Meebo Turns Into One Big Ad, But Users Seem To Like It

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 22:40
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Web chat service Meebo, always innovative with advertising, is trying out something fairly aggressive: full takeover ads that show a persistent advertisement in the background. The company says that they already got 1% or higher click throughs on existing ads units on the site, which included rollovers at the bottom of the screen and another unit right in the middle. But the new units actually take over the entire background of the site, meaning users are literally slammed with the messaging. They are presented with an option of removing the add with a click. And ...


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Zimride: A Carpooling Startup That Actually Makes Money

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 21:24
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Zimride - a startup with a tagline that reads "A Carpool Community" - sounds exactly like the sort of benevolent Web 2.0 service that will never make a cent. As it turns out, since launching in 2007 and winning fbFund last summer, the company has managed to carve out a nice niche for itself that saves its users money, helps the environment, and actually manages to generate revenue. And, unlike some of its carpooling competitors, it has also managed to avoid getting sued by Canada. Zimride offers an application ...


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Mortgage Recommender Home-Account Secures $1 Million In Seed Funding

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 20:21
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Home-Account, a recently launched mortgage finding and counseling service, has secured $1 million in seed and angel funding. The largest investor is Charles River Ventures, who gave the startup $300,000 through their QuickStart Seed Funding Program (the program usually only gives startups $250,000 but saw promise in Home-Account). Additional investors include many well-known Silicon Valley leaders: Marc Benioff, Ron Conway, Mark Pincus, Jeff Clavier, Arjun Gupta, and Gigi Brisson.


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Apple’s iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 19:17
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We reported yesterday about Apple's alleged delay in payments to iPhone app developers, but there is more alarming news from iPhone developers about Apple's refund policies. Apparently, if iPhone users decide that they want a refund for an app (users can get a refund within 90 days, according to Apple policy), Apple requires that developers give back the money they received from the sale. But here's the kicker—Apple will refund the full amount to the user and says that it has the right to keep its commission. So the developer not only has ...


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