[News] What to know this morning
Samsung fall in the stock market after its loss to Apple…. Ask.com offers itself About.com for 300M dollars…. Apple could draw his iPad mini in October…. 100 million tablets sold worldwide in 2012?…. Digital rights : no agreement in sight between publishers and authors…. Social network Tagged raises 15M dollars….
The New York Times sells About.com for $ 300 million
The company IAC announced the acquisition of the site About.com for $ 300M. The search engine had previously been owned by the New York Times, which had bought it in 2005 for $ 410M. The IAC company publishes many sites, including the search engine Ask.com. The transaction, in cash, should be finalized in the coming weeks. Thanks to this operation, the New York daily intends to finance various current operations.
Samsung falls on the stock market after losing to Apple
Samsung shares were down 6.81% this morning when the stock market opened in Seoul. This fall directly follows the South Korean defeat against Apple, during his trial in the United States. Indeed, on Friday, Samsung was ordered to pay $ 1 billion to its rival for patent infringements, related to its smartphones and tablets. On Saturday, Samsung said it was going to file an appeal against this court decision.
Digital rights: no agreement in sight between publishers and authors
From Les Echos, publishers and authors have once again broken off the discussion concerning publishing contracts that include digital. After several meetings and an agreement put in place in March 2012, the reason for the disagreement would now be the conditions of the proposed single contract, which provided for two separate exploitations of the works. The discussion between the CPE (Permanent Council of Writers) and SNE (National Publishing Union) will resume in October.
Over 100 million tablets sold worldwide in 2012?
According to a cabinet estimate ABI Research, the tablet market is taking off and is expected to reach 100M worldwide sales in 2012. Strategies specifies that Apple is currently at the head of sales with 17M iPads sold in the second quarter of 2012, far ahead of Samsung (2.4M tablets sold). The market is expected to overtake that of computers within a few years.
Apple could draw its iPad mini in October
The rumor continues concerning the reduced format tablet from Apple. According to site information All Things Digital, the apple brand should present its iPad mini in October, following the iPhone 5, which is scheduled for launch on September 12. The screen of the tablet should not exceed 8 inches.
Tagged raises 15M dollars
Social network Tagged recently raised $ 15M, reports Techcrunch. The financing round was notably led by Lighthouse Capital Partners and Comerica Bank. The social network had already recently completed a fundraising of $ 9M. Tagged has 300M members across 220 countries. The company claims 2011 sales of $ 43M, up 35%.