Media Business News and Trends

ContextWeb, Inc., a provider of contextual advertising solutions, has announced the launch of ContextAd, a successful round of funding, and a new board of directors.

Posted Sep 21, 2004

FinancialContent, Inc., a provider of financial data and business applications to online media and financial services companies, has announced a significant enhancement to Studio 3.5, specifically to its ability to categorize investment opinion articles.

Posted Sep 17, 2004

Yahoo! Inc. has announced the launch of “Weekend Edition” on Yahoo! Finance, a weekly edition that adds lifestyle and leisure content about personal finance to the site’s core weekday focus on business and investing news.

Posted Sep 17, 2004

Convera Corporation, a provider of search and categorization software for enterprises and government agencies, has announced the company has completed a private placement of 3,433,332 newly-issued shares of common stock to several investors, including affiliates of Allen & Company Incorporated, a stockholder of the company, and certain directors.

Posted Sep 17, 2004

As spam, adware, and other abuses of the Internet become evermore prevalent, the need to have a meaningful way in which end users can report this abuse has grown exponentially, not to mention network administrators’ need to have an automated system to facilitate these complaints. This is the problem that George Davey, network administrator at Des Moines University, has set out to solve through the development of a new protocol, dubbed the Iowa Internet Abuse Logging Protocol (IIALP).

Posted Sep 15, 2004

Coemergence Inc., a provider of knowledge-based software solutions for strategic business processes, has closed a (CDN) $2.6 million round of financing.

Posted Sep 14, 2004

Nstein Technologies Inc. has announced the acquisition of Valsar Consulting Group, a firm specializing in the integration of IT solutions for large corporations and organizations.

Posted Sep 14, 2004

Extensis Inc. has officially announced its new professional services and training group - Extensis Integration and Consulting Services (ICS).

Posted Sep 10, 2004

News Technologies LLC has introduced the latest member of its TriggerNews family dubbed TriggerNews PL Multi-Brand. The product, announced in late August, builds on the company’s premise that information consumers need meaningful ways to bypass the information overload problem presented by the open Web and publishers need to get content to them in more targeted ways.

Posted Sep 09, 2004

BitPass, Inc., an Internet payments company, has raised $11.75 million in a Series B financing.

Posted Sep 07, 2004

LexisNexis U.S., a provider of legal, news, and business information services, has closed on its acquisition of Seisint, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of information management products and services, for $775 million.

Posted Sep 03, 2004

Open Text Corporation, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Vista Plus suite of products and related assets from Quest Software Inc.

Posted Sep 03, 2004

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Publishing Applications Business Unit from NextPage, including the NXT, Folio, LivePublish, and GetSmart product lines. FAST has also announced FAST AdVisor, an enterprise-wide software solution that is designed to facilitate the introduction between buyers and suppliers for Internet Yellow Pages (IYP), B2C, and B2B verticals, online classifieds, and traditional publishers.

Posted Sep 03, 2004

Newspapers grew out of local communities’ need to communicate, for the most part, the more mundane aspects of life, but over time, the newspaper’s role shifted from community service tool to expertise and entertainment vehicle. The Northwest Voice has gleaned a lot of press for being one of the first print and Web newspapers to be produced almost completely by voluntary contributions, in its case, from the people living in the northwest part of the Bakersfield, CA community it serves.

Posted Sep 03, 2004

Increasing complaints by new media firms that big-name media companies are blocking their access to content has prompted EU Competition Commissioner Mario Monti to launch an investigation. Speaking before an audience of telecommunications and entertainment companies in Brussels, Monti said his office would open an inquiry later this year into the provision of content—music, films, and sports—over the Internet for such services as video-on-demand (VoD).

Posted Sep 01, 2004

Nstein Technologies Inc. has announced that it is negotiating the acquisition of Alis Technologies (Alis), a provider of multilingual information management software solutions that are designed to help large corporations and organizations communicate more efficiently in a multilingual environment and on the Internet.

Posted Aug 31, 2004

Questel•Orbit, a provider of intellectual property information services, has announced the acquisition of 12.5% of Lingway’s capital.

Posted Aug 31, 2004

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Venetica, a privately held company based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Posted Aug 27, 2004

NewsGator Technologies has announced an agreement with U-WIRE to offer college media content to NewsGator Online Services users.

Posted Aug 20, 2004

FinancialContent, Inc. has announced the availability of a Publisher Resource Center to provide online and print publications with resources covering the initial public offering (IPO) of Google, Inc.

Posted Aug 20, 2004

CoreMedia, the German-based content technology company, has announced a new phase of the MINDS project (Mobile Information and News Data Services for 3G), which is funded by the European Union.

Posted Aug 20, 2004

News Technologies LLC has announced the release of a new desktop alerting system called TriggerNews PL (Private Label) Multi-Brand.

Posted Aug 17, 2004

Thought Equity, a provider of video management and stock footage licensing services, has announced that the company has closed its series B financing of $7.2 million in angel funding.

Posted Aug 17, 2004

Interwoven, Inc., an enterprise content management (ECM) company, has announced the acquisition of the assets of Software Intelligence, Inc., a provider of records management (RM) systems.

Posted Aug 17, 2004

A roundup of how some digital content companies are involved in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Posted Aug 13, 2004

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