Media Business News and Trends

Volo Media, a provider of advertising, metric, and reporting solutions for downloadable media, has announced the company’s official name change from Podbridge, Inc. to Volo Media, Inc

Posted Nov 30, 2007

Xiotech Corporation, provider of data storage and business continuity solutions, has completed an investment round, led by Luczo, in excess of $40 million.

Posted Nov 30, 2007

MobiMate Ltd, a provider of travel services for mobile devices, has announced the completion of a round of financing led by Motorola Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc.

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Macrovision Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain technology assets from Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), the San Francisco-based R&D organization focused on solving complex security problems.

Posted Nov 20, 2007

Blowtorch Entertainment announced that it has secured more than $50 million in initial funding to create a media company for the young adult audience based on the belief that their media consumption behaviors require new rules for media creation, distribution, and audience engagement.

Posted Nov 20, 2007

The International Telecommunication Union, UNESCO, and ICANN intend to collaborate on global efforts to forge universal standards towards building a multilingual cyberspace.

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Microsoft Corp. announced it has entered into an exclusivity agreement around its intention to acquire Musiwave SA, an Openwave company and a provider of mobile music entertainment services to operators and media companies.

Posted Nov 16, 2007

Today in Arizona, pack mules will deliver mail to the Havasupai tribe. Their village, Supai, clings to the side of the Grand Canyon, and—as has been the case for a century—mules still provide the most efficient means of delivering the mail. This isn’t to imply that the Havasupai don’t get email. They are certainly online, as many of the packages delivered to them are products purchased through the web.

Posted Nov 15, 2007

IBM and Cognos announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Cognos.

Posted Nov 13, 2007

D&B, a provider of global business information, tools, and commercial insight, announced it has acquired Purisma, a provider of solutions-driven Customer Data Integration (CDI) technology, for $48 million.

Posted Nov 09, 2007

Macrovision Corporation, a company that provides distribution, commerce, and consumption solutions for software, entertainment, and information content, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire All Media Guide Holdings, Inc. ("AMG").

Posted Nov 09, 2007

CMS Watch, a vendor-independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies, has found that the software-as-a-services ("SaaS") model for enterprise search has faltered.

Posted Nov 06, 2007

In addition to Skype's founding investor Morten Lund, United Mobile has attracted several new investors who intend to provide funds and counsel.

Posted Nov 06, 2007

Socialtext named Eugene Lee CEO and member of the board of directors.

Posted Nov 06, 2007

YouTube has found itself facing a whole new slew of legal issues beyond copyright, which may force the site to take control over its content.

Posted Nov 06, 2007

Seeing an ad in context on a web page has a direct positive impact on ad effectiveness, according to a pilot study conducted by OTX (Online Testing eXchange), a consumer research and consulting firm.

Posted Nov 02, 2007

SezWho raised $1 million from KPG Ventures in its first round of funding. The company also announced a series of new features intended to enhance the online community experience and elevate conversations among participants.

Posted Nov 02, 2007

Three trade associations, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM), and the Professional /Scholarly Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers released a further step towards establishing clear rules for users of copyright works.

Posted Oct 30, 2007

The Associated Press board of directors approved a set of resolutions today that will restructure the way AP content is packaged for newspaper members as well as the assessment formula to charge for it.

Posted Oct 30, 2007

While releasing financial results first via the company IR website and RSS feeds and then through a news release sent to one of the press-release distribution services may seem a small and obscure change, it signals that Sun takes direct digital delivery of information very seriously.

Posted Oct 30, 2007

MediaNews Group, Inc. announced that The Hearst Corporation completed its investment in MediaNews on October 19, 2007.

Posted Oct 26, 2007

Several of the world's internet and media companies announced their joint support for a set of collaborative principles that enable the continued growth and development of user-generated content online and respect the intellectual property of content owners.

Posted Oct 23, 2007

RoyaltyShare, a provider of digital royalty and content management solutions to the entertainment industry, announced $4M of additional Series B financing from Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) and Trident Capital.

Posted Oct 23, 2007

SocialMedia Networks, a provider of social platform services, announced that it has secured Series A financing of $3.5 million.

Posted Oct 23, 2007

Interwoven, Inc., a provider of content management solutions, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Optimost.

Posted Oct 19, 2007

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