Time Inc said Tuesday it would close Cottage Living magazine and its Web site, citing the worsening economy and the impact of the weak housing market. The Time Inc. unit of Time Warner Inc. said it would maintain aspects of the brand, which focused on luxury living with a lighter footprint, in another of its other home magazines. "While the brand was genuinely loved by readers and advertisers alike, the economy inhibited its ability to grow," said Sylvia Auton, a Time executive vice president who oversees the Lifestyle Group. The magazine was launched in September 2004 with a circulation of 500,000, and circulation grew to 1 million by January 2007, the company said.
Amazon.com on Tuesday announced the launch of CloudFront, a new self-service, pay-as-you-go content delivery network (CDN) unit of its Amazon Web Services division. CloudFront can integrate with Amazon's S3 storage service, and will provide traditional CDN services -- which increase the speed at which content is delivered across the Internet -- with no up-front commitments or long-term contracts.
Hoping to extend its brand to a younger audience, Washington-based National Geographic on Tuesday announced the launch of a new division that will develop and publish video games based on the organization's core themes and media properties. The move is part of the organization's strategy of extending beyond print and television to a host of new platforms and devices.
Access to LIFE's Photo Archive -- over 10 million images in total -- will soon be available on a new hosted image service from Google, Time Inc. has announced. Ninety-seven percent of the photographs have never been seen by the public. The collection contains some of the most iconic images of the 20th century, including works from great photojournalists Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Gordon Parks, and W. Eugene Smith. These images can be found when conducting a search on Google.com or on Google Image Search. Users can also search through the LIFE Collection directly by visiting http://images.google.com/hosted/life.
Yahoo and Telemundo have agreed to shut down the two-year old co-branded site Yahoo Telemundo by the end of 2008, as each company will essentially launch their own Spanish-language portal next year. On Jan. 1 Telemundo will roll out the stand alone property Telemundo.com, which will feature a mix of programming information, original content, and outlets for user commentary/participation. The NBC Universal-owned company had tapped Yahoo rival Microsoft to promote the new site via prominent placement on its MSN Latino portal—though unlike the previous deal, the new site will not be co-branded. Microsoft will also provide video and ad serving technology for the site.
Before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas. A decision has not been made on whether he could become the first e-mailing president, but aides said that seemed doubtful.
The soccer star is just one of 110 major public figures in Argentina to have secured a court order restraining the Argentine versions of Google and Yahoo from serving up search results on their names.