Media Business News and Trends

Madison Advisors, an advisory firm that aims to advance the print and electronic communications objectives of Fortune 1000 companies, has launched an industry study of the enterprise output management market.

Posted Jan 04, 2005

Bacon's Information, Inc., a provider of media research, distribution, monitoring, and evaluation services for public relations, marketing, and corporate communications professionals, has announced the acquisition of Delahaye Medialink. Bacon's has also announced that it will now monitor online news blogs.

Posted Jan 04, 2005

Nstein Technologies Inc., a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, has announced the appointment of Stuart Woodring as advisor to the CEO.

Posted Dec 28, 2004

NTT DoCoMo has announced that it has agreed with MontaVista Software Inc., a U.S. developer of Linux software for telecommunications equipment and mobile handsets, to invest $3 million in newly issued preferred stock for an equity stake in the company.

Posted Dec 28, 2004

CSA has acquired the Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) from OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. CSA has also announced the release of CSA Illumina, a platform for online bibliographic and full-text searching.

Posted Dec 28, 2004

The Washington Post Company has reached an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to acquire Slate, the online magazine.

Posted Dec 28, 2004

Gartner, Inc., a provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, and META Group, Inc., an information technology research and consulting firm, have reached an agreement under which Gartner will acquire META Group in an all-cash transaction valued at $10.00 per share, or approximately $162 million.

Posted Dec 28, 2004

Copyright Clearance Center, a provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions, has released a new report titled Copyright in the Digital Workspace.

Posted Dec 21, 2004

Verity Inc. has announced the signing and closing of its acquisition of Dralasoft Inc., a privately-held software company based in Westminster, Colorado and announced a partnership with Yahoo!.

Posted Dec 21, 2004

iPressroom Corporation, which offers dynamic communications software tools and services designed to help organizations extend the impact of their public relations, corporate communications, and marketing programs, has entered into a definitive agreement with San Francisco-based o2 Venture Partners, under which the firm will commit resources, personnel, and capital to take charge of the iPressroom's sales, marketing, and new business development efforts in exchange for a significant stake in the software company.

Posted Dec 17, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 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.

Posted Dec 17, 2004

Sprint and Nextel Communications, Inc. have announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement for a merger of equals.

Posted Dec 17, 2004

Spatial Systems, Inc. has announced its formation as a software development company focused on creating and marketing products to simplify Web browsing and Internet use.

Posted Dec 14, 2004

Verity Inc. has announced the establishment of Verity Italy, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will be based in Milan.

Posted Dec 14, 2004

LexisNexis U.S., a provider of legal, news, and business information services, has acquired Oak Brook, IL-based Interface Software, Inc., a provider of client relationship management (CRM) products to legal and professional services firms in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Posted Dec 14, 2004

Oracle Corporation has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire PeopleSoft, Inc., for $26.50 per share (approximately $10.3 billion).

Posted Dec 14, 2004

Robert N. Snyder, chairman of Cambridge Information Group, Inc., has announced the promotion of James P. McGinty to vice-chairman of the Cambridge Information Group and the promotion of Andrew M. Snyder to president of the Cambridge Information Group.

Posted Dec 10, 2004

Information technology (IT) media company TechTarget has acquired Boston-based Bitpipe, Inc. for $40 million in cash.

Posted Dec 10, 2004

LexisNexis U.S., a provider of legal, news and business information services, has acquired the editorial assets of Florida-based Gould Publications, a publisher of law enforcement handbooks, CD-ROM courses, Homeland Security publications, and training materials. LexisNexis has also announced the LexisNexis RiskWise Rate Evasion Evaluation. LexisNexis is a member of Reed Elsevier Group plc.

Posted Dec 10, 2004

Mamma.com Inc. and Copernic Technologies Inc. have announced that Mamma.com has signed a letter of intent (LOI) whereby Mamma.com would acquire all of the shares of Copernic Technologies for a combination of cash and shares of Mamma.com Inc.

Posted Dec 07, 2004

A look at some announcements from the Online Information 2004 conference in London. ITI editors, columnists, and execs including Dick Kaser, Marydee Ojala, Nancy Garman, Paula Hane, and Michelle Manafy are blogging live throughout the conference and expo - check out what they have to say at www.infotodayblog.com!

Posted Nov 30, 2004

Dow Jones & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MarketWatch, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $519 million, or $18 per fully diluted common share, or approximately $463 million net of cash at MarketWatch.

Posted Nov 16, 2004

Bowstreet, a provider of application development tools for portals, has announced the completion of a $7.5 million round of financing and has introduced the Bowstreet Enterprise Portal Solutions.

Posted Nov 16, 2004

Alexander Street Press has acquired Classical Music Library. The acquisition of the library music reference service is intended to allow Alexander Street to add audio capabilities to their text- and image-based humanities collections.

Posted Nov 05, 2004

INSCI, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, has unveiled its new corporate name, ClearStory Systems, and announced the Radiant Content Suite, a suite of enterprise solutions built on the company's content management technology.

Posted Nov 05, 2004

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