Rafat / PaidContent.org:
Exclusive: Weblogs Inc Being Bought Out By America Online : [by Rafat Ali] As usual, you read it here first: Weblogs Inc, the blog media company founded by Jason Calacanis (pictured at We Media conference today) and Brian Alvey, is being bought by America Online, paidContent.org has learned from multiple sources.
Discussion: MobHappy, Software Only, Blogspotting, Small Business Trends, paradox1x, Search Engine Journal, Blog Tips, Susan Mernit's Blog, Colin's Corner, TechCrunch, Adrants, jkOnTheRun, Digital Tech Life, The Blog Herald, Business Blog Consulting, BlogNetworkWatch, Om Malik's Broadband Blog, B.L. Ochman's weblog, Webby Media Blog Network and Read/Write Web
Jeff Clavier / Software Only: M&A News: AOL acquires Weblogs Inc - Wondir bought by a new Steve Case's startup
Anita Campbell / Small Business Trends: TrendTracking: Acquisitions, Canadian Small Biz Sites, and More
AOL to buy Weblogs Inc. network for $25 mln-source — SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5 (Reuters) - America Online Inc. has agreed to buy Weblogs Inc. — a network of Internet diaries focused on niche topics ranging from food to gadgets — for around $25 million, a source familiar with the deal said on Wednesday.
Duncan / The Blog Herald:
Gawker Media in sales talks? — OK, its an unsubstantiated rumor and comes hot off the press following following the news that AOL has bought Weblogs Inc., but I have it on good authority from someone who should know that Nick Denton's Gawker Media has been approached by News Corp …
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Blog Publishing Hits the VERY Big Time With Denton/VNU Deal — Blog entrepreneur Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, has hit the really big time, and very soon, so will blog advertising. Mark my words, blog advertising prices are about to soar. And it's about time that blog influence and value unite.
More details on Web 2.0 story — This is why I love having a blog. Here's a story that includes a quote from me from a Web 2.0 panel: … What I mean by that is that competition makes things better for users and publishers. If someone comes along and competes fairly and does a better job than Google …
Ellie Gibson / eurogamer.net:
Nintendo unveils Wi-Fi dongle — Nintendo has unveiled the new Wi-Fi USB connector that will allow DS owners who don't have a wireless router to take their handheld online. — Stick it in your PC and it'll open a window to establish a link between your DS, your computer and your Internet connection.
Discussion: Things That
Rob Hof / Business Week:
Flock, the New Browser on the Block — The latest challenger to Explorer and Firefox aims to beat the big guys by emphasizing blogging, networking, and online communities — Web browsers don't look much different than they did a decade ago, when Netscape Communications's initial stock …
Record labels, satellite radio seen in showdown — LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The record industry may next aim its legal guns at satellite radio due to a dispute involving new portable players which let listeners record and store songs, an analyst and industry sources said on Wednesday.
Jason Schultz / Copyfight: RIAA looking to break "record" button on satellite radios
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
October 12 Apple event to usher in new Power Macs, PowerBooks — October 5, 2005 - Select members of the industry and media received invitations Tuesday from Apple to a special event taking place one week from today at the California Theater in San Jose. The event, Think Secret has learned …
Google Appoints Shirley M. Tilghman, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors — MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 5, 2005 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that Shirley M. Tilghman, Princeton University's President and Professor of Molecular Biology, was unanimously elected to join Google's Board of Directors.
Discussion: Infectious Greed
Fred / A VC:
Point Solutions vs End to End Solutions — I wrote this on the flight out to the Web 2.0 conference. I hope it stimulates some interesting conversations. — One of the central tenets of Web 2. thinking is that lightweight "point solutions" that can be stitched together by the consumer …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Google, Sun to jointly develop better news conferences — Their appetites whetted by visions of an open-source, Web-based competitor for Microsoft Office (see "It looks like you're planning to smash Microsoft into oblivion. Perhaps I can help."), analysts and pundits made quick work …
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