July 16, 2013 Last Updated 5:58 pm

Buffett-owned Tulsa World not spared layoffs as 50 jobs are cut; IMDB teams up with Fandango to add movie ticket sales

If the staff at the Tulsa World thought that being acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway would prevent layoffs they were disappointed yesterday as publisher Bill Masterson announced that 50 positions would be eliminated.

TW-flag-sm“We looked at all of our expense streams and made some hard choices that will allow us to be as efficient as possible in the future,” Tulsa World Publisher Bill Masterson said. “And despite those choices, we continue to be in a position to provide a great product to our readers, subscribers and advertisers. You will see in the coming weeks and months a more dynamic media company because of this restructuring.”

The paper will make operational changes that are more the industry standard than what it has been doing today. For instance, the paper will develop circulation distribution centers where carriers would pick up their papers each morning, instead of transporting the papers to individual drop points.

The paper will also stop attempting to develop its own software solutions and will, instead, rely on third party software. Nine IT positions will be eliminated at the Tulsa World. But, Masterson said, those slots will move over to BH Media, the World’s parent company.

IMDB-tickets-iPad-lgIMDb updated both its iOS and Android apps yesterday, adding in the ability to buy tickets.

The change comes thanks to a deal with Fandango, which will handle the ticket side of things. The service only in works in the U.S., however.

Interestingly, the update in the Apple App Store also warns iPhone and iPad users that this will be the last app update that will support iOS 5. In fact, with the introduction of iOS 7, many developers are feeling pressure to update their apps to make them consistent with the new mobile operating system. Developers have a bit of practice with this, as the introduction of the iPhone 5, with its longer display, put pressure on developers to make adjustments.

With OS adoption rates much lower on the Android platform, IMDb felt no pressure to warn its Android users within Google Play.

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