Media Business News and Trends

MarketWatch.com, Inc., a provider of business news, financial information, and analytical tools, has changed its corporate name to MarketWatch, Inc., dropping the dot com.

Posted Aug 10, 2004

NewsGator Technologies has announced an exclusive agreement with Gene Mage, a professional speaker, author, and leadership development specialist, to offer a new column through NewsGator Online Services, a set of services that is designed to allow users to search for and read content on any device.

Posted Aug 06, 2004

NewsKnowledge and The Hive Group have announced News Maps, visual maps of the NewsIsFree headline database.

Posted Aug 06, 2004

TIFNY has released RollingHeads Electronic Newsstand beta 1.0, a Windows application that is intended to make it easier to access and organize news from the Internet.

Posted Aug 06, 2004

Zeppelin Energy Inc., a U.S. company with interests in software and other sectors, has acquired Rocket Technologies Inc., who under their "Rocketinfo" trademark and moniker is a developer of current news search, content, and publishing solutions.

Posted Aug 06, 2004

comScore Networks has released an analysis of Web visitation related to the Democratic National Convention.

Posted Aug 03, 2004

Vivisimo, the clustering engine for Web search, has created a special tool for readers of the 9/11 Commission’s report.

Posted Aug 03, 2004

Daum Communications Corp. of South Korea has purchased Lycos US, in an apparent effort to enter the US search market.

Posted Aug 03, 2004

Sorrent, Inc., a creator and publisher of mobile entertainment, has raised $20 million in Series C financing led by BA Venture Partners.

Posted Aug 03, 2004

Rocket Technologies Inc., a supplier of current news search, content, and publishing solutions has announced the formation of a strategic reseller alliance with The Canadian Press, Canada’s multimedia news agency.

Posted Jul 30, 2004

The board of directors of the Associated Press has announced plans to develop tools designed to enhance the news industry's search capabilities and licensing protection.

Posted Jul 30, 2004

Ofcom, the regulatory agency for the U.K. communications industries, has proposed a universal content tagging system, according to a consultation document on their Web site. Although this is still very much at the preliminary stage, one of the goals of the proposal is to provide a way to label content that might be offensive or inappropriate, ostensibly to protect young people using electronic media.

Posted Jul 26, 2004

The findings of a nationwide survey released by ChoiceStream, a provider of online personalization solutions, indicate that a majority of Internet users, 64%, would provide insight into their preferences in exchange for personalized product and content recommendations; and 56% would provide demographic data (e.g. age and gender).

Posted Jul 20, 2004

Microsoft Corp. has announced the formation of a new group within the company to help focus efforts and further develop relationships with the media and entertainment industries.

Posted Jul 20, 2004

Reed Elsevier Group plc has announced the appointment of Erik Engstrom as CEO of Elsevier, its global scientific and medical publishing division.

Posted Jul 16, 2004

Mobile Streams, a mobile content company, has announced that it has established operations in the Latin American region with the opening of four subsidiary companies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.

Posted Jul 16, 2004

Google Inc. has announced that it acquired Picasa, Inc., a Pasadena, Calif.-based digital photo management company.

Posted Jul 16, 2004

Six Apart, a provider of Weblog tools and creator of the Movable Type and TypePad platforms, has announced its acquisition of Ublog, a French blog software company.

Posted Jul 16, 2004

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alphablox Corporation, a privately held company based in Mountain View, California.

Posted Jul 16, 2004

Oddpost has announced that they have been acquired by Yahoo!.

Posted Jul 13, 2004

Stellent, Inc., a provider of content management solutions, has acquired Content Management de México, S.A. de C.V., a content management solutions provider who has offered sales, support, and training services for Stellent products across Mexico and Central America since 2001.

Posted Jul 13, 2004

ProQuest Information and Learning has acquired Seattle-based Serials Solutions, Inc., a provider of ejournal management and linking services.

Posted Jul 13, 2004

TechBooks, a provider of electronic content services and solutions, has announced a new banking relationship with Bank of America through which Bank of America will provide a multimillion dollar, multi-year credit facility to TechBooks.

Posted Jul 09, 2004

FindWhat.com , a developer and provider of performance-based marketing and commerce enabling services, and Espotting Media, Inc., a paid listings provider in Europe, have announced the completion of the merger between the two companies.

Posted Jul 06, 2004

VitalStream Holdings, Inc., the parent company of VitalStream, Inc., a provider of integrated content delivery and streaming media services said at its annual meeting that shareholders approved a resolution that allows its board of directors to effect a reverse split of its common stock.

Posted Jul 02, 2004

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