they were… Read More

  • Confirmed: Korean crypto exchange Korbit sold to Nexon parent for $80M

    Confirmed: Korean crypto exchange Korbit sold to Nexon parent for $80M

    The parent company of games giant Nexon has confirmed that it acquired Korea’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange, Korbit, in a deal that values it at just over $120 million. A spokesperson from NXC, the corporation that is the largest shareholder of $11.5 billion-valued Nexon, confirmed to TechCrunch that it paid 91.3 billion KRW (approximately $79.5 million) for 65.19 percent… Read More

  • Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

    Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

    In the year of the $1000 iPhone Amazon just announced a scattering of new gadgets and none cost more than $150. Essentially, Amazon said “screws the margins” and are selling everything as cheap as possible. This race to the bottom is Amazon’s standard operating procedure. The company did it with Kindles e-readers and again with Kindle Fire tablets. The company releases a proof… Read More

  • South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible

    South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible

    This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that’s exactly what happened. Read More

  • Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger

    Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger

    While Facebook prepares to offer readers a way to subscribe and pay for news directly from inside its app, the social network continues to tinker with how it presents publishers’ content elsewhere. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Facebook has removed Instant Articles — Facebook’s self-hosted, faster-loading article format for mobile… Read More

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