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Sophia, a provider of enterprise search products and software, announced Sophia Search, a new search service which makes use of a semiotic-based model called the Contextual Discovery Engine to identify intrinsic terms in unstructured content in order to make it easier to recover and consolidate. Through this service, Sophia reports that organizations will be able to minimize compliance risk and reduce the cost of storing and organizing enterprise information.
Posted Sep 21, 2010
Motorola announced the acquisition of Aloqa GmbH, a privately-held developer of location-based software and technologies for use with smartphones. Motorola has added Aloqa to its nascent Motorola Mobility unit, which is comprised of Motorola's Mobile Devices and Home business.
Posted Sep 21, 2010
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Netezza, a developer of analytics software based in Massachusetts, at a price of $27 per share or approximately $1.7 billion after adjusting for cash. IBM will utilize Netezza to expand its business analytics initiatives and allow clients faster interpretation of business data at a lower cost.
Posted Sep 21, 2010
MarkLogic Corporation and Flatirons Solutions, a systems integrator that develops content technology to address critical business issues, today announced that Flatirons has been named the first North American reseller for MarkLogic's database. According to MarkLogic, the agreement signals a move to enlist trusted reseller partners as part of its aggressive growth strategy.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
CloudCenter LLC announced the availability of Rainmaker on the Google Apps marketplace. Rainmaker allows Google Apps users to share contacts within a domain, while simultaneously populating Google Contacts(TM) with social data from LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Users can also enhance and share their current contact information using integration with Google Contacts.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
JustSystems, the largest independent software vendor in Japan and a worldwide developer of XML and information management technologies, announced that XMetaL® Author Enterprise 6.0, the latest version of the company's XML-based software for structured authoring and content collaboration, is available in Japanese. JustSystems is also collaborating with IBM Japan, Antenna House, and Fuji Xerox to establish the DITA Consortium Japan.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Informa Research Services, Inc. and MarginPro announced an alliance to combine Informa's information with MarginPro's software solutions. The combined offering, ProfitOptimizer, gives financial institutions tools to maximize loan and deposit pricing and institution profitability.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Granicus, an award-winning cloud computing provider for government, introduced its new Federal Meeting Services to help agencies across all branches of federal government drive transparency and citizen participation. The new services will enable federal agencies to take advantage of cloud computing, webcasting, and other new media tools.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
K-NFB Reading Technology announced the release of its free Blio reader. Blio, which is free to download, will be launching Sept. 28 for all Windows-based devices, with applications for iOS and Android operating systems following shortly thereafter. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers, and educational institutions, and supported by fully-customized digital media storefronts.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Mediaspectrum, Inc. introduced Adrenalin, a complete solution for publishers looking to create a customized news-reading application for Apple's iPad and other tablet devices. Adrenalin provides digital news organizations with dynamic content, integrated advertising, and subscription management, while also offering an opportunity to establish a powerful tablet presence.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Semantico, a provider of services and technology for online publishing, released an e-commerce component for its Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). The SAMS e-commerce component lets end users purchase e-books immediately through personal accounts, without needing to request that someone authorize the purchase.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
XING released plans to launch a major new media push this fall, in conjunction with the announcement of a handful of new features for its social business platform. Along with a newly revamped design, XING plans to add a number of major enhancements, including improved navigation options and expanded mobile functionality.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Twitter announced that it would be rolling out a handful of new features and capabilities for its social messaging service. The company will be introducing a new version of the site that features a cleaner timeline and a richer details pane to provide information on individual Tweets, along with the ability to scroll through an unlimited number of Tweets without having to select "More."
Posted Sep 16, 2010
IBM announced plans to acquire OpenPages, a Massachusetts-based developer of corporate risk management and compliance software. According to IBM, playing a role in the acquisition plans is a recent company study of 1900 global CFOs and senior finance leaders that revealed that risk management has risen in priority by 93% since 2005.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
SpringCM, a developer of cloud enterprise content management software, has secured $15.0 million in financing to help continue developing the company's cloud enterprise content management platform. The round of financing includes existing investors Foundation Capital and North Bridge Venture Partners, along with newcomer Silicon Valley Bank.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Apprise Media has sold its Canon Communications B-to-B media platform for UBM for $287 million. Canon Communications LLC announced that it has agreed to be acquired by United Business Media Limited, a global business media company.
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Random House announced that it is partnering with Smashing Ideas, a Seattle-based digital media agency, with the goal of developing children's book-based apps for mobile devices. In this partnership, Random House Children's Books will work with Smashing Ideas' newly created epublishing group.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Project MUSE, a provider of humanities and social science periodical content for libraries, announced a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Called Project MUSE Editions, the initiative will allow ebook collections to be purchased alongside MUSE journal collections beginning next year.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Encoding.com, an encoding service provider, released Mobile Made Easy, a collection of video encoding presets designed to meet the specific video requirements of all popular mobile phones. With this new product and its existing iPhone and iPhone streaming presets, Encoding.com reports that it now offers encoding services to 80% of the smartphone market.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
ChaCha, a service specializing in answering user-submitted questions on several topics, launched the Media Messaging Service (MMS), which will allow ChaCha to supply users with rich media content and advertisements on their mobile phones. MMS, which ChaCha reports will be compatible with almost all mobile phones, supports videos such as movie trailers, and images such as coupons and logos.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Bitrix, Inc. released Bitrix Site Manager 9.0, the latest iteration of the company's flagship website management application, which caters to small- and medium-sized businesses. Offering organizations secure content management and other assistance in creating a customer-visible online presence, this new version of Bitrix Site Manager includes over 100 new features.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Copyright Clearance Center, a nonprofit organization specializing in copyright licensing, announced the opening of RightsDirect, its European subsidiary. RightsDirect enables European rightsholders and users to access the voluntary licensing systems that have been available in the U.S. for many years.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Ooyala, Inc., the Mountain View, Calif.-based a provider of video platform applications and services, announced that it has raised more than $22 million in a round of financing from new and existing investors. The round was led by The CID Group and ITOCHU Technology Ventures; current Ooyala investors Sierra Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners were also included.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Telestream, a provider of digital media and workflow tools, completed its acquisition of Anystream, an organization specializing in video production and management. In an announcement, Telestream said that the acquisition significantly improves the company's standing in the video transcoding market, in addition to enhancing its ability to create on-demand workflow applications.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Ebyline, a new content marketplace for news publishers and professional journalists, has launched. The service, which is open to professional journalists and freelancers with published work, offers an alternative to the typical journalistic model of publishing, allowing writers to improve their visibility and openly pitch, negotiate fees, and sell finished work to publishers and news organizations.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Blyk, a Finnish mobile media startup, recently closed a 17 million euro investment lead by Nexit Ventures and others. This investment helps Blyk to accelerate its growth in partnering with mobile operators worldwide.
Posted Sep 14, 2010
Infotrieve, Inc., a developer of business service solutions for information centers, entered into agreements with six leading publishers and content aggregators. According to the company, the agreements will further expand the depth of content available from Infotrieve in the global scientific, technical, and medical marketplace.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Publishing Technology, a provider of software and services for the publishing industry, unveiled a facelift for ingentaconnect, its flagship collection of e-publications. The new look and field is the second phase of the platform's regeneration, with further releases to deliver additional improvements such as a new Publisher Statistics package, integration with an award winning search engine, enhanced ahead of print functionality, and additional content.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) launched its newest journal, Ecosphere, using a rapid-publication workflow system developed in conjunction with Allen Press. Ecosphere is a peer-reviewed, online-only, open access publication that welcomes submissions from all sub-disciplines of ecological science.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
H.W. Wilson is releasing a new round of enhancements for WilsonWeb. The latest improvements give users more versatile access to the platform and expand a variety of functionalities, including a variety of updates to the text-to-speech converter and several interface enhancements.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Several companies are teaming up with the Royal Mail to issue the world's first interactive postage stamp. The Royal Mail`s Great British Railway Special Stamp issue will use the Royal Mail channel in the junaio augmented reality platform to provide online content through users' iPhones and Android smartphones.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
BioMed Central's BMC Research Notes journal announced that it is commissioning a large, ongoing collection of educational articles that outline procedures for data sharing. The goal of the collection is to provide researchers with best practice guidelines for sharing and publishing data, thereby encouraging data sharing in the scientific community and allowing for more data to be re-used.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Xinet, a developer of digital asset management solutions, is releasing WebNative Suite 16.05. This latest version includes a variety of plugins that allow for integration with Adobe Creative Suite 5, including Adobe InDesign.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
MyNewsVu announced a new technology for television news delivery and consumption, a back-end software platform that enables TV news web sites to deliver a personalized TV newscast to individual viewers. Web sites powered by MyNewsVu can deliver individually personalized TV newscasts to internet-enabled TVs, mobile devices, and PCs.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Webnodes AS, a developer of ASP.NET semantic content management systems, released version 3.5 of its CMS platform. The new release features a number of improvements, including an improved semantic definitions module to allow users to define more complex semantic ontologies and the addition of an e-commerce module.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., released Portfolio Server 9.5, the latest version of its digital asset management (DAM) software. Portfolio Server 9.5 is designed to save time and improve workflow by helping teams quickly access photos, graphics, documents, and videos.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
eZ Systems announced that it will begin offering two separate versions of eZ Publish, eZ Publish Community Project and eZ Publish Enterprise. The eZ Publish Community Project will leave the development process to long-term, trusted community members, while eZ Publish Enterprise will maintain the accelerated innovation of the community edition while also featuring a dedicated code base and more rigorous testing.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Search giant Google announced the latest addition to its search engine. Dubbed Google Instant, the feature constantly updates a live window of search results as the user types in a query, refining the results in real time as the user updates the contents of the search bar, without the need to launch a new search with each new term.
Posted Sep 09, 2010
Saba announced the general availability of Saba Live, its cloud-based enterprise business networking solution. Saba Live is a real-time collaboration tool that incorporates Web 2.0 social tools integrated with Saba Centra Web Conferencing, enabling employees, partners, and cuistomers to communicate and shade materials in real-time from anywhere in the world.
Posted Sep 02, 2010
IP video technology developer VBrick Systems announced that has received a U.S. patent for its real-time video compression technology. The patent recognizes VBrick's novel encoding algorithms used during the compression of streaming video, which enable the production of high quality images for the viewer.
Posted Sep 02, 2010
Alterian, a developer of customer engagement technology and solutions, announced the acquisition of Intrepid, an international market research and social media analytics consultant firm. Intrepid is a consulting business with a heavy focus on insights from social media data, which allows social media to be integrated as a core element of mainstream marketing.
Posted Sep 02, 2010
Connecticut Innovations (CI), a quasi-public authority responsible for technology investing and innovation development operated by the state of Connecticut, announced a follow-on investment of up to $550,000 in ExeCue Inc. of Stamford, Conn., through its Eli Whitney Fund. The investment is part of a round of up to $1.6 million also involving individual investors.
Posted Sep 02, 2010
AOL is purchasing locational social networking service Rally Up for an undisclosed amount. Rally Up, which was founded in 2009, develops mobile applications for the iPad and iPhone that allow users to check in to various locations, send messages, and locate friends. The service features a friend feed that lets users share their location or upload text and photos. The service also features integration with Facebook.
Posted Sep 02, 2010
Apple announced an array of new features and updates for existing items in its product line, including updated versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch, as well as new features for its popular iTunes platform. According to Apple, iTunes 10 now features a social media component called Ping that will allow users to follow specific artists and friends in much the same was as Facebook and Twitter.
Posted Sep 02, 2010
Odyssey Interactive announced the Interact Partner Program, a global initiative to support the dissemination of Odyssey's intranet product, Interact. Odyssey says that the program provides a structure for partner companies to work together with Odyssey in delivering specific solutions according to geography and industry.
Posted Aug 31, 2010
According to TechCrunch, Etsy, a community website that allows users to buy and sell handmade creations, has raised an extra $20 million in its fifth venture round, led by Index Ventures. This development gives Etsy a premoney valuation of just under $300 million, roughly triple the valuation it received in its last $27 million round in January 2008.
Posted Aug 31, 2010
FIZ CHEMIE reported that it has, with the help of InfoChem's data-mining technologies, digitized the contents of the oldest abstracts journal published in the field of chemistry, Chemisches Zentralblatt. The journal was published for about 140 years beginning in the early 19th century, highlighting research progress in pharmaceutical science and chemistry.
Posted Aug 31, 2010
Hoover's, Inc. announced enhancements to its business information platform, including both the addition of 3 million new email addresses through Hoover's ConnectMail and more than 1,700 Morningstar Equity Research Reports. These enhancements build upon the features already present in Hoover's platform.
Posted Aug 31, 2010
SAGE announced that, with the support of HighWire 2.0 (H20) technology, it has completed the migration of its more than 560 journals to next generation of SAGE Journals Online. Some enhancements included with this latest iteration of SAGE Journals Online include advanced search across more than 50 disciplines, pop-up previews of article abstracts, and the ability to hide certain features (such as author affiliations and related links) from view.
Posted Aug 31, 2010
IBM and the European Union (EU) have expanded their research partnership called IMPACT (IMProving ACcess to Text), which will enable the digitization of rare and culturally significant historical texts, to include more than two-dozen national libraries, research institutions, companies, and universities across Europe. IMPACT, funded by EU, offers guidance and new technology to various European institutions.
Posted Aug 31, 2010
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