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Content M&A: Credit crunch crimps landscape

Media company deals will get done but there are potholes ahead.On a panel about dealmaking in the content space at the Future of Business Media conference, the consensus seemed to be that deals will get done, but the big fish will struggle with financing--especially if an acquisition depends on private equity or credit.

October 30, 2007 by


The Industry Standard: It's coming back

Bob Carrigan, president of IDG Communications, said Tuesday that his company will be bringing back The Industry Standard "in a blog format."Carrigan, speaking at the Future of Business Media Conference in New York City, made sure to note that the return of The Industry Standard shouldn't be viewed as another bubble milepost (see Techmeme roundup on bubble banter).

October 30, 2007 by


This stripper is paid in Captchas

Spammers have a new way around captchas: A virtual stripper who is paid when you fork over scrambled text messages, known as Captchas.The BBC is reporting that a Windows game shows a woman in "a state of undress" when a person correctly types in a Captcha--those squiggly letters you need to type in to conduct your daily Web business.

October 29, 2007 by


Meebo joins the season of platforms

On its second anniversary Meebo rolled out APIs for developers to write applications that leverage its Web-based instant messaging service. For starters, external applications built in Javascript or Flash include TokBox video/audio calling, Pudding Media's voice chat, and TalkShoe group voice call and live streaming via Ustream.

October 29, 2007 by Dan Farber


Google's heavy hand

Alex Bosworth has an excellent post on the heavy hand of Google on the Web. The gist of the piece: search engine optimization (SEO) is evil--but don't blame the optimizers, blame the ecosystem that Google has created.

October 29, 2007 by Phil Windley

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