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LYCOS, Inc., a community destination for broadband entertainment content, has launched LYCOS Cinema, a web watch and chat video experience.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Reality Digital, a provider of video sharing for businesses, has announced the addition of social networking capabilities to its Opus platform, a hosted "white label" solution for monetizing user-generated content (UGC) within an online business environment.

Posted Nov 03, 2006

Jive Software has announced a new version of its open source Wildfire server.

Posted Nov 03, 2006

Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace, has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com, an independent video search website, which indexes over 1000 online video sites.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

So what does a publisher get when the editors choose to purchase an “exclusive” piece of content? How about when it’s baby pictures and the price tag is several million dollars? From a marketing perspective, People Magazine in the U.S., Hello! in the U.K., and New Idea in Australia invested to secure the rights to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt’s baby pictures in order to build tremendous buzz. Sure, print copies of People Magazine jumped off shelves, generating revenue. But enough to pay the tab for the rights to be the first to show the world Shiloh’s plump baby lips? Probably not.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

MTV Networks (MTVN), a division of Viacom Inc., has acquired Quizilla.com, an online, user-generated community of original teen authors (14 years and up) who create and share quizzes, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, polls, and other creative content.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Google Inc. has agreed to acquire YouTube, a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.

Posted Oct 10, 2006

Fotolog, a social networking site, has announced that it has raised $4 million in Series C funding from BV Capital and 3i.

Posted Oct 06, 2006

Dada USA Inc., a wholly owned New York-based subsidiary of Dada S.p.A, has launched its social networking and entertainment community for the U.S. market.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Emerging forms of online collaboration and social networking foreshadow an always-connected future and the biggest change in communication in a century. They may be about accelerating individual careers now, but tools and solutions are coming online that will connect people based on their knowledge and talents, to unleash innovation and create new forms of content.

Posted Sep 25, 2006

iUpload, a provider of blogging solutions for enterprises and publishers, has announced the newest version of its Customer Conversation System, a blogging platform for enterprises and publishers designed to enable internet-based communities to improve communications.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Jabber, Inc. and Eyeball Networks have announced a partnership to deliver a solution for presence-enabling client-server Internet Protocol (IP) telephony based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP).

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Most of the media is breathless about Web 2.0. While we’ve dipped our toes into the hyperbolic floodwaters here at EContent, our reporting has mostly been of specific applications, rather than a lot of the rah-rah coverage I’ve read in a number of mainstream and technology publications.

Posted Aug 29, 2006

Friendster Inc., a social-networking company, has announced its $10 million in venture capital funding.

Posted Aug 22, 2006

MindTouch, a provider of wiki solutions, has announced its partnership with entrepreneur John Gotts to launch Wiki.com, an online destination for consumers to learn about, create, and share wiki sites.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Feedtext Inc., a web and mobile entertainment company that develops consumer and business applications for media companies and wireless carriers in North America and offers services such as chat, community applications, interactive TV applications, and mobile entertainment storefronts, has announced SMSJock, a web-based application tool.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

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

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Group Members Only has announced a MySpace type social networking technology to help corporations solve issues related to collaboration, innovation, communication, and networking between employees, customers, vendors, and partners.

Posted Aug 04, 2006

WildVoice, an online community for users interested in creating, personalizing, publishing, and sharing podcasts and other media, has introduced the ‘Shout’ web-based recorder.

Posted Jul 21, 2006

KickApps Corporation, a provider of user-generated content and social networking solution to media, content, and corporate websites, has released user-generated video and social networking functionality on its web pages.

Posted Jul 14, 2006

eSnips, the site where members can share digital content showcasing their talents, interests, hobbies, and creative work has announced support for ecommerce transactions.

Posted Jul 11, 2006

digg, Inc., a web community that enables an internet audience to prioritize news and content, has announced the rollout of new features and functionality for the digg.com website, including the ability for users to prioritize content in new subject areas, such as World and Business, Entertainment, Science, and Gaming.

Posted Jun 30, 2006

TalkShoe has developed a website for user-generated live and recorded voice.

Posted Jun 27, 2006

Web Crossing, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of WebCrossing Neighbors, its new private-label online social network solution.

Posted Jun 23, 2006

JotSpot, an application wiki company, has announced that it is teaming up with eBay to power the new eBay Wiki site.

Posted Jun 20, 2006

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