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eBay to Integrate Skype, Paypal

May 5th, 2006

eBay plans to integrate its Skype voice over IP service into the auction marketplace to facilitate communication between buyers and sellers.

This is the reason eBay bought Skype, after all. Read more…



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Revenge of the fat, balding middle-aged men

May 4th, 2006

I’ve been blogging about how the Internet creates the perfect market for years. The concept is simple: removing the constraints of the physical world such as geography, the exact buyer looking for every item can find that item. That’s why eBay works so well, and why my wife sometimes observes that stuff sells on eBay for more than she pays at the mall.

We’ve also got a perfect market for people with similar interests as well, which is why online dating works so well — removal of the constraints of the physical world can help two compatible people find each other.

I got this email recently:

Please tell your wife that your writing makes me fall head over heels in love with you as a person. I absolutely love your style.

My response says it all:

Where else can a fat, balding, middle aged Italian guy get FAN MAIL!

Fan mail. I actually get fan mail. I know my fan reads this blog, so I don’t want to embarass her, but thanks for making my day. Week. Month.

The Internet RULES.



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Microsoft innovation – Media Matrix stats and TiVo commercials

May 4th, 2006

Okay, I apologize for the Microsoft bashing, but this is just way too easy. And fun, too. So they trot out Steve Ballmer today (this is all according to cNet, BTW) to reassure everyone that Microsoft is in complete control of the innovation engine that is going to take the company to new heights. Read more…



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Bill Gates: We’ll keep Google honest

May 4th, 2006

Okay, I have to admit that I was laughing even as I typed the headline. Come on…does he think we’re stupid? He apparently said it all with a straight face, according to cNet News.

Says Bill: For Microsoft, we always want to be in the lead, making the breakthroughs. Chuckle. Any technologist will tell you that Microsoft has had one innovation in the history of the company (DOS), and he stole that from someone else (in the vein of buying Manhattan from the Indians). Microsoft Windows is a bloated, buggy piece of software that gained popularity and ubiquity from ruthless, brilliant and sometimes illegal tactics. Read more…



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Microsoft buying part of Yahoo?

May 3rd, 2006

The rumor started on The Wall Street Journal (the Journal is free this week), and I found something similar on CNN Money, but the story was the same…a Google-spooked Microsoft may buy into Yahoo.

Microsoft has been in talks with Yahoo! about potentially acquiring a major portion of the company, according to a report published Wednesday. Read more…



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How I made a million dollars in three months – The Podcast

May 3rd, 2006

Good catch by Darren Rouse of ProBlogger, who points out the 2WebCrew Interview of Markus Frind of Plentyoffish.com.

Here’s the blurb:

Duncan Riley and Richard Giles talk with Markus Frind from Plentyoffish.com, the largest free dating site in the world with over 15 million pageviews a day.

Markus is a one man show, earning $10,000 a day from Google’s Adsense. In fact, he mentioned after the show that that number is now dated. We discuss his business, how he runs it on only several Window’s systems (Microsoft’s perfect advertisement), Adsense, SEO’s getting into web sites development, his web design (or lack of), and the normal question about whether it’s a good time to start a web business.

Give it a listen.



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Are directory links still effective?

May 3rd, 2006

Dennis Watson over at the Internet Marketing and Advertising Tips blog has an article wondering if directories are still effective.

I think it depends on what you’re looking for. Every link can serve two purposes — the first is to build your PageRank with Google, and the second is to drive traffic. If you’re looking for traffic, any link with a site that complements yours is a good link. Read more…



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MicroSoft vs. Google – Clash of the Titans

May 3rd, 2006

The next year is going to be quite interesting in the online ad space. We’ve watched some of MicroSoft’s top talent defect to Google, while Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer exclaims I’m going to f–king kill Google. We’ve also watched Google announce all kinds of neat things but still end up deriving 99% of its revenues from contextual advertising.

Right now it looks like Google is killing Microsoft, and they certainly are the biggest threat MicroSoft ever faced. The underlying concept that Google is promoting — moving the applicaton (you could say even the operating system) off the local computer and on to the network and the Internet — will kill most of MicroSoft’s cash cows, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and even Windows itself. Read more…



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Former MySpace Chairman buys domain registrar eNom

May 2nd, 2006

A start-up headed by former MySpace.com chairman Richard Rosenblatt has bought domain registrar eNom, Inc., and is preparing a major push into domain-based advertising and commerce.

The Wall Street fatcats ponied up $120 million for Mr. Rosenblatt to acquire eNom and a portfolio of 150,000 names. Apparently they want to take advantage of what the article I read calls the trifecta: a surge in new domain registration, rising prices for resold domains and growing revenue from domain-based advertising. Read more…



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Understanding The Long Tail

May 1st, 2006

Chris Anderson’s book The Long Tail is due to be published in July.

I thought it would be a good time to re-visit his terrific article in Wired Magazine from 2004. Read more…



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