Media Business News and Trends

ONEsite Inc., a provider of enterprise community and social networking software, announced the completion of its acquisition of Social Platform LLC.

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Outbrain Inc. has announced the closing of a $5M A-round investment led by Gemini Israel Funds and Lightspeed Venture Partners .

Posted Feb 26, 2008

Radar Networks, the company behind Twine, one of the first mainstream applications of the semantic web, announced that the company has secured $13 million in a series B round of venture capital.

Posted Feb 26, 2008

GeoLearning, Inc., a provider of managed learning services and on-demand learning and performance platforms, announced that it has secured a growth equity investment of $31 million from Fidelity Ventures.

Posted Feb 26, 2008

Getty Images Inc, creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media, has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC in a transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion

Posted Feb 26, 2008

The Thomson Corporation and Reuters announced that the European Commission, US Department of Justice, and Canadian Competition Bureau have given approval for Thomson's proposed acquisition of Reuters.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Thoma Cressey Bravo, a private equity investment firm, and Macrovision Corporation announced that an affiliate of TCB has entered into a definitive agreement with Macrovision Corporation to acquire Macrovision's Software Business Unit.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Reed Elsevier Group plc announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with ChoicePoint.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

ProQuest, a Cambridge Information Group company, has acquired WebFeat, provider of federated search, a technology that enables simultaneous search of all an organization's databases.

Posted Feb 15, 2008

SDL plc ("SDL"), a provider of global information management (GIM) solutions, announced that it has acquired Idiom Technologies Inc, one of the providers of "Software as a Service" translation management systems.

Posted Feb 12, 2008

Yahoo! Inc., a global internet company, said the Yahoo! board of directors has carefully reviewed Microsoft's unsolicited proposal with Yahoo!'s management team and financial and legal advisors and has unanimously concluded that the proposal is not in the best interests of Yahoo! and our stockholders.

Posted Feb 12, 2008

FatWire Software, a provider of web content management solutions, announced that it has acquired Future Tense Solutions, its Australian-based reseller.

Posted Feb 12, 2008

Collexis Holdings, Inc., a developer of high definition search and knowledge discovery software, announced that the company has acquired Lawriter LLC, which owns legal research service Casemaker.

Posted Feb 08, 2008

Clickability, Inc., a provider of on demand web content management, announced the closing of $8 million in its second round of venture funding.

Posted Feb 05, 2008

Liquid Machines, Inc., a provider of enterprise rights management (ERM) solutions, announced that it has closed its Series D financing with $10 million from both new and existing investors.

Posted Feb 05, 2008

Microsoft Corp. announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. board of directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

Hoover's, Inc. announced the official launch of Hoover's Connect--a business networking tool that helps users get introduced to and establish relationships with targeted prospects.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

Amazon.com, Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

Inform Technologies, a technology solution for established media brands, has received a $15 million investment from Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture fund focused on the intersection of the media, entertainment, and technology industries.

Posted Jan 25, 2008

Eduventures, a learning collaborative research and consulting company, and Outsell, Inc., a syndicated research and advisory firm for companies in the information industry, jointly announced Outsell's acquisition of Eduventures' business research division.

Posted Jan 25, 2008

Openads, a developer of a free, open source ad server, announced the completion of its Series B financing.

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Metaweb Technologies, Inc., a company creating a new infrastructure for sharing data and building applications on the web, announced that it has received a $42.5 million investment.

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source provider and developer of open source databases for approximately $1 billion in total consideration.

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Oracle Corporation and BEA Systems have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire all outstanding shares of BEA for $19.375 per share in cash.

Posted Jan 18, 2008

Microsoft Corp. announced that it will make an offer to acquire Fast Search & Transfer ASA, a provider of enterprise search solutions, through a cash tender offer for 19.00 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per share.

Posted Jan 11, 2008

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