All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘IAC’

Sean Rad Forced Out Of CEO Role At Tinder

Tinder CEO Sean Rad has been forced out of the role, but will be staying with the company in the capacity of President and board member. Rad founded the company behind the hottest dating app out there, but events unrelated to the app’s performance have led to his demotion. The news didn’t come in a formal announcement from Tinder or …

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Avengers DVD Release Accompanied By Launch Of Marvel Game Hub

IAC’s Mindspark Interactive Network announced that it has launched Heroic Play, a destination where Avengers fans can play various Marvel games, as well as get Marvel news and view Marvel related messages shared across social media. Heroic Play launched with 15 games with characters from The Avengers and the larger Marvel universe. The company timed the launch to coincide with …

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Ask Parent IAC Acquires DateHookup To Pump Up Revenue

Earlier this week, we reported that Ask.com has acquired About.com and The About Network. Now, Ask parent IAC has announced another acquisition – DateHookup. IAC has completed the acquisition of the ad-supported dating site for an undisclosed sum. DateHookup generated over $500 million in revenue in 2011. “DateHookup has built a sizable and active community of online singles in the …

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Ask.com Acquires About.com For $300 Million

IAC announced that its Ask.com property has agreed to acquire The About Group from The New York Times for $300 million. The About Group, of course, is the company behind About.com. The deal was signed on Sunday. “The About.com acquisition is completely in line with IAC’s M&A strategy of acquiring, at disciplined valuations, companies that are complementary and synergistic with …

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Google, IAC Extend Partnership Through 2016

Procrastination and a fear of commitment apparently didn’t enter the equation when it came to renewing a longstanding search and advertising agreement between Google and IAC.  This morning, IAC announced that the two companies have extended their deal through March of 2016. The original deal wasn’t set to expire until the end of 2012, so the timing of this development …

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CitySearch Launches Daily Deals Aggregator

Taking advantage of all the buzz about daily deals, CitySearch has taken it upon itself to provide a convenient way for user to check out available deals from one spot (an iPhone or Android app). 

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Barry Diller Gives Up Role Of IAC CEO

Less than a month after IAC’s Ask.com announced its decision to stop competing in the search market, another major change is taking place as Barry Diller gives up the title "CEO of IAC."   Gregg Blatt, who previously served as CEO of Match.com, will replace Diller.

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eBay, Facebook, IAC, Yahoo Side With YouTube In Viacom Fight

Earlier this month, Viacom’s supporters came out in force, formally taking the corporation’s side in its legal dispute with YouTube.  Now eBay, Facebook, IAC, and Yahoo have acted to sort of balance the situation, stepping forward to ally themselves with YouTube.

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Ask Introduces New Deal Feature

Ask.com has added a new feature to its search engine homepage designed to help online shoppers find the best deals on the Web.

The IAC owned property has introduced "Ask Deals," a proprietary database of more than 1 million savings offers from national and local retailers across hundreds of product categories.

The Ask homepage now features a new tab labeled "Deals" for users who only want to view the best offers online. The Ask Deals database is continuously updated to provide users with the most current savings offers.

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IAC Taps Silverman For New Media Venture

Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, is leaving the company in the fall to start a new venture with Barry Diller’s media and Internet company, IAC.

NBC has named Jeff Gaspin, chief operating officer of Universal Television Group, as chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

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Harvard Professor Claims Google Conversions Inflated

Benjamin Edelman,  assistant professor at Harvard Business School, claims Google and partners are inflating PPC conversion rates and increasing advertiser cost via four specific channels, including Google’s own Chrome browser.

Google makes money by charging advertisers every time a user clicks on a Google advertisement, but in the instances described and documented by Edelman, he makes it appear Google and partners are colluding to intercept traffic to websites that would be navigated directly (and for free) rather than by searching.

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Publishers Collaborate on New Microsoft Advertising Offering

Today Microsoft announced the creation of the Publisher Leadership Council, a group of Web publishers who will consult on the development of Microsoft PubCenter, its next-generation advertising platform for digital media publishers.

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