Media Business News and Trends

Avalanche Mobile, a developer of network-based SMS management technologies, has acquired a 50% ownership stake in messaging and location service provider, 1rstWAP. By using 1rst WAP’s global infrastructure, Avalanche Mobile expects to expand the availability of advanced SMS messaging and location based systems and services, for telecom operators around the world.

Posted Feb 15, 2005

Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI, Inc. have announced that Verizon has agreed to acquire MCI for $4.8 billion in equity and $488 million in cash. In addition to MCI shareowner approval, the acquisition requires regulatory approvals, which the companies are targeting to obtain in about a year. The companies will determine operational plans, such as branding strategies and organizational structure, as the transaction moves closer to closing.

Posted Feb 15, 2005

FinancialContent, Inc. , a provider of financial data and business applications to online media and financial services companies worldwide, has announced an initiative to expand its operations in China. FinancialContent will open an office in Shanghai in order to build a competitive newsroom and wire service that track the expansion of U.S. companies into China and the reciprocal penetration of Chinese companies into the U.S. market.

Posted Feb 11, 2005

Members of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) have announced a new secure payment solution, piracy-proof peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software, advanced micropayment aggregation engine, and technology for integrating cell-phone and P2P payments.

Posted Feb 11, 2005

Infotrieve, Inc., a provider of content software technology and information services, has announced its acquisition of GenSys Software, Inc., provider of the GenSys/ELN electronic laboratory notebook for life sciences, chemistry, and other research-intensive industries.

Posted Feb 11, 2005

WebSideStory, Inc., a provider of on-demand Web analytics, has announced an agreement to acquire Avivo Corporation, a California corporation doing business as “Atomz,” and the launch of a new suite of integrated services for online marketing professionals. Based in San Francisco, Ca., Atomz is a provider of on-demand digital marketing applications, including site search and Web content management.

Posted Feb 11, 2005

Percussion Software has announced key changes in the company's management team. Michael Alden has been promoted to president from senior vice president of corporate operations, and Patricia Nagle has joined the company as vice president of worldwide sales and alliances.

Posted Feb 08, 2005

Ask Jeeves, Inc., a provider of information retrieval technologies, brands, and Internet advertising services, has acquired Trustic, Inc., the company that owns and operates Bloglines. Bloglines is a free online service for searching, subscribing, publishing, and sharing RSS feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. Bloglines will continue to operate uninterrupted as an independent brand in the Ask Jeeves portfolio and retain its name and unique URL: www.bloglines.com.

Posted Feb 08, 2005

StreamShield Networks, a provider of real-time Internet content security solutions, has announced a new partnership by becoming a funding member of the Internet Watch Foundation. The partnership is intended to enable ISPs to simply and cost-effectively prevent their subscribers from accessing illegal child abuse Web sites over their network, thus helping to prevent access to abusive images of children that contravene the Protection of Children Act 1978.

Posted Feb 04, 2005

ProQuest Information and Learning has completed the acquisition of privately held Voyager Expanded Learning, a provider of in-school core reading programs, reading intervention programs, and professional development programs for school districts throughout the United States. Voyager’s senior management team will remain with the company and report to Ron Klausner, president of ProQuest Information and Learning and acting president of Voyager Expanded Learning. Voyager’s headquarters will remain in Dallas, Texas.

Posted Feb 04, 2005

Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, has acquired the business and assets of 2B Reputation Intelligence Limited and Benchmarking Solutions Limited, a London-based technology and consulting business specializing in media monitoring and reputation management. The acquisition of 2B’s is expected to provide Factiva customers with editorial and visualization tools that permit the graphical representation of trends and relationships uncovered by analyzing a relevant selection of Web content along with Factiva’s collection of sources. Factiva has stated that the acquisition is intended to accelerate its strategy to offer media monitoring and reputation management solutions for corporate communications and marketing professionals based on human expertise, visualization tools, taxonomies, and text-mining technology.

Posted Feb 04, 2005

Liquid Machines, Inc., a provider of enterprise rights management (ERM) solutions, has moved its corporate headquarters to Waltham, Massachusetts to accommodate growth driven by increasing customer demand, partner interest, and product line expansion.

Posted Feb 01, 2005

Outsell has released a report on the third quarter performance of the Outsell 100.

Posted Feb 01, 2005

The European Parliament has voted with only one amendment in favor of the eContentplus program, which will support the development of multi-lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU.

Posted Feb 01, 2005

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, has recently established of new offices in Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and Rio de Janeiro.

Posted Jan 25, 2005

CM Professionals, a group of content management professionals from around the world, has elected its first formal Board of Directors.

Posted Jan 25, 2005

Sirsi Corporation has acquired Docutek Information Systems Inc., announced participation in the Normative Data Project for Libraries, partnered with Bluesocket, Inc. to deliver security and management to library WLANs, and has announced that it is working with Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. to provide enhanced functionality for placing electronic book orders.

Posted Jan 18, 2005

Data Depth Corporation, a/k/a: iCopyright.net, has filed its answer, counterclaims, and third-party claims in the litigation instituted by Valeo Intellectual Property.

Posted Jan 14, 2005

Members of the electronic communications, compliance, and law communities have joined together to form The Electronic Communications Compliance Council (TE3C), a group dedicated to providing best practices and resources to companies grappling with email and instant messaging (IM) policies and compliance.

Posted Jan 14, 2005

Entopia, a provider of solutions for information discovery, has announced further expansion into Europe in response to demand for its third generation information discovery solution.

Posted Jan 11, 2005

Six Apart, makers of the Movable Type publishing platform and TypePad personal weblogging service, has acquired Danga Interactive, Inc., the operators of the LiveJournal service, for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash.

Posted Jan 11, 2005

IBM has acquired SRD, a privately held company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and provider of identity resolution software.

Posted Jan 11, 2005

Innodata Isogen, Inc., has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed public offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock, of which 4,250,000 shares will be offered by Innodata Isogen and 3,250,000 shares will be offered by certain selling stockholders.

Posted Jan 07, 2005

eiStream, Inc, a provider of business process management and analysis solutions has changed its company name to Global 360.

Posted Jan 07, 2005

LexisNexis U.S., a provider of legal, news, and business information services, has acquired assets of Rachel Hollingsworth Court Reporting, Inc., a privately owned civil public records provider based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Posted Jan 07, 2005

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