Barely a week goes by when I don't see a story about someone's photo being stolen from Flickr. I guess I'm not the only one, because PhotoShelter today announced that they've added a tool to their customers' Personal Archive accounts that lets them import images from, or export images to, a Flickr Pro-level account. Ultimately, it's a pretty slick way for the company to capitalize on the fact that PhotoShelter's Personal Archive provides a more secure environment for photographers, since it doesn't allow unauthorized viewing or downloads, though photographers can set selected galleries … Read more
Federated Media Publishing, which sells advertising for a network of online publishers, plans to raise between $20 million and $30 million in a second round of financing, according to a source familiar with the deal.
The funding would add to earlier investments in FM of an estimated $4.5 million from JPMorgan Partners, The New York Times, and the Omidyar Network, among others.
Last month, FM hired investment bank GCA Savvian Advisors to handle investment queries, according to a report from PaidContent. According to TechCrunch, FM turned down a $100 million buyout offer from one interested party last month.
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Internet-based ad agency Spot Runner is acquiring Weblistic, which sells online ads to local businesses, in an all-stock transaction.
Further terms of the deal were not disclosed. Los Angeles-based Spot Runner, which helps companies advertise on TV and radio, will integrate Weblistic's online marketing technology and ad campaign expertise into its services. Spot Runner received $40 million in funding in late 2006.
Microsoft's answer to Google and other competitors in the online application market entered widespread beta testing on Tuesday.
Office Live Workspace, a Web-based extension to Office that introduces online document sharing and storage, has been in a limited, private beta test since last October.
The free service, set to debut later this year, is aimed at Google's Documents and Spreadsheets, among other services, that have emerged as popular alternatives to Office.
While Office still holds a commanding lead in the productivity application market, that has not stopped Google, IBM, Adobe and others from launching new services. For many … Read more
A Redwood City, Calif. start-up called Turn is launching on Monday a beta of what it says is the first fully automated market for online advertising.
The Turn Smart Market has more than 500 advertisers and agencies placing ads and 3,000 Web sites offering up inventory. What makes it different from other online ad marketplaces is it handles all types of ads, pricing, and targeting methods and uses a machine learning platform to predict what combination will generate the most revenue for the publisher.
For instance, Turn Smart Market automatically blends contextual, audience, behavioral, and other targeting methods and … Read more
The only reason I've opened Microsoft Outlook or any other desktop e-mail program in the last year is to test tips. Since I added my ISP account to my Gmail in-box, and moved my Outlook appointments to Google Calendar, I get all the information I need in my browser.
Now I'm getting ready to boot Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for their Web alternatives, but before I bail on Office entirely, I stuck a toe in the Web-apps water by using the free ThinkFree Online service irregularly over the past few weeks. So far, I haven't missed Word, … Read more
For quite a while now, Microsoft has been managing the desktops as a service provider for Energizer Holdings and XL Capital. Last year, Microsoft announced it was expanding the effort, offering large businesses the option of getting hosted Exchange and SharePoint directly as part of a program called Microsoft Online.
Executives had said that Microsoft's customer list had expanded, but has declined to say just who is on the roster.
The company is finally naming some names. Among the customers are Autodesk, Blockbuster, Coca-Cola and Ingersoll-Rand, all of whom have glowing things to say about the Microsoft service.
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The Logitech Squeezebox Duet, our pick for the best home audio product of CES 2008, has just shown up at the office. We spent a few minutes with the system before at CES, but this has been our first chance to sit down and live with the product in our own environment. A full review will follow, but in the meantime, here are some off-the-bat first impressions: … Read more
NetSuite on Thursday is expected to fill out its online development platform, part of its strategy to deliver industry-specific applications through partners.
The newly named NetSuite Business Operating System (NS-BOS) adds to the company's existing hosted development platform, notably with an integrated code debugger called SuiteScript D-Bug, which will start to be available next month.
With the NS-BOS, NetSuite is targeting independent software vendors (ISVs) with expertise in specific industries that are looking to create a software-as-a-service offering. In particular, the company is trying to enlist client/server application providers that need to create a hosted offering.
As part … Read more
Microsoft has acquired Israeli ad-targeting start-up YaData.
The price tag is somewhere between $20 million and $30 million, Israeli business daily Globes reported.
The acquisition, announced Wednesday, comes as Microsoft pursues its vastly larger acquisition target, Yahoo.
Microsoft said the YaData team will be folded into the software giant's existing research and development center in Herzliya, Israel, and will operate as part of its ad unit. YaData focuses on so-called behavioral targeting, which serves up advertising based on what users are doing at their computer.
"The purchase of YaData brings the Israeli R&D center into the … Read more