Media Business News and Trends

Peppercoin, a payments technology company that enables new business models for low-priced digital content and physical goods, has announced it has completed its $10 million second institutional round of funding with an additional $2 million investment from Total Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm in the payments industry.

Posted Nov 04, 2005

IBM has announced it has acquired the business of iPhrase Systems, Inc., a privately held company based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Posted Nov 04, 2005

Brainshark, a provider of on-demand rich-media communications solutions, has announced its integration with G2X, a provider of relationship management software products and services that help insurance companies manage distribution partner and client relationships.

Posted Nov 01, 2005

XyEnterprise, a provider of XML content management and enterprise publishing solutions, and Blast Radius Inc., a provider of XML content creation and collaboration solutions, have announced a partnership that integrates Blast Radius XMetaL DITA Edition into XyEnterprise's flagship content management system, Content@.

Posted Nov 01, 2005

‘Digital Play’, a new research report, shows casual piracy is of increasing concern for the entertainment industry, with consistency of approach to content protection becoming a strategic priority.

Posted Oct 28, 2005

Google and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has announced a joint effort to make the Foundation's Archive of American Television interviews available for free viewing on Google Video.

Posted Oct 28, 2005

Outsell, Inc., a research and advisory firm for the information industry, launched its inaugural I-Market MarketView, Search, Aggregation & Distribution Services Segment 2005˜Search Revolution Fuels Information Industry Upheaval.

Posted Oct 28, 2005

VideoEgg, Inc., a provider of Web-based video publishing solutions, has announced The VideoEgg Publisher will integrate with Six Apart Ltd.’s TypePad service.

Posted Oct 28, 2005

GFI, a provider of network security, content security, and messaging software, has announced it has secured investment from Insight Venture Partners.

Posted Oct 28, 2005

EMC Corporation, a provider of information management and storage, and Captiva Software Corporation, a provider of input management solutions, have announced a definitive agreement for EMC to acquire Captiva.

Posted Oct 25, 2005

Blogging is all grown up… or at least enough so to have its very own conference. Media professionals, C-level executives, and amateur bloggers alike attended the BlogOn conference, held October 17-18 at NYC’s Copacabana. According to conference organizer Suw Charman, BlogOn received between 350 and 400 attendees each day from organizations like AOL, DaimlerChrysler, Disney, Intel, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Sprint, and Yahoo!.

Posted Oct 25, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Endeavor Information Systems, a provider of library management software and a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, have announced an expanded partnership to create global digital repositories and preservation technologies which protect critical educational, cultural, and historical information.

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Ovid Technologies, a Wolters Kluwer business and global provider of electronic medical, scientific, and academic information research solutions, has announced the launch of a new multi-language content platform, Ovid Lingua.

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have announced an agreement to connect users of their consumer instant messaging (IM) services on a global basis.

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Moreover Technologies, a provider of real-time news and business information, was acquired by VeriSign Inc., a provider of intelligent infrastructure services that enable people and businesses to transact across the global network.

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Nstein Technologies Inc., a provider of linguistic-based Business Intelligence solutions, has announced that it has signed a securities purchase agreement, which provides for a private placement of $4.1 million of senior secured convertible notes with certain institutional investors.

Posted Oct 21, 2005

Baker & Taylor, a distributor of books and audio-visual materials and provider of library services, and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a library cooperative, have announced a partnership that will offer OCLC cataloging records to subscribers who receive books and audio-visual materials from the Baker & Taylor family of companies.

Posted Oct 18, 2005

LexisNexis U.S., a provider of news, business, and legal information services, and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), a provider of conflict management and dispute resolution services, have announced a relationship to deliver a new electronic collection of searchable Labor Arbitration Awards exclusively via the LexisNexis research services.

Posted Oct 18, 2005

Apple has named Tim Cook its COO.

Posted Oct 18, 2005

Backfence Inc. has announced that it has closed on a Series A round of funding and has named a group of media and technology industry executives to its Advisory Board.

Posted Oct 18, 2005

Ozmosys, Inc. has announced that the company's news digest business will become part of a new entity, PinHawk.

Posted Oct 18, 2005

Kazeon, a provider of information classification and management solutions for the enterprise, has announced it has signed an OEM, development, and marketing agreement with Network Appliance, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Kazeon and NetApp will integrate the data classification and search capabilities of Kazeon’s Information Server with Network Appliance storage systems.

Posted Oct 14, 2005

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., an RSS platform company, has announced a partnership with FeedBurner, a feed management provider, to enhance NewsGator’s Private Label offering.

Posted Oct 14, 2005

NTT Cyber Communications Laboratory Group, a research division of Japan’s largest telecommunications operator, NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (NTT), and EXPWAY of France, a provider of XML-based Electronic Content Guides, have teamed up to develop a Metadata System dedicated to mobile and broadband networks, based on the TV-Anytime Forum specifications.

Posted Oct 11, 2005

Elsevier has announced a partnership between Scirus, its free science-specific search engine, and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) to add the collection of theses and dissertations of its member institutes to Scirus.

Posted Oct 11, 2005

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