Seeker Solutions releases Sprout

huffington trans Seeker Solutions releases SproutSeeker Solutions has released Sprout 1.0, a free, online, personalized news aggregator software that allows users to obtain the latest top news stories and blogs tailored to their unique and individual preferences. Seeker Solutions created Sprout to solve the challenges of trying to sift through mass amounts of information online. As Internet users become more pressed for time, Sprout enables every user to effortlessly find news articles or blogs that are relevant to them.

Seeker Solutions’ unique relationship-based software engine that powers Sprout allows users to easily access a wide-range of content from thousands of news sources and blogs. Once Sprout is conveniently downloaded to the user’s computer, users are able to immediately begin training their Sprout interface with their individual interests.

Meebo to power election chat and user debates at Comedy Central’s Indecision2008.com

Communications platform provider Meebo announced that Comedy Central will integrate Meebo Rooms, embedded chat rooms, into Indecision2008.com to host live user commentary during election and post-election television coverage. Comedy Central will promote Meebo on-air during Election Day, November 4, to direct all amateur pundits to Indecision2008.com so they can weigh in with their opinions.

Comedy Central’s Indecision2008.com web site will have extensive coverage of Election Day. Postings will take place all day by the site’s bloggers who will report the latest news on the presidential election as well as the hot races in the House and Senate. The site will also host a Live Chat, powered by Meebo, during the day and throughout the “Indecision 2008: America’s Choice” special, enabling users to connect and discuss the election with other fans. There will also be a Live Blogging Event from 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET with comedian Patton Oswalt. In addition, throughout the day, the site will launch exclusive interviews with “The Daily Show” correspondents recollecting their favorite moments covering the campaign over the past year as well as a “Swing State Seminar” with exclusive video series hosted by comedian Kurt Braunohler that outlines the key issues in the most hotly-contested battleground states.

AOL launches access to social networks from its new site

newaol AOL launches access to social networks from its new siteAOL announced a brand new homepage that will let consumers access multiple social networking services directly from AOL.com, becoming the first major portal to offer direct access to information from major social networking sites. This follows the move last month to provide access to multiple e-mail services from the AOL.com site, and is part of AOL’s ongoing strategy to open its homepage, to outside services and content– offering consumers more customization options.

The new social networking feature allows consumers to post status updates to multiple social networks at once, and provides profile activity information, including new friend requests, status updates and mail notifications from services such as AIM, Bebo, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and other third-party sites.

AOL.com also launched new tools and features to further personalize the user experience, bringing together third-party content and services from across the Internet. The new features give consumers more control over how content and services are displayed, letting them customize the main navigation bar by adding their own Web links, receive continuously updated local news, access RSS feeds from across the Web directly from the main page of AOL.com as well as personalize their experience with new design themes.

Sean Percival leaves DocStoc for Tsavo as Director of Content

tsavo Sean Percival leaves DocStoc for Tsavo as Director of ContentTsavo Media, a new company focused on the delivery and monetization of niche content to today’s digital consumers, announced the appointment of Sean Percival to the new post of Director of Content.

Percival will manage the build-out of Tsavo’s vertical properties, including those aimed at men, women, families and sports enthusiasts.

He joins Tsavo from Docstoc.com, where he served as Content Manager, spearheading new content initiatives, creating independent web properties to drive traffic, developing and executing social media campaigns, and conducting blogger outreach programs and brand management. In three months, his efforts helped double site traffic to two million unique visitors per month.

Prior to Docstoc, Percival headed social media and search engine marketing for Mahalo, where he increased traffic from 3.5 million to 4 million uniques per month, over a 10-month period.

ESPN, StubHub expand relationship

StubHub announced that its relationship with ESPN has been expanded to include television, radio, mobile and more robust online properties.

The agreement builds upon the successful implementation of StubHub’s ticket service across ESPN.com which began one year ago, further establishing a convenient destination for fans to search for tickets to sporting events nationwide.

StubHub and ESPN bring together a dynamic integration platform that will increase visibility of the StubHub brand across multiple channels, including:

  • StubHub as the exclusive tickets provider on all ESPN Mobile properties
  • StubHub featured in new integrated widget technologies
  • StubHub ticket centers and deep integration to have expanded presence on ESPN.com
  • Integration and sponsorships with popular ESPN telecasts
  • ESPN Radio Promotion, including popular personality Colin Cowherd

The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com to offer comprehensive election day package

The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com will be offering a comprehensive package for the 2008 elections, including in-depth political news and analysis from the paper’s award-winning political team and groundbreaking news aggregation and video technology.

The Post’s political team will go behind Tuesday night’s results in the races for the White House, Congress and the nation’s statehouses, providing in-depth reporting and analysis on where the country stands after Election 2008. Our correspondents, anchored by veteran political reporter Dan Balz, will report from Washington and around the nation on the history-making contest between Barack Obama and John McCain and tell us where the victor will lead the country beginning in January.

“washingtonpost.com will bring together The Post’s unbeatable political reporting with the innovations we’ve made throughout the year to create a suite of features and products that allow people to customize their election night experience,” said Jim Brady, Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com. “Whether it’s through live video coverage, an interactive election map, or a mobile phone, we will provide the source for users get national and state-by-state election coverage in the format that works for them.”

American Express Business Travel launches social network

American Express Business Travel will be launching its online community for the corporate travel industry on October 31, 2008. Designed as a dynamic network to harness the collective intelligence of the business travel industry, BusinessTravelConneXion.com (BTX) is the destination for travel professionals to become more informed and better equipped to optimize their travel and entertainment programs.

BTX will enable its community members including travel buyers, suppliers, technology providers, industry experts and influencers, to offer a wide variety of perspectives, share best practices, build relationships and stay up to date on current research and industry news. Membership to the site is free; to-date, over 950 industry members have pre-registered to the community.

ShareThis adds 15,000 publishers to sharing platform for 3Q alone

ShareThis, the universal sharing platform, announced that it has added more than 15,000 publishers in the 3rd quarter– bringing the total to over 60,000 active publishers that use the ShareThis platform to gain greater insight into what content is being shared, how it is being shared and where it is being shared to.

New publishers include: AccessHollywood, Bengals, Boston.com, Buzzillions, Christian Science Monitor, Elle & ElleGirl, GOP Convention Site, GossipGirls, HopStop, Kim Komando, Mashable, Men’s Fitness, MTV.com, Network World, PopSugar, Reuters, Silicon Alley Insider, The Daily Green, UNICEF, Uproxx, Variety, VentureBeat, WebWorkerDaily, Wired.com, Woman’s Day and Xanga.

ShareThis is the universal sharing platform that makes it simple and easy to share any online content. With the click of a button on a webpage or browser plug-in, ShareThis allows users to seamlessly access their contacts and networks from anywhere online and share the content through email, IM, Facebook, Digg, mobile SMS, etc. without ever leaving the current page. Publishers can deploy the ShareThis button to tap the universal sharing capabilities of ShareThis’ platform to drive traffic, stimulate viral activity and track the sharing of online content. ShareThis also simplifies social media services by reducing clutter on web pages and providing instant distribution of content across social networks, affiliate groups, and communities.

myProducer.tv launches to become powerful producer in Hollywood

myProducer.tv, a social media and micro-financing site for the film space, will redefine the way films are created with its official launch.

The mission of the new site is to change the film industry by solving the three most common pain points in independent filmmaking: Financing, Audience Building and Distribution. myProducer believes it will help disrupt the studio model as it exists today by allowing the public to participate and determine which films are made through contributions of time and money, and by providing data analytical tools that help all filmmakers truly understand their audience. The interactive website has all the social networking tools of popular social media sites, video streaming capabilities of YouTube and micro-financing fundraising tools similar to those used by the Barack Obama campaign.

Filmmakers ranging from individual hobbyists to fully staffed studios can now receive feedback and financing from their audiences and develop content based on the opinions of participating film lovers.
myProducer allows visitors to create a free profile and use established social networking tools to build friend, fan and business networks with those sharing a similar passion for film and entertainment content. Through their profile and networks, filmmakers are able to create an open forum of discussions regarding film content, casting, crew, editing, as well as find producers and financial backing.

Ancestry.com releases largest online collection of Jewish historical documents

Ancestry.com has introduced the world’s largest online collection of Jewish family history records, teaming up with two leading organizations committed to the preservation of Jewish heritage– JewishGen and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

These partnerships will make millions of important Jewish historical documents available on Ancestry.com, many of which are online for the first time ever and searchable for free. These unique records, including photographs, immigration records, Holocaust records and memorials, can now be searched alongside other records already accessible on Ancestry.com, creating the largest collection of Jewish family history records on the Web with more than 26 million records documenting Jewish life.

Many documents digitized as a part of this agreement have never before
been available online, including two important JDC collections:

• Jewish Transmigration Bureau Deposit Cards, 1939-1954 (JDC), a collection of records showing the amount of money paid by American Jewish citizens to support the emigration of friends and relatives from European countries during and after WWII.

• Munich, Vienna and Barcelona Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards, 1943-1959 (JDC), a collection containing records of displaced Jews who were provided with food, medical care and clothing and emigration assistance by the JDC.

More than 300 databases from JewishGen will also now be available on Ancestry.com. These JewishGen databases represent 14 different countries and contain more than 5 million records, such as:

• The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry, an invaluable collection with more than 1 million names of Jews represented in nearly 2,000 Jewish cemeteries around the world.

• Yizkor Book Necrologies, a list of the names of those murdered in the Holocaust which directs users back to the Yizkor Books themselves – memorials which offer vivid, first-hand accounts of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

• The Given Names Database, which enables one to learn possible European, Hebrew and Yiddish translations of an ancestor’s given name.

• A Holocaust Database of 2 million names such as Schindler’s List, which includes names of 1,980 inmates in Oscar Schindler’s factories in Plaszow, Poland and Brunnlitz, Czechoslovakia.

• Jewish Records Indexing (JRI-PL) Poland and All Lithuania Database, representing more than 2 million indexed names from databases in Lithuania and Poland containing vital information on the regions.