Media Business News and Trends

The British Library, HighWire Press, Ringgold Inc., Swets Information Services B.V. and a group of HighWire-affiliated publishers have announced the launch of an initiative that will see these parties joining forces in 2006 to explore the creation, prototype implementation, and value of a common institutional identifier that can be used throughout the industry, from purchaser to end user.

Posted Jan 24, 2006

WebMD Health Corp., a provider of health information services to consumers and physicians, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of eMedicine.com, Inc., an online publisher of medical reference information for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Posted Jan 24, 2006

Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company run by billionaire Warren Buffett, has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Business Wire, a privately held company that is a global distributor of corporate news, multimedia, and regulatory filings.

Posted Jan 20, 2006

A recent survey of new member states under TEL-ME-MOR, a project funded by the European Commission, looked at how well the new member states national libraries are achieving or can achieve its goal.

Posted Jan 20, 2006

Google Inc. has announced it has agreed to acquire dMarc Broadcasting, Inc., a Newport Beach, Calif.-based digital solutions provider for the radio broadcast industry.

Posted Jan 20, 2006

A report from the Cutter Consortium, an IT advisory firm, says that the U.S. Patent Office should carefully re-examine its rules and regulations regarding software patents. Cutter believes the U.S. software patent scheme is “badly broken” and that, in light of the European Union’s ruling not to grant patents on software, it is time for the U.S. to give serious thought to revamping its patent system.

Posted Jan 20, 2006

Gather.com, a place to find and share user-generated content online, has announced it has closed a second round of financing for $6.0 million.

Posted Jan 17, 2006

Twenty-first century business is transacted online—even the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has trouble getting people to read paper versions of corporate proxy statements in the econtent age. In a move to regain investors’ attention, a recently proposed SEC rule change would allow them to read and post proxy communications via the Web.

Posted Jan 17, 2006

Springer, a scientific publishing company, has set up a partnership with the library service Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ).

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Nstein Technologies Inc., a provider of Business Intelligence linguistic solutions, has announced that its common shares qualify for coverage operations under the Quebec government’s SMB Growth Stock Plan.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Associated Content, Inc., an online publisher of user-driven content, has announced its securing of $5.4 million of Series A equity capital.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

thePlatform, a provider of digital audio and video publishing solutions, has announced it has closed series B financing from Spark Capital, a new venture capital partnership.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shareholder.com, a privately held firm specializing in shareholder communications and investor relations intelligence services.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Internet video search provider Truveo, Inc. has been acquired by America Online, Inc.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

The question facing digital entertainment companies seems to have changed from Can we implement effective DRM? to Should we even try? The shift seemed inevitable to some as one digital or audio DRM scheme after the next was swiftly circumvented. However, while some software distributors began to view pass-along as an inevitable fact of the digital distribution universe—developing DRM models to enable and monetize file sharing—the entertainment industry has been slow to follow.

Posted Jan 11, 2006

ScholarOne has announced that Taylor & Francis, an international academic publisher, has increased its current contract with ScholarOne to license Manuscript Central for the online peer-review management of 300 journals worldwide.

Posted Jan 10, 2006

BBC Blast, in partnership with the Prince's Trust and Artswork led by the Arts Council of England, has been awarded £1m over three years from the Big Lottery Fund--Young People's Strategic Funds--for a program of creative activities aimed at young people from all communities.

Posted Jan 10, 2006

Wolters Kluwer Tax, Accounting & Legal, a division of Wolters Kluwer, has announced that is has acquired the assets of Best Case Solutions, Inc. and that the company's Best Case Bankruptcy software and services will become part of the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business unit.

Posted Jan 10, 2006

Phonebites, Inc., a global publisher of entertainment software for mobile phones, has announced a partnership with STRAX, a manufacturer and distributor of supply-side solutions for wireless operators and retailers.

Posted Jan 06, 2006

Financial Information, Inc. (FII) and Exchange Data International (EDI), a provider of Financial Actions and Transfer Services data to the global securities industry, have announced the addition of Financial International Data Services (FIDS) to FII’s portfolio of securities information services.

Posted Jan 06, 2006

M&A activity surged across the media and information industries in 2005, reaching levels not seen since 2000, according to a new report.

Posted Jan 06, 2006

BitPass, Inc., provider of a commerce platform for digital content and services, has acquired substantially all the assets of Yaga, Inc., a developer of payment and accounting solutions for content providers.

Posted Jan 06, 2006

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a library cooperative, has purchased the assets of Openly Informatics, a provider of linking software and services for the library market.

Posted Jan 06, 2006

To convey its broadened scope of professional expertise, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association will use only its acronym—ISACA—after 1 January 2006.

Posted Jan 03, 2006

Mamma.com Inc. has announced that the Company's board of directors and the board and shareholders of Copernic Technologies Inc. have approved definitive purchase agreements to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding securities of Copernic.

Posted Jan 03, 2006

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