Media Business News and Trends

The FTC has revised guidelines for editorials and testimonials in ads.

Posted May 22, 2009

TVN Entertainment Corp., a video on demand (VOD) company, and Avail Media, an independent aggregator and provider of linear content, announced that they are merging.

Posted May 22, 2009

Stocktwits, an information service for investments that lets investors track conversations about stocks on Twitter, has raised $800,000 in a first round from True Ventures.

Posted May 22, 2009

Intelius Inc., an information commerce company, announced that it will fully integrate recently acquired Spock, a people search engine with technology that categorizes search results, into the Intelius network.

Posted May 22, 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $218,154 to BCR to support workshops on digital preservation developed specifically for leaders of collaborative digitization programs.

Posted May 19, 2009

Break.com, an online video and entertainment destination for young men, announced it is launching its own "stimulus package" that is designed to put more money in the pockets of users and content creators in the face of trying economic times and a cut back of original content programs at other online video sites.

Posted May 19, 2009

Swets announced Eduard Cohen has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Posted May 19, 2009

The Wall Street Journal writers were given a newly compiled list of rules for "professional conduct," which included a guide for use of online outlets, noting cautions for activities on social networking sites.

Posted May 15, 2009

Women's blog network BlogHer has raised $7 Million in a third round of funding.

Posted May 15, 2009

The Royal Society of Chemistry has announced its acquistion of ChemSpider.

Posted May 12, 2009

Gemalto, Microsoft, Nokia, and Philips have announced an initiative to address the issue of trust in new and emerging digital services.

Posted May 12, 2009

Omtool, a provider of document capture and handling solutions, announced the acquisition of the iImage Suite of imaging products for Autonomy iManage WorkSite from DocAuto, a provider of software solutions for Autonomy iManage WorkSite.

Posted May 12, 2009

Integreon, a provider of Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) in the legal industry, announced it has completed its acquisition of the e-discovery assets of ONSITE3, a provider of electronic evidence solutions for law firms and corporations.

Posted May 08, 2009

23andMe, the personalized genetics company backed by Google, has raised $11 million worth of a $24.26 million second round, according to reports.

Posted May 08, 2009

IBM announced the acquisition of the assets of Exeros, a privately-held company based in Santa Clara, California, that provides data discovery software.

Posted May 08, 2009

Open Text Corporation, a global provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, and Vignette Corporation, a provider of software and services that deliver dynamic web user experiences, announced a definitive agreement in which Vignette will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Open Text.

Posted May 08, 2009

Over the past few months, from scattered corners of the web, the sentiment "enough already" has slowly emerged. Yes, we're in a recession; friends and family members are losing jobs, retirement savings, and homes; people are scared and frustrated. But enough with apocalyptic forecasting—let's move on to the question of how we're all going to get through this.Sites such as Recessionwire, Economic TurningPoint, and the Reinventing America series of reports on MSNBC.com have launched with the goal of helping readers understand not only what is going on with the economy but what to do now.

Posted May 07, 2009

Intelius, an information commerce company, purchased people search engine Spock.

Posted May 05, 2009

Associated Content, an online publishing platform, announced it has closed a $6 million series C financing round.

Posted May 01, 2009

To rescue the beleaguered newspaper industry, there has been talk of a return to paid content (not so sure about the soundness of trying to unring a bell), nonprofit endowments, or government bailouts. Yet, as we've seen with the auto industry, throwing money at complex business problems does not suffice. Consider the music business, beset by the increasing legal and illegal distribution of music online. Today, successful musicians are giving music away to make money on concert tickets. Deeply entrenched, seemingly fundamental models have to be rebuilt in light of digital distribution and the expectation of free content, despite the fact that making quality content costs money.

Posted May 01, 2009

Some internet scams are easy to spot—pop-ups boasting miracle weight loss or emails claiming you've won the lottery—but other, more subtle scams aren't as easy to identify. With the rise of Web 2.0 tools, advertisers have a plethora of new opportunities to promote products and, unfortunately, dupe online users. For this reason, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed new regulations regarding misleading online endorsements, which could hinder online advertisers' ability to use social networking sites and blogs to promote products.

Posted Apr 28, 2009

The Fortune 500 are farther along in their adoption of public-facing corporate blogs than previous data has suggested says a new research study, "The Fortune 500 and Blogging: Slow and Steady."

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Jodange Inc., creator of the Opinion Utility, which extracts and ranks opinions, announced the completion of $1.2 million in early stage funding.

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Media6Degrees, an advertising company that maps the global social graph to provide brand marketers with scalable customized audiences, announced it closed a Series A round with an investment from Venrock.

Posted Apr 28, 2009

Good Data announced that it has closed its first institutional round of funding with $2.5 million in venture financing.

Posted Apr 28, 2009

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