Media Business News and Trends

Avere Systems, a startup company that focuses on producing multiple storage media, has secured $15 million in Series A funding from Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners.

Posted Sep 15, 2009

Thomson Reuters has announced that its Tax & Accounting business has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Abacus Enterprise suite of products and related business operations from Deloitte LLP, a professional services firm.

Posted Sep 15, 2009

A study released by the Publishing Research Consortium has found that small businesses in the UK have good access to information such as research articles and academic journals, while also indicating room for improvement.

Posted Sep 11, 2009

Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, has filed a brief with U.S. District Court's Southern District of New York urging the court to reject the proposed Google Books deal.

Posted Sep 11, 2009

arvato digital services has announced the acquisition of Protexis, the creator of the RED platform for connecting publishers directly with retailers to deliver digital content to consumers.

Posted Sep 11, 2009

RightNow has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HiveLive, Inc., a social platform provider.

Posted Sep 11, 2009

If you've ever wondered why Googling "healthy eating recipes" while sitting on the couch in your pajamas leads to an inbox jam-packed with emails from every health and diet website known to man, then I have two words for you: behavioral targeting.

Posted Sep 10, 2009

Sony's PC division has signed a distribution deal with Google to include Google's Chrome browser on all new Sony Vaio computers.

Posted Sep 04, 2009

Information infrastructure provider EMC has signed a deal to acquire Kazeon Systems, which was heretofore privately held.

Posted Sep 04, 2009

The European Commission has begun a public consultation on the future of Europeana, the EU's multilingual digital archive, and the digitization of books that will run until Nov. 15.

Posted Sep 01, 2009

Information Today, Inc., has announced the acquisition of a new conference, The Search Engine Meeting, which was previously operated by Infonortics Ltd of Tetbury, U.K.

Posted Sep 01, 2009

Fwix has launched as a new, local news platform that combines traditional local news content with user-contributed stories.

Posted Sep 01, 2009

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has teamed up with the newly formed Open Book Alliance in calling for a justice department investigation into the settlement of the Google Books lawsuit.

Posted Aug 28, 2009

With an eye on expanding its global network, TheBrain Technologies has expanded its Affiliate Program and Reseller Network to reach new partners on five continents.

Posted Aug 28, 2009

Omidyar Network has awarded a grant of up to $2 million to the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia.

Posted Aug 28, 2009

The Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has received a $500,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to expand its work bringing free educational content to everyone on the planet.

Posted Aug 25, 2009

The formation of an alliance bringing together non-profits, library groups, corporations, Special Libraries Association (SLA) and other consumer groups to call for a detailed investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the Google Books Settlement has been announced.

Posted Aug 25, 2009

PaymentOne, a provider in alternative payments for digital merchants, announced it closed a $7 million round of equity and debt financing led by AER Investments LLC.

Posted Aug 25, 2009

Distributed social media company Demand Media and CoverItLive, a live social event software company, have announced a strategic partnership to offer CoverItLive's programming tools to the hundreds of brands and publishers that make up Demand Media's customer base.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Online crime mapping company CrimeReports.com has raised $7.2 million in a Series B fundraising round.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Jambool, Inc., operator of the Social Gold virtual currency and payments platform, has raised $5 million in a Series B fundraising round led by Madrona Venture Group.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Microlocal news site EveryBlock has been acquired by MSNBC.com.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

An agreement was announced today between New Zealand's Digital Library Consulting and Content Conversion Specialists (CCS) of Germany.

Posted Aug 18, 2009

State College-based Optical Image Technology (OIT), maker of the DocFinity suite of document management and workflow software, announced a new partnership with Cyber Technologies, a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that specializes in digital information security.

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Zendesk announced that it has secured $6 million in series B venture funding.

Posted Aug 18, 2009

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