Wednesday, August 09, 2006

News Update: Google, Pearson, VNU

Google has formally announced that the University of California will be a partner in their library digitization project. The Google 5 are now the Google 6. UC isn't concerned about the copyright issues and they vow to continue to work within the law. They also add that they will continue to work with the Open Content Alliance which they joined last year. Brewster Kahle who founded the OPA was less than thrilled by the news.

On the heals of the private equity purchase of VNU, the company has announced a high level executive change at VNU business media. Long time information and business publisher Robert Krakoff will join VNU to run their US publishing operation out of New York. Recently, Krakoff had his own consulting company but has spent long stints at Reed Elsevier and Advanstar. He replaces Mike Marchesano who is bumped upstairs to run a corporate wide efficiency initiative named Project Forward.

Pearson announced yesterday - first in error and then formally - that they have purchased Mergermarket for just less than $200mm. The acquisition will integrate with the FT group. The company has made no secret of adding new companies to each of their operating units and this is the second major acquisition for the FT group in six months.

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