Media Business News and Trends

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

A group of media and marketing trade associations that includes the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Association of National Advertisers, the Direct Marketing Association, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau unveiled seven self-regulatory principles designed to protect consumer privacy in ad-supported interactive media.

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Digital content licensing startup GumGum has raised $2.6 million in funding, according to a recent SEC filing.

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Comtex News Network, Inc., a provider of electronic real-time news, content, and proprietary SmarTrend market products, invested in privately held social technology Web site www.gdgt.com.

Posted Jul 10, 2009

The vertical ad-network model, in which marketers reach readers interested in niche markets, offers a target-rich environment for those with a solid strategy for navigating the world of contextual advertising. When run properly, it provides a setting in which advertisers, content creators, and visitors all stand to gain from their participation.

Posted Jul 09, 2009

Cloakware, an Irdeto company, a provider of security solutions protecting software and content, set-top boxes, mobile phones and media players worldwide, launched the Cloakware Advanced Research Center (CARC).

Posted Jul 07, 2009

Really Strategies, Inc. announced the acquisition of DocZone.com, a SaaS XML content management provider.

Posted Jul 07, 2009

ID Business Solutions Ltd (IDBS), a provider of data management solutions to multinational R&D organizations, announced it has concluded an unconditional agreement to acquire InforSense Ltd.

Posted Jul 07, 2009

Gone are those innocent days at the turn of the century when the worst accusations being leveled at peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks were that they facilitated the unauthorized swapping of Metallica songs among tech-savvy teenage boys. The interminable hullabaloo over Napster seemed like ancient history in early May when the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection convened a hearing to discuss the Informed P2P User Act (H.R. 1319), which was crafted in the wake of the discovery of documents on P2P networks that raise strong privacy and even national security concerns.

Posted Jul 03, 2009

Generation gaps are influenced by many factors: Some are moral, religious, and sociopolitical, while others are little more than quibbles over style. (Though at 18, fashion can take on fairly grandiose connotations.) While some gaps can be measured in hair or skirt lengths, others are almost unquantifiable in scope: shaped by political transformation, war, economic collapse.

Posted Jul 01, 2009

XyEnterprise, a developer of XML component content management and multi-channel delivery solutions announced that it has been acquired by SDL.

Posted Jun 30, 2009

Do-it-yourself social network platform GROU.PS has raised $1 million in the second tranche of its first round of funding.

Posted Jun 30, 2009

Microsoft is likely ready to part with interactive-ad shop Razorfish.

Posted Jun 30, 2009

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