Media Business News and Trends

Informa, a publisher of Lloyd's List maritime newspaper, has agreed to buy market intelligence firm Datamonitor for $994 million.

Posted May 18, 2007

Percussion Software, a developer of Web Content Management (WCM) software for multi-channel applications, has spun off its collaboration division to create a new company, Axceler, which will be managed as an independent company with its own management team.

Posted May 15, 2007

Odeo, a podcast aggregation website, has announced that its assets have been acquired by SonicMountain Inc., a New York based company focused in the digital media hosting and search marketplace.

Posted May 15, 2007

A recent survey of information managers and human resources professionals conducted by ARMA International reveals that nearly half of the organizations are not training their employees on how to properly manage their records and information.

Posted May 11, 2007

Nstein Technologies has concluded a private placement of $1.7 million with a group of investors including members of the board of directors and the Company's management team.

Posted May 11, 2007

Joost, an internet television service, has announced that five selected parties have collectively invested approximately $45 million in the company.

Posted May 11, 2007

introNetworks Inc., a technology company that creates online communities for professionals, has announced it has closed a Series A funding round of $2.7 million.

Posted May 08, 2007

iAmplify.com, a publisher of digital media providing the tools and distribution network for experts, authors, celebrities, media companies, and individuals to publish paid audio and video content over the internet, has closed over $6 million in Series A financing led by Kodiak Venture Partners.

Posted May 08, 2007

The Thomson Corporation has made a preliminary approach to the board of directors of Reuters Group Plc. that may or may not lead to an offer being made for Reuters.

Posted May 08, 2007

MarketResearch.com, a source for market research information and services, has acquired the Thomson Business Intelligence Market Research Profound service.

Posted May 08, 2007

Clarabridge Inc., a text analysis software vendor, has announced a migration program for current ClearForest Ltd. customers potentially impacted by the uncertainties generated from the acquisition of ClearForest by Reuters.

Posted May 04, 2007

Tizra Inc. has closed on an investment made by the Slater Technology Fund, a venture development fund based in Rhode Island, in the amount of $500,000 to finish development and to commercialize the technology for its online publishing and delivery solutions.

Posted May 04, 2007

The Nielsen Company, an information and media company, and BuzzMetrics, a provider of tracking and analysis of online consumer-generated media, have announced that Nielsen and the other stockholders of BuzzMetrics have agreed in principle to a transaction under which Nielsen, which already owns approximately 58% of BuzzMetrics, would acquire the remaining BuzzMetrics shares it does not currently own.

Posted May 04, 2007

Dow Jones and Company has announced that a representative of the Bancroft family has informed the Dow Jones Board of Directors that members of the family and the trustees of trusts for their benefit have advised him that they would vote shares constituting approximately 52% of the outstanding voting power of Dow Jones (excluding options) against the proposal submitted by News Corporation to acquire Dow Jones.

Posted May 04, 2007

Reuters, a global information company, has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of ClearForest Ltd., a privately held provider of Text Analytics solutions, whose tagging platform and analytical products are designed to allow clients to derive business information from textual content.

Posted May 01, 2007

The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), borne from the United Nations’ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Task Force, has some ambitious plans regarding accessibility.

Posted May 01, 2007

After witnessing many econtent companies start up, grow, sometimes die, occasionally go public, and often be acquired over the past (gasp) 24 years, I've finally come to the realization that the best companies follow a defined birth and growth process. Initial sparks of an idea typically come from a founder who identifies a market problem that is solved by technology. The founder-turned-entrepreneur then either self-funds or finds seed funding to build an initial product, which is typically released into the marketplace after months or years of development effort. So far, so good.

Posted May 01, 2007

CastTV Inc. has announced that it has secured $3.1 million in financing through a Series A investment led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Posted Apr 27, 2007

The U.K.-based Autonomy has exercised an option to take over the consumer site Blinkx.

Posted Apr 27, 2007

SDL International, a provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, has signed an agreement subject to, inter alia, shareholder approval to acquire Tridion, a provider of Web Content Management (WCM) solutions.

Posted Apr 27, 2007

IBM has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved the IBM Global Name Scoring software under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 ("SAFETY Act").

Posted Apr 24, 2007

Podbridge Inc., a video and audio podcast advertising service, has closed a new round of venture funding totaling $8.5 million.

Posted Apr 24, 2007

Google has acquired Marratech's video conferencing software, which will enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there's an internet connection.

Posted Apr 24, 2007

Chockstone Inc., a provider of customer loyalty marketing programs and stored value solutions, has acquired Peppercoin, a provider of card-based merchant loyalty programs and related consulting and analytical services.

Posted Apr 20, 2007

SpringCM, a provider of on-demand content management solutions, has appointed Dan Carmel as the SpringCM chief executive officer.

Posted Apr 20, 2007

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