Content Commerce

Amdocs, a provider of software and services to enable integrated customer management and the intentional customer experience, has announced it signed an agreement to acquire Qpass, a provider of digital commerce software and solutions.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

Bango, a mobile content enabler, and mBlox, a mobile transaction network, have announced a global collaboration to deliver a fully integrated content billing solution that leverages the power of the mobile internet.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

After so many lean years and post-bubble disgrace, it is hard to believe the gusher of ad dollars and profitability flowing to some segments online. A year ago I wrote about the industry’s need to wake up to the reality that the Web bounce back was for real. Now even I am a bit amazed at the sustained double-digit ad sales growth we are seeing. In fact, some sites are butting up against the limits of their own success with a problem most publishers would love to suffer—sold-out inventory

Posted Apr 03, 2006

eMeta, a division of Macrovision Corporation, has announced a new release of its eRights Suite offering that is designed to help businesses license and monetize their digital content and services.

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Users taking control was the theme of this year’s Software Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Summit held in New York City January 31 and February 1, 2006. However, another underlying current flowed through the event: a shift in the business model to leverage the appeal of free content.

Posted Mar 15, 2006

Click and Buy, an ePayment and storefront provider for online and mobile digital content and services, and Skype, an Internet P2P telephony company, have announced the availability of Click and Buy as an online payment option for Skype users.

Posted Feb 28, 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

Kentico Software, a Web content management solutions vendor, has announced an extension of its Kentico CMS with a new ecommerce module.

Posted Jan 27, 2006

Owen Media Partners, Inc. and ECNext have announced the launch of the Owen Media ecommerce site providing international company and manufacturing intelligence to business professionals.

Posted Dec 22, 2005

BitPass, Inc., provider of a commerce platform for digital content and services, has announced an agreement with MSN to enable digital content sales on targeted international MSN portals.

Posted Nov 15, 2005

Analysis of free versus fee content invariably focuses on content that must be paid for by consumers in its original form (such as newspaper and magazine articles) but that is often offered for free at an advertising- and sponsorship-supported Web site. Many pundits believe that if content is offered for free in one medium, it will cannibalize another, and that’s all they obsess about. Yet despite all the debate about free and paid content business models, market observers have largely missed the flip side of free content: valuable information that individuals are eager to give away for no charge and that smart companies then aggregate for profit.

Posted Oct 04, 2005

The 9thXchange, Inc. announces a new media, multi-platform, all digital file marketplace backed by a legacy royalty system.

Posted Sep 09, 2005

With my new book Cashing In With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers Into Buyers soon to be released, I decided to check out the book’s new page. Well (I thought), as long as I’m here, I might as well click my name on the author link and pay a long-overdue visit to my first book, Eyeball Wars: a novel of dot-com intrigue. OK I admit it: I was deeply into a therapeutic session of vanity searching. Heck (I justified to myself) all I’m doing is listening in on a conference call. Being a multitasking sort of guy, I might as well poke around a bit while others are talking away.

Posted Sep 07, 2005

Dialog has announced that scientists, engineers, and information professionals worldwide will be able to search most of the CSA files it is adding this year on a "pay-as-you-go" transactional basis, as well as through annual fixed-rate subscription.

Posted Jul 12, 2005

Idiom Technologies, Inc., an enterprise software company that delivers XML-based publishing and content globalization solutions, has announced the launch of its WorldServer LSP Advantage Program.

Posted Jul 01, 2005

Sirsi Corporation has announced a new service that is designed to permit a library to link its holdings to Google Scholar via Sirsi Resolver, Sirsi's OpenURL reference linking tool.

Posted Jun 21, 2005

Bloggers and other Web sites now have an opportunity to generate income from the content they produce with the use of PixelPass, an Internet application that makes low-cost Web site subscriptions simple and easy for both the provider and the subscriber.

Posted Jun 10, 2005

Atypon Systems, a provider of epublishing software and services, has introduced a new online subscription module.

Posted Jun 03, 2005

Data Depth Corporation, ( has announced the release of Copyright Quick Tag. Designed for writers, bloggers, photographers, and other self-publishers, Copyright Quick Tag provides an interactive copyright notice that can be affixed to works of authorship.

Posted May 13, 2005

BitPass, Inc., a commerce platform for digital content and services, announced partnerships with Abacast, Inc. and Fast-Serv Technologies under which BitPass will integrate its payment system with the streaming infrastructure of the content delivery networks (CDNs) to facilitate the distribution of premium streaming content. BitPass has also announced BitPass Unplugged, a patent-pending, new service that is designed to give content providers the ability to charge for their podcasts.

Posted May 13, 2005

eMeta Corporation, a provider of access control, subscription management, and commerce software, has announced an enhancement to eRightsWEB, eMeta's managed software suite deigned to provide software and media companies with the tools to monetize their digital assets.

Posted Apr 29, 2005

Purveyors of digital content continue to seek the best ways to market and sell their materials while ensuring that only authorized parties access content. The trick is to find an end-to-end solution that lets customers use content in the ways they feel they should be allowed and at the same time, protect the rights of content providers.

Posted Apr 11, 2005

Shore Communications Inc., a research and advisory service, has released a new report outlining the best practices for publishers and technologists to use in maximizing profits from existing sources of business-oriented online content.

Posted Apr 05, 2005

Peppercoin, a payments company that aims to enable profitable new business models for low-priced digital content and physical goods, has announced that Wurld Media has selected the Peppercoin Small Transaction Suite. This payments software is intended to enable Wurld Media to sell legal, digital content through Peer Impact, its P2P network.

Posted Apr 01, 2005

asknet, a provider of outsourced electronic software sales and distribution services (ESD), has launched a worldwide eCommerce platform for DivXNetworks, Inc., the creator of the DivX video compression technology. asknet built and now hosts DivXNetworks eCommerce store, featuring official DivX licensed software and hardware products.

Posted Mar 25, 2005