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Sonic Solutions, a provider of digital media software, has launched Qflix, a licensing and certification program to enable the legal, secure, and reliable burning of video content to DVDs playable on standard and high-definition players.

Posted Jan 05, 2007

MyMediaRoom has announced the Personal Media Room, an online media room solution for individuals, and other improvements to its website.

Posted Dec 29, 2006

VeriSign, Inc., a provider of intelligent infrastructure for the networked world, has announced that AxiomTV will be the first movie download service launched on the new VeriSign Intelligent Content Delivery Network (CDN), distributing secure, family-friendly films.

Posted Dec 22, 2006

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., a RSS platform company, has announced a partnership with Edelman, an independent public relations firm, to market a new, jointly-developed product that combines hosted, topic-based communities and dynamic conversational advertising with aspects of social media, including RSS, commenting, blogging, and rating.

Posted Dec 22, 2006

OverDrive, Inc., a digital media distributor, has launched School Download Library, a new service for students, educators, and parents to borrow and download audiobooks and ebooks.

Posted Dec 15, 2006

IBM has introduced a series of quick start software bundles for the DB2 9 data server designed to help clients adapt their information management environments to meet new standards for handling XML data.

Posted Dec 08, 2006

Newstex, the Content On Demand company, has announced an alliance to deliver Newstex Content On Demand and Newstex Blogs On Demand through FPinfomart, CanWest MediaWorks’ news and business information service in Canada.

Posted Dec 05, 2006

Pluck Corporation has announced the immediate availability of version 1.0 of the BlogBurst blog syndication network, a service that manages and syndicates content from bloggers to online properties and publisher websites around the world.

Posted Dec 05, 2006

On the web, marketing and communications has shifted from the one-way, one-size-fits-all approach of TV advertising to delivering just-in-time and just-right content to consumers and internal audiences. Successful web marketers understand that online, content sells ideas. It brands an organization as worthy to do business with. Companies, non-profits, political campaigns, and rock bands are the new publishers, delivering ideas and stories just like traditional media companies--and RSS needs to be part of the publishing plan.

Posted Dec 05, 2006

Telestream, a provider of multi-format media encoding and delivery solutions, has released FlipFactory Version 5.1 software.

Posted Dec 01, 2006

So who put the “e” in econtent? I’d like to meet this guy. When collections are digitized, why don’t we call it “econtent”? Instead, we talk about creating a “digital library.” The information industry has been busy making content digital for 30 years or so. Yet somehow the idea of turning print indexes into online databases or digitizing entire runs of scholarly journals so that they are full-text searchable just doesn’t capture the public’s attention. It’s only when we call it “econtent” that everyone gets all interested and excited.

Posted Nov 28, 2006

A little while ago, I read a column in The Wall Street Journal titled “Hoarders vs. Deleters: How You Handle Your Email Inbox Says a Lot About You.” Essentially, it’s like what your mother used to tell you: “Disorder on your desk indicates disorder in your life.” (My personal belief system is more along the lines of “a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.”) The columnist went on to describe “hoarders” who have 1,000 email messages in their inbox and are virtually paralyzed with guilt.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Perilous as it may seem, I will once again mark the EC100 issue with a look ahead to next year’s emerging revenue models, which we may well be calling old hat this time next year.

Posted Nov 15, 2006

Digital media vendor OverDrive, Inc. has announced that Magnolia Pictures, HDNet, Weston Woods, Nano Network, Music Sales Group, Naxos, Hart Sharp Video, Davenport Films, Mill Creek Entertainment, Magic Lamp Productions, Associated Television International, MPS Multimedia, Sounds True, Tai Seng Entertainment, and Venevision International have entered into distribution agreements with OverDrive to download film and video titles through public library websites.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Want to give yourself a rude wake-up call about the harsh reality of brand value on the modern web? Try this: Make a personalized web page at Google or MyYahoo! composed of all the major RSS feeds from your site along with the feeds from content brands you consider competition.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

AOL LLC has announced its acquisition of news and information search technology company, The Relegence Corporation of New York, NY.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Safari Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced the availability of Short Cuts--a series of short documents covering technologies that are either too early in their life cycle or too narrowly focused to become the subject of a full-length book.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

YouTube’s tagline, “Broadcast Yourself,” signals the beginning of a new era in digital content, though the necessary production technologies and distribution infrastructure may still be a few years off. The wide acceptance of blogging as a means of self-expression was the first wave of personal content. The second wave, riding on the phenomenon of iPod and iTunes, is personal podcasting. The third wave, which will dwarf the others in gigabytes of content transferred, is personal video or individual television. Variously called vlogging, vidcasting, or vodcasting (the marriage of video on demand and podcasting), I’ll simply call it iTV.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

In a recent edition of John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, which I heard in the car on National Public Radio, Lienhard discussed the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet—brilliantly tying in the naming of the Disney dog. When I went to the University of Houston's site to check the name of the episode ("Poor Old Pluto"), I found that in addition to offering online transcripts of his commentaries on NPR, Lienhard now also provides them as podcasts. I will admit that I got what I needed from the transcript, but I clicked to listen anyhow, to reignite the flame of inspiration.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

Global Graphics has released a new family of its Jaws PDF products.

Posted Oct 27, 2006

K-AMP Audio Services has renamed and improved its audiocasting service K-AMP Player, now known as Blogamp.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

LEAD Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of version 5 of LEADTOOLS ePrint software that converts from any application, image or document file such as PDF or Microsoft Windows document to over 150 file types of file formats including PDF, DOC, HTML, TXT, Multi-page TIFF, JPG, GIF, and PNG.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

Volantis, a supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation solutions for the Mobile Information Age, has launched the enhanced Xtra Mobile Services platform for Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's online and communications provider.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has acquired Serious Magic Inc., maker of video software and communications tools for creative professional, business, consumer, and education markets.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

To thwart shoplifters, retail stores electronically tag merchandise with sensors that can trip invisible alarms on the way out the door. To thwart content thieves, the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) is launching a similar initiative: the Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Policy (CCAP). CCAP will tag digital print content so that illegal use can be detected. Its two-pronged attack on copyright violations will use both prosecution and education

Posted Oct 19, 2006

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