Saturday, February 20, 2010

Week in Review

Short reads on a Saturday morning:

•  The week was dominated by news from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: from the announcement of the Wholesale Application Community, to the reentry of Microsoft with their preview of Windows Phone 7. But despite the many new products and operating systems, the emphasis going forward will continue to be developing for the iPhone and Android mobile phones, and the new tablets such as Apple's iPad.

•  New Reed Elsevier CEO Erik Engstrom confirmed the company's continued exit from the B2B market, while at the same time reporting lower revenue and profit numbers. The presentation revealed that Reed will exit the controlled circulation business (most of RBI) while stating that they will hang onto Variety and the entertainment division, as well as Reed Construction Data and Buyers Zone lead generation business.

•  College new media provider, CoPress, announced it was closing down operations. The organization was active in assisting college publications go online, specializing in WordPress solutions.

•  The BBC announced it would finally launch iPhone applications for news and sports some time in April. The UK based Newspaper Publishers Association didn't wait long to complain about the move, accusing the BBC of muscling "into a nascent market and trample over the aspirations of commercial news providers.”  The BBC most likely tell the NPA to stick it.