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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