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2008: Let The Bubble Whispers Begin

2008: Let The Bubble Whispers Begin

By WebProNews Staff January 6, 2008

A forecast of doom and economic gloom encompassing the tech world may be more reality than nightmare this year.

Insiders Say Market Is Bullish, Not Bubbly

Maybe it’s not best to ask online players if online properties are overvalued. But the general consensus, save for an occasional cautious voice, seems to be that the market is bullish, not bubbled. Rational, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter.

Facebook Bubble Cult Pushes Value To $100 Billion

Put your coffee down, you’ll spit it. Facebook cheerleaders, from within what must be a social networking tunnel (or cave?), have transformed themselves into prostrate worshipers, transubstantiating reason to whatever the digital equivalent is of 72 virgins.

Values And Egos Inflate: The Bubble Returns
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A $750 billion Google? A $15 billion Facebook? $100 million for TechCrunch? Valuations like these are inspiring one of three reactions: laughter; elation; and déjà vu all over again. Even as that word is at the back of everyone’s (well, at least the skeptic’s) mind, some analysts say fat times are ahead in e-commerce.

Yahoo!Xtra Bubble Doesn’t Blow
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“Yahoo!Xtra Bubble” – sounds like a kind of gum, doesn’t it?  But it’s actually a new service that should soon become available to customers of Telecom New Zealand, and it’ll “offer a suite of premium services accessed through a personalised homepage – all at no extra cost.”

Bubble Popping Time For Online Ads

Ad revenue dropped for every major Internet player but Google in the second quarter of this year.

Whispers of the last dot-com crash have begun to surface again.

Dvorak Dupes ‘Em Again

God, I love it when the blogosphere blows up. It keeps my job entertaining. This time, a well-known columnist set some bait, and let the traffic flow. PC Magazine can’t be paying for the insightful commentary, but cranky old men that know how to fire up the A-listers are definitely worth something.

Blogspot and SEO
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Well it never just rains. It has to pour. I made an offer of some free SEO reviews a while back and a nasty confluence of happenings has upset my apple cart.

But I’m going to try and get some advice out to a few more people now. And this is going to be the toughest task I’ve had in a while. You see it never dawned on me that so many folk would be on hosted blogs. Let’s just say that optimising Blogspot is not a straight forward task.

What Will Pop The Google Bubble?

Dave Winer says we’ll know Web 2.0′s bubble is popped when Google’s stock crashes.

Diller Not Buying This Bubble

Barry Diller, the head of IAC/InterActiveCorp, thinks the market for Internet companies is priced well above what they are truly worth.

Bill Gates Says Were Back In A Bubble

Hmmm, Bill Gates is reported to have said “we’re back kind of in Internet-bubble era in terms of people thinking: OK, traffic. We want traffic. We want traffic. There are still some areas where it is unclear what’s going to come out of that.”

10x 2.0

The traditional venture capital invests disruptive technologies that provide a 10 fold improvement and generate 10x return.

YouTube IPO? Shhhh! Don’t Say Bubble

Despite denying that online video phenom YouTube could be priced or bought for a bubbly $1 billion, founder Chad Hurley is warm to the idea of an initial public offering.

Rumors Bubble On Microsoft, eBay Talk

Sources say that unnamed people at the two tech companies have reportedly been discussing a potential merger. Allegedly.

Bubble Bursts Hollywood Distribution Model

Replete with Tivo and other time-shifting technologies, consumers want control of what matters most-their time. Perhaps Hollywood is waking up to their needs?

Book, Blook and Podcasts

Here’s a neat idea – post the chapters of your book to your blog (sound familiar?) and record each chapter as a podcast.

Verizon’s Secret, No Longer So Little

Here’s yet another shining example of how the blogosphere helps drive the news agenda.