Here is a quick roundup of the stories occupying the most digital media mindshare today: Sony announces massive layoffs and refocusing, Condé Nast paid $14 million for ZipList, Amazon CloudSearch debuts, AOL’s Patch loses its editor-in-chief.
After posting record losses, Sony intends to spend about $926 million on shifting the company’s focus, a move that will eliminate 10,000 employees – 6 percent of its worldwide workforce
Sony – press release
Bloomberg – Sony Tunes Out TVs as Hirai Sees Future in Imaging, Portables
The Economist – Back in Japanese hands
Korea Times – Sony poised to emulate Samsung
Financial Times – Sony promises change after record loss
New York Times – Sony Chief Unveils Plans to Revive Company
Condé Nast paid $14 million to acquire mobile shopping list and recipe service ZipList, which it initially will integrate into Epicurious and the online editions of Bon Appétit and Gourmet
Paid Content – Condé Nast starts clipping recipes with ZipList buy
TechCrunch – Condé Nast Buys Recipe Startup ZipList
AllThingsD – Condé Nast Goes Shopping, Spends $14 Million on ZipList
Amazon Web Services has unveiled Amazon CloudSearch, a fully-managed search service designed to be easily incorporated by developers.
Amazon CloudSearch – official site
Amazon Web Services – Amazon CloudSearch – Start Searching in One Hour for Less Than $100 / Month
Business Insider – Amazon’s New Cloud Search Service Is A Brilliant Slap At Google, HP, Others
GigaOm – Amazon CloudSearch takes on Google
The Next Web – Put some search into your apps for $0.12 per hour with Amazon’s new CloudSearch service
Patch, AOL’s network of hyperlocal news sites, is losing its editor-in-chief.
Patch Blog – Brian Farnham’s farewell post
Venture Beat – Patch Editor-in-Chief leaving AOL
Atlantic Wire – Patch’s Editor-in-Chief Quits As Nicely As Possible
Reuters – Top Patch editor’s “bittersweet” exit
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