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Popular Science iPad Edition Has Sold 10,000 Subscriptions

Popular Science magazine sold the 10,000th subscription to its iPad edition sometime on Sunday, nearly six weeks after accepting Apple’s terms for selling subs on its tablet. That’s a speck compared to the title’s nearly 1.2 million print subscriptions, but a significant early foothold for digital magazine subscriptions on the iPad.…more

The Journal Adds 200,000 Mobile-Device Subscribers

By APARAJITA SAHA-BUBNA

The Wall Street Journal has added 200,000 paying subscribers who access the newspaper via mobile devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPad and Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle.

Les Hinton, head of the newspaper’s publisher, Dow Jones & Co., which is owned by News Corp., said Thursday that about 150,000 of the new subscribers were added in the last 12 months. Subscribers pay about $4 a week to read the Journal on their iPad...more

Media will be forced to play by the internet’s rules

By Richard Waters

For media companies, when and how to tap into the new mobile and social platforms on the web is as much a question of timing and technological tactics as of business strategy. But make no mistake: as the platforms quickly evolve, most companies have little choice but to engage with them – and pay whatever toll is required.

There have been two reminders in recent days of the growing power of these platforms, from Apple and Facebook...more