Footnote.com, a company that provides original historical documents online, announced Friday that it has inked a deal with the National Archives to launch the Web's first-ever interactive World War II collection. It will include an interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial, World War II Hero Pages, and World War II photos and documents previously unavailable on the Web. The collection will be free to access for a limited time, but Footnote's annual subscription fee of $69.95 will apply after the introductory period has ended.
Mogulus, a New York-based company that's part of the crowded pack of live-video streaming sites, has raised a new round of funding from news media conglomerate Gannett, publisher of USA Today and about two dozen other newspapers.
The two companies have had a partnership in place for the past three months, and the new investment is considered to be an extension of the partnership.
Financial terms were not formally disclosed, but a source close to the deal told us that--consistent with blog reports--the capital is about $10 million.
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I'm looking forward to the public launch of Mogulus today. It's a live-streaming site, like uStream, but with the twist that it supports multiple cameras and other media sources at once. See our Sneak Peek at Mogulus, from earlier this year. With this service, a video producer can select which camera or file the audience sees, in real time. It's like a TV van, but online. CEO Max Hoat told me that Mogulus will be the official streaming provider of the NewTeeVee Live conference that starts in a few hours.
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I got to take a sneak peak at a new video broadcasting service that opened its doors to a select few this morning. Mogulus is a live video broadcasting service the likes of uStream.tv, but with a twist: Multiple people can work on live video feeds at the same time. Each user can create their own branded channel, and fill it up with video content either from their hard drives or pulled in from YouTube. Each contributor can also command the broadcast using their Web cam, complete with customizable over-the-shoulder graphic overlays and a scrolling CNN-style news ticker. The result is a live blogging experience that's visually stimulating to the viewer, and completely customizable for the amateur content producer.
Mogulus is giving its producers two ways to share content--either embedding the live feed, or linking to their own custom URL. All public channels go into a listing for live feeds a la Kyte.tv, so casual users looking to tune into things that are live or interesting will be able to browse through and find something they like.
Managing broadcasts in Mogulus is handled completely inside of a Flash-based application. Content is clumped together in small management units called "storyboards," which can be inserted into any broadcast almost like video playlists. Producers queue up content, mix and match the order of video clips, and can break in at any time to broadcast live from their Web cam. Power users have a lot to play with, as it actually feels like a professional video-editing app with a ton of options for tweaking and fine-tuning.
Mogulus plans to roll out its service with two models, one free and one paid. The free version requires inserting a short advertisement for every 10 minutes of broadcasting, while the pro version lets producers go ad-free in exchange for paying a fee for every gigabyte of bandwidth transferred. My hunch is that many casual users will be OK with the advertisement model, with what Mogulus is tentatively planning to keep at around 10 seconds per ad.
More on Mogulus as it leaves private beta. Until then you can sign up and check out an explanatory video here. More screenshots of the interface after the jump.