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I am one of many who rode the XML content roller coaster up: high hopes for the use of SMIL in multimedia; SVG for graphics; create-once and reuse many times for everything from office documents to highly-disciplined technical documentation. And down: Microsoft ignored SMIL and SVG; few office workers ever mastered using MS Word styles that could provide additional document structure. What hope was there for the discipline and promise of XML?

Posted Mar 29, 2005

Science.gov now offers a free “Alert” service, created by Deep Web Technologies (DWT), that sends alerts to patron’s email each week based on their area of interest in science. Science.gov, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy and 11 other federal agencies, is intended to ease the process of accessing federal science information by offering the public a one stop search page that crawls government R&D results, government information resources, and databases on scientific topics.

Posted Mar 25, 2005

Zinio Systems, Inc. has announced the production release of Zinio Reader 3, a new version of its Reader software, following a successful beta trial. In addition, the company also announced the release of a second version of their new browser-based magazine viewer, Zinio Express. Zinio's new products, available immediately for download, are designed to offer a complete solution for magazine publishers and their readers.

Posted Mar 22, 2005

A year ago I would have said that the XML-based RSS protocol is still way too geeky for mainstream users, but RSS is catching on at a remarkable rate. The question is, how will content companies profit from its popularity?

Posted Mar 22, 2005

Singapore, long a central shipping hub for the distribution of physical goods throughout Asia, now wants to be Asia's hub for the distribution of digital goods, as well. To realize that goal, and to cash in on its telecommunications infrastructure investments, the Singapore government has formed a trade association called the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

Posted Mar 21, 2005

Guerrilla Marketing International and Jackstreet Media have announced details of an agreement aimed at commercializing podcasting. Under the agreement, the alliance will sponsor five conferences aimed at bringing together the business, marketing, and media expertise required to use podcasting as a viable, profitable business channel. The conference is part of the Guerrilla Marketing Business University Tour.

Posted Mar 18, 2005

Bowne Global Solutions (BGS), a globalization services company, and TRADOS, a provider of globalization technology, have teamed to deliver integrated global content solutions for multinational companies. The BGS and TRADOS alliance responds to rising content delivery challenges expressed by enterprises, including product introduction delays, inconsistent branding, customer dissatisfaction, and escalating costs.

Posted Mar 18, 2005

Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Speedera Networks Inc. have signed a definitive agreement for Akamai to acquire Speedera in a stock-for-stock merger transaction. The closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Speedera's stockholders, is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2005.

Posted Mar 18, 2005

ebrary, an information services and technology provider, has announced that several new collections specifically for government and military libraries are now available through the ebrary Dynamic Content Platform (DCP). The new collections include Business, Management & Leadership, Computers, Technology & Engineering, International Relations & Military Affairs, Government Affairs, and Science & Environmental Studies. Additionally, ebrary has announced that it is seeking pilot customers for its new, server-based technology, which will ship in Q3 2005.

Posted Mar 15, 2005

Adobe Systems Incorporated and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. have announced an agreement for DoCoMo to adopt Adobe Reader LE software for its 3G FOMA handsets, in an effort to provide customers of the i-mode service with access to high-impact, reliable content delivered in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).

Posted Mar 11, 2005

Texterity, Inc., a provider of systems and services for the creation, delivery, and tracking of digital editions of magazines, has introduced a substantial set of enhancements for its Texterity Reporting and Tracking System.

Posted Mar 04, 2005

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, has announced the availability of FAST ProPublish, an enterprise search-based publication production management and delivery solution. FAST ProPublish, the latest Search Derivative Application (SDA) to leverage the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), is designed to give professional and business publishers a powerful solution for gathering and processing data, resulting in the improved delivery of information to both online and off-line users.

Posted Mar 04, 2005

Brightcove, Inc., has been unveiled as a new online television and video distribution company that will enable mainstream and emerging video content publishers and programmers can offer their products directly to consumers over the Internet. Jeremy Allaire, who was a co-founder of Allaire Corp (later sold to Macromedia), has gone public with his latest endeavor, an IP video startup called Brightcove formed to encourage democratization of video production and distribution. The Cambridge-based company was quietly founded in 2004 with a vision for the "transformation of television with the Internet."

Posted Mar 01, 2005

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., an RSS software platform company, announced the launch of its partnership with VNU for distribution of NewsGator's Consumer and Business RSS services for seven countries throughout Europe. The partnership includes a local language co-branded RSS subscription service for the Web and Microsoft Outlook which will come pre-bundled with technology feeds from VNU and its partners.

Posted Mar 01, 2005

DigitalContainers Inc. and ePage International have teamed to provide a secure electronic publishing solution called SWIFT Reader that is intended to enable publishers to generate incremental revenue from archived material. The publishing solution is designed to duplicate the experience of reading print material online and also protect digital content regardless of the source.

Posted Feb 25, 2005

As automotive entertainment and information options grow from your basic AM/FM radio and CD player to include GPS devices, backseat DVD players, satellite TV and radio, and even hard drives, the industry is on the lookout for content that appeals to drivers and passengers. With this potential for a near-captive audience at stake, the automotive market has just started to heat up.

Posted Feb 24, 2005

Legitimate email marketers have turned a wary eye towards a new proposal gaining momentum at the Federal Trade Commission that would award hard-cash bounties to ordinary citizens who help arrest the bane of email marketing today: spam.

Posted Feb 23, 2005

Mirror Image Internet, a provider of content delivery solutions, has announced Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national retail cooperative providing outdoor gear and clothing, has selected Mirror Image to deliver high volumes of rich Web content to online customers nationwide.

Posted Feb 22, 2005

MessageCast, Inc. has announced that its free LiveMessage alerting service is being used by podcasters as a way to let listeners know when a podcast is released. The RSS-compatible LiveMessage locates listeners on real-time networks then sends requested alerts to the best device--cell phone, PDA, PC desktop, or email. Podcasters using LiveMessage include The Rock and Roll Report, Hardcore Insomnia Radio, Michael Lehman, and Endurance Radio.

Posted Feb 22, 2005

The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com, a paid subscription news site, and Outercurve Technologies, a provider of wireless handheld business solutions, have announced the launch of The Wall Street Journal Online for the BlackBerry platform from Research In Motion. To introduce "The Wall Street Journal for BlackBerry," Outercurve and the Online Journal are offering this service free of charge through April 30, 2005.

Posted Feb 18, 2005

Onfolio, Inc., an independent software company committed to helping professionals conduct research and manage Web information, has unveiled Onfolio 2.0. Onfolio 2.0 is a PC solution that’s built into the browser with integrated tools for reading RSS news feeds, collecting and organizing online content, and publishing to email, weblogs, and Web sites.

Posted Feb 15, 2005

Qpass, a provider of software for digital media and services, has unveiled its new product suite, following the recent acquisition of content delivery software provider ucp morgen. The new product set consists of four elements - the Qpass Content Delivery Platform, Qpass Service Management Platform, Qpass Payment Server, and the Qpass MultiMedia Album.

Posted Feb 11, 2005

Telestream, a provider of automated encoding and IP delivery solutions for the media and entertainment industry, has announced new solutions designed to simplify access to digital media.

Posted Feb 11, 2005

PubSub Concepts, Inc., a technology company based in New York City, has added real-time earthquake data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) to its Internet-scale matching engine. PubSub is a tool to monitor and receive instant updates on new information as it's published via blogs, press releases, SEC filings, newsgroups, and other sources.

Posted Feb 08, 2005

Penn Media has announced that it will publish fifty of its flagship owned and operated ezines as blogs. The company has contracted with Pheedo, Inc. to guide them through the evolution and provide RSS and Weblog advertising services. Penn Media plans to continue publishing the ezines and run them concurrently, but allow readers to communicate with each other through the blog.

Posted Feb 04, 2005

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