Media Business News and Trends

Mobile search firm ChaCha has raised $4 million of a $5 million round, according to an SEC filing. $2 million of the round is being used to pay back a loan from Citigroup.

Posted Jul 28, 2009

Web content integration company Jahia announced the expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Washington in an effort to better serve its North American clientele.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Equity firm Apax Partners has arranged to acquire Bankrate, Inc., an aggregator of financial rate information, and take the company private.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Times Publishing Co. announced the sale of Congressional Quarterly (CQ) to Roll Call Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Economist Group.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

The conflict between publishers and search engines heated up once again when disgruntled publishers put Europe's media commissioner, Viviane Reding, on notice last month. Publishers from across the continent got organized and signed the "Hamburg Declaration Regarding Intellectual Property Rights" at a meeting of the European Publishers' Council and the World Association of Newspapers on June 26. This is just the latest in a string of complaints from publishers about search engines making money off the work of others. However, it has once again brought up the all-important question: How do publishers get their web content in front of readers without losing out on monetizing opportunities?

Posted Jul 21, 2009

MarketNet, announced that they have earned the Gold Certified Microsoft Partner status with competencies in Custom Development Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions and Hosting Solutions.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Avail-TVN, an independent digital media services company in North America, announced a comprehensive long term video-on-demand (VOD) services deal with Starz Entertainment, LLC, making Avail-TVN the company's preferred VOD distributor.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Tetco-Voxpilot is launching Videofy Studio, a software suite that enables both professional video creation, in any format, and its incorporation into interactive video broadcasting systems.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Xerox Corporation released E-mail Analytics, a new e-discovery tool that tracks email communication patterns.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Nuxeo announced the launch of their Galaxy Program, a new program designed for application and solution providers in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) space.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

HP and IBRIX announced a definitive agreement for HP to acquire IBRIX, a provider of enterprise-class file serving software that includes data protection, high-availability features and data management services for extreme scale-out, cloud and high-performance computing deployments.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Clikthrough Inc., a privately funded interactive video entertainment company, debuted 35 new interactive music videos on its website, www.clikthrough.com.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Acquia, a commercial open source software company providing products, services, and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, has raised an $8 million second round, according to an SEC filing just filed.

Posted Jul 21, 2009

Brightcove, Inc., the creator of the Brightcove online video platform, announced the general availability of the first fully localized, white-label online video platform for the Japanese market.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

The Media Standards Trust (MST) called on news organizations to adopt consistent news formats for online content.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Constructive, a provider of online partner community solutions and creator of Partnerpedia, announced that Yaletown Venture Partners has taken an investment position in the company, and three more industry executives are being added to the Constructive board of directors.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010, and Microsoft Project 2010 have reached the technical preview stage, and tens of thousands of people are being invited to test Office and Visio as part of the program.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Tributes, Inc. announced that it received a second round of funding, adding another $1.2 million to its first round and bringing the total amount of capital raised to $5.4 million.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Alterian, an international integrated marketing platform provider, acquired Techrigy, Inc., a developer of social media monitoring and analytics software.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

SirsiDynix, a provider of library automation technology, announced the launch of a Strategic Partnership Program designed to foster interaction between the SirsiDynix Engineering organization and its customers.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Northern Light announced MI Insight, a new service that unifies a company's tracking of product markets, competitors, events, and trends in one solution.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

QuickPlay Media Inc., a provider of solutions that manage the business of mobile video, announced the closing of a private placement for US $12 million.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Collective Intellect, a provider of social media monitoring services for businesses, has raised $3.1 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

CoTweet announced it has raised $1.1M in venture funding from a group of investors including Baseline Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Maples Investments and Freestyle Capital.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

Pandora has raised a new $35 million round of funding led by Greylock Partners.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

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