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Voxant, creator of the Viral Syndication Network for online news, has secured $10.5 million in backing for the company's solution for distributing broadcast, print, and other types of news content across the internet.

Posted Sep 26, 2006

Versita, formerly Central European Science Journals, has entered a licensing agreement to partner with MetaPress to provide hosting services to regions of the world where hosting platforms for electronic content were formerly unavailable.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

In a follow-up to their landmark publication The Digital Classroom: How Technology is Changing the Way We Teach and Learn, the Harvard Education School noted that essentially all the K–12 classrooms in the U.S. have been wired (though many still have slow dial-up connections). So here, the “digital divide” is fast disappearing, from a pure technology standpoint. For the world as a whole the picture is not so uniformly bright. Asian countries like Korea and Japan have even greater connectivity than we do, while Africa, the Near East, Latin America, and Caribbean countries lag way behind.

Posted Sep 18, 2006

CSTV Networks, Inc., a digital sports media company, and Broadband Enterprises, which specialize in broadband video sales, syndication, and original production, have announced a syndication partnership agreement.

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Eight publishers have added journal content to MetaPress, an electronic content-management and hosting service.

Posted Jul 25, 2006

The big takeaway for me is the perception that our industry faces a new content cannibalization scare. The old scare, “free information will cannibalize fee,” which was intense for much of the early 2000s, is still simmering on the back burner. The new scare, the idea that offering micro-content will cannibalize subscription sales as well as the sale of large reports, now tops many publishers’ lists of professional neuroses.

Posted Jul 18, 2006

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and GUBA, an online multimedia entertainment site, have announced the immediate availability of more than 100 feature-length movies from Sony Pictures on the GUBA Premium online video service.

Posted Jul 14, 2006

Can’t wait for the kettle to boil? Frantically pushing elevator buttons in a futile attempt to make it come a bit faster? Well, Amazon’s Upgrade was made for you. In May, Amazon announced Upgrade, which gives users immediate online access to the entire text of a purchased book at a fee of an additional 10%–20% above a book’s list price. It also enables customers to search, annotate, bookmark, and print individual pages, leveraging digital functionality to enhance the book buyer’s experience. Amazon Upgrade is built on the same technology as its “Search Inside the Book” program launched three years ago.

Posted Jul 07, 2006

Copyright is not user-friendly. In fact, copyright issues are so complex it is hardly friendly to publishers or lawyers either. The complexity of copyright presents such a high hurdle that most users don’t even try to decipher its vagaries and just hit the Send button and hope for the best. Even those who personally want to adhere to copyright or whose organizations mandate it often find the process of clearing rights so daunting that it hardly seems worth it, thus inhibiting their ability to share valuable resources. In an effor to clarify the process, CCC has introduced Rightsphere, which provides “an instant, unambiguous answer to the user’s question, ‘What am I allowed to do with this content?’”

Posted Jun 23, 2006

SmallTownPapers, Inc. has launched SmallTownPapers News Service (STPNS), a news service dedicated exclusively to local news and information from small markets across the country.

Posted Jun 23, 2006

Six Apart, a provider of blogging software and services for individuals and businesses, and FeedBurner, a feed management provider, have announced a tightly integrated offering for individual bloggers, media companies, and corporations using TypePad as their blogging platform.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

Thought Equity, a provider of motion imagery licensing and management, has announced a relationship with Google Inc. to distribute stock footage and sports motion content through Google Video.

Posted Jun 02, 2006

Data Depth Corporation and NewsBank, Inc. have announced a partnership that enables NewsBank to extend Data Depth’s iCopyright licensing services to its clients while providing additional revenue sources for its publisher partners.

Posted May 19, 2006

Voxant, an open distribution network for online news, has announced its Viral Syndication Network, an approach to distributing and monetizing news online.

Posted May 19, 2006

Comtex News Network, Inc., a provider of electronic real-time news, content, and market alerts, has announced that the AP Financial News service is now available to Comtex clients.

Posted May 12, 2006

Communicating with target audiences through Web content initiatives is also an extremely cost-effective form of marketing. If you’ve got an hour or two a week to devote to it, a blog is virtually free to produce. Contrast that to, say, an expensive direct mail campaign. Other forms of marketing also take time to produce, but cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to execute. As much as I rant about Web content as a viral marketing tool on the speaking circuit and riff about it on my blog, I’ve never had detailed insight into the specific metrics around one viral marketing effort using Web content—until now.

Posted May 09, 2006

Pluck Corporation, a social media technology provider, has announced that several major newspapers, including The San Francisco Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman, have begun syndicating and displaying blog content from the BlogBurst syndication network through their online media properties.

Posted May 02, 2006

Brightcove, a provider of Internet TV, has announced it is making the standard edition of its Internet TV service available through a Fr*e, open commercial preview.

Posted May 02, 2006

Baffled by the difference between .3gp, .3gp2, .avi, .dv, .mpg, .mpg4, .mov .mqv, .wmv, .asf? Hung up on how to upload these pesky digital video formats into your business Web site, blog, eBay account, or online store? Unsure whether your format plays nice with your customers’ preferred players? Well, the mystifying business of publishing digital video content online just got a whole lot easier.

Posted May 01, 2006

Voxant, an open distribution network for online news, has announced that NewsCom, a company that provides publishers with content from global sources, will license 8,000 photos, graphics, and stock images daily to Voxant for distribution through its partner and online network.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a provider of full-text digital content to libraries worldwide, has signed a distribution agreement that will make all Springer Science+Business Media journal titles available through NetLibrary’s Electronic Collections Online service.

Posted Apr 18, 2006

Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, and ProQuest Information and Learning have announced that they have expanded their existing partnership.

Posted Apr 14, 2006

Newstex, a Content On Demand company, has announced that blog content from Gawker Media and Corante will be made available via the Blogs On Demand product.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

DigitalContainers Inc. has announced that it received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “Delivering Electronic Content" technology.

Posted Mar 21, 2006

vMix, an online community for the distribution of video content, has announced it has secured its first round of private equity funding from Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners Venture Capital (EPVC).

Posted Mar 17, 2006

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