Monday, February 16, 2009
  • Voice Marketer Vontoo Raises $2 Million

    Voice-marketing company Vontoo has secured $2 million in a second-round financing led by EDF Ventures. The Indianapolis-based startup will use the funds to expand sales, marketing and business development staff with the goal of tripling revenue and doubling staff to 50 in 2009. ...Read the whole story

  • TV.com Attracts More Viewers

    Giving rival Web TV portals a run for their money, TV.com posted a 263% increase in unique viewers in January, according to new data from Nielsen VideoCensus. To boot, during that month, the CBS-owned destination for full-length video recorded a 1,261% increase in streams, and a 4,435% increase in minutes viewed. ...Read the whole story

  • Microsoft's Streamlined Search Makes Targeting Critical

    Microsoft Live Search has begun several projects to understand the tasks that consumers want to accomplish on search engines before making decisions, and the steps they take to get there. But making search more efficient could put pressure on advertising networks and agencies to perfect targeting ads. ...Read the whole story

  • Group Pays $25K For Wrongful Takedown Of YouTube Clips

    An organization that promotes rodeos has agreed to pay $25,000 to the group Showing Animals Respect & Kindness for wrongly demanding that YouTube remove the animal welfare group's clips. The dispute involving the animal rights group and rodeo association began in December 2007, when YouTube took down a channel created by Showing Animals Respect & Kindness, or SHARK, in response to allegations by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association that the clips infringed its copyright. ...Read the whole story

  • AT&T, Broadband Find A Link: Series About A Band Called 'On The Brink'

    In hopes of getting its first big break in an online video series sponsorship, AT&T is helping a small Seattle rock band get its next big break. The two-man band, Head Like A Kite, is the star of a new eight-part Web video series "On The Brink" being sponsored by AT&T and being distributed by Broadband Enterprises Inc. across some 2,000 affiliated sites, including www.onthebrinkshow.com. ...Read the whole story

  • Twitter Raises More Funding

    Twitter may not have a business model yet, but that hasn't stopped the hot social media company from raising additional capital. The micro-blogging service today announced new funding from Benchmark Capital and Institutional Venture Partners. While Twitter didn't disclose the amount, TechCrunch is reporting the startup raised $35 million in the third-round financing that also included existing investors Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. ...Read the whole story

  • Microsoft Follows Apple, Sony, Pioneer Into Retail

    Microsoft has taken a cue from Apple, Sony and Pioneer. The Redmond, Wash. company will open retail stores and is placing David Porter at the helm as corporate VP. Porter, who comes to Microsoft from DreamWorks Animation as head of worldwide product distribution, will lead Microsoft's efforts to create a better PC and Microsoft retail purchase experience for consumers. He will report to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. Porter steps into his role today by first mapping the timeline and location of Microsoft-branded stores with the aim of creating one-on-one experiences with consumers--a task that should come naturally for the entertainment ... ...Read the whole story

  • Wikia Gets New SVP/Publisher

    Bob Huseby has joined Wikia, Inc. as SVP and Publisher of the wiki community site started by Wikipedia. Huseby comes to Wikia from IDG Entertainment where he headed up all publishing and sales operations for IDG Entertainment, including print and online advertising, audience and business development, circulation and marketing for GamePro magazine and the IDG Entertainment Online Network. At Wikia, Huseby will focus on helping brands engage with Wikia's more than 30 million monthly visitors and more than 10,000 wiki communities. Additionally, he will be expected to create sponsorship packages for consumer brands to integrate their messaging into the various ... ...Read the whole story

  • Midway Games Files Bankruptcy
  • IDG TechNetwork Partners With Collective Media
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