Mark Cuban’s move a worrisome sign for Facebook

Cuban is migrating his properties to platforms like Tumblr and Twitter, and if Facebook doesn’t address his complaints, it’s likely to see other brand leaders follow in his footsteps.

Ganxy offers an easier way to sell and market ebooks

New York-based startup Ganxy, which is officially launching today at the Frankfurt Book Fair, gives authors and publishers a straightforward set of tools to let them sell ebooks and control marketing and promotions online.

Marshall Kirkpatrick’s Little Bird wants to be your new “robot librarian”

Friday marks the official launch of former ReadWriteWeb editor Marshall Kirkpatrick’s data-based discovery startup Littlebird (formerly known as Plexus Engine). The company, which aims to automate discovery and vetting of experts and influencers on any given topic, has also raised $1 million in funding.

Today in Social

I probably shouldn’t talk so much about traditional media, but my digital music forecast report is coming soon. Meanwhile, here are two intriguing, not to say contrary, points of view on modern media. Venrock’s David Pakman points out that compared with traditional media, digital media usually cuts consumer prices, breaks up bundles and results in an an overall smaller pie. That last point is controversial – any net increase in consumption is outweighed by the first two characteristics. But it’s certainly the case in music so far. In a comment response, Pakman says he doesn’t think existing media companies will be able to accommodate this. Meanwhile, Mark Cuban makes a pretty good case that “big media isn’t as stupid as it used to be,” and that the traditional TV industry is better off than you might expect.

That’s Why You Diversify: Revision3 Reaches Profitability

Today independent web video producer Revision3 is claiming the position of the number one over the top network, with viewership increasing 165 percent and, as of Q4 2010, achieving “sustained profitability.” How’d they do it? A wide variety of content, diversified distribution, and maybe Mark Cuban.