Media Business News and Trends

Wizzard Software has signed the final merger agreement for the acquisition of podcasting company Webmayhem Inc., dba Liberated Syndication, which will create a podcasting distribution network.

Posted Mar 02, 2007

New DNA microarrays that can profile more than 500,000 exact genetic variations are giving researchers a better view of the genetic causes of many illnesses and helping them work towards more personalized treatments. While experts are nothing but pleased by the new crop of gene chips, they say that five to ten years from now researchers may shift away from current profiling methods toward new sequencing technologies that are currently in their infancy.

Posted Mar 01, 2007

Fox Interactive Media (FIM), a division of News Corp, has completed the acquisition of interactive advertising technology company, Strategic Data Corporation (SDC).

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Local.com Corporation, a provider in the local search industry, has announced an $8 million private placement to Hearst Interactive Media, a division of Hearst Corporation, and Greenway Capital.

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Dada, an international provider of web and mobile community and entertainment services, through its subsidiary Dadamobile, has finalized the agreement for the acquisition of 30% of E-Box S.r.l., which owns the Blogo platform.

Posted Feb 27, 2007

TNS Media Intelligence (TNS MI) has bought Cymfony.

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Internap Network Services Corporation, and VitalStream Holdings, Inc. have announced that each company's respective stockholders provided the approvals necessary to complete Internap's acquisition of VitalStream and that the transaction has been completed.

Posted Feb 23, 2007

SirsiDynix, a provider of strategic technology solutions for libraries, has announced that CEO Patrick Sommers is resigning from the company, effective immediately.

Posted Feb 23, 2007

Lemur Consulting, a search engine company, is part of a consortium that has been awarded a U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) grant of £815,000 to build a web search engine.

Posted Feb 23, 2007

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., a RSS company, has expanded internationally with the launch of NewsGator Europe and the opening of its European headquarters in Amsterdam.

Posted Feb 20, 2007

Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) has acquired 29 journals from Transaction Publishers in an asset deal.

Posted Feb 20, 2007

Anystream, a provider of new media publishing solutions, has acquired Cauldron Solutions to expand its Anystream Media business beyond video production to reach operations and business management.

Posted Feb 20, 2007

A majority of Americans (55%) in an online survey said bloggers are important to the future of American journalism and 74% said citizen journalism will play a vital role, according to a new WE Media/Zogby Interactive poll.

Posted Feb 16, 2007

MySpace will experiment with a video-filtering system designed to block clips containing copyright materials.

Posted Feb 16, 2007

VeriSign, Inc., a provider of infrastructure for the networked world, has announced a major initiative to expand and diversify the capacity of its global internet infrastructure by ten times by the year 2010.

Posted Feb 13, 2007

Cambridge Information Group (CIG) has closed its previously announced transaction with ProQuest Company and acquired ProQuest Information and Learning.

Posted Feb 13, 2007

Sharewire, a mobile solutions provider headquartered in The Netherlands, has received EUR 1.2 million ($1.5 million) in venture capital investment from Main Capital II.

Posted Feb 13, 2007

Media conglomerate Viacom, Inc. has told YouTube, Inc. to discontinue to host Viacom videos without permission and demanded that over 100,000 of its clips be removed from the video-sharing site owned by Google, Inc.

Posted Feb 09, 2007

LibreDigital, a division of NewsStand, Inc., has opened a regional office in London. The Company also announced that it has named two new management team members, including the appointment of Todd Eckler to VP of North America Sales and Ernst Kallus to VP of European Sales.

Posted Feb 06, 2007

VISTA International, a provider of software systems and support services for the publishing industry, and Ingenta, a provider that connects the publishing and information industries, have announced they will merge to create Publishing Technology plc.

Posted Feb 06, 2007

Cadmus Communications Corporation has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LexisNexis’ conventional printing operations in Charlottesville, Virginia and its digital printing operations in Conklin, New York, and simultaneously has entered into a five-year agreement with LexisNexis to produce substantially all of LexisNexis’ printing requirements.

Posted Feb 06, 2007

Skinkers, a provider of push technology, has raised £2 million ($3.9 million) from its current shareholders to fund the launch of the Skinkers Live Delivery Network, a peer-to-peer network to support live video streaming and real-time notifications.

Posted Feb 02, 2007

Exalead, a provider of search software for business and the web, has announced the infusion of $15.6 million by Qualis SCA.

Posted Feb 02, 2007

Lijit Networks, Inc. has secured over $900,000 in funding from an investment syndicate including Colorado Fund I, managed by High Country Venture; Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group; Seth Goldstein, co-founder of AttentionTrust.org, Majestic Research and ROOT Markets; and Paul Berberian, former CEO of Raindance Communications.

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Reed Business Information (RBI), a B2B publisher in the US and part of Reed Elsevier, a global publisher and information provider, has acquired BuyerZone.com, Inc., an online B2B marketplace that links prospective buyers to qualified suppliers of more than 125 business product and service categories.

Posted Jan 26, 2007

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