Money Articles

Long Live Free: How Free Makes Money
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The concept of "free" isn’t exactly a new one, but it is taking on a sort of new life in the digital age as major publishers (slowly) warm up to the concept – except the recording industry, of course, where the "free" is usually coupled with "to help make us a lot more money."

Newsvine Plucked By MSNBC

News community site Newsvine just made an undisclosed amount of cash for its owners as MSNBC agreed to purchase it.

Investors Toss Money At Automotive StreetFire

In the world of video-sharing sites, we see competitor after competitor that is, when you get right down to it, “not YouTube.”  But for car people, there’s something that’s even better, and it just received $6.1 million in funding.

Money Seekers Dump Applications Online

Out of those who apply for various financial services online, 54 percent are thought to abandon the process before it is completed.

When Wikis Won’t Work

In the past you would remember how I have been talking about wikis over here to reflect how they are some of the most interesting and refreshing social software tools out there to help boost knowledge sharing and collaboration amongst different teams, communities and whatever other groups.

SES: Show Me The SEM Money

The search industry has attracted plenty of entrepreneurs who want to make a go of the SEM or SEO business. A session at SES San Jose talked about the all-important topic of what to charge for those services.

New Facebook Ads May Make Money, Upset Users
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Even as credible rumors of acquisitions and IPOs spread, many onlookers were astonished by the amount of money Facebook seemed to believe its site was worth.  Yet Facebook may now introduce an advertising system that would have doubters nodding in agreement.

SES: The Context Of Money

Contextual advertising can be a nice little revenue stream for the site publisher who puts in the work, and we have some advice from the SES San Jose session presenters on the topic.

Sydney Gets Fuzzy Under Google Maps
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Views of Australia’s well-known metropolis on Google Maps have diminished in their clarity, resulting in conspiracy theories and denials from the search company.

Pharmacy.com Shooting For Business.com Money

A domain selling for hundreds of millions of dollars gets people’s attention. The sale of Business.com for $350 million most likely sent domainers into their files to see what they had available, if it’s going to be that kind of party. The sale has the owner(s) of pharmacy.com pretty excited, and the site is officially up for sale.

The sale of pharmacy.com is being brokered by FairWinds Partners, who inform us that this will be a private sale, rather than an auction, and that potential buyers like Walgreen’s and even Mark Cuban have been invited to bid.

FairWinds cites several recent multimillion dollar acquisitions, including wine.com, perfume.com, and diamonds.com. But as might be imagined, business.com was the icing on the cake, a web address FairWinds calls "less intuitive" for doing business.

And hence, as you might expect from one selling, that means its way more valuable. Is it a billion-dollar domain? They didn’t talk about targets, but they are touting  $12 billion annual market for online pharmaceutical, health and beauty products. That, and the conversion rates among users that type addresses directly into the web-browser. 

$500m Across 50,000 Blogs Probably Low

A few days ago blog ad network Chitika released a study [PDF] co-sponsored by University of Texas, Dallas that projects revenue for the top 50,000 weblogs at $500 million.

PayPal Introduces Pay Later Option
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eBay owned PayPal has launched a new payment service called PayPal Pay Later that allows merchants to offer promotional financing.

Mobile Ads Show Google The Money
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Google wants its software on more cellphones for the opportunity to present lucrative mobile ads, but the wireless companies have issues with Google’s business terms.

iCrossing Receives $62 Million In Funding
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Companies routinely receive three, five, or even ten million dollars in various funding rounds; reporting on it kind of dulls you to those huge amounts.  But iCrossing, a “global digital marketing company,” has just received $62 million, and that’s definitely worth a closer look.

Yikes Microsoft Makes A Lot of Money

Pit Google against Microsoft all you want, the Beast of Redmond still made over three times as much money as the Mountain View Giant last quarter. For the fiscal year, Microsoft surpassed $50 billion.

British Teen Goofs: Tells Cops About eBay Money
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Okay first, let’s establish two things as public service announcements: Don’t pay $200 for a PlayStation 2; if you stumble over almost 100 grand, don’t tell anybody about it, especially not the government.

Google Crowned King Of Acquisitions
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Regular WebProNews readers have probably already guessed this, but for what it’s worth, a new report has confirmed all our suspicions: Google takes over more companies than just about anybody else out there.

Scoble’s Blog Malaise

I’ve been in a blog malaise lately. It’s getting harder and harder to write. Why? The stakes are going up. Not for me, I really don’t care. But for the people I’m writing about and who want access to my audience. When I started writing a blog back in 2000 there weren’t any startups. In fact, the news of that day was how the startup world was being cleaned out.

Microsoft Drops Big Bag O’Money For aQuantive

Talk about throwing money around: Microsoft just plunked down $6 billion for digital marketing company aQuantive, Inc. The Beast of Redmond plans to wield this new weapon to develop an Internet-wide advertising platform.

Easy Money from Video Content
Google bought YouTube, but is struggling with ironing out ad revenue shares and advertising. What is the easiest way for Google to fix these issues? Integrate YouTube and Google Video directly into Google’s search results.

Networks Put Money on Joost

It may not be a $1.6-billion takeover, but Joost seems to be doing pretty well nevertheless, attracting $45-million in funding from a group of backers — including CBS and Viacom, two of the TV networks it has signed content deals with.

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