This month’s round-up of electronics media industry news is overshadowed by one major story, the sale and closure of major Reed titles.

EDN Asia, along with several other Asian RBI titles, have been sold to Bob Geldof’s media division, Ten Alps. And, more recently, Reed sold several of its US titles, including EDN to Canon Communications. Both media groups were looking to expand; Ten Alps into Asia and Canon into electronic design. From conversations held with former Reed editors, the moves are, however, being seen positively.

Unfortunately, this still leaves several Reed titles that are yet to be sold or closed in the company’s restructuring and we’re waiting for information on this.

Beyond the troubled fate of Reed titles, the technology world has seen Mobile World Congress take the spotlight with thousands of journalists heading to Barcelona. The general feeling at the show was that, as predicted, attendance was down. It felt that there were, indeed, fewer journalists, exhibitors and attendees. But, the reduction was lower than people had anticipated.

With MWC out of the way, the next major shows kicks off next week in Germany. Tuesday the 2nd March sees the embedded technology world heads to Nuremberg to take on the might of Embedded World. Meanwhile, journalists and companies from business technology market head to Hannover, just 4 hours away by train for CeBIT.

Lastly, the trend to go digital continues and the Italian title Firmware has launched an edition optimised for the newly launched iPad. I eagerly look forward to owning one to see Firmware working.

So, on with the news.