Shoetube.tv has revamped its web site together with Nine West, its first boutique. The new site debut allows users to view boutiques, tune in to fresh faces and weekly themes on the Daily Shoe and follow blogs directly from Daily Shoe hosts.
The new site design makes it easier for users to share information and collaborate online. Advertisers who want to go beyond will also see the benefits of Sheotube.tvâ€™s new design with innovative sponsored video opportunities, which are run as regular programming, or the boutique option.
Shoetube.tvâ€™s first boutique, Nine West, showcases videos, photos, polls, blogs and contests. The boutique also provides a natural jumping off site for users to purchase Nine West styles directly from their existing e-commerce store.
Digital health video network HealthiNation has raised $7.5 million in Series B funding led by Intel Capital. The new funding will support the companyâ€™s growth in programming, ad sales and operations for its core media network along with new offerings for health literacy environments such as employer health programs, hospitals, and health clinics.
Previous investor MK Capital also invested in the round. In addition, HealthiNation announced an expansion in its online video network, including partnerships with LifeScript, UCompare Healthcare, Parade Magazine, Lee Enterprises, and Guideposts Magazine.
HealthiNationâ€™s premium quality video programs are created for consumer audiences, delivering unbiased, medically-reviewed content delivered in short entertaining episodes. HealthiNationâ€™s experts are featured in each episode, covering a wide variety of diseases and conditions like diabetes and heart disease, along with everyday health topics like nutrition, first aid, and family health.
Eventful, Inc., the leading service for discovering, sharing, creating and promoting local events, has released its Artist Tracker, a service that provides free instant email alerts to fans when their favorite musicians and artists schedule performances in their town.
The new Artist Tracker makes it simple for Eventfulâ€™s users to indicate which performers they like and immediately begin receiving alerts whenever their favorites come to town. Users choose their favorites by importing the performers in their iTunes and Last.fm libraries, choosing artists through Eventfulâ€™s collaborative filtering recommendation engine, or inputting their favorites directly via a type-ahead selector.
Widget network Clearspring Technologies announced the acquisition of AddThis, the bookmarking and content sharing service on the Internet. Together, Clearspring and AddThis will serve over 20 billion views per month and reach more than 200 million unique visitors, creating the most widely used set of content sharing services on the Web.
â€œThe Internet is becoming the backbone for digital communications â€“ an essential part of our everyday lives,â€ said Ted Leonsis, chairman of the board at Clearspring. â€œWith the acquisition of AddThis, Clearspring is now at the forefront of that evolution, connecting digital content publishers and consumers via a single set of universally recognizable tools that enable people to easily communicate with content.â€
Clearspring and AddThis enable people to easily share content with trusted friends and social groups across popular sites like Facebook, MySpace, iGoogle, Twitter and Digg. Compelling content often shared includes Web pages, videos, movie trailers, news, sports updates, trivia quizzes, games, music, and more, and can be shared across more than 80 social networking, blogging and bookmarking services.
Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Yougetitback.com, the online service that helps people protect, recover and replace highly valued mobile devices, has enriched its Mobile SuperHero application with a geo location capability to aid in tracking and recovering misplaced, lost or stolen valuables.
Yougetitback.com protects and helps recover mobile devicesâ€”such as smart phones, laptops, PDAs, iPods, cameras and moreâ€”while preserving the sensitive information they contain. Its premium service will even replace the device, if it is not recovered. The company launched its flagship â€œMobile SuperHeroâ€ software as a service in North America in July for smartphones, including Blackberry and iPhone.
Now, Yougetitback.com has enhanced â€œMobile SuperHeroâ€ with the ability to determine the actual physical location of a lost or stolen mobile device equipped with GPS or running the BlackBerry operating system 4.2 and above, or the Symbian operating system S60 2nd and 3rd editions. Many devices without GPS can be tracked via their proximity to individual wireless-network cell sites.
The geo location feature allows people to learn whether their devices are stationary or moving, and to track the routes of lost or stolen devices if they are being moved. But because usersâ€™ privacy is paramount with Yougetitback.com, only account holders can track their devicesâ€™ locations.
Nokia is acquiring OZ Communications, a privately held company with approximately 220 employees and headquartered in Montreal, Canada. OZ, a consumer mobile messaging solution provider, delivers access to popular instant messaging and email services on consumer mobile devices.
By acquiring OZ, Nokia will enable easy-to-use, fast access to leading instant messaging and email services, including AOL, Gmail, ICQ, Windows Live, Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! With more than 5.5 million monthly paid users, OZ’s solutions have been deployed by leading mobile operators on a wide array of mobile device platforms.
The expertise and technology Nokia acquires through OZ is complementary to Nokia’s existing portfolio of messaging solutions and will provide a complete portfolio of mobile messaging solutions for Series 40 and S60 devices. Nokia will continue to work closely with OZ’s existing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and mobile operator customers.
Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Yotify, the personal web scout service that enables users to track anything on the Internet, enlists their friends to help, and reports back only relevant information, has opened its public beta.
Yotify solves the problem of information overload by enabling user-defined, social and contextual object-specific tracking on the web. Users can send out personal web scouts to track just about anything on the Internetâ€“ that apartment theyÂ’’ve been looking to rent, shoes they want to get on sale, concert tickets theyÂ’ve been keeping an eye out for, and â€¨much more. Yotify reports back just what the user wants to know in a daily digest via email either hourly or daily. Web scouts track â€¨parameters such as price drops, new reviews, new friend postings, â€¨keyword occurrence, product availability, newly posted comments, â€¨etc., defined by users as they browse their favorite websites or â€¨blogs at Yotify.com.
Yotify web scouts can be set up and deployed in â€¨less than a minute.
Zoho has released Zoho Creator 3.0, its solution for easily creating powerful online database applications. Here is a video tour of the features and benefits that Zoho Creator 3.0 and Zoho Marketplace bring for end users.
â€œZoho Creator 3.0 epitomizes our mission on the web â€” give our customers powerful applications that are simple to use,â€ said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. â€œZoho Creator is an ideal solution for people who are not developers, but who still want to create their own â€˜situated applications.â€™ These small, situation-specific applications are often needed immediately, on the fly, and Zoho Creator eliminates lengthy development cycles to deliver solutions in minutes.â€
eBid.net announced the launch of its US presence, increasing its global presence to 18 territories across the US, Canada, UK, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
In August this year, eBid recorded 1.3 million listings across the US with a substantial and consistent stream of new sign ups daily placing them second only to eBay in person to person online auctions. In the same period, revenues grew 45% month on month predominately by attracting disgruntled eBay customers indicating a correlation between eBay policy changes and a surge in new listings to eBid.
VideoEgg, Inc. has introduced AdFrames, a performance-based ad offering designed specifically for brand advertisers. This innovative, feature rich model provides a more measurable way for advertisers to create high value engagement in social spaces, video and gaming environments.
AdFrames offers the brand advertiser measurable approach to advertising with a pricing model based on cost per engagement (CPE). This unique method delivers accountability, unmatched insight into ad effectiveness, and guarantees ad spend success. Ads are served free of charge, and advertisers only pay when a consumer engages with their brand content, providing a risk free means to distributing highly targeted rich media content.
“Around half of the U.K. population is now using social networks, generating 170 billion page views in 2008 alone. Yet, despite this phenomenal usage, social media has proved notoriously difficult to monetise,” said Dan Cryan, Senior Analyst at Screen Digest. “VideoEgg has created a solution that can potentially address the issues surrounding advertising and social media. The key here will be turning passive advertising into a creative-driven interactive experience that can mutually benefit advertisers and web site owners in highly interactive online environments.”