Media Business News and Trends

Concerns over different formats, multiple channel delivery, and potentially dangerous inconsistencies in content have come to the forefront in a new survey of life sciences and healthcare professionals. The survey was conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) in association with The Rockley Group.

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Demandbase, Inc., a B2B targeting and personalization company, announced it has closed a $15 million round of equity financing. Greenspring Associates, a venture-only fund-of-funds with nearly $3 billion in committed capital, led the round. The investment included participation by existing investors including Scale Venture Partners, SigmaWest, Altos Ventures, Costanoa Ventures and Adobe Systems Incorporated. The new financing will be used to help accelerate the growth of the company's advertising solutions and fund additional innovations slated for release in 2014.

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Join Jose Castillo, Jeff Cutler, and Steve Garfield for a discussion about creating great video content on the EContent Google+ page. The live discussion will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, March 28.

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Moguldom Media Group is the brainchild of its CEO and chairman Jamarlin Martin. The company bills itself as the world's largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African Americans, and now Moguldom is taking what it knows about its audience--64% of its readers believe Hollywood does not produce enough documentaries about the African-American experience-- and producing custom video content to fill a niche it calls "docutainment."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Viacom and Google have finally reached an agreement in a lawsuit over Google's YouTube that has been a staple of the legal scene since 2007. No terms were given just yet, but the companies made a statement.

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Research from Voxburner has revealed that only 5% of young people expect to buy an e-reader in the next 12 months. This is compared to the 24% of respondents who expect to buy a tablet, and 40% who are expecting to upgrade their smartphone.

Posted Mar 14, 2014

There was a very important birthday this week that you probably forgot. Don't worry, you don't need to run out and get a card to apologize. The World Wide Web doesn't mind that you forgot its 25th birthday. But you should probably feel guilty about letting this milestone pass unnoticed because, according to Pew, the World Wide Web has made your life better.

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Highwinds announced that it is a founding partner of GameLaunched, a new entrant into the crowdfunding scene specifically focused on gaming. Highwinds will offer global distribution over its Game Delivery Network (GDN) and serve in a mentoring capacity to developers through its representation on the GameLaunched "Launch Crew."

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Cenveo Publisher Services, a content and publishing solutions company, announced the launch of a survey to assess publishers' profitability for digital apps and other mobile products. The "Making Digital Pay" survey aims to provide a comprehensive baseline for the industry to understand where publishers are in comparison with others on the profitability scale.

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Jennifer is the production operations manager for the hosted data services team at Connotate, which provides web data monitoring and extraction services for its customers. "My team writes all the processes to automate the reading, collection, publishing, and pushing of data to our customers," Beach says, noting that her group oversees 450 servers. That means working closely with Connotate's sales and professional services web harvesting teams to make sure the company delivers exactly what customers expect. "We're technologists and engineers, but with strong business analyst skills."

Posted Mar 07, 2014

Engage, developers of web and mobile solutions for enterprises, announced that it has open-sourced its suite of DNN modules. All Engage modules are now available for free to the DNN community, licensed under the MIT open-source license.

Posted Mar 04, 2014

Some folks wear their hearts on their sleeves. But before long, it's more likely they'll wear their hard drives. Welcome to the age of wearable tech, where everyday attire from wristbands and eyeglasses to shirts and shoes are transformed into cutting-edge computers designed to receive, transmit, and display information in ways never before imagined.

Posted Mar 03, 2014

Netflix wants to make sure its users aren't sitting around looking at loading screens, waiting for their favorite shows to buffer. So the streaming media service has struck a deal with Comcast, America's biggest internet provider (and owner of NBCUniversal Media, LLC) to make sure its subscribers for more reliable service.

Posted Feb 25, 2014

European courts ruled on a question many of us already thought was answered. According to Gigaom, the EU's highest court decided that linking from one website to another does not constitute copyright infringement.

Posted Feb 18, 2014

A few weeks back, I was lured into reading a nice little story on NPR about texting. When I first clicked on the headline, I thought that the article was going to chronicle the rise of the text and explain how it has changed and adapted over the past 20 years. Maybe it would even talk about how easy texting is, or how it's now the preferred form of communication when compared to email or actually calling someone. But I wasn't even close. The story was about how texting is on the decline.

Posted Feb 06, 2014

ValueClick, Inc., a provider of personalized digital marketing, announced that it has changed its name to Conversant, Inc. Under the new brand the company will roll out the an integrated marketing personalization platform that helps brands connect with people as individuals at major scale. Conversant unites five digital marketing leaders launched or acquired by ValueClick since 1998 to combine video and mobile capabilities, RTB and CRM infrastructure, offline measurement, and device recognition to deliver one-to-one engagement at scale.

Posted Feb 04, 2014

Last December, I was at the Gilbane Conference in Boston, and, toward the end of my 2 days there, I headed into a session about the Internet of Things. It had been a while since I'd thought about the idea of my refrigerator and stove talking to each other, so I thought it was time to get an update from the experts. I'd always thought the idea was a little creepy, but, after the session, I left wondering if it wasn't both incredibly useful and a bit impractical. And, of course, I was thinking about what this all means for content creators.

Posted Feb 04, 2014

Glam Media, Inc., a vertical social media company with a large online global reach in lifestyle, announced an exclusive partnership with Hubert Burda Media, to launch and operate Glam Media in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Samir Arora, Glam Media chairman and CEO, and Fabrizio D'Angelo, CEO of Burda International, made the announcement at the annual DLD Conference in Munich.

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Products and services from ProQuest's Seattle-based technologies business unit will now carry the ProQuest brand as the "Serials Solutions" name is retired. The change is effective immediately and customers will see the ProQuest name on business cards, email addresses, product information, and in connection with products such as the Summon discovery service and the new Intota library management service.

Posted Jan 21, 2014

Verizon Communications Inc. and Intel Corporation announced an agreement for Verizon to purchase from Intel the assets of Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The transaction will accelerate the availability of next-generation video services, both integrated with Verizon FiOS fiber-optic networks and delivered OTT to any device.

Posted Jan 21, 2014

If you needed further proof that the Internet of Things is taking off, now you have it. Google bought Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for a whopping $3.2 billion on January 13, 2014.

Posted Jan 13, 2014

You may not be familiar with the name Automattic, but you're almost certainly familiar with its flagship product: WordPress. What started out as a simple blogging platform is now behind some of the biggest sites on the web, and there is a bit of a shake-up at the top of the Automattic tree. Founder Matt Mullenweg is taking over as CEO and announced the change on his blog.

Posted Jan 13, 2014

VisualGraph announced on its site that it is now part of Pinterest. VisualGraph is a machine-driven search platform that specializes in visual content. According to the post from founder Kevin Jing, "Our approach is to combine the state-of-the-art machine vision tools, such as object recognition (e.g. shoes, faces), with large-scale distributed search and machine learning infrastructures."

Posted Jan 09, 2014

As I sat down to write this column, Anonymous was in the news again--this time for its vow to help bring about justice in yet another depressingly mishandled sexual assault case. This time the news was coming out of Maryville, Mo. Anonymous, known for its internet vigilantism, called for further investigation into the Daisy Coleman case. It wrote: "Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty. Maryville, expect us." And it wasn't long before Anonymous got exactly what it wanted. The case was reopened.

Posted Dec 30, 2013

In my December 2012 column, I discussed the importance of real world/virtual world connections and the way in which digital sales of Fifty Shades of Grey had seeded and driven massive print sales. Fast-forward 12 months, and charity shops in the U.K. are grappling with a glut of donated unwanted copies of Fifty Shades, which cannot be recycled and which no one wants to buy.

Posted Dec 24, 2013

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