Next Issue Media launches with all-you-can-read pricing model

Though digital magazine circulation has increased significantly in recent months, it remains a mere one percent of overall circulation, Ad Age reported last week. A group of five major publishers is hoping Next Issue Media, a company launching its full-feature product tomorrow, can change that.

Pulse grows from 1M to 11M users in 2011, works on monetization

Pulse, which makes a news reading app for Apple and Android tablets and smartphones, threw a party in the penthouse of the Kimberly Hotel last night to celebrate it big growth. “These guys offered to pay me for using our technology,” said Richard Ziade of Readability. “I should have accepted their offer.” He shook his head with a laugh, admiring the view and grabbing a slice of seared tuna off a passing tray.

Livescribe signs a $39M funding deal for its smartpens

Smartpens are looking like a smart move at Livescribe. The company announced it has raised $39 million in a third round of funding to further build the market for its Echo and Pulse smartpens, which have tiny computers inside them.