All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Deals’
YouTube has announced several new partnerships with broadcast video delivery and management companies – Harmonic, Telestream, and Digital Rapids. YouTube says these partnerships will make it possible for many media companies to provide them with reference files for their content at about the same time it is being produced.
Ask.com has added a new feature to its search engine homepage designed to help online shoppers find the best deals on the Web.
The IAC owned property has introduced "Ask Deals," a proprietary database of more than 1 million savings offers from national and local retailers across hundreds of product categories.
The Ask homepage now features a new tab labeled "Deals" for users who only want to view the best offers online. The Ask Deals database is continuously updated to provide users with the most current savings offers.
Scripps Networks has partnered with how-to-video site 5min on a content and advertising agreement.
Under the agreement, Scripps whose properties include HGTV and the Food Network, will syndicate its video on 5min. Scripps will also sell advertising on 5min home and food categories. Additionally, 5min will provide videos from its library to Scripps online properties.
The Washington Post and Bloomberg are partnering to launch "The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News" which will provide content to newspapers, websites and other subscribers.
The move comes a day after the Post ended its partnership with the Tribune’s Los Angeles Times.
YouTube and Warner Music have kissed and made up, according to new reports. Or at least, Warner has agreed to make its music video catalog available through YouTube again, and the two organizations have reached a deal concerning how they’ll share revenue.
Despite being on the job for less than six months, new-ish president and CEO of eBay John Donahoe certainly isn’t afraid to make changes. Even as obstacle after obstacle pops up to interfere with the sale of Skype, Donahoe announced that he often considers parting with PayPal.
Eric Schmidt has laid out a good news/bad news scenario for people who would like to become part of Google. On the one hand, he intends to acquire about one small company per month. On the other, it sounds like most of Google’s "now hiring" signs are going to remain in storage.
Sun Microsystems is losing about $100 million a month according to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, the company that’s set to acquire Sun. Oracle is waiting to get clearance from European regulators before the deal can go through and Oracle can step in and try to put an end to this loss.
Yahoo Small Business isn’t going to sell for a particularly tiny sum if Yahoo has its way. A fresh report indicates that Yahoo, which has been trying to unload the unit for some time now, would like to receive around $500 million by way of payment.
Google announced today that it has acquired reCAPTCHA, a company that provides CAPTCHAs to over 100,000 sites around the web.
Perhaps you’re thinking that Google was inspired by a patent recently granted to Microsoft for advertising via the CAPTCHA. Maybe Google will be the first to offer AdWords in CAPTCHAs. Maybe "relevant" CAPTCHA text.
Google’s getting grabby. The evidence: on his blog last night, Matt Cutts invited Yahoo engineers to come work for the search giant. This afternoon, Google announced its acquisition of reCAPTCHA. And now, there’s word that Google is attempting to buy Brightcove, too.
Brightcove is an online video platform with over 200 partners. The companies it has ties to include powerful ones like Adobe, AOL, comScore, Nielsen, and OgilvyInteractive. Plus Google.
As you’re probably aware, the plan for the deal between Microsoft and Yahoo that dominated many of the headlines this summer, is for Bing to take over Yahoo search, in terms of algorithmic ranking. Basically, Bing will handle the back-end, while Yahoo will handle the front-end design of the new Yahoo Search. That should be happening next year sometime.
About a month ago – and after a longish period of quiet – Google arranged to acquire video compression specialist On2 for $106.5 million. More deals may be on the way, as well, since Eric Schmidt implied this week that the search and advertising giant’s only getting started.
CBS Interactive and Sports Illustrated have entered into a content sharing agreement focused on high school sports, which will include print and online elements.
CBS’high school sports site, MaxPreps.com will be featured on SI.com’s high school section and it will also be integrated with Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd section in both print and online. In addition Sports Illustrated writers, including David Feherty and Seth Davis, will be syndicated on CBSSports.com
Facebook might soon be involved in another acquisition. New analyses/rumors are swirling, anyway, with one person suggesting that Facebook should be bought, and another indicating that the social networking company could extend an offer to a smaller firm.
That Microsoft-Yahoo deal that has been so heavily anticipated since even way before it was announced may not go through as planned. At least that’s what one antitrust lawyer thinks.
Matthew Cantor, a partner with the firm Constantine Cannon LLP, told ComputerWorld that he believes the deal will not get past regulators – at least not as is.
On2’s shareholders – or at least a vocal subgroup of them – are not at all happy about the planned Google acquisition. Two lawsuits have been filed to stop the deal, with both complaints alleging that On2 more or less served itself on a silver platter.
Google offered to acquire On2 for 60 cents per share (or $106.5 million in all), which represented a 57 percent premium over On2’s closing price the day before. However, the day after the acquisition was announced, On2 gave its best quarterly financial report in over a year, which made the deal look less sweet.
Microsoft and Nokia announced an alliance on Wednesday to make Microsoft Office software available on Nokia’s Symbian devices.
The software and cell phone companies said Nokia will start offering Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones next year, followed by other Office applications and related software and services in the future.
Before the end of the year, Microsoft should finally be rid of Razorfish. The digital marketing agency, which Microsoft picked up during its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, is due to become part of the Publicis Groupe in exchange for $530 million and an advertising-related promise.
According to a statement Carol Bartz issued this morning, the new Yahoo-Microsoft deal "comes with boatloads of value for Yahoo, our users, and the industry." But a significant number of Yahoo’s (former) investors apparently didn’t believe that line, and have sent the company’s stock into something of a tailspin.
Well, they’ve finally gone and done it. Microsoft and Yahoo have partnered to "change the search landscape." The two companies today announced a long-awaited deal, in which Microsoft will power Yahoo search while Yahoo will become the exclusive search advertising provider for Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.
You know this history by now. Here’s what the companies have to say:
Online video company blip.tv has announced distribution partnerships with YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media New York and Roku, makers of the Roku digital video player.
The new partnership with YouTube allows shows creators to send content to YouTube. Blip.tv will also serve its own ads on shows syndicated on YouTube sharing revenue with creators after giving YouTube a slice of the ad profit.
Google may be great at search, advertising, and a lot of other things, but its investment strategies could apparently use some work. Time Warner has bought back Google’s five percent stake in AOL – for which the search giant paid $1 billion in 2003 – for a mere $283 million.
Amazon.com is partnering with the University of Michigan to reprint 400,000 titles that are no longer under copyright protection or are out of print.
Amazon’s BookSurge unit will print and bind the books in soft cover and they will be available on the site for $10 to $45 depending on the length.
Yahoo’s seen a lot of activity on the personnel front in recent months; loads of employees have quit or been laid off, even as few new ones have joined the team. Now, the corporation-level equivalent of this exchange seems to be taking place, as reports indicate that Yahoo’s acquired one company and is trying to sell two properties.
The man who once seemed set to single-handedly force a Microsoft-Yahoo acquisition – and then settled for three seats on Yahoo’s board of directors, instead – is at it again. Carl Icahn’s spoken in favor of a search partnership between the two companies.
The operation known as "America’s Finest News Source" might soon belong to the highest bidder. A fresh report indicates that The Onion, which has been churning out satirical articles since 1988, could be up for sale.
Ryan Tate wrote, "A tipster says word out of the publication is that it’s in negotiations to sell to a large media company. It’s not clear how far apart the two sides are; we’re not assuming any deal is imminent."
Earlier this month, Bing began to return certain celebrities’ most recent tweets on its main results pages. Now, a side project has taken the real-time search integration much further, with BingTweets turning up all sorts of Twitter-related info together with a more standard set of search results.
BingTweets, which is in beta, is a result of a partnership between Bing, Federated Media, and Twitter. The most interesting thing about it is that users can see a constantly-growing list of tweets in which their query term features.
Yesterday, we reported that nine companies had partnered with Google to help develop Google Chrome OS. This article may be a little short on names by comparison, but it seems important to note that Intel, the chipmaker with a market cap of about $90 billion, is also on the team.
Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have started a new venture capital firm called (appropriately) Andreessen Horowitz.
Andreessen serves on the boards of both eBay and Facebook, and is a chairman of the board of Ning, which he also co-founded. His biggest claim to fame was co-founding Netscape.
Microsoft has put its online digital ad agency Razorfish up for sale and has hired Morgan Stanley to help find a potential buyer.
French marketing company Publicis Groupe, which is planning more acquisitions focused in online advertising, is thought to be a possible buyer of Razorfish, according to the Financial Times.
Google and the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology have signed a $10 million contract regarding business and workforce development in Egypt. Egyptian Minister of CIT, Dr. Tarek Kamel came to Washington D.C. this week with the goal of reinforcing bilateral relations between Egypt and the US, a representative for the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) tells WebProNews.
First off: yes, at this point, we’re all ready to slap Steve Ballmer and Carol Bartz with a fish every time they talk about a partnership or acquisition. Just the same, millions of dollars are at stake, so it seems important to acknowledge that Ballmer’s once again said he’s open to a deal.
Today eBay announced the completion of a tender offer for all outstanding common shares and American Depositary Shares (ADSs) of Gmarket. Back in April, eBay announced that it was spending $1.2 billion to acquire those shares.
Gmarket is known as Korea’s leading eCommerce business, and it will apparently be combined with eBay’s existing online marketplace in Korea, Internet Auction Company.
AOL has acquired two local online media companies Patch Media Corp. and Going Inc. in an effort to further build on its current local network.
Disney Online announced today that it has completed its purchase of Internet assets of Toronto-based Kaboose Inc. for $18.4 million.
The websites include Kaboose.com, BabyZone.com, AmazingMoms.com and ParentZone.com, among others. The acquisition has led to the creation of a new group of properties, the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, which will be led by Emily Smith, vice president, Disney Online.
Sony Music Entertainment has struck a deal with eMusic to sell songs from Sony Music’s back catalog on the eMusic website.
Sony Music is the first of the four major labels to reach an agreement with eMusic to sell songs.
Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers classic recordings from all Sony Music labels, such as Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive, LaFace and RCA. Artists include Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Leonard Cohen and Outkast.
Time Warner said Thursday that its board is moving ahead with plans to separate its AOL division and make it an independent, publicly traded company.
"We believe that a separation will be the best outcome for both Time Warner and AOL," said Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
YouTube and ESPN have entered a new partnership together. YouTube’s Chris Dale gave WebProNews a few details about it in a quick phone call.
ESPN will be featuring content that is apparently going to be in line with their television programming, although from the sounds of it there won’t be any live streaming, so don’t look to watch games on here (at least for the time being).
Video ZEO firm EveryZing has closed an $8.25 Million round of funding from its existing investors, which include Fairhaven Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners and BBN Technologies. EveryZing has also added GE and NBC Universal’s Peacock Equity Fund as an investor.
EveryZing will also be deploying its universal search and publishing solutions across a number of NBCU’s Internet properties. The goal is to improve the video search experience for some major media sites.
Microsoft executives are busy laying off thousands, hiring thousands, releasing Windows 7, and checking the blogs for the latest rumors from Apple. They are also busy acquiring companies—well, one company at least. On Thursday, Microsoft announced its acquisition of a small company named Big Park.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said there are still possibilities to work with Yahoo to "create a better search product."
Ballmer was speaking to students at Standford University, which has led to speculation he may be meeting with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz to discuss a potential deal.
It’s always interesting to see what domains are sold for big money. The other day, the domain Ad.com was sold for $1.4 million at a live auction.
This was by far the most money spent on a domain at the event, which saw 91 domains sold for a total of $2,133,350. The average selling price per domain was $23,443. Here is a list of the top sellers and how much they sold for:
Ad.com – $1,400,000
BottledWater.com – $45,000
Athletic.com – $40,000
Vixen.com – $32,500
Shutter.com – $25,000
Update: paidContent.org is reporting that eBay CEO John Donahoe says that the company is "still open to other offers" and that he will “maximize the value of Skype. Period." Any "reasonable offers" made between now and 2010 (when the proposed IPO is scheduled) will be evaluated.
In a roundabout way, the use of Gmail is about to become much more common in the UK. Virgin Media and Google announced a deal this morning that’ll allow four million home broadband customers to benefit from the service’s perks while using either new or existing email addresses.
Update: YouTube has officially announced Vevo.
Original article 03/05: The number one video site in the US and the world’s largest music label are said to be cooking up a deal and a new service. YouTube and Universal Music Group are reportedly in talks to create a premium online music video service.
eBay has plans to purchase a controlling stake in South Korean online retailer Gmarket for $413 million, at a 32.5 percent premium.
The move by eBay would help the online auctioneer to become a significant player in South Korea’s customer- to-customer online market by taking control of its key rival.
ebay will buy a 34.2 percent stake in Gmarket from its current top shareholder Interpark and Korean firm’s chairman, at $24 a share, according to unidentified sources.
Everyone – and we know there must be a lot of you – who would rather not hear more about potential Microsoft-Yahoo deals should get ready to abandon the Internet for a little while. It looks like a fresh round of rumors is on the way, led by a report that the two companies are discussing partnerships.
Interestingly, Steve Ballmer and Carol Bartz are supposed to be personally involved, which implies that some rather high-powered negotiations are taking place. But it’s been said that a flat-out acquisition isn’t on the table this time.
Disney Online has reached a deal to purchase all the Internet assets of Toronto-based Kaboose Inc. for $18.4 million, Disney announced Wednesday.
The assets include Kaboose.com, Babyzone.com, AmazingMom.com, Funschool.com and Zeeks.com. The properties will be integrated into Dinsey’s group of Web sites.
Late last week, we reported that the Walt Disney Company and Hulu were close to reaching a content-sharing arrangement. It now looks like a little bit of a bidding war is occurring, though, as YouTube’s supposedly working on a Disney deal of its own.
Hulu may be about to get huge. A new rumor has the video-sharing site in negotiations with the Walt Disney Company, and if all goes well, it’s reasonable to expect that Hulu would gain access to content from popular average-viewer brands in addition to some kid-friendly stuff.
Newspaper companies have been in trouble for some time now, and due to the recession, even some big media corporations are encountering problems. Still, it doesn’t look as if either Google or Microsoft is going to leap at the chance to make any acquisitions, as execs recently spoke out against the idea of the tech giants entering these fields.
Priceline has announced it is offering price guarantees for all of its airline tickets and vacation packages as part of a spring travel promotion for all bookings made through June 1.
Recently a number of other online travel agencies have offered similar promotions including Orbitz and Expedia’s Hotwire.com.
Delaware Chancery Court Judge William B. Chandler III apparently doesn’t love the idea of poison pills. A settlement he approved would make it much less expensive – and therefore much more appealing – for a company to acquire Yahoo.
Investors hoping for a little extra money – and small startups hoping for a lot – are going to need to find someone or something other than Google to provide it. The search giant’s CEO said yesterday that he intends to let his company’s checkbook collect a little dust.