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EBSCO Publishing has announced enhancements to the International Security and Counter-Terrorism Reference Center (ISCTRC), a database in this field of research.

Posted Feb 28, 2006

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Google Co-Founder and President of Technology Sergey Brin have announced the launch of a pilot program to make holdings of the National Archives available for free online.

Posted Feb 28, 2006

Google’s announcement that it was launching its very own Video Store dazzled a lot of folks. While the interface is anything but high-gloss (in fact, it is so understated—like all things Google—it’s almost silly), this “search engine’s” further push into media-mogul territory captured a whole lot of attention. Now that Google has not only taken on the biggies but joined their ranks, it isn’t surprising that it will counter Apple’s iTunes success with a stream mall of its own. Still, streaming video is hot, hot, hot, and a lot of ink (e- and otherwise) will be spilled analyzing this move and the populist approach Google has taken by putting “Joe’s home movies” on a virtual shelf right next to super-successful television series.

Posted Feb 28, 2006

PRWeb, providers of Direct-to-Consumer press release distribution and a press release visibility company, has announced the availability of TrackBacks within press releases featured on the PRWeb newswire.

Posted Feb 24, 2006

Macrovision Corporation has announced that it has agreed to acquire eMeta Corporation, a provider of software solutions that enable companies to control and sell digital goods and services online.

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Traction Software Inc., a developer of enterprise blog software for team collaboration, has announced that it has signed two new European resellers to distribute, integrate, and support Traction's enterprise blog solution, TeamPage.

Posted Feb 10, 2006

NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a platform for full-text digital content in libraries worldwide, together with Recorded Books, Inc., has expanded distribution of their eAudiobook program to libraries in Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Posted Feb 07, 2006

China Directory Publishing (CDP) LLC, a developer and provider of information resources for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in China to conduct and reinforce global business efforts, and Houghton Mifflin Company, a U.S.-based educational publisher have announced the launch of www.103.net, a dictionary resource for the People’s Republic of China.

Posted Feb 03, 2006

Brother Industries, Ltd. has announced that in cooperation with the Grid Technology Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Muraoka Research Lab. of Waseda University and Xing Inc., it has developed a content distribution system using grid technology.

Posted Dec 20, 2005

I’m sick and tired of the media elite bitching and moaning about their diminishing role in society. There’s lots of blame and finger-pointing going on at big media these days: people don’t watch network TV news “because they work long hours”; newspaper and magazine revenues are down, which is “the advertiser’s fault”; and everyone’s favorite scapegoat—blogging—is “not real journalism.” That’s the world according to traditional media. I disagree. The news cycle has changed, and with it, so must many of the rules of the game.

Posted Aug 05, 2005

We hear in the news about famine-stricken areas of Africa, but due to connectivity problems, much of Africa is also information-starved. And, like a shortage of food, a shortage of information can be a disaster. Founded in 2000 to mitigate the third world’s dire digital communications problems, the WiderNet Project is a largely volunteer, nonprofit organization based at the University of Iowa.

Posted Jul 22, 2005

How soon companies can protect digital content is the next big hurdle to overcome in the multi-billion-dollar race to control the living room--even more than licensing the content, according to the newest market report from Digital Tech Consulting.

Posted Jun 21, 2005

Open access is an initiative to distribute content over the Web at no charge to the reader. It is not an attack on copyrights, nor does it imply that no money is to be made on the content. Innovative business models suggest that sales of physical items like books and technical reports might actually improve if the content is freely available for browsing and searching on the Web--with some important caveats.

Posted Jun 21, 2005

In the Old Economy, those who owned the exclusive rights to a product or service could become very wealthy. Today the tables have turned; it’s openness and the free availability of good ideas that drive value. The mindset of not only the content consumer is shifting, but also that of vendors and even content providers, which seek to find ways to profit from the new (digital) economy. peggy anne salz

Posted Jun 15, 2005

NXTbook Media, a provider of technology-based solutions for digital magazines, and Digital Alternatives Ltd., a supplier to the UK market for on-line digital editions of catalogs and brochures, have signed an exclusive technology agreement for NXTbook distribution rights for the United Kingdom.

Posted Jun 10, 2005

German media giant Bertelsmann reportedly pumped $85 million into the beleaguered Napster between 2000 and 2002, before Napster finally declared bankruptcy and its remains were scooped up by Roxio. So what did Bertelsmann get for its $85 mil? The short answer is, nothing. However, Bertelsmann did get something from its dalliance with Napster: a profound respect for P2P technology and its potential for content distribution.

Posted May 31, 2005

Zinio Systems, Inc., which produces, distributes, and circulates of digital publications, has announced the signing of exclusive franchise agreements with AccesoGroup in Spain, Zinio Systems Norden AS in Scandinavia, and Taurus in Poland.

Posted May 24, 2005

Digimarc Corporation and North Plains Systems have announced the availability of Digimarc ImageBridge as an I-Piece plug-in to the North Plains TeleScope digital asset management system, providing increased brand protection and image tracking capabilities for TeleScope users.

Posted Apr 26, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced a new vertical group that will create technology solutions to meet Hollywood's demand for reliable, fast, and open technology. Sun is already delivering the Digital Asset Management Reference Architecture, video management, and storage products to companies like Home Box Office (HBO), WGBH and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM).

Posted Apr 22, 2005

Video Without Boundaries, Inc., a provider of interactive, media-convergent home entertainment devices, has announced the forming of a United Kingdom (UK) subsidiary to develop wholesale and retail distribution opportunities for its MediaREADY broadband media devices. With the opening of a UK office, VWB plans to exploit the demand for entertainment devices in broadband-equipped homes throughout Europe.

Posted Apr 12, 2005

Newstex, a Content On Demand company, has announced the availability of instant, full-text newsfeeds, giving content distributors and enterprise customers access to tailored newsfeeds from branded newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds, and weblogs.

Posted Apr 12, 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

Blackwell Publishing has announced the launch of a new service, Online Open, which offers authors the opportunity to make their articles freely available to all users of the internet in perpetuity on payment of a publication fee. The new Online Open service will be on trial through to the end of 2006.

Posted Mar 01, 2005

Napster, KaZaA, and Gnutella have fuelled consumers’ passion for downloading and swapping MP3 music files—and BitTorrent and eDonkey are doing the same for video. Now, a handful of upstart vendors are poised to move peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications from the wired Internet to the wireless space to create an anywhere, anytime network for content creation and distribution.

Posted Feb 22, 2005

Califa’s Digital Library Consortium has launched an online digital library that offers patrons immediate access to hundreds of eBook and Audiobook titles. The online collection is available at http://califa.lib.overdrive.com. It serves patrons of seven participating library systems including Contra Costa County Library, Downey City Library, MARINet, Palo Alto City Library, Peninsula Library System, Pleasanton Public Library, and Sunnyvale Public Library.

Posted Feb 18, 2005

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