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November 2011

29 November 2011

Yandex Ups Mobile Position In Deals With Microsoft, SPB Software

Yandex, Russia's No. 1 search engine, continues to shore up its position in mobile markets after buying SPB Software, which provides software for most mobile phone platforms, and signing a separate deal with Microsoft.Unconfirmed reports put the acquisiton at $38 million, but company executives declined to comment on the amount.

Yandex will use SPB's technology to integrate cloud services. Arkady Borkovsky, Yandex CTO, told MediaPost: "It's part of our growth strategy. It will create new market opportunities through the technology and the talent."

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25 November 2011

Playboy Leads Magazines with Over 5 Million Facebook Likes

In the oft-surprising, constantly evolving world of social media, Facebook is still seen as today’s most influential social platform. At last week’s min day Digital Summit, Hearst Magazines EVP/GM John Loughlin referenced the 30 billion pieces of content shared on FB in October, as well as its role as the second largest search engine on the web, after Google.

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21 November 2011

Results of National Geographic Russia Contest ‘Wildlife of Russia’

Under the auspices of the Russian Geographic Society, National Geographic Russia magazine held its first national photography contest from May 1 to Oct. 1, 2011. The results of the contest were announced on Nov. 2, 2011, at the opening of an exhibition by the same name.

Russian Geographic Society president Sergei Shoigu greeted the assembled guests. He noted that it had been extremely difficult to choose the winners, in part because Russia is so rich in breathtaking scenery. Shoigu expressed admiration for the photographers’ talent and pointed out that many had started out as hunters, only to later learn the art of nature photography — a positive trend.

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18 November 2011

Conde Nast To Put All 18 Titles on NOOK Tablet

Conde Nast announced today that all 18 of its magazines will soon be available on the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Seventeen of those magazines will be available on NOOK by the end of November while Vogue will join the platform in early 2012.

Single copies and monthly subscriptions will be available. Current print subscribers will access digital editions for free while new monthly subscribers will get a 14-day trial to the digital editions.

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17 November 2011

The Economist Realizes It Gave Out Free Content, Rescinds Subscriptions

If audience developers needed more of a reason to closely maintain subscription databases, The Economist can serve as a prime cautionary anecdote. Reports say The Economist will begin revoking premium digital subscriptions, after the publication realized some readers have been receiving their subs for free.

According to paidContent, The Economist has been giving some users freebies for upward of five years. Economist digital editions publisher Oscar Grut tells the website, “There was an error in our databases which resulted in a number of people being assigned full subscription rights by mistake.” The extent of non-paying subscribers remains unclear up to this point.

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16 November 2011

International PDA Conference on media in the digital age

The International PDA conference "Publishing content in the digital age: creation, distribution, monetization"  will take place at the Library Hall of the President Hotel on November 17th, 2011. Executives from the main publishing houses as well as distribution companies, representatives of the Federal Agency for Print and Mass Media and Russian Post, foreign experts, and journalists will attend the conference.

A number of presentations focusing on the media in the digital age in Russia as well as abroad will be given at the conference. The speakers will analyze the digitalization of media, possible digital distribution of media, ways to increase periodicals sales.

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14 November 2011

Cosmopolitan and ICQ

The Cosmopolitan magazine website,, and ICQ have created a special Internet messenger designed for fashionable and stylish young women. The exclusive design, video and audio capabilities, quick access to key projects and much more make this new ICQ messenger an indispensable online aid for today’s Internet users.

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13 November 2011

Barnes and Noble Debuts 7-Inch NOOK Tablet for $249

Another tablet contender is unveiled:Barnes and Noble’s NOOK Tablet. The Tablet is retailing for $249, and the price point on the original NOOK Color will be bumped from $249 to $199. The new device is being marked in the industry as an alternative to the Amazon Kindle Fire, an eReader introduced in late September that is available for $199.

According to reports, the NOOK Tablet looks similar to the NOOK Color, though it is slightly thinner and lighter. Storage room increases from 8 GB to 16 GB, and the device has a microSD slot with capability to support an additional 32GB. Other updates include a Texas Instruments dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

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11 November 2011

Coffee to go is now available at Good News convenience stores

The chain of convenience stores specializing in newspapers and magazines, Good News, partnered up with Mystery Vending Machines. Starting November 1st customers at a number of the Moscow Good News convenience stores can treat themselves to a coffee to go along with newspapers, magazines and other things.


The IES espresso machines (that use illy / Mitaca espresso capsules) were installed in 11 Good News convenience stores located in office buildings. The high quality coffee in capsules guarantees a perfect espresso in just 15 seconds. Customers get to choose between the illy lungo espresso and the Mitaca ginseng espresso.

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07 November 2011

Can a Nook Color 2 Dampen Kindle’s PR Blaze?

There is no telling what exactly Barnes & Noble will be announcing at a press conference the company has scheduled for Nov. 7 in New York, but word went out to the media yesterday that something was coming next week. Rumors abound about B&N's plans to counter Amazon's recent Kindle Fire announcement and Nov. 15 launch with some rejoinder from the Nook Color line. No details of a B&N device seem to have leaked so far, however.

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