There’s more consolidation in the paywall platform business: Tinypass and Piano Media announced Tuesday that they are merging into a single company, Piano, which will be led by Tinypass CEO Trevor Kaufman. The European-based Piano Media already acquired Press+, which was co-founded by Steven Brill and L. Gordon Crovitz and then sold to RR Donnelley, last September.
Today in open-source offerings: the Guardian has a new image management system. Grid, as the product is known, replaces a clunky, out-dated, and unnamed system in favor of a sleeker and user-aligned product that, according to a developer blog posted Wednesday, is now fully “integrated with [The Guardian’s] print workflow and is used for almost half of the images published in [The Guardian’s] digital content.”
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories on how news organizations manage their mobile news alerts. Check in each day this week to see how The New York Times, Breaking News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and the Detroit Free Press decide which news warrants a push notification, and learn about the process each goes through to send alerts out to their readers.