Publishing

  • Google is fixing an error that led to smaller sites disappearing from Google News

    Google is fixing an error that led to smaller sites disappearing from Google News

    PSA: If you are a smaller news site that has suddenly discovered you’ve been removed from Google News, you are not alone — and a fix is coming from Google. Backstory: Over the past couple of days, a number of smaller websites were finding that they had been delisted from Google News pages, without explanation. One site founder brought it to our attention to investigate after… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

    Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

    Amazon’s Echo lineup got a refresh earlier this year that included a brand new version of its basic Echo, well as an Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub, and the stalwart Echo Dot – unchanged, but still a compelling device at its price point. The new lineup of devices also made its way to more markets this year, including an expansion to Canada just this month, which is why I… Read More

  • Meredith to buy Time with help from the Koch brothers, but says they won’t have any influence

    Meredith to buy Time with help from the Koch brothers, but says they won’t have any influence

    It’s official—Meredith Corporation will buy Time Inc. in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion. Meredith said today it agreed to pay $18.50 per share for all outstanding shares of Time Inc. As reported earlier this month by the New York Times, the deal, which is slated to close in the first quarter of next year, includes equity financing from the billionaire Koch brothers… Read More

  • 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

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