Media Business News and Trends

SirsiDynix, a provider of technology solutions for libraries, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners, a $1 billion private equity firm focused solely on investing in software and technology-enabled businesses.

Posted Dec 29, 2006

Francisco Partner, a technology-focused private equity funds and owner of Ex Libris, a global developer and provider of applications for libraries and information centers, have announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., an Elsevier company.

Posted Dec 29, 2006

Cadmus Communications Corporation and Cenveo, Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Cenveo to acquire Cadmus in an all-cash merger at a price of $24.75 per share. The total value of the transaction, including Cenveo’s assumption of Cadmus’ debt, is expected to be approximately $430 million at closing.

Posted Dec 29, 2006

Websense, Inc. has announced a definitive agreement to acquire PortAuthority Technologies, Inc., of Palo Alto, Calif., and Ra'anana, Israel, for approximately $90 million in cash.

Posted Dec 22, 2006

Nstein Technologies Inc. has acquired Eurocortex, a provider of content management solutions for the publishing, media, and entertainment industries.

Posted Dec 22, 2006

IP Unity, a provider of carrier-grade media servers, application servers, and real-time multimedia applications, and Glenayre Messaging, a division of Glenayre Technologies, Inc. and a global provider of messaging solutions, have announced that the parties have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement for the consolidation of the two entities.

Posted Dec 19, 2006

Google has announced it has bought Endoxon, a Swiss company focused on web-based geo-information services.

Posted Dec 19, 2006

Cambridge Information Group (CIG) has entered into an agreement to acquire ProQuest Information and Learning, a segment of ProQuest Company, for approximately $222 million.

Posted Dec 19, 2006

Google, Inc. has announced a program that will enable employees to sell vested stock options in an online auction.

Posted Dec 15, 2006

Mercado Software, a provider of ecommerce search, navigation, and merchandising solutions, has secured $11.5 million in funding, which will support plans to expand into new markets in 2007.

Posted Dec 15, 2006

Rochester Software Associates, Inc. (RSA), a supplier of print workflow solutions, has announced an expansion of its ten year relationship with Sun Microsystems, in which RSA has been appointed an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Technology Partner for Sun’s line of servers, workstations, and software products.

Posted Dec 12, 2006

More consumers are willing to provide information about themselves to providers they trust in exchange for a personalized online experience, according to The 2006 ChoiceStream Personalization Survey.

Posted Dec 12, 2006

Arbinet-thexchange, Inc., a provider of solutions for the exchange of digital communications, has acquired Flowphonics, Ltd.

Posted Dec 12, 2006

John Wiley and Sons has announced its plans to acquire Blackwell Publishing, a publisher of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals, for a price of $1.08 billion.

Posted Dec 08, 2006

Pluggd, founded earlier this year to help consumers discover and enjoy audio and video content on the internet, has now disclosed the investors who have backed the company since its inception, along with announcing the addition of Intel Capital as an investor.

Posted Dec 08, 2006

Reed Business Information (RBI), a B2B publisher in the US and part of Reed Elsevier, a worldwide publisher and information provider, has announced that it will acquire BuyerZone.com, Inc. (BuyerZone), an online lead generation company.

Posted Dec 05, 2006

Fast Search & Transfer, a developer of search technologies, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Platefood Limited.

Posted Dec 01, 2006

Atex Group Limited (Atex), backed by the Norwegian investment company Kistefos AS, a provider of software solutions and services to the global media industry, has acquired the business assets of Unisys Media, a part of Unisys Corporation.

Posted Nov 28, 2006

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the outstanding shares of Blackwell Publishing (Holdings) Ltd., academic and professional publishers.

Posted Nov 21, 2006

Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Nine Systems Corp., Inc. have announced that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Akamai to acquire Nine Systems in a merger transaction.

Posted Nov 21, 2006

IBM has announced two major steps intended to assist in the open development and standardization of search and content analytics software.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Real Girls Media Network, Inc. (RGM), an online publishing company, has announced that it closed its Series A funding with 3i and WaldenVC.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

SodaHead, a Santa Clarita-based social networking start-up headed by Jason Feffer, former VP of operations for MySpace, has raised about $4.5 million in funding.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Pluck, a Texas-based RSS and publisher services company, has raised $7 million from Reuters, along with return backers Austin Ventures and Mayfield.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a library cooperative, has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for development of a potential national marketing campaign to increase awareness of the value of libraries, and the need for support for libraries at local, state, and national levels.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

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