Weekly news round-up: Digital, print, and everything in between

Google made the news throughout the week, for its blocking, and then re-indexing of, Belgian newspapers, to its Google+ social network and its second quarter profits. On other fronts, television, print and online properties continued seeing success on tablets, especially the iPad.

On Monday, Google began re-indexing the websites of Belgian newspapers that accused the search giant of deleting their content just to get back at them for a copyright infringement case. Google, however, said it was following court’s orders, and began re-indexing the sites after they agreed to waive potential penalties for appearing in Google search.

Google revealed its second quarter earnings Thursday. Revenue was up 32 percent year-over-year to US$9.03 billion. Profits reached $2.51 billion, up from $1.84 billion year-over-year.

Unofficial data from Experian Hitwise showed that Google+ is the fastest growing social network to date, reaching 18 million users Thursday and receiving 1.8 million total visits last week. Those numbers are expected to grow even faster when the site opens to the general public.

On the mobile device front, Time Warner pushed forward with its “TV Everywhere” strategy, as its CNN Worldwide became the first 24-hour news network to stream live to tablets and mobile devices. To access the live video on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, users must subscribe to a multi-channel video service, such as AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink or Verizon.

Also in mobile, New York Times CEO Janet Robinson announced Thursday advertising on the newspaper’s iPad app has sold out through the end of the third quarter, and the online paywall is seeing rising subscriber numbers. The NY Times iPad app has been downloaded 2.3 million times since it was launch in April 2010, and the ad space has sold out even though most content is closed off to non-digital subscribers.

Time Magazine announced this week its launch of “all access” bundles, allowing subscribers to pay once, and get access to three channels Time magazine publishes on: print, Web and tablet. The subscription strategy change follows similar moves by Time’s sister publications, Sports Illustrated and People, in the last year. On Thursday, Time also put up a paywall, making the formerly almost-free website inaccessible to non-subscribers. However, weekly magazines will be made available for free three months past the publication date.

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