Media Business News and Trends

Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired Grouper, a user-generated video site on the internet.

Posted Aug 29, 2006

J.L. Halsey Corporation has announced that it has acquired web analytics provider ClickTracks Analytics, Inc., of Santa Cruz, Calif., and emarketing web content management company Hot Banana Software Inc., of Ontario, Canada.

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Outsell, Inc., a research and advisory firm for the information industry, has announced the acquisition of Electronic Publishing Services Ltd. (EPS) of London.

Posted Aug 25, 2006

Apex CoVantage, a global knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) company, has announced the creation of the Apex Advisory Board for their Global Newspaper Initiative.

Posted Aug 22, 2006

MeeVee, a Silicon Valley company that lets users search for TV programs and other video programming online, and then lets them organize it in a personal planner, has raised $8 million in a third round of funding.

Posted Aug 18, 2006

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a nonprofit organization and provider of computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, econtent, and preservation services, has acquired DiMeMa (Digital Media Management), an organization that developed and supports CONTENTdm, digital management software for libraries.

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Controversy trails Google Book Search wherever it goes. The latest bout of trouble comes from France. La Martinière Groupe, an international French publisher, filed a suit in early June against both Google, Inc. and Google France on behalf of three of its publishing houses, Le Seuil (France), Delachaux et Niestlé (Switzerland), and Abrams (The United States). La Martinière claims Google has disregarded intellectual property rights and has produced counterfeits of its books on the Book Search site.

Posted Aug 18, 2006

Google leads all ebusinesses in customer satisfaction for the fifth year in a row, according to the annual ebusiness report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Posted Aug 15, 2006

More than 34.6 million mobile subscribers accessed the internet via their wireless devices in June 2006, according to Telephia, a provider of performance measurement information to the mobile industry.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

NetVibes, a Paris based company that allows users to personalize their home page with modules that they can drag across the screen, has raised $15 million in more financing.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

NewsGator, the Denver, CO-based RSS newsreader tool company, received $7 million in fourth round funding in Q2, according to PwCMoneyTree Survey.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

AOL has announced that it has acquired LA-based Web IM and chat firm Userplane.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

IBM and FileNet Corporation, a provider of business process and content management solutions, have announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire FileNet, a publicly held company based in Costa Mesa, Calif., in an all-cash transaction at a price of approximately $1.6 billion, or $35 per share.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Helius, Inc., a provider of IP broadcasting solutions, has announced that National Networks has joined its strategic alliance program.

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Innofone.com Inc., a public company that focuses exclusively on the global market for IPv6 (also known as the New Internet), has announced the acquisition of Mobile Technology Group (MTG), a provider of mobile solutions that enable companies to manage and distribute messaging, content, and commerce via mobile devices.

Posted Aug 11, 2006

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, Inc., has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Atom Entertainment, Inc., a portfolio of four online destinations for casual games, short films, and video, for $200 million.

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Kazeon, a provider of Unstructured Information Management, has announced that it has received $21 million in its third round of venture capital financing, bringing the total investment in the company to $44 million.

Posted Aug 11, 2006

PodZinger, an audio and video search engine company, has closed on $5 million in financing from parent company BBN Technologies Inc.

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Nokia and Loudeye Corp. have announced that they have signed an agreement for Nokia to acquire Loudeye for approximately $60 million.

Posted Aug 11, 2006

InterSystems Corporation, a developer of integration technology and a provider of database in healthcare, with its products used by major hospitals and labs, has announced its selection to offer its CACHÉ post-relational database software for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Health Affairs, and Composite HealthCare System (CHCS).

Posted Aug 08, 2006

Open Text Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Hummingbird Ltd. under which Open Text will acquire through a wholly-owned subsidiary, all of Hummingbird's outstanding shares in an all-cash transaction valued at $27.85 per share, or approximately $489 million.

Posted Aug 08, 2006

According to advance data from a survey of 700+ end users by AIIM, the "Weakest Link" in user efforts to control information for compliance purposes is their handling of electronic information.

Posted Aug 04, 2006

Google, Inc., has announced that it has reached an agreement with XM Satellite Radio, a satellite radio service with more than seven million subscribers, to introduce and make available commercial advertising inventory on XM’s non-music channels to Google’s advertising base through its dMarc media network.

Posted Aug 04, 2006

Frederick G. Kilgour, a librarian and educator who created an international computer library network and database, died on July 31, 2006.

Posted Aug 04, 2006

PA Sport Ltd has agreed to acquire sports media technology company iKnowledge Ltd.

Posted Aug 04, 2006

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