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Whether they’re being groomed for acquisition or poised for long-term profit as standalone entities, Web 2.0 startups continue gorging on investors’ millions, according to a new report today from Internet Evolution. Despite the confusion of the current economic climate, “Web 2.0’s Biggest $inkholes” highlights key areas where VCs and angel investors think big Web 2.0 payoffs await:

  • Targeted advertising: JellyCloud couldn’t hack it and $11.5 million later went belly up; Lotame is staying afloat with its $28 million purse.
  • Social networking: All-purpose inbox company Xoopit is working on a $6 million round, while Orgoo is on indefinite hiatus; AOL’s $850 million for Bebo ended up being largely a write-off for the company.
  • Video: Lots of money’s chasing the desire to be the next YouTube – too bad most of the hosted content is porn; Trooker and others are betting there’s a market for video search.
  • Search: Cuil ($33 million) and SearchMe ($43.6 million) might imagine themselves Google killers, or at least viable alternatives. For investors, imagination makes for a crummy investment strategy.
  • Self-publishing/social-publishing: Uber.com and Bricabox litter this landscape, having shuttered themselves as things got rocky. It’s unclear whether ShareNow.com can thrive here.

“These startups are gambling that they’ll be acquired by the dominant players in each of these Web 2.0 sectors – Google, Facebook, YouTube, MSN, and Yahoo,” says Terry Sweeney, Editor in Chief of Internet Evolution. “As if today’s market wasn’t enough of a hindrance, many of these startups also suffer from fuzzy business plans, poor execution, and even crummy company names. Incredibly, that’s not stopping the flow of investment in some below-average companies.”

About Internet Evolution: Internet Evolution hosts more than 100 world-famous Internet experts – such as Kevin Mitnick, once the most-wanted computer hacker in the world; Dr. Lawrence Roberts, inventor of packet switching, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on telecom network architectures; Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.com; Paul Mockapetris, inventor of the Domain Name System (DNS); Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity adviser; and Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is killing our culture — all of whom are addressing today’s critical socio-economic issues within its ThinkerNet blogosphere. Internet Evolution also offers broadcast-quality broadband video documentaries and interviews; investigative reports; and user-generated content facilitated via the latest Web 2.0 technology.

About TechWeb: TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

About United Business Media Limited: United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM’s businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.

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The Internet Content Syndication Council (ICSC) issued a white paper entitled “Content Creation and Distribution in an Expanding Internet Universe” last week at the headquarters of the AAAA (American Association of Advertising Agencies). It was presented during the joint meeting of the AAAA’s Digital Marketing Committee and Search Engine Marketing Committee.

The 12-page study details the benefits of Internet Content Syndication to the four main constituents of the media industry: content creators, publishers, advertisers and users. The paper defines “Internet Content Syndication” as “The controlled placement of the same content on multiple partnering Internet destinations.” One the of paper’s main conclusions is that Internet Content Syndication offers a powerful solution to online audience fragmentation, a daunting problem facing online advertisers today.

The white paper was prepared by a working committee selected by the ICSC Board of Advisors and distributed to its membership for comment. The organization is comprised of market leaders in the rapidly expanding areas of Internet content creation, distribution, licensing, measurement and advertising sales.

Andrew Susman, chairman and founding member of the ICSC and CEO of Studio One Networks said, “The purpose of the ‘White Paper’ is to present in a clear and concise way the principles of Internet Content Syndication and the opportunities it offers those involved in today’s burgeoning online marketplace. Our heartfelt thanks to the council members for their valuable contributions.”

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CondeNet announced that it has launched applications for Style.com, Epicurious.com, Wired.com, and flip.com on MySpace, the world’s most popular social networking site. Empowered by MySpace’s newly announced Developer Platform, CondeNet was able to easily build and deploy the applications for its Web sites.

The Style.com application, Fashion Flash, offers the inside scoop on fashion, shopping, beauty and celebrity style. In the application’s first week, more than over 1,200 users installed it.

Style.com Fashion Flash MySpace Application.

The Epicurious.com application, Recipe of the Day, serves up a different, tasty food each day, drawing from a selection of more than 25,000 professionally created and tested recipes.

For the Wired.com application, Wired Gadget Lab, Wired News bloggers bring their sharp eyes and wit to the world of gadgets.

Wired Logo.

The flip application, flipbook creator, can be used to make and share online scrapbooks called flipbooks. Users can upload photos, video, and music; rotate, resize, and crop images; write text; add a soundtrack; draw freestyle; and share their flipbooks with friends. Registration is required to make a flipbook.

MySpace first introduced its Developer Platform site on February 5, 2008, beginning a month long application development period that made it possible for companies including CondeNet to build and test their applications in a secure environment before going live to the MySpace community.

On March 13, 2008, MySpace launched the public beta of the Application Gallery, enabling broader testing of approved applications by allowing public installation. MySpace members can now discover and add new applications from a variety of categories, including Fashion, Food & Drink, Fun Stuff/News & Weather and Fun Stuff/Photos to both their home and profile pages.

“We have found social networking applications to be an effective vehicle to speak to our existing audiences in a new way, as well as a wonderful tool to reach new users,” said Chris Gonzalez, Product Manager, Distributed Content, CondeNet. “As one of the first content providers to have a presence in the MySpace applications offering, we are thrilled to be able to provide members the ability to interact with our brands.”

flipbook creator.As with all MySpace Developer Platform applications, the Style.com, Epicurious.com, Wired.com, and flip.com applications will be able to safely access publicly available profile information, including a user’s friend list, interests, photos & albums, and video, as well as status & mood. The four applications will have real estate in five places within MySpace including:

  • A MySpace application profile (users can “friend” the apps).
  • Access to embed applications on the user homepage (inward facing-for you to see).
  • Access to embed applications on profiles (outward facing widget-for friends to see).
  • An Application Gallery listing.
  • A canvas page.

“We have had tremendous response both from companies and our members since announcing the MySpace Developer Platform,” said Kyle Brinkman, vice president and general manager, MySpace Developer Platform. “CondeNet is one of the early adopters to implement applications, particularly within the publishing industry, as they realize the importance of connecting their brands with our members.”

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Yahoo! India, a leading global Internet company, today announced the launch of a new concept for Yahoo! India Search called Glue Pages Beta, available exclusively at www.yahoo.in. This new search experience collates and integrates the most relevant information from across the Web onto a single ‘visual’ search results page. Glue Pages Beta, which aggregates text, images, and video content, is available for select search terms across categories such as health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology, and finance.

Designed to save time by offering a new way to find answers quickly, Glue Pages Beta is ideal for topics with broad coverage across a variety of information sources. For example, a search for ‘diabetes’ combines results from HowStuffWorks, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Health, Yahoo! Answers, and blogs. A search for ‘Aishwarya Rai’ would include biographical quick-facts, videos, music tracks, photos, and content from Yahoo! Answers.

Results will be displayed alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results. Consumers will also find links for other Glue Pages on topics related to their query.

Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Searching on Glue Pages Beta will result in an experience that promises more than just web links. Users will receive more relevant, visually appealing search results from across the Web in one topical page. The new Glue Pages Beta feature for Yahoo! India Search supports our strategy to make Yahoo! the leading starting point on the Internet and demonstrates our commitment to provide a compelling online search experience,” said Gopal Krishna, Head of Audience, Yahoo! India.

“Glue Pages Beta limits guesswork for the user by providing the best of web, all onto one ‘at-a-glance’ page. Over time, Glue Pages Beta will be made available to more categories that are relevant to users in India. We are excited to open this up further and work with a wider ecosystem of consumers, publishers, developers and advertisers in the future,” said Sandeep Shrivastava, Director Search, Yahoo! India.

Yahoo! Glue Pages Beta.

With a focus on providing a compelling and intuitive online search experience, the new Glue Pages Beta helps enable users in India to derive maximum value from their search efforts. As this beta evolves, Yahoo! India Search will explore various ways to supplement algorithmically generated Glue Pages with topical pages built and maintained by local subject-matter experts from the Internet community.

Key benefits of Glue Pages Beta

  • Collates and integrates the best information from across the Web onto a single topical page.
  • Uses intuitive search technology to identify the most relevant combination of text, images and video content for select popular search queries, alongside classic Yahoo! India Search results.
  • Saves time and helps eliminate guess work involved in clicking on multiple web links.
  • Initially available across categories like health, sports, entertainment, travel, technology and finance.

What are Glue Pages?
Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

Glue Pages unite your Classic Search Results with visual information from the best sites anywhere on the Web.

How are they different?
In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

In one click, browse through images, videos, articles, and more all on one page! With Glue Pages, you spend more time learning and less time searching.

What are Related Pages?
These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search. Example:

These are Glue Pages that we think you might be interested in based on the topic of your search.

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Tribune Company announced that Randy Michaels has been named chief operating officer, responsible for all aspects of the company’s publishing, broadcasting and interactive divisions. The appointment is effective immediately. “Randy is one of the most creative human beings I’ve ever known,” said Sam Zell, Tribune’s chairman and chief executive officer. “But he is exactly what Tribune needs to keep moving forward-smart, decisive, relentless, irreverent, fun and cutting edge.”

Michaels had been serving as executive vice president and chief executive officer of Tribune’s interactive and broadcast divisions, a post he assumed on Dec. 20, 2007, when the company completed its going-private transaction.

“The advertising environment is tough, the real estate crisis is affecting our classifieds something awful, and people are saying ‘newspapers are dead,'” said Michaels. “So, naturally, I want to take on even more responsibility for our print business.” He added, “Despite the problems, we have world-class brands with unlimited potential. We’re in the biggest markets and print still grabs a bigger share of advertising revenue than any other medium. On the broadcasting side, our TV stations are leading the industry in growth. By using the resources and support of these amazing brands, we can also build tremendously strong interactive businesses. There is a lot of upside here.”

TRIBUNE is America’s largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.), The Sun (Baltimore), South Florida Sun- Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call and Daily Press. The company’s broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, Superstation WGN on national cable, Chicago’s WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience. At Tribune we take what we do seriously and with a great deal of pride. We also value the creative spirit and are nurturing a corporate culture that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, announced that Internet Evolution, a Web 2.0 site dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, has added exclusive access to a mobile blog – entitled “Alan Reiter’s Wireless Web World” – for readers from their wireless devices only. For access to the Internet Evolution mobile site from a wireless handset, visit: http://www.internetevolution.com/mobile/.

Alan Reiter's Wireless Web World.The blog, written by Alan Reiter, President of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a consulting firm that helps wireless data businesses in the United States and abroad, will cover a wide range of wireless Internet subjects, including wireless email, games, music, videos, location technologies, 3G/3.5G/4G, online applications for phones, social networking, privacy/security, mobile browsers, mobile marketing/advertising, femtocells and wireless UMPCs/MIDs/subnotebooks.

“We launched this killer blog in response to our readers’ voracious appetite for wireless access to news,” said Stephen Saunders, Internet Evolution creator and blogger. “This is the latest example of our commitment to provide our audience with critical Internet-focused information in what they select as the most effective delivery method.”

About Internet Evolution

Internet Evolution hosts more than 100 world-famous Internet experts – such as Kevin Mitnick, once the most-wanted computer hacker in the world; Dr. Lawrence Roberts, inventor of packet switching, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on telecom network architectures; Jack Uldrich, futurist, scholar, and author; Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.com; David Weinberger, technologist and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto; Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity adviser; and Norman J. Ornstein, political scientist and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) – all of whom are addressing today’s critical socio-economic issues within its ThinkerNet blogosphere. Internet Evolution also offers broadcast-quality broadband video documentaries and interviews; investigative reports; and user-generated content facilitated via the latest Web 2.0 technology. Internet Evolution is a joint production of Light Reading, the world’s leading publishing, event and research company focusing on communications service providers and InformationWeek, the largest, most influential community of IT buyers and providers, focusing on driving and setting the agenda for business innovation powered by technology.

About TechWeb

TechWeb.TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

*13.3 million business decision-makers: based on # of monthly connections.

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Obama\'s faith outreach; how high food prices are affecting the organic food market; and a discussion on whether \COVER:The Post-American World” (p. 24). Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria, in an excerpt from his forthcoming book, “The Post-American World,” writes that in America “we are still debating the nature and extent of anti-Americanism. One side says that the problem is real and worrying and that we must woo the world back. The other says this is the inevitable price of power and that many of these countries are envious – and vaguely French – so we can safely ignore their griping. But while we argue over why they hate us, ‘they’ have moved on, and are now far more interested in other, more dynamic parts of the globe. The world has shifted from anti-Americanism to post- Americanism.” In the excerpt, Zakaria explores not the decline of America but “the rise of the rest – the rest of the world.”

POLITICS:Obama’s New Gospel” (p. 32). Washington Correspondent Eve Conant and Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe report on the efforts of Barack Obama’s campaign to get the word out to religious voters that the candidate is serious about their concerns and that his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. is over. Voters in Indiana want to know if Obama believes Wright’s more controversial statements and what is the status of their relationship.

POLITICS:A Turbulent Pastor” (p. 34). White House Correspondent Holly Bailey reports on Pastor John Hagee, the San Antonio televangelist who has offended Roman Catholics and other groups, and his endorsement of John McCain. McCain and his aides draw a sharp distinction between his relationship to Hagee and Obama’s ties to the Rev. Wright. McCain’s aides attribute the Hagee controversy to poor vetting. But even some Republicans (not affiliated with the campaign) privately wonder how the pastor’s extreme views slipped through without notice.

TRAGEDY:She Thought She Could Do Better” (p. 40). Washington Correspondent Eve Conant reports on the apparent suicide of “the D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey. During the course of numerous conversations with Newsweek over the last year, Palfrey portrayed herself as a self-made woman looking for the American Dream and as a feminist who wanted to “empower” woman. She made available to Newsweek a half-finished 95-page memoir she described as “my little literary undertaking.” Her story – about her “little cottage industry” – provides a revealing insight into the motives and lifestyles of high-end prostitutes.

JUSTICE:Look Past Polygamy” (p. 42). Los Angeles Bureau Chief Andrew Murr reports that for decades, the lessons of the disastrous 1953 raid on the polygamous community of Short Creek, Arizona, home to the roughly 500 men, women and children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had exerted great influence on law enforcement’s attitudes toward FLDS. And now all are watching to see what will happen in Eldorado, Texas, following last month’s raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch.

TECHNOLOGY:The Art of Mayhem and Murder” (p. 43). General Editor N’Gai Croal reviews Grand Theft Auto IV, after playing it 10 hours or so. He writes that it’s a “much slower burn” than its predecessors, which introduced you much sooner to the mayhem “that has twisted its critics’ knickers.” Croal writes that for the first several hours it’s all about the relationships your alter ego Niko Bellic has, before you even see a gun.

PROJECT GREEN:A Chain That Pigs Would Die For” (p. 45). General Editor Anna Kuchment reports on Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Steve Ells’s success with his mission to serve humanely raised, sustainably grown food at his restaurants, including meat and dairy products that are free of antibiotics and hormones. Since launching what it calls Food With Integrity, Chipotle has been serving sour cream and cheese free of the hormone rBGH, organic beans, and naturally raised pork, chicken and meat. Last month it announced it would buy locally grown produce whenever possible.

Natural Response” (p. 48). Midwest Bureau Chief Keith Naughton reports that with food prices rising, sales of organic food are starting to wane. The healthy-food craze mushroomed this decade, growing 150 percent since 2001 to reach $19 billion in sales last year. But now with gas near $4 a gallon, the $7 gallon of organic milk doesn’t look as good. After years of 20 percent annual sales growth, consumers are curtailing their consumption of organics, according to market researcher the Hartman Group.

Empty-Net Syndrome” (p. 49). Special Correspondent Paul Tolme reports that for the first time, federal and state fisheries officials have closed the salmon harvest season in California and in most of Oregon. The reason: Only 90,000 fish returned last fall to the Sacramento River chinook run, down 90 percent from just a few years ago. Experts blame water diversions for agriculture and communities, pollution, dams that have cut off salmon from their upstream spawning grounds and unfavorable ocean conditions that diminished food sources in the Pacific.

TELEVISION:Legend or Loser: Does ‘Seinfeld’ Still Hold Up After 10 Years?” (p. 58). Nope. Arts and Entertainment Editor Marc Peyser writes that when “Seinfeld” went off the air 10 years ago, it was widely considered to be a classic, and many fans call it the best sitcom ever. “Was it either? Or neither,” he writes. “As someone who doesn’t dip into its bottomless rerun pool very much, I was surprised when I sat down with the show again by how poorly ‘Seinfeld’ holds up. What once seemed smart … feels like shtik. The pacing-no show had ever packed in so many scenes, some of them lasting a few seconds-now seems formulaic and forced.”

Yep.” (p. 59). Senior Editor David Noonan counters Peyser, and writes that the show is still funny, mostly because of the supporting cast of characters that play off the four leads, such as Newman, George’s parents and Jerry’s parents. “Although it’s about four friends in New York in the ’90s, ‘Seinfeld’s’ best jokes have almost nothing to do with all that, another reason it endures. The contamination of Jerry’s car by a parking valet’s lethal BO, Kramer’s finding the old Merv Griffin set and turning his apartment into a talk show, the invention of the Mansiere.”

TIP SHEET:Cutting Back Your Hours” (p. 60). Chicago Correspondent Karen Springen reports that today more than 25 million Americans work part time and employers are making it easier to work fewer hours: 36 percent now give employees the chance to work part time, according to a survey. Springen offers some guidance on how to work part time successfully: know how to land the job, set ground rules up front and be flexible.

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