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Johnston Press, Brightcove launch ad-supported online video network for regional newspapers

Brightcove Inc. has entered into an agreement with UK’s Johnston Press, enabling them to incorporate advertising-supported video content across their 323 regional web properties. The deal is said to represent the next major phase in Johnston Press’ digital strategy to engage its online communities through rich media content and online video.

Over the past two years, Johnston Press has substantial investment in video equipment and training to enable every regional affiliate to produce and publish video content to accompany articles. The Brightcove platform will move this initiative forward significantly, allowing Johnston Press to easily ingest video content from all sources, including its readers. The Brightcove platform will also enable Johnston’s properties to distribute and share content more easily and allow for more flexibility and creativity in how they publish content, establish distribution policies, and target advertising.

iSkoot offers real-time Twitter to consumer handsets

Mobile Internet solutions provider iSkoot announced that it has added support for the Twitter community through Kalaida mobile services platform which can deliver real-time Internet functionality to almost any handset.

iSkoot’s Kalaida platform lets consumer handsets connect to Twitter and other communications tools the way PCs do: all at once and in real time. A single sign-in activates all services to keep the experience simple while preserving handset resources and battery life. Other services enabled on the Kalaida platform include full-time, real-time connection to social networks, personal e-mail, instant messaging, and leading news, sports, and entertainment feeds. Kalaida delivers a full spectrum of Internet services to a single live screen on the handset, eliminating the need for users to open a browser or application to access one service at a time. All services are delivered over available data connections, without requiring 3G or WiFi for optimal performance.

Ustream to stream “Live from the Belmont” at SXSW

Ustream announced the first-ever Ustream Studio “Live from The Belmont” at South by Southwest from March 13 to 21. The Ustream Studio will combine the ideas and music at the heart of SXSW with the interactive power of live streaming. A free high-profile event open to the public and produced by nicefishfilms, no wristband is required for entry.

The Ustream Studio will showcase musicians, journalists, futurists, artists and thought leaders at The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth St., Austin, Texas. Whether enjoying the events locally or from across the world, Ustream will power all events live on Ustream.TV, the leading internet broadcasting platform that allows anyone with a camera and an internet connection to live stream.

Participants of the Ustream Studio include Grammy Best New Artist of the Year Adele, Peter Himmelman, Indigo Girls, Manchester Orchestra, The Von Bondies and Glasvegas.

With Ustream’s easy embed tools, users can share any of the live streams, allowing any website to host these concerts and panels.

LimeWire inks deal with new content partners

LimeWire has forged deals with new partners to sell their combined digital music catalogues, adding thousands of titles to the LimeWire Store. The new partners include TuneCore, Kufala Recordings, Delicious Vinyl, CBS Records, Kemado Records, and Fader Label.

These deals provide access to titles from artists such as Crowded House, Soul Coughing [Kufala Recordings]; Brand New Heavies, Tone Loc, Young MC, The Pharcyde [Delicious Vinyl]; PJ Olsen, Will Daily [CBS Records]; The Sword, Dungen, Langhorne Slim [Kemado Records]; Saul Williams, Matt & Kim [Fader Label], as well as many other notable names.

HubSpot releases improved Website Editor

website logo HubSpot releases improved Website EditorHubSpot has released an improved Website Editor for its Internet marketing software. The improved service provides users with a simple way to make new pages, update old pages, create landing pages and build data-collection forms.

Website Editor helps marketers and business owners update their website themselves through an easy-to-use content management system. The editor makes website updating as simple as editing a Microsoft Word document. HubSpot customers can easily and quickly build landing pages and forms without taking time away from marketing programs.

With the flexibility HubSpot’s Website Editor product, customers can create specific content relevant to specific audiences or current market dynamics, improving the chances of converting website visitors into customers. The Website Editor is available in the HubSpot Owner and is optional in the HubSpot Marketer product.

HubSpot offers an Internet marketing system that integrates SEO, social media and marketing analytics to help customers increase website traffic and convert a greater percentage of visitors into customers.

Offers.com launches website on offers

Personal offers manager Offers.com has officially launched its website where users can find and manage all the best offers from over 1,000 merchant partners including Carbonite, Doubleday Book Club, eHealthInsurance.com, H&R Block TaxCut, Ice.com and Travelocity.

Service and retail offers are organized into over 150 categories and classified by offer type, including promos, coupon codes, free trials, quotes and more. All offers are rated, ranked and updated daily by the Offers.com editorial team. Service offers have editors’ reviews and complete details that enable users to generate customized side-by-side offer comparisons.

Offers are added and updated daily, including expiration dates when relevant, and guide articles, daily blog posts and Offers.com email newsletters provide additional tips for saving money. Limited-time, exclusive and “best of the best” offers appear on the home page as Featured Offers or the Offer of the Day™.

Adidas launches Adidas.tv

adidas Adidas launches Adidas.tvAdidas has unveiled an exclusive first look of ,a href=”http://www.adidas.tv”>Adidas.tv, a video distribution platform to deliver inspirational and exciting content which you can add to your profile page, favourite blog and on Adidas.com.

The content channel will house an expansive collection of videos, including interviews with top adidas athletes, event footage as well as the latest videos from advertising campaigns. Users will be able to create their own customisable channel using “My TV” which allows users and key adidas partners to watch, browse, search for and take their favourite adidas.tv content via widgets onto portals such as Facebook and their personal blogs. Additionally, users can explore the product featured, find a store or shop directly online where available.

The preview (beta) version of the platform and portable player launch with videos from the recent adidas Originals 60th anniversary house party campaign featuring David Beckham, Kevin Garnett, Russell Simmons, and Katy Perry. The NBA’s Dwight Howard showcases his pre-game locker room ritual and Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard also makes an appearance aiming at clay pigeons. The platform will be integrated across all adidas key sports sites via video players and widgets. adidas.tv will be available internationally.

Netviewer web conferencing now available for free to private users

netviewer1 Netviewer web conferencing now available for free to private usersWith more people discovering the value of web conferencing as a practical way to collaborate, German-based Netviewer AG is encouraging its private users to take advantage of its web conferencing software for free. Users can obtain the fully functional program by downloading it from www.netviewer.com. Up to four people can jointly view and edit documents across great distances. The software is ideal for holding meetings or providing support. The free version is limited to private use.

The initiator of a meeting sends an e-mail invitation to other participants. The participants simply click on a link in the invitation and seconds later they can view the other person’s screen. Software installation is not necessary. During a web conference all participants can jointly view and edit documents, tables, and presentations. By changing the “Direction of viewing” each participant can lead a discussion by sharing files located on his or her computer. Functions like “Remote Control” enable the participants to make changes on the other person’s computer. As a result, users are able to provide each other with rapid assistance in solving technical problems.

LastPost.com launches email and letters afterlife service

lastpost LastPost.com launches email and letters afterlife serviceRemembrance website LastPost.com has introduced a new email and letter service.

Users can send up to 10 free emails immediately after death and store letters for delivery many years later. Letters can be sent to coincide with anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, births, graduations, and other special days.

“The World Health Organisation estimates that 1 person dies every 30 seconds in a car crash” says Andrew Campbell, the Founder and CEO of LastPost.com, “not having an opportunity to say goodbye makes the loss of a loved one even harder to bear. Our service provides peace of mind for a sender and support and encouragement for recipients.”

“By storing letters for younger family members, senders can be at important life events in spirit even if they can’t be there in person,” Campbell adds.

Last Post is a UK, EU, and US trademark of Last Post Limited. Founded in 2006 by Andrew Campbell and based in London, UK, the company aims to build the biggest and most secure store of delayed mail in the world.

FamilyLink.com raises $2.4 million funding

FamilyLink.com, developer of the Facebook application We’re Related, has raised $2.85 million in Series B funding as social networking services continue to grow despite the economic situation. The funding was led by vSpring Capital and TTP Capital Advisors of Japan.

We’re Related is one of the most popular applications on Facebook. It is used by nearly a million people every day. The company’s flagship social networking site will launch later this quarter at FamilyLink.com.

FamilyLink.com turned profitable in late 2008 as it was finalizing its fund-raising efforts. The company employs 30 people in the U.S., including in Seattle, WA, Boulder, CO, and its headquarters in Provo, Utah, and has development offices in India and the Philippines.

The company’s goal is to become the global leader in family social networking on all social networks and mobile platforms.