Media Business News and Trends

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

YouTube has launched, in beta form, YouTube Video Identification--a content identification tools for YouTube.

Posted Oct 19, 2007

Xerox Corporation has completed its cash acquisition of Advectis, Inc. for $32 million.

Posted Oct 16, 2007

On October 9th, Oracle Corporation delivered a letter to the board of directors of BEA Systems, Inc., in which Oracle proposed to acquire BEA for $17.00 per share in cash.

Posted Oct 16, 2007

The Associated Press sued a company that aggregates and redistributes news online, claiming it is making improper use of AP's copyright-protected headlines, stories and photos.

Posted Oct 12, 2007

Mobile search and advertising provider, Medio Systems Inc., announced that it has appointed Ben Tatton-Brown as the head of advertising sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Posted Oct 09, 2007

MSNBC Interactive News LLC has acquired Seattle-based Newsvine Inc., a site that focuses on social media and participatory news space.

Posted Oct 09, 2007

Libraries will soon be able to lend programming from PBS as downloads.

Posted Oct 05, 2007

Technorati, Inc., a company that specializes in blogs and social media on the web, announced the appointment of Richard Jalichandra as president & CEO.

Posted Oct 05, 2007

Swets has acquired exclusive rights to ScholarlyStats from MPS Technologies (MPST).

Posted Oct 05, 2007

Translations.com, a provider of technology-enabled language solutions, has completed a merger with Adams Globalization, a localization service provider with over 25 years' experience.

Posted Oct 05, 2007

Nokia and NAVTEQ announced a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ.

Posted Oct 05, 2007

Nstein Technologies Inc., a content management solutions company for the publishing, media, and entertainment industries, confirmed the closing of a previously announced private placement.

Posted Oct 02, 2007

Plateau Systems, a provider of talent management software, content, and services, announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Plateau Systems contracts with a one-year value of more than $10 million.

Posted Oct 02, 2007

DECA announced the formation of a new type of digital entertainment studio.

Posted Sep 28, 2007

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