Looking for Entertainment?… You Need a Bigger Boat.

September 21, 2006

(Marshall Kirkpatrick, TechCrunch) “BiggerBoat this week launched their service for site publishers who seek a rich database of music and movie information for search. The company’s approach is to go heavy on metadata for all the search results, which publishers and thus users can then organize in great detail. Contextual ads, recommended links and free content surround those search results. BiggerBoat will move into other categories like video games and television next. The company hopes to make free, rich entertainment search a common feature for topical sites all over the web…”

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Zookoda Hits the Auction Block (along with everyone else)

September 21, 2006

Have a Web2.0 company? – Sell that sucker on Ebay!

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “While some companies have the ability to hire investment banks to help them sell themselves (see Grouper and Napster for recent examples), eBay is proving to the be liquidity path of last resort for many struggling web startups, or those that simply want to sell out for a few hundred thousand dollars. We’ve tracked at least six “web 2.0″ companies who’ve attempted to sell themselves on eBay over the last year, and four of the six have been put up for sale in the last month. As an aside we also noted a Digg user profile that sold on ebay for $822 in July 2006…”

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Got 1.5 Billion? Go Buy YouTube!

September 21, 2006

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “I spoke with NYPost writer Sam Gustin for a few minutes last night as he was preparing an article on YouTube. His article is now up – you can see it here. The most interesting part of the conversation was when Sam told me that a source, which he described as “a senior exec at a well known media company that has been in acquisition talks with YouTube”, told him that YouTube is absolutely willing to sell, but that the number must be “at least $1.5 billion.” …”

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Yahoo Acquisition of Facebook? Here we go again…

September 21, 2006

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “The Wall Street Journal is reporting (behind their damn paywall) that “people familiar with the matter” are saying that the company has had separate acquisition discussions with Yahoo, Microsoft and Viacom over the last year, and that they are again in serious discussions with Yahoo for around $1 billion…”

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Yahoo Launches Current Network

September 20, 2006

(Nik Cubrilovic, TechCrunch) “On a day that saw its stock take a hit, Yahoo! has teamed up with Current TV to launch Yahoo! Current Network, a video site with a mix of professional and user submitted videos arranged in channels. Current TV is a cable and satellite channel backed by environmentalist Al Gore that shows short user-submitted shows and segments in what it called ‘viewer created content’. Yahoo! has been granted the rights to exclusive Current TV content for its video portal, and in return some of the best user submissions to Yahoo! may make it onto the terrestrial Current TV channel…”

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David vs. Goliath

September 20, 2006

One lone designer vs. Ogilvy, Digitas and American Express…

(Yahoo) “NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) — Thomas O’Keefe has filed a lawsuit against Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc. (a subsidiary of WPP Group plc) (NASDAQ:WPPGY – News), Digitas, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTAS – News) and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP – News) for, among other things, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and misappropriation of advertising ideas. The lawsuit was filed on August 17, 2006 in federal court in New York (06-CV-6278) and all defendants were served soon after that date.”

Notice: American Express, Ogilvy & Mather, and Digitas, Inc. Sued in Intellectual Property Dispute Over ‘My Life, My Card’ Campaign by Thomas O’Keefe Through His Attorneys Newberg & Winters LLP: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance


The Browser as an OS – here we go again

September 19, 2006

Interesting observations from Mr. Rapoza…

(Jim Rapoza, eWeek) “Microsoft didn’t jump into the browser wars out of Netscape envy or the sheer desire to be the leader in every category. Looking back, Microsoft was clearly worried about the Web browser becoming the true operating system, which would have relegated Windows to DOS-like plumbing status…”

A Promotion for Browsers?