Media Business News and Trends

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

Cambridge-based Wax info Ltd,, a developer of secure distributed content management software, has announced that it is entering the Chinese software market.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and COIN Educational Products (COIN) has announced that the companies have finalized an agreement whereby EBSCO acquired the high school career guidance product line from COIN.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Oracle has announced that it has agreed to acquire Stellent, Inc., a global provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software solutions, through a cash tender offer for $13.50 per share, or approximately $440 million.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

AOL LLC has announced its acquisition of news and information search technology company, The Relegence Corporation of New York, NY.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

SDL International, a provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, has announced the opening of an independent data center to provide enterprise customers and language service providers with a secure hosting environment designed to enable them to manage all global information requirements in a secure manner.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

Astoria Software has revealed demand for content reuse and adoption of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard, in a poll.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

Topix.net has raised $15 million of additional funding from three of the nation’s largest newspaper companies, Gannett Co., Inc., The McClatchy Company, and Tribune Company.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

The Ex Libris Group, a worldwide developer and provider of applications for libraries and information centers, has announced that Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity fund, has completed the acquisition of the entire Ex Libris Group holdings.

Posted Nov 03, 2006

Internet users do not know the best ways to find quality information on the web, according to a survey of nearly 3,000 American adults conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Posted Nov 03, 2006

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