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Twitter (Finally) Adds a Woman to Its Board of Directors - Posted December 5, 2013
We're all aware that Twitter has received some well-deserved negative attention at the most important moment in its history for neglecting to include any women on its board of directors. That changed this morning when the company announced, vi... [PRNewser]

Pearson Investment in Nook Media Closes - Posted January 23, 2013
Publishing company Pearson's $89.5 million cash investment in Barnes & Noble's NOOK Media has been completed. Barnes & Noble announced the investment last month. With the investment, Nook Media is n... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Pearson Invests $89.5M in Nook Media - Posted December 28, 2012
Publishing company Pearson has agreed to invest $89.5 million in cash in Barnes & Noble's digital content company Nook Media. Nook Media is currently valued at about $1.789 billion, which gives Pearson a 5 percent equity stake in the business. Pearson brings expertise in online learning and digital c... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Semantic Web Jobs: Pearson - Posted December 5, 2012
Pearson is looking for a Content Discovery and Metadata Technical Lead in Harlow, Oxford, England. The post states, "As Technical Lead, you will lead the delivery of services and solutions around content discovery a... [semanticweb.com]

Insights from the SemTechBiz Conference - UK - Posted September 25, 2012
The Semantic Technology and Business Conference - UK took place in London last week at the Millennium Goucester Hotel, and a number of themes emerged from the two-day event. A few of the sessions are highlighted below, but first, let us turn to some of the attendees to share some of... [AllTwitter]

Insights from the SemTechBiz Conference - UK - Posted September 25, 2012
The Semantic Technology and Business Conference - UK took place in London last week at the Millennium Goucester Hotel, and a number of themes emerged from the two-day event. A few of the sessions are highlighted below, but first, let us turn to some of the attendees to share some of... [semanticweb.com]

Semantic Web Jobs: Pearson - Posted July 25, 2012
Pearson is looking for a Principal Technical Architect in Saddle River, NJ. According to the post, "Within Pearson Technology's Enabling Technologies Group, the Data Abstraction & Distribution team is responsible for Build activiti... [semanticweb.com]

Pearson Creates Semantic Reading Metric to Help Students Succeed - Posted August 26, 2011
Pearson has created a semantically powered tool to help students assess their reading abilities. The article explains that the Pearson ... [AllTwitter]

Eighty Percent of College Faculty Teach Using Social Media - Posted April 13, 2011
College faculty are twice as likely as other industry workers to be using social media as part of their job, and more than 80 percent of faculty are using some form of social media in their teaching, according to a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson. The survey... [SocialTimes.com]

Pearson Cleared by OFT for Harcourt Education Acquisition - Posted August 27, 2007
Pearson's acquisition of Harcourt Education in the UK has escaped a possible referral to the Competition Commission, according to the Bookseller. In a statement put out Friday, the Office of Fair Trading said it had decided, based "on the information currently available to it", not to refer the completed merger to... [GalleyCat]

South African Publishing Merger Questioned - Posted July 31, 2007
The South African Business Day reports that the Shuttleworth Foundation had lodged an objection with the Competition Commission to the possibility of a merger between South African publishing companies Maskew Miller Longman and Heinemann, resulting from the merger of their international holding companies, Pearson and Harc... [GalleyCat]

Sluggish Dollar Affects Penguin Results - Posted July 30, 2007
Pearson, parent company of Penguin, has reported its 2007 interim results. Its education unit increased sales by 7% and moved into first-half profit of 5m pounds, while Penguin revenues were up 1% with profits 11% higher. "Our half-year results are always just a hint of our potential for the year,... [GalleyCat]

Riverdeep, Mergers High - Posted July 23, 2007
The New York Times rightfully wonders just who on earth is this Barry O'Callaghan guy and why he's not only bought up Houghton Mifflin but now Harcourt Education, thereby turning a small Irish software company into a giant American textbook publisher. Until last year, writes Eric Pfanner, Riverdeep was a relatively... [GalleyCat]

Reed Elsevier, Pearson Shares Fall - Posted July 18, 2007
Marketwatch reports that Reed Elsevier was a top decliner Tuesday, down 2.8% while Pearson shares declined 0.4%. Shares in Reed Elsevier declined as analysts noted that the positions held by both companies in the U.S. educational publishing market mean the deal will be investigated by reg... [GalleyCat]

Pearson Boss Falls Four in UK Media List - Posted July 9, 2007
By way of the Bookseller, the Guardian reports that Pearson boss Marjorie Scardino has fallen four places in the Guardian's "Media 100", the newspaper's power-list of the media world's movers and shakers. She is the only book publisher in the list, Reed's Crispin Davis... [GalleyCat]

OFT Confirms Investigation Into Pearson Acquisitions - Posted July 3, 2007
The Bookseller reports this morning that the Office of Fair Trading has confirmed that Pearson has agreed to run Harcourt Education as a separate business until the conclusion of its investigation into the group's purchase of the education unit previously owned by Reed Elsevier. John Fallon ,CEO of Pearson Education Asia,... [GalleyCat]

Could Pearson WSJ Bid Break up Company? - Posted June 20, 2007
That's the hypothesis the Independent's Stephen Foley puts forward in reporting about the bid to buy the Wall Street Journal by Pearson (parent company of Penguin.) For Dame Marjorie Scardino, the chief executive who once said that the Financial Times would be sold "over my dead body", failing to make a... [GalleyCat]

Pearson Gets Critical Analysis - Posted June 8, 2007
The Times' Dan Sabbagh looks at the performance of educational publisher Pearson (parent company of Penguin) and its CEO, Dame Marjorie Scardino, over the last ten years, and wonders if it's "unreasonable to ask whether it is time for Dame Marjorie to adopt a different strategy." Especially because even though the... [GalleyCat]

Reed Trades Harcourt Education Units to Pearson - Posted May 8, 2007
The Independent reports that Pearson has bolstered its US assessment and international text book divisions after purchasing two Harcourt units from Reed Elsevier in a $950m deal. The acquisitions of the Harcourt units, which Reed put up for sale in February, follow a spate of activity in the education publishing market... [GalleyCat]

Pearson Meets Own Expectations - Posted April 27, 2007
Pearson (parent company of Penguin and the world's largest educational publisher) published a report from its Annual General Meeting and the results are rather rosy. The company, Reuters reports, said it was trading in line with expectations and that it expects its higher education business sales to grow 3-5 percen... [GalleyCat]

Outsourced Learning to India with HarperCollins' Help - Posted March 28, 2007
The Times reports on the alliance forged this week between TutorVista, an Indian start-up that offers schoolchildren unlimited "offshored" tutoring for 50 a month and HarperCollins. The company will face competition from Pearson, the world s largest educational publisher, which said that it is "very close to... [GalleyCat]

Wolters Kluwer in Talks to Sell Unit; Pearson Shares Up - Posted March 26, 2007
The Associated Press reports that Dutch publishing company Wolters Kluwer NV said Friday it is in talks with private equity fund Bridgepoint Capital Ltd. to sell its education unit for 750 million euros to 775 million euros ($999 million to $1.02 billion). Wolters Kluwer, which sells education materials for primary, secondary... [GalleyCat]

Pearson Profits Rise - Posted February 26, 2007
Pearson, the world's largest education publisher (and parent company of Penguin Books) reported a 19 pct rise in 2006 profits, ahead of market expectations, and said it expects to grow faster than its markets in 2007. Penguin saw sales rise by 5% and operating profit by 10% in 2006,... [GalleyCat]

A Volatile Time in UK Publishing - Posted January 23, 2007
The Independent's Saeed Shah analyzes the recent report by Pearson (parent company of Penguin) that their profits will be at its highest in years, leading to a five-year-high in stock prices. But even though rumors still swirl that a private equity company could swoop in and buy the company outright -... [GalleyCat]

Strong Profits for Pearson - Posted January 22, 2007
Pearson provided its ts regular January trading update today, stating that they continued to perform strongly through the fourth quarter of 2006. Pearson Education sustained its good revenue momentum and achieved further margin improvement, ahead of expectations, as we benefited from our investments in educational testing and technology. The Financial Times... [GalleyCat]

Publishing Unbound, Google-Style - Posted January 19, 2007
A crowd more than 300-strong gathered at the New York Public Library's Celeste Bartos Room for Google's all-day Unbound conference to be told, in no uncertain terms by an array of speakers, that if you're not moving with the digital times, you're just not a 21st century publish... [GalleyCat]

Speculation of Pearson Private Equity Buyout - Posted January 18, 2007
The Scotsman reports that shares in Pearson (parent company of Penguin and the Financial Times) jumped more than 4 percent on Wednesday to their highest price since mid-2002 in hefty volume amid speculation over a private-equity buyout for the world's largest educational publisher. Details of a report in the weekly The... [GalleyCat]

Wolters Kluwer sells Nelson Thorne - Posted January 8, 2007
The global publishing group Wolters Kluwer is selling off its educational publishing arm - including UK-based Nelson Thorne, a publisher of education books, CD-ROMs and electronic teaching and learning resources - and expects upwards of 700 million euros for the sale, the Telegraph reports. Investment bank Lehman Brothers has been appointed... [GalleyCat]

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