Business Brief: Your vote can help win cash for Manatee County parks

June 25, 2013 

Help Manatee Co. parks win cash

MANATEE COUNTY -- Coca-Cola is issuing a challenge to all Americans: 'Take It To The Park,' get active and vote to help your favorite Manatee County Park win a grant as part of the fourth annual America Is Your Park campaign.

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. And what better place to get moving this summer than in the park?

This summer, there are many ways you can vote for your favorite park but it starts with getting active. Turn your favorite fitness activities into votes for your local parks this summer by checking in on Foursquare, logging your daily activities on MapMyFitness or clicking to vote online.

The park with the most votes will win a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola and the title of "America's Favorite Park.'' Second and third-place parks will win $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively. Another $15,000 grant will be awarded, at random, to a lucky park that comes in 4th to 25th on the leader board.

Cast your vote at: parks.livepositively.com/parks/index.html#/vote

Digital news boosting newspaper revenues

Executives at some of the nation's largest newspaper companies say they are more hopeful about their future after seeing readership grow for digital subscriptions.Speaking at the American Society of News Editors' annual convention, the newspaper executives said increased usage of their digital products is resulting in higher revenue.Patrick J. Talamantes, president and CEO at TheMcClatchy Co., the Bradenton Herald's parent company, says that his company is getting an additional $25 million in revenue this year from its new subscription models that charge for online content.Mark Thompson, president and CEO of The New York Times Co., also reports success from its digital subscriptions. Readers typically must pay to read stories on The New York Times' website after viewing 10 stories for free each month.

New Samsung tablets mimic Galaxy phones

NEW YORK -- Samsung is expanding its lineup of tablet computers and making them look more like its Galaxy smartphones, as it hopes to translate its success in phones to the tablet market, where Apple is dominant.

Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, on Monday said it is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, a $199 device, will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.The "Tab" line is Samsung's value brand, undercutting the price of similar Apple models. Samsung's premium tablets are in the "Note" line, which include styluses.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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