Media Business News and Trends

The latest annual survey of the European market for online information, published by information consultancy IRN Research, values the market at €3,513m in 2005, increasing by 14% at current prices compared to 2004.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

French publishing group La Martinière has filed suit against Internet search engine Google for alleged breaches of copyright.

Posted Jun 09, 2006

Texterity, Inc., a provider of digital magazine solutions, released the results of a BPA Worldwide-certified survey that provides a profile of readership habits and demographic data for digital magazine readers to date.

Posted Jun 06, 2006

The third edition of the Enterprise Search Report finds that--despite widespread predictions of consolidation in the enterprise search marketplace--buyers face many supplier choices with look-alike features, while new entrants continue to join the supplier landscape.

Posted Jun 02, 2006

NowPublic, a participatory news network, has announced that is has closed a $1.4 million in financing.

Posted Jun 02, 2006

Groxis, a producer of visual search applications and developer of the Grokker Enterprise Search Management platform, has announced that it has appointed Brian Chadbourne as CEO of the Company.

Posted May 30, 2006

Hummingbird Ltd., a global provider of integrated enterprise content management (ECM) solutions and network connectivity solutions, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Symphony Technology Group under which a company owned by Symphony will acquire all of Hummingbird's outstanding shares pursuant to a plan of arrangement in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.75 per share, or approximately $465 million.

Posted May 30, 2006

Thought Equity, a provider of motion imagery licensing and management, has opened an office in Manhattan and it has also announced the addition of Ross Dabrow to serve as VP of sales.

Posted May 26, 2006

A judgment entered in December against bloggers, alleging that they illicitly disclosed trade secrets from Apple Computer, Inc., online, may have free speech implications for all online publishers. “This is not the usual, run-of-the-mill trade secrets case,” according to Karna Berg, an intellectual property attorney with Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, in reference to Apple v. Does. The case is now on appeal with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the online civil rights group handling the defense.

Posted May 24, 2006

Vodafone K.K. has announced that on October 1, 2006 it will change its company name to SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp.

Posted May 23, 2006

Pheedo, RSS marketing and analytics provider, has released its third quarterly “Pheed Read” report, providing RSS publishers, advertisers, and users insight into RSS usage patterns.

Posted May 19, 2006

Pando Networks Inc., creators of a peer-to-peer distribution solution for the private transport of consumers' digital media, has announced the completion of $7 million in financing led by Intel Capital.

Posted May 19, 2006

ClearStory Systems, Inc., a provider of digital asset management (DAM) solutions, has announced the closing of its previously announced definitive agreement with Datawatch Corporation.

Posted May 09, 2006

dotPhoto, a provider of photo, video, and multimedia sharing and storage applications, and services for wireless and online users, has announced the closing of a $3.5 million second-round equity commitment from Edison Venture Fund and Sycamore Ventures.

Posted May 09, 2006

Up to the mid-’90s, managing content was easy. Records managers cataloged documents, locked them up, and when their retention period expired, destroyed them. The main threats were fire and water. Today, content comes in thousands of electronic formats, including email. Content’s central importance is attracting a new threat: patent litigators, the modern Willie Suttons, because—as Willie famously said about robbing banks—that’s where the money is.

Posted May 09, 2006

A 10-nation poll conducted for Reuters, the BBC, and The Media Center across four continents, finds that in a world of committed news junkies, trust in the news provider is a key issue.

Posted May 05, 2006

MarketResearch.com, a distributor and publisher of global market intelligence, has announced the hiring of Charles (Charlie) W. Terry as president.

Posted May 05, 2006

Nstein Technologies Inc. has announced a projected financing of CAN$10 million.

Posted May 05, 2006

Loudeye Corp., a provider of business-to-business digital media solutions, and Muze, a provider of entertainment information services, has announced that Muze has acquired Loudeye's U.S.-based services and operations in an asset purchase transaction for $11.0 million in cash.

Posted May 02, 2006

Internet Archive has announced the latest release of Archive-It 1.5, a new subscription-based archiving service geared towards institutions at a cost lower than other archive platforms.

Posted Apr 28, 2006

The Thomson Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Centre for Medicines Research International (CMR), a provider of R&D performance metrics to the global pharmaceutical industry.

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Microsoft Corp. has announced the spinout of a new social networking technology, developed by Microsoft Research, to create a new Silicon Valley startup, Wallop Inc.

Posted Apr 28, 2006

TDWI has released its latest survey report, "Taking Data Quality to the Enterprise through Data Governance."

Posted Apr 25, 2006

Penton Media, Inc. has announced that it acquired HVAC-Talk.com, an online community and discussion forum operated by BuildCentral, Inc., of Chicago.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

The Active Network, Inc., a provider of application services technology and marketing services to community service organizations, has acquired Vancouver, B.C.-based IronPoint.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

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