Media Business News and Trends

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

The Financial Times has acquired MandateWire, a London-based provider of information on European pension mandates.

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Venture capital firm Kohlberg Ventures has invested $2.5 million in online bookstore operator Akademos.

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Boxee, roughly a year after completing its Series A funding, has received a $6 million investment led by Boston firm General Catalyst, with participation by Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures, both of which had invested in Boxee before.

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Facebook has reached a deal to acquire FriendFeed, a service for sharing online.

Posted Aug 14, 2009

i4i, Inc., a Toronto-based software firm, which won a copyright infringement lawsuit against software giant Microsoft in May, saw that judgment upheld in a U.S. District Court ruling.

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Datamonitor Group has announced the integration of its three technology businesses (Butler Group, Datamonitor Technology and Ovum) under the Ovum brand as of September 1, 2009.

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Practice Fusion Inc., a provider of free, web-based physician practice applications, announced an investment from salesforce.com, an enterprise cloud computing company.

Posted Aug 11, 2009

Publicis Groupe SA and Microsoft Corporation jointly announced that they have signed an agreement under which Publicis Groupe will acquire Razorfish, a digital marketing agency, in a transaction valued at approximately $530 million, expected to be provided in a combination of cash and Publicis Groupe treasury shares.

Posted Aug 11, 2009

StockTwits, an Twitter-based business news service that bills itself as "Bloomberg for the little guy," has announced a campaign in conjunction with the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., called Data Junkies.

Posted Aug 07, 2009

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