Friday, June 29, 2007

ShoreViews Video for 29 June 2007 - InfoUSA acquires GuideLine, Kevin Rose in a Pownce, is Endeca a 10x Company

InfoUSA picks up high-margin research services from Guideline, Kevin Rose does Pownce file sharing on the sidelines using Adobe's AIR cross-platform runtime environment, and Endeca is touted at a conference as the next billion-dollar Boston tech company.

Headlines for 28-29 June 2007

Trends
Tentative Dow Jones Sale Pact Said to Give Murdoch Power to Hire and Fire at The Journal
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal reporters protest Murdoch bid for Dow Jones
AP via Topix
Murdoch on 'WSJ' Deal: 'Vitriol' and 'Page 3 Girls'
Editor & Publisher
MySpace to follow rival FaceBook’s lead
FT.com
Google sued over defamatory postings found on web search
The Independent
Kevin Rose’s New Startup: Pownce
TechCrunch
Blow dealt to network neutrality; FTC says rules sought for broadband providers could hurt innovation
LA Times via Content Agenda
iPhone's disappearing spacebar
37 Signals
Live questions and answers with Fluther
Download Squad
Is Endeca really the next Google?
CNET News
Same name and same office, but new ProQuest isn't like old
Crain's Detroit Business
Sources: Divestment of Remaining Two Ziff Units 'Going Nowhere'
FOLIO: Magazine
Not much going on at San Fran's Apple Store
Engadget

Best Practices
What Social Networking Sites Do You Use? How Do they Benefit Your Blog?
ProBlogger
Ask.com Takes Lead In Designing Display Of Search Results
WSJ Online*
Walled Gardens and the Lesson for Social Networks
Micro Persuasion

Cool Tools
TwitterMail Lets You Tweet from your Email Account
Mashable

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Ingram Micro will distribute several Google enterprise search tools and services
PC World
AP Signs Group For Hosted Online Content
Radio Ink
ConnectivHealth buys information provider Relegent
Nashville Business Journal
infoUSA(R) to Acquire Guideline, Inc.
BusinessWire

Thursday, June 28, 2007

ShoreViews Video for 28 June 2007 - Nature's Precedings, Google Health, iPhone, ElectionVine

In today's installment I summarize some of our recent key postings as well as provide a quick take on Newsvine's new ElectionVine portlet. Instead of just providing the traditional "talking head" I have provided most of this with (**echo chamber, please**) picture-in-picture narrative. If you shoot up your player's resolution to max the screen grabs are pretty readable, so it should be kind of a fun experience. Windows-based video technologies leave something to be desired, but we're wrestling it to the ground step by step. Enjoy!

Gearing up for Google Health with Industry Heavies

Google has been playing at the edges of the healthcare industry from a number of angles, with scholarly content, Google Co-op-indexed reference content and a nascent Google Health initiative under the tutelage of Architect Adam Bosworth. The Google Blog announced a new advisory group of healthcare industry heavies that seems to indicate that whatever is on the drawing board at Google is likely to have very broad and deep impact. In addition to the COO of the American Medical Association the advisory group includes major players from research, hospitals, government, foundations and general media. Very notably absent from the group, though, are major publishers of medical research.

This would seem to indicate that a fair amount of Google's focus on healthcare is going to be from a consumer standpoint, but there's another way of looking at this as well. Google is assembling the parties who have the most invested in successful outcomes from the most efficient collection and distribution of medical information possible. In other words, Google is looking at healthcare from the broadest systemic perspective possible - and may as a result be focusing in on new ways to assemble, integrate and deliver medical information and collaboration on a global basis that scholarly publishers are nowhere near ready or able to enable. With enormous inefficiencies in both services delivery and information distribution the medical industry is in a position not unlike the financial industry prior to the introduction of efficient electronic trading information services. This would seem to parallel the highly profitable approaches that Google has taken to other information problems such as advertising that were too caught up in older publishing models for traditional media companies to make the strides that Google made with contextual advertising.

While initial offerings may tend towards modest consumer-oriented efforts on a scale of Revolution Health I sense from what I've been taking in lately that this initiative will challenge the medical content industry even more than the news industry has been challenged by Google's moves into indexing their content. Keep a close eye on both the consumer side of this equation as well as moves into making research, medical insurance and other data more accessible than ever before - with our without traditional medical publishers.

iPhone Mania: The Little Appliance That Might

Kudos to David Pogue at The New York Times for a great review of the new iPhone from Apple. David's general view is that the appliance lives up to its hype, but he points out a number of key shortcomings, such as inferior text input (keys appears on the flat glass display), downright awkward phone call initiation, the need to ship it back to Apple after a year or so to get the battery replaced (a la iPod) and inferior network performance from AT&T. But while the iPhone may turn out to be the worst of both worlds for people already attuned to sophisticated mobile devices such as Blackberries (no coincidence that the splash ad for this article was for their new sleek model) the key to the iPhone's appeal centers around its ability to be a content-serving device like no other. GPS-keyed maps make the device a traveler's godsend for navigating unfamiliar territories and coming up with nearby services. The intuitive interface enables a user to shift to Web content seamlessly in a full-featured browser that comes with a very affordable (USD 20/month) internet access plan that may yet knock the legs out from underneath many an online content deal.

Ah, but with limitations there, as well. Flash and Java are not enabled in the browser, so the tons 0f online video and animated content available online is out of bounds. Of course there's video and audio from the iTunes store, which is most probably the point: after years of platform ju-jitsu from Microsoft to frustrate publishers it's Apple's turn to make it that much harder to come up with a platform-independent distribution strategy. But common file formats such as PDF, Word and Excel are accessible via iPhone so it will at least be useful for serious reading to some degree. And unless you're in an AT&T wireless hotspot broadband performance isn't going to be an option in most instances.

I think of the iPhone as a very portable Microsoft Surface - an appliance that is ahead of many technologies' ability to sustain a very compelling product vision but that nevertheless gets people jazzed about the possibilities of a new way of looking at computing. Unlike Microsoft's table-bound Surface, though, the iPhone is perfect for a younger, mobile generation not interested in plunking down thousands of dollars for a major piece of...furniture? But iPhone's most important impact on the content marketplace is likely to be its ability to create demand for broadband wireless on a mass scale, demand that's likely to fire up competition from other wireless carriers to deliver both more coverage and more effectively enabled interfaces to the Web. AT&T wins this round for Web access, but what will happen when Verizon enables YouTube access? Consider this iPhone debut the launch of the real mobile Web - with some frenetic developments yet to come.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Publishing Versus Posting: Nature Magazine Turns to a Conversational Content Model - UPDATED

O'Reilly Radar covers the recent shift of Nature magazine's publishing policies to enable access to scientific research and data prior to it being approved for final publication by the prestigious scientific journal. Pre-published content will appear on the ad-supported portal Nature Precedings, along with unpublished manuscripts, presentations, posters, white papers, technical papers, supplementary findings, and other scientific documents. Submissions are screened by Nature's professional curation team for relevance and quality, but are not subjected to peer review. The Precedings portal enables registrants to comment on posted materials and to upload their own materials for screening. While there is no promised path to any posted materials becoming an approved juried publication the implication is that exposure may help that process - as on the competitive PLoS ONE portal.

In truth PLoS ONE is a much more sophisticated offering overall, providing much easier digestion, notation and discussion of posted documents. Where Nature Precedings presents core content mostly in Word and PDF documents, PLoS ONE converts content into native HTML for easier online consumption and with dynamic footnote references, as well as the ability to order content in printed format. PLoS One also provides "chunked" content such as graphs and tables to help people zoom in on results more effectively. But still, in fairness to Nature the Precedings is an enormous step forward for a traditional scholarly publisher, one which, when combined with Nature's exciting main portal, is bound to make it a far more attractive online community.

The advent of the Precedings portal underscores the dwindling importance of final publication for scientific content in particular but also the increasing recognition amongst all publishers that traditional concepts of media need to adjust more rapidly to online publishing. Prior to a publication being finalized it becomes a magnet for social media, gaining audience and unique interactions that are difficult to find elsewhere - perfect for building portal traffic. Once it is declared "a publication," the reverse is true - it becomes far more important for the finalized content to travel into as many other contexts as possible to find new value. Once content is fixed in its attributes it becomes media, a commodity stripped of community and immediately in need of finding new communities and individuals to appreciate it.

This points out both the strength and the weakness of social media: it can build up loyal audiences, but unlike traditional media social media is not easily syndicated - you can't "clone" a community, whereas traditional media is all about effective cloning through syndication and mass distribution. In this sense one can see from this model where the transition from social media to traditional media is more than just waving an "approved" wand: one's whole business model for a publication has the potential of changing rapidly once it passes through that status change.

While it's still very early days for the Nature Precedings portal already it's attracted a good amount of content across a wide range of categories, holding out the promise that it will become a destination of choice for scientific researchers. But as promising and aggressive as this move is the Nature team still has catch-up work to do to get this portal up to PLoS ONE standards of usability and reusability. One hopes that in time the portal can become a more active gateway to peer review and not turn into a dumping ground for various papers and ideas. The promise is there for such development; here's hoping that such developments come sooner rather than later.

UPDATE - To clarify, the Nature Precedings portal allows content to be published by its members without the fees associated with PLoS ONE and in general content on PLoS ONE is meant to be at least on a potential track for juried approval as a publication. But still, PLoS ONE winds up having more features that make it a highly usable destination for collaboration, whilst Nature Precedings is more like a download center with some comments on the side. It would seem that the Precedings offering would benefit from some of the PLoS ONE usability and community features. Bear in mind also that some precedings posts are near-finished papers as well; the difference in business models should not detract from the wide range of content that's coming on so far. In truth it's so early in the life of Precedings it's probably too early to judge it too much one way or another what it's likely to hold based on limited postings to date.

Headlines for 27 June 2007

Trends
New advisory group on health
Google Blog
Murdoch: No plans to raise Dow Jones bid
Reuters
Konnects Launches Network of Communities for Business Professionals
Mashable
User-generated content, privacy and subterfuge tackled by news chiefs
Hold the Page
Newspapers pin survival hopes on user content
The Enquirer
YouTube copyright fight hinges on whether it controls its content, says US court
Out-Law
Social Networks as A Place Where Content Finds You
MicroPersuasion
Internet Radio Protests a Rise in Royalties
WSJ Online*

Best Practices
Reader Voices: Who Pays for Content?
InfoWorld
What To Do When Your Company Wikipedia Page Goes Bad
Search Engine Land
How To Format Online Content For Maximum Legibility: Chunking Information
Robin Good
Reconceiving storytelling at the Associated Press
USC Annenberg OJR

Cool Tools
NewsVine Launches ElectionVine: Widget Based Election Polling
TechCrunch
Digital newsstand saves paper, quarters
Engadget

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Kosmix Partners with Revolution Health to Deliver the Most Relevant Health Content on the Web
BusinessWire
CondéNet Selects Kiptronic to Power Downloadable Media Ad Campaign Management
BusinessWire

Products, Markets & People
Groupe La Provence makes content management efficient with Nstein to launch new regional portal
CNW Group
McGraw-Hill Professional Launches Customizable Curricular Tool for Surgical Residency Programs
BusinessWire
LexisNexis Enhances atVantage Law Firm Business Development Solution
BusinessWire

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Headline Summary for 26 June 2007

Trends

Yahoo searches for its future in a world that has thinning alliances to mainstream content...

Yang replaces Semel as Yahoo CEO
CNET News
Yahoo's Yang Digs in for 'Long Haul' Against Google
Bloomberg
It’s Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million
paidContent.org

As the reality of a deal with NewsCorp begins to sink in at Dow Jones...
Murdoch Said to Be Close to Terms on Journal
The New York Times*
Dow Jones Board Takes Over Talks On Firm's Future
WSJ Online*
Few Choices for Workers at Dow Jones
The New York TImes*

Long discounted by business information providers Web 2.0 platforms may be the ticket for enterprises...
The Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Web 2.0 Continues Its Move To The Workplace
Dion Hinchcliffe
ReutersInteractive debuts
Supernova
A Story on User Generated Content within the Firewall
FAST Blog
TechDirt Builds Community of Bloggers to Offer Corporate Analysis
MediaShift

Publishing as the seminal event to monetize research gives way to more evolutionary models...
Nature Precedings: Early Access to Scientific Results
O'Reilly Radar
New site pits 'published' vs. 'posted'
The Scientist

The battle for online video heats up as visual content begins to play to broadband-equipped users...
Truveo Growing 50% Per Month, Says Video Search Becoming More Important
TechCrunch
Fox locks deal with Web TV service Brightcove
Variety via Content Agenda
IPTV chugs along
CNET News

Social media portals are becoming key bargaining chips for those seeking content's future...
Facebook is the Winner of MySpace-Yahoo! Talks
Read/Write Web
News Corp explores swap of MySpace site for Yahoo! stake
ContentAgenda
Upstart Websites Aim to Consolidate Social Networking
Advertising Age*
Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to
Scobelizer

Google fights for less censorship in the long run but has its bets hedged for the short run...
Google fights global internet censorship
AP via Yahoo! News
Google cleared to provide Internet content in China - report
AFX via Forbes
Blocked China Web users rage against Great Firewall
Reuters via Yahoo! News

About the only thing that broadcasters seem to agree on these days is that their business model is tanking...
Talks on global broadcast treaty fail
AP via Yahoo! News

Before it's even launched the iPhone is becoming a new magnet for digital media...
Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone
The New York Times*

eBook enthusiasm still abounds but is web-first book publishing taking the momentum away from them...?
eBooks: The Next Page for iPod?
Tech News World

As print revenues and audiences recede news organizations are focusing on relevant online content...
At NAA, Newspaper Execs Tout New Media, As Print Struggles
paidContent.org
'Cup Is Overflowing' for Future of Journalism
Media Shift
McClatchy Web Site Revamped -- From Iraq Blogs to Dave Barry
Editor & Publisher
CMP Aftermath: Are Techies the Canary in the Coal Mine?
FOLIO: Magazine
The Times Is Raising Newspaper Prices
The New York Times*

Hope springs eternal for business information aggregators...
ProQuest plans to grow
Ann Arbor News

In other major trends in content this week...
Adsense Publishers Report Massive Dip in Earnings and CTR
Digital Inspiration
The Revolution Will Not Be Socialized -- The Homogenization of Social Media
Newsvine
Google the Vote: How Google is Changing the American Political Landscape
Read/Write Web
DRM drags down economy, Linden CTO says
Computerworld/ Content Agenda
Silcon Valley's Valley
Micro Persuasion
Glossy Insert at Gannett, and Maybe Dow Jones
The New York Times*

Best Practices
The Opaque Value Problem (or, Why do people use Twitter?)
Borkado
Consumers More Likely to Act on Video Ads Viewed on Media Sites, According to OPA Study
PR Newswire
Use LinkedIn more productively
Lifehacker
Web 3.0 - The Rise Of The Information Product
BlogTrepreneur
Business : Content ownership versus Information ownership
eacademy
The 10 Second Rule: How to Write for Diagonal Readers
Copyblogger
Study Finds Web Users Also Like Dead-Tree Editions
Editor and Publisher

Cool Tools
New "Wetpaint Please Touch" Virtual Painting Website Fosters Online Expression
Marketwire
Adobe Delivers New Document Generation Solutions
BusinessWire
Building Public Library Websites with Drupal
LITA Blog
New Yahoo! Go 2.0 available on 22nd June
OneCompare
Crave about iPhone
Really Simple Sidi
Jaiku Launches Channels Feature for Topical Messaging
Mashable
Iriver's mystery device
Engadget
Another Attempt to Match Readers and Relevant News
The New York Times*
Apple prepping a cheaper iPhone? Probably.
Engadget
IBM bringing Web 2.0 to corporate workers
Computerworld
Mindtouch: The Wall Strett Journal Discovers Enterprise Wikis
ebizQ

Deals, Partnerships & Sales

TechTarget Acquires TechnologyGuide.com and Ajaxian.com
BusinessWire
Blinkx signs up RealPlayer as battle for online video heats up
The Independent
infoUSA(R) Acquires expresscopy.com: Sales Leads, Printing and Mailing – All Under One Roof
BusinessWire
LinkedIn to Open Up - How It Can Take On Facebook
Read/Write Web
Google To Acquire GrandCentral
TechCrunch
Access Intelligence acquires TradeFair Group
BtoB Online
OverDrive Signs Pop Music Label for Downloads
Library Journal
BookSurge, an Amazon Group, and Kirtas Collaborate to Preserve and Distribute Historic Archival Books
PR Newswire
LexisNexis Taps Ernst & Young to Exclusively Feature International GAAP(R) 2007 Online on Tax Platform
Presszoom
LexisNexis(R) Offers Exclusive on Potomac Publishing Company(R) Tool via lexis.com(R)
BusinessWire
NewsGator Extends Social Capabilities to Microsoft SharePoint(R) 2007
Marketwire
ILS and AVIATION WEEK Partner to Offer the World’s Premier Aviation Search Engine
BusinessWire
OneSource Chosen by National Library Board in Singapore for Public and Private Company Profiles
BusinessWire
The New York Times, NYTimes.com and Monster Launch Co-Branded Recruitment Web Site
BusinessWire
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Acquires MediRegs
PR Newswire
EBSCO Acquires Top ABC-CLIO Databases, To Distribute Others
Library Journal
LexisNexis To Distribute Fairfax Media Content to Subscribers
IT Wire
Reuters signs with Wireless Ronin for digital signage
Digital Signage Today
Nstein Technologies signs a deal with La Dépêche du Midi, a leading regional newspaper in France
CNW Group
infoUSA to Combine Millard Group with Mokrynskidirect
BusinessWire
Fast Search & Transfer wins deal with US computer group Lenovo
Thomson Financial via AFX

Products, Markets & People
Newstex Adds Blogs Covering Global Financial Markets to Blogs on Demand(TM)
PR Newswire via EarthTimes
Search Engine Module for Energy Related Intelligence, Developed by MetaCarta
Web Site Host Directory
Interactive Data’s Financial Market Information and Tools Now Available on SF.com’s AppExchange
CRM DIrectory
Netvibes Universe Spans the Globe: Over 500 Official Content Partnerships With Leading Institutions
BusinessWire
RR Donnelley Unifies Printing And Related Services Offerings Under RR Donnelley Brand
PR Newswire
Wolters Kluwer Financial Introduces Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Consulting
PRN/ Insurance Newsnet
YouTube begins rolling out international sites, new mobile support
Ars Technica
Yahoo! to Combine Search and Display Advertising Sales Teams to Better Serve its Advertising Partners
PR Newswire
CMP Technology Announces Editorial Management Changes to Accelerate its Electronics Group
PR Newswire
Widevine Sees DRM For All
Red Herring
Adobe announces important ereading software - Digital Editions 1.0
GizMag
Comtex Launches SmarTrend(R) 2.0 at NY Securities Industry Technology Management Conference
BusinessWire
Interactive Data Now Offers Robust Risk Analytics Content Powered by BondEdge(R) in North America
BusinessWire
Mark Logic Granted Patent on Key Technology in MarkLogic Server
Marketwire
infoUSA(R)’s New Movers Database Touted as "Substantial and Accurate"
BusinessWire

ShoreViews Video for 26 June 2007 - Yahoo Reorg, AOL News Relaunch, Progress on ACAP, Acquire Media Purchases NewsEdge

All the above and more in three itty-bitty minutes!

Headlines for 26 June 2007

Trends
Dow Jones, News Corp. Agree On Set of Editorial Protections
WSJ Online*
Google’s next stop: $600 a share?
CNN Money
AOL Relaunches News Site In Blog Format
paidContent.org
Global Digital Copyright Project on Schedule
World Assn of Newspapers
Xerox Reignites Interest in Semantic Networking as a Search Tool
BetaNews
New dictionary translations
Google Blog
The Yahoo! Exodus: Who's Next?
Forbes
iPhone rate plans revealed, at-home activation announced
Engadget

Best Practices
Social sites reveal class divide
BBC News
Face-to-Face Networking Trumps Supernova Panels at Conference
MediaShift
Enterprise 2.0: Thirty Corporate Uses of Wikis and Blogs
Social Computing

Cool Tools
Shifd: A Clever Mobile App From The NY Times
TechCrunch
Frengo Launches Buzz Platform: Create Your Own Twitter Network
Mashable
Spock - Vertical Search Done Right
Read/Write Web

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Reuters Signs Content Agreement With Chinese Video Site
Pacific Epoch
Acquire Media Corporation Buys NewEdge Division from Thomson Corporation
EContent Magazine
Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Form Strategic Alliance to Simplify Delivery of Educational Resources
PressZoom
Ziff Davis Sells Enterprise Group
FOLIO: Magazine

Products, Markets & People
blinkx Launches AdHoc, the First Contextual Online Video Advertising Platform
Streaming Media
Onstream Media Announces Being Added to Russell Microcap(R) Index
Insurance Newsnet
Xrefer Changes Name To Credo Reference
Managing Information
Answers Corp's WikiAnswers Ranked Second Largest Q+A Site
PR Newswire via EarthTimes

Monday, June 25, 2007

ShoreViews Video for 25 June 2007 - InfoUSA, LinkedIn API Yahoo Sales Forces Combined, eBooks on iPods, More on Murdoch

Interesting headlines today, some quick takes for your consideration.

Headlines for 25 June 2007

Trends
Murdoch Said to Be Close to Terms on Journal
The New York Times*
Google fights global internet censorship
AP via Yahoo! News
Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone
The New York Times*
DRM drags down economy, Linden CTO says
Computerworld/ Content Agenda
Talks on global broadcast treaty fail
AP via Yahoo! News
eBooks: The Next Page for iPod?
Tech News World

Best Practices
The Opaque Value Problem (or, Why do people use Twitter?)
Borkado

Cool Tools
Adobe Delivers New Document Generation Solutions
BusinessWire
Building Public Library Websites with Drupal
LITA Blog

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
Blinkx signs up RealPlayer as battle for online video heats up
The Independent
infoUSA(R) Acquires expresscopy.com: Sales Leads, Printing and Mailing – All Under One Roof
BusinessWire
LinkedIn to Open Up - How It Can Take On Facebook
Read/Write Web
Google To Acquire GrandCentral
TechCrunch
Access Intelligence acquires TradeFair Group
BtoB Online
OverDrive Signs Pop Music Label for Downloads
Library Journal

Products, Markets & People
Yahoo! to Combine Search and Display Advertising Sales Teams to Better Serve its Advertising Partners
PR Newswire

Thursday, June 21, 2007

SIFMA Exhibition: Has the Lemon been Squeezed Enough?

It was a great SIFMA show in many ways, but also one which took me back to its roots. I remember when it was in much smaller quarters at New York's Sheraton Hotel, instead of its current footprint across three floors of the New York Hilton. Back in those days content technology advances offered relatively few trading advantages to individual organizations on the desktop - it was more a matter of making sure that you had the right specialized equipment in the back rooms feeding the trading floor. Years later we seem to be back where we started. The drive to reduce the cost of trading transactions in the face of disappearing trading profits in public markets has made the SIFMA show a gathering with relatively few high-profile desktop trading solutions being touted to an ever-decreasing population of decision-makers purchasing them. Traffic was reasonable but clearly down from earlier years. It's a flat world out there in finance - except in niches such as hedge funds where information innovation still drives profitable trading strategies.

There were a few key themes that I saw taking shape at this year's show:

Everything old is new again. I enjoyed a few minutes chatting with Jeffery Wells, now VP of Product Management at Exegy, a provider of infrastructure for ultra-low latency market data feed processing. For several years the solution touted by Wall Street firms was to shove huge banks of standardized blade servers at trade tickers to be able to keep up with information surges. But with the cost of energy increasing rapidly greater single-platform efficiencies are beginning to look more attractive. Shades of the "minicomputer" revolution of the 1970s and 1980s - custom computing platforms are coming back, thanks to new economics in trading.

ASP financial content services are becoming a reality. While financial trading partners have long used private networks to communicate with one another the push for cost controls is leading to some interesting developments in networked services. Collabnet is a service that enables customers that include investment banks to collaborate on software development with outsourcing partners in Asia and elsewhere. What's interesting is that Collabnet provides this as an ASP-based service instead of installing it in-house on private servers and networks. Nothing new in the greater world of business but remarkable when you consider how reluctant investment banks have been to open their operations up to ASP services before. Also demoing at the show was Salesforce.com, an ASP-based sales force automation tool with financial modules integrated via its AppExchange service. Is Wall Street ready for a wider range of ASP-based content services? The push for economic operations seems to be pushing secure ASP content solutions to the forefront. Don't rule them out from your own product plans, but be ready to have your answers in hand for how you manage security.

Rapid development of executable trading strategies is powering low-latency data feeds. Automated trading based on high-speed data feeds has been around for years, but these days "real time" feeds need to have sub-millisecond delays for trading strategies to be effective. But equally important is the ability to tune trading strategies as rapidly as possible to take advantage of the speed of these feeds. Vendors such as Progress Software were demonstrating capabilities that allow new trading strategies for low-latency feeds to be turned around in a few hours. As important as the speed of feeds can be the ability to translate your knowledge of market conditions into automated decision-making seems to be fueling many boutique solutions.

Mining the Web and other sources is helping banks to build their own custom content. One of the more exciting types of tools highlighted at the show were packages that made it easier to mine and aggregate content from both traditional and non-traditional sources in interesting ways. FirstRain was demonstrating highly personalized research services that enable its clients to get information from many major published sources and internal sources tailored to their exact needs. Connotate was demonstrating Web mining capabilities that enable investment banks and other institutions to quickly develop custom research and data from any number of online and proprietary sources. While getting high-quality subscription databases is still an important part of the research equation for finance tools such as Connotate and FirstRain are allowing institutions to define custom sources of content that are feeding decision-making processes with unique insights that may give financial institutions an advantage in the marketplace. With the ability to define structured content dynamically these types of services are accelerating the ability of institutions to gain insights from any potentially valuable content source.

What happened to the graphs? For years you could walk down the aisles of this exhibit hall and be overwhelmed by the number of charting packages made available by content and software vendors. While charts were certainly a part of the mix, the emphasis on automated execution via low-latency feeds has placed more of the analysis investment for real-time content into algorithmic trading packages. However, a retail-oriented analytics package from Blocks combined a drag-and-drop financial modeling package with a charting package to enable retail investors to develop sophisticated trading strategies and to trigger them off of charted real-time data events. A nifty combination that would have been the envy of many a trader not so many years ago and now available for you and me. Graphing is still an important analysis tool for financial content but it's far from the cutting edge for most financial services these days.

Lots and lots of small companies. While SIFMA has always had its fair share of up-and-coming companies in its mix the show was notably heavy with startups and small innovators this year. Certainly Reuters, Thomson, Sungard, IBM and others had significant footprints this year but there were many more small companies working their way into main-floor and mid-floor footprints that would have been relegated to upper-floor boonies in past years. While not necessarily a good sign for the short run I take this as a good sign for the years ahead. Hopefully we're witnessing a new wave of innovation for the financial content industry that will begin to drive new products and services away from traditional data delivery platforms and towards more innovative forms of collaboration and execution. This is an industry starved for really fresh ideas right now, but with so many fundamental infrastructure issues sussed out in recent years expect financial institutions to begin to invest anew in fresh looks at the world of financial content.

So yet another SIFMA show sails into history. Let's hope that next year's addition features a little more buzz and excitement in the hall generated by something other than Sopranos stars, slot cars and scantily clad young ladies.

ShoreViews Video for 21 June 2007 - Highlights from the SIFMA Conference & Exhibition

This year's Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Technology Management Conference & Exhibit featured a wide array of innovators trying to find niches against a healthy handful of survivors servicing a greatly consolidated industry that seeks to squeeze out productivity as never before. Today's video features lots of fun little takes along with demos and pitches from Reuters, FirstRain, Connotate, Collabnet.com, Blocks, Success Metrics and Smart Trade. Our written commentary on the show is here.

Headlines for 21 June 2007

Trends
Dow Jones Board Takes Over Talks On Firm's Future
WSJ Online*
McClatchy won't rule out CareerBuilder stake sale
Reuters
News Corp explores swap of MySpace site for Yahoo! stake
ContentAgenda
Facebook is the Winner of MySpace-Yahoo! Talks
Read/Write Web
TechDirt Builds Community of Bloggers to Offer Corporate Analysis
MediaShift
It's Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million
paidContent.org
Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to
Scobelizer
Truveo Growing 50% Per Month, Says Video Search Becoming More Important
TechCrunch
A Story on User Generated Content within the Firewall
FAST Blog
Online Database Provides Nutrition Information On Foods
AMonline
Few Choices for Workers at Dow Jones
The New York TImes*
New site pits 'published' vs. 'posted'
The Scientist
The Times Is Raising Newspaper Prices
The New York Times*

Best Practices
Web 3.0 - The Rise Of The Information Product
BlogTrepreneur
Business : Content ownership versus Information ownership
eacademy

Cool Tools
New Yahoo! Go 2.0 available on 22nd June
OneCompare
Crave about iPhone
Really Simple Sidi
Jaiku Launches Channels Feature for Topical Messaging
Mashable
Iriver's mystery device
Engadget

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
BookSurge, an Amazon Group, and Kirtas Collaborate to Preserve and Distribute Historic Archival Books
PR Newswire
LexisNexis Taps Ernst & Young to Exclusively Feature International GAAP(R) 2007 Online on Tax Platform
Presszoom
LexisNexis(R) Offers Exclusive on Potomac Publishing Company(R) Tool via lexis.com(R)
BusinessWire

Products, Markets & People
Interactive Data’s Financial Market Information and Tools Now Available on SF.com’s AppExchange
CRM DIrectory
Netvibes Universe Spans the Globe: Over 500 Official Content Partnerships With Leading Institutions
BusinessWire
RR Donnelley Unifies Printing And Related Services Offerings Under RR Donnelley Brand
PR Newswire
Wolters Kluwer Financial Introduces Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Consulting
PRN/ Insurance Newsnet
CMP Technology Announces Editorial Management Changes to Accelerate its Electronics Group
PR Newswire
Widevine Sees DRM For All
Red Herring
Adobe announces important ereading software - Digital Editions 1.0
GizMag

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

ShoreViews Video for 20 June 2007

A preview of the SIFMA show, thoughts on Jerry Yang in it for the long haul against Google, Reuters Interactive and Science Magazine's content previews. Let us know what you'd like to see in our ShoreViews reports!

ContentBlogger Named as a Top Ten ICT Analyst Weblog

When Techobabble 2.0 ranked information and communications technolgy (ICT) industry analyst weblogs recently I was pleased to discover our own ContentBlogger in the top ten of all ICT weblogs. More specifically, sandwiched in between Forrester and Jupiter's top weblogs and several notches above Charlene Li. The blog acknowledges that heavies such as Charlene came in low in some objective criteria such as Technorati rankings, but still, this is a very cool thing. Especially cool is that ContentBlogger was tying the very top analyst weblogs in TB2.0's own ranking criteria.

Wow.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Jonny Bentwood over at Edelman for his analysis and for his recognition of our efforts. It's rewarding to see how our efforts rank amongst the leaders in the industry. Our heartfelt thanks go out also to everyone who tunes in to ContentBlogger online or via our ShoreLines newsletter. It's a privilege to be of service to you and an honor to be amongst such talented peers in this recognition. We'll just keep on doing our thing here at Shore, and make it only better as we go along.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Headlines for 19 June 2007

Trends
Yahoo's Yang Digs in for 'Long Haul' Against Google
Bloomberg
ReutersInteractive debuts
Supernova
Nature Precedings: Early Access to Scientific Results
O'Reilly Radar
At NAA, Newspaper Execs Tout New Media, As Print Struggles
paidContent.org
Adsense Publishers Report Massive Dip in Earnings and CTR
Digital Inspiration
Google cleared to provide Internet content in China - report
AFX via Forbes
Blocked China Web users rage against Great Firewall
Reuters via Yahoo! News
'Cup Is Overflowing' for Future of Journalism
Media Shift
Google the Vote: How Google is Changing the American Political Landscape
Read/Write Web
The Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Web 2.0 Continues Its Move To The Workplace
Dion Hinchcliffe
Upstart Websites Aim to Consolidate Social Networking
Advertising Age*
ProQuest plans to grow
Ann Arbor News
McClatchy Web Site Revamped -- From Iraq Blogs to Dave Barry
Editor & Publisher

Best Practices
Consumers More Likely to Act on Video Ads Viewed on Media Sites, According to OPA Study
PR Newswire

Cool Tools
New "Wetpaint Please Touch" Virtual Painting Website Fosters Online Expression
Marketwire
Another Attempt to Match Readers and Relevant News
The New York Times*
Apple prepping a cheaper iPhone? Probably.
Engadget
IBM bringing Web 2.0 to corporate workers
Computerworld

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
NewsGator Extends Social Capabilities to Microsoft SharePoint(R) 2007
Marketwire
ILS and AVIATION WEEK Partner to Offer the World’s Premier Aviation Search Engine
BusinessWire
OneSource Chosen by National Library Board in Singapore for Public and Private Company Profiles
BusinessWire
The New York Times, NYTimes.com and Monster Launch Co-Branded Recruitment Web Site
BusinessWire
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Acquires MediRegs
PR Newswire
EBSCO Acquires Top ABC-CLIO Databases, To Distribute Others
Library Journal

Products, Markets & People
YouTube begins rolling out international sites, new mobile support
Ars Technica
Newstex Adds Blogs Covering Global Financial Markets to Blogs on Demand(TM)
PR Newswire via EarthTimes
Search Engine Module for Energy Related Intelligence, Developed by MetaCarta
Web Site Host Directory
Comtex Launches SmarTrend(R) 2.0 at NY Securities Industry Technology Management Conference
BusinessWire

Brightcove Lock in Fox for Video Distribution: OEMs 'R Us?

Brightcove is one of many video distribution platforms that wrestles for attention in the media world, an effort made easier by the announcement of a deal with Fox Entertainment Group to provide them with a platform for their IPTV plans. Brightcove's portal has featured primarily user-generated content and community, but its technology can accomodate long-format entertainment programming as well. Will Fox use Brightcove technology exclusively for its mainstream programming or will it use Brightcove's platform to build up user-generated content communities around its own assets? Time will tell, but my guess is that Fox Interactive Media's experience with MySpace argues for Fox having a good dose of its own user-gen content in the mix alongside mainstream Fox programming feeding synergies into the MySpace platform.

The key point in this deal is that an OEM strategy seems to have paid off for Brightcove based on the strengths of its own portal strategy that allowed them to refine its functionality with live audiences and to continue to act as a test bed for ideas that can feed into their partner networks. OEMing can be tricky if clients can't visualize the potential outcomes of using a product tailored to their needs, especially when you're a young company trying to get attention in a crowded marketplace. Having in effect bootstrapped their OEM strategy with their own Web site Brightcove made it that much easier for a prospect like Fox to say yes.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Headlines for 18 June 2007

Trends
Yang replaces Semel as Yahoo CEO
CNET News
Dark horse in the Dow Jones fight: Supermarket mogul Ron Burkle could make an offer this week
Fortune via CNN Money
The Revolution Will Not Be Socialized -- The Homogenization of Social Media
Newsvine
Fox locks deal with Web TV service Brightcove
Variety via Content Agenda
Silcon Valley's Valley
Micro Persuasion
CMP Aftermath: Are Techies the Canary in the Coal Mine?
FOLIO: Magazine
Glossy Insert at Gannett, and Maybe Dow Jones
The New York Times*
IPTV chugs along
CNET Newseekl

Best Practices
Use LinkedIn more productively
Lifehacker
The 10 Second Rule: How to Write for Diagonal Readers
Copyblogger
Study Finds Web Users Also Like Dead-Tree Editions
Editor and Publisher

Cool Tools
Mindtouch: The Wall Strett Journal Discovers Enterprise Wikis
ebizQ

Deals, Partnerships and Sales
TechTarget Acquires TechnologyGuide.com and Ajaxian.com
BusinessWire
LexisNexis To Distribute Fairfax Media Content to Subscribers
IT Wire
Reuters signs with Wireless Ronin for digital signage
Digital Signage Today
Nstein Technologies signs a deal with La Dépêche du Midi, a leading regional newspaper in France
CNW Group
infoUSA to Combine Millard Group with Mokrynskidirect
BusinessWire
Fast Search & Transfer wins deal with US computer group Lenovo
Thomson Financial via AFX

Products, Markets & People
Interactive Data Now Offers Robust Risk Analytics Content Powered by BondEdge(R) in North America
BusinessWire
Mark Logic Granted Patent on Key Technology in MarkLogic Server
Marketwire
infoUSA(R)’s New Movers Database Touted as "Substantial and Accurate"
BusinessWire

Weekly Headline Summary for 18 June 2007

Trends

Where is the growth in publishing? Along the long, long tail of online content...
The Long Tail Is Getting Fatter
TechCrunch
Future of Media Video: Google Takes Over the World by 2050
Read/Write Web
Can Blogs Become a Big Source of Jobs?
The New York Times*
Google wins 'race to bottom' on privacy
Reuters via CNET

Which has become far more adept at monetizing context...
'Widgets' May Snag More Ads
WSJ Online*
Brainstorming an Out-of-the-Box Approach to Blog Monetization
ProBlogger
Google Launches Content Placement Reports
SearchViews
Emory Announces Plan To Scan, Sell Books from Its Library
Library Journal

Paying attention to Long Tail content takes time and effort - and better monitoring tools...
Zen and the Art of Attention
Web Worker Daily

Round two of the Dow Jones selloff features provisos, positionings and a long shot offer from Pearson...
Bancrofts Set Revised Safeguard Proposals
WSJ Online*
Fox drops TV stations for Dow bid
Variety
Pearson Weighs Dow Jones Bid
WSJ Online*
Crovitz, 'WSJ' Publisher, Addresses Editorial Changes -- Urges Staffers to Stay 'Focused' During Sale Talk
Editor and Publisher
WSJ completes merger of print and online editorial efforts
Lost Remote
More On MarketWatch Status
paidContent.org

Print-oriented publishers are beginning to cede lost ground and to focus on which titles are worth saving...
CMP Slashes Jobs, Shutters Some Pubs, Merges Others
Media Buyer Planner
Traditional Media Expected To See Decline in Ad Revenue
WSJ Online*

Google Video focuses on becoming a universal video search while YouTube builds a content collection...
Google to use YouTube to amass video database
Silicon Valley
Google Video Search in Frames
Mashable
YouTube Sets Tests of Video Blocking
The New York Times*
YouTube Co-Founder Explains New Video ID System
Wired

As the battle for protecting IP on the Web pushes Hollywood and broadband carriers together...
Will H'wood take a stand on Net neutrality?
Variety
Hollywood's YouTube frustration grows
CNET News
AT&T to target pirated content
LA Times
MPAA, others call for new anti-piracy laws
Content Agenda

Though the potential for high-quality video downloads being a real financial threat may be limited...
Panelists: Downloads 10 to 20 years from mainstream
Video Business /Content Agenda

As subscription database brands fade into merger-land is the Google brand going to gain leverage...?
ProQuest CSA Now just ProQuest Again
Library Journal
Does Google’s Universal Search Foreshadow Enterprise Search?
IT Business Edge

The most hyped content appliance in recent memory has cachet, scarcity - and not a single sale yet...
iPhone APB: Walt already has one
Engadget

What to know what the inside of many news media minds looks like...?
'Copy!' - A tour of The New York Times as it was
The New York Times*

In other major trends in content this week...
YHOO Annual Meeting: Attempt To Reform Exec Pay Loses; Directors Elected With Low Majority
paidContent.org
New York Times May Ad Revenue Drops; Advertising Revenue Down 8.5 Percent, Internet Ad Sales Up
AP via Yahoo! News
Howard Stringer on new media: Peace in the Valley?
FT.com
Updating Maps on the Spot and Sharing the Fixes
The New York Times*
Shield's Down: Administration Still Fights Law Protecting Media
Editor and Publisher
Agents debate posting listings info they don't represent
Inman News

Best Practices
The Implicit Web: Last.fm, Amazon, Google, Attention Trust
Read/Write Web
The Antiquity of our Healthcare System: Rafael Sidi Reports
Really Simple Sidi
Google takes baby step to protect your privacy
Download Squad
Social Media Most Trusted Source for IT Purchasing Decisions
Environmental Leader
Study shows effectiveness of rich media
BtoB Online
Ensure that Google Knows It's Your Content
WebProNews
The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority
Chronicle of Higher Ed.*
The Attention Crash
Micro Persuasion

Cool Tools
The Ultimate RSS Toolbox - 120+ RSS Resources
Mashable
Apple invites Windows users to Safari
CNET News
Share Notes, Media And RSS With Zoho Notebook
Robin Good
Try out new Blogger features like video upload
Download Squad
Google Co-op: Power-up your custom search engines
Lifehacker
Joost Major Contender Puts Independent Producers Content First - Meet Babelgum
Robin Good
Safari Coming to Windows; iPhone Runs AJAX Apps
Read/Write Web
New YouTube API = YouTube Mashups
Mashable

Deals, Partnerships & Sales

blinkx Partners with Turning Point TV
Huliq
LexisNexis Expands Online Collection with New Digital U.S. Serial Set Maps Collection
BusinessWire
CQ and NY Times To Publish Library Reference Books
Library Journal
IHS Acquires Jane's Information Group
Epicos
MarkLogic Chosen for Satyam's Integrated Digital Publishing Platform
MarketWire
Summit Business Media To Buy WBI
FOLIO: Magazine
ISYS(R) Search Software Signs Leading Channel Islands Law Firm Carey Olsen
BusinessWire
Burst Media and Reed Business Launch New Online B-2-B Advertising Network
BusinessWire
MetaCarta Signs Agreement with IHS to Provide the Oil Gas Industry with Geographically Relevant data
GIS User
ABC News and USA TODAY Announce Content Partnership for 2008 Election
PR Newswire via DMN Newswire
Demand Media Acquires Expertvillage.com
TMCNet
ProQuest and Scopus Announce Partnership
Information Today, Inc.

Products, Markets & People
Clarabridge Launches Content Mining Service
B-Eye Network
AviationWeek.com Launches New Online Networking Tools
PR Newswire via Digital 50
Industry Moves: Peggy White Out At Yahoo; Circumstances Unclear
paidContent.org
Penton’s American Trucker’s Redesigned Web Site Delivers Faster, Detailed Search Results for Users
The Auto Channel
Macrovision Corporation Announces New Organizational Structure
WebWire
Hoover's Launches ConnectMail - a New One-to-One E-Mail Address Discovery Tool
dBusinessNews
New LexisNexis(R) Academic Brings Easy-to-Use, Professional-Strength Features to Academic Market
BusinessWire
GlobalSpec debuts industrial ad network
BtoB Online
News Filter for Institutional Investors Debuts
Wall Street and Technology