Media Business News and Trends

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

Facebook, a social directory that enables people to share information, has announced that it has secured $25 million in funding.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

Visible Path, a developer of relationship capital management (RCM) solutions, has announced that it has secured $17 million in Series B funding.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

Amdocs, a provider of software and services to enable integrated customer management and the intentional customer experience, has announced it signed an agreement to acquire Qpass, a provider of digital commerce software and solutions.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

Elsevier, a healthcare and scientific publisher, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Gold Standard, Inc., a US-based developer of online clinical drug information products, services, and solutions to the healthcare market.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

Kaboodle, a free online service that collects, organizes, and shares information on the Web, has announced that it has raised $3.55 million in Series A funding from providers in search algorithms, online commerce, and Web technologies.

Posted Apr 18, 2006

Cadmus Communications Corporation has announced that it has purchased through a subsidiary the remaining 20% of KnowledgeWorks Global Limited ("KGL") from Datamatics Technologies Limited ("DTL"), which gives the Company 100% ownership of its content services operations in Mumbai and Chennai, India.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

Fox Interactive Media (FIM), parent of MySpace.com, has appointed Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam to oversee safety, education and privacy programs and law enforcement affairs for MySpace, as well as the network of FIM properties.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

101communications, LLC (“101”), an integrated media company focused on the information technology community, has been acquired by 1105 Media, Inc., a company backed by private equity firms Nautic Partners and Alta Communications in partnership with Neal Vitale, a former Reed Elsevier and Petersen Publishing executive.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

VeriFone Holdings, Inc. and Lipman Electronic Engineering Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for VeriFone to acquire Lipman, the Rosh Haayin, Israel-based provider of electronic payment systems.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

Salesforce.com, inc., a technology and market provider of on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), has announced its mobile applications with AppExchange Mobile, through the acquisition of Sendia Corporation for $15 million in cash.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

The total marketing spend on social media is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 106.1% from 2005 to 2010, reaching $757.0 million in 2010, according to a research report now available from PQ Media.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

Microsoft Corp. has announced it has agreed to acquire ProClarity Corp., a software company based in Boise, Idaho, that develops advanced analysis and visualization technologies that work in association with Microsoft’s business intelligence (BI) platform, which includes Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005, Microsoft Office Excel, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

Data and news provider Bloomberg L.P. will acquire Dutch investment data provider Brainpower NV for $40 million in cash to bolster its services to global investment managers.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

Justsystems US Holding, Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of the XMetaL software business of Blast Radius.

Posted Apr 07, 2006

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