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Did Plaxo Sell to Comcast Ahead of Declining User Numbers?

While I’m pretty confident why CBS is acquiring CNET, I’m stumped when it comes to why Comcast is acquiring Plaxo.

The Plaxo blog tells us…

Comcast has an exciting vision to bring the social media experience to mainstream consumers. Together, we will be able to help users connect with all the people they care about, across all of the devices they use, with all the media they love to consume, create, and share.

But all I hear is the loud sound of the chart below–showing that perhaps Plaxo just wanted to sell before it became the latest contestant on Dancing With the Stars. That is where the washed-up stars end-up, right? ;-)

OK, maybe I’m being too harsh. You tell me, why you think Comcast wanted Plaxo.

craigslist vs. eBay: the Plot Thickens

Reuters reports today that craigslist has filed a countersuit against eBay in California. Like eBay’s suit against craigslist, the countersuit contains a number of accusations of unfair and/or unethical business practices. Reuters explains:

In addition to unfair competition and fraudulent business claims, the countersuit accuses eBay of copyright infringement and using misleading advertising on Google Inc to run ads for its rival Kijiji site that appeared to be Craigslist ads. . . .

And it gets a bit shadier, too. As a minority shareholder, eBay was entitled to have members on craigslist’s board. The countersuit alleges that eBay used these members to try to pressure craigslist into being acquired by eBay and/or to gather competitive information while preparing to launch Kijiji, eBay’s classifieds site/craigslist rival. In fact, the suit “charges eBay code-named this its ‘Craigslist killer’ in internal strategy discussions,” and

That’s a Lot of Spam!

Sanford Wallace, aka “Spam King,” or “Spamford” – a notorious spam king – is finally paying for all that spam. Wallace is president of Cyber Promotions and now he and his partner have the distinction of getting one of largest anti-spam judgments. The court has ruled that they owe MySpace about $230 million in damages.

U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles ruled in MySpace’s favor Monday. Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines did not show up for the court hearing.

While MySpace may never actually see the money, they hope that it will deter other spammers. Because, obviously you can make a lot of money off spamming and even if you get caught still get to keep the money.

StrawPoll Offers Twitter Users Polling App

A new Twitter application has been launched called StrawPoll, which offers Twitter users the ability to poll and monitor their followers.


The application can be found at and is now available to all Twitter users.

StrawPoll works with the Twitter API to offer your followers not only the poll question you would like answered, but also a shortened URL to a page where users can answer the poll more in-depth.

Followers can simply vote by replying to the person they follow with the number that represents the answer:

Are you currently reading a book: Yes (1) or No (2) ?

@dsnyder <1>

Or you can also add a reply:

Are you currently reading a book: Yes (1) or No (2) ?

SlideShare Presented With $3 Million in Series A

By Sean Maguire

Joining an all-star cast of investors that includes Guy Kawasaki, founder of Alltop and Dallas, TX billionaire Mark Cuban, founder of; SlideShare, Inc., the world’s largest online slide sharing community announced it has secured $3 million in Series A funding, led by Venrock.

The funding enables SlideShare to expand operations, fund continued product development and accelerate its subscription base.

A free service, SlideShare is the “YouTube” of slide show sharing; allowing individuals and organizations to easily upload and share presentations and generate leads. Files can be tagged, downloaded and embedded into blogs, websites and social media platforms.

As part of the round, SlideShare adds Venrock General Partner, David Siminoff to its board. “Our use of the Internet is evolving from consuming and sharing text-based information – like email, news and blogs – to visual communication, using imagery and video,” said Siminoff.

Google Friend Connect Makes Sites More Social

First MySpace announced data portability, then Facebook announced Connect, and now Google has Friend Connect. Each is making it easier to share profile information from one social networking site to other web sites (and hoping to be place you go to do that). Google’s Friend Connect was announced today.

To add social networking features to any web site, you can get code from Google (although, unfortunately, the site does not work until tonight) and pick which features you want to add. The code will allow people register on your site, invite other people, import friends lists, see who else is on the site, and post messages and reviews.

Facebook to Start Porting Profile Data to Other Sites

Yesterday MySpace announced that you can use your MySpace profile on other sites. Not to be outdone, today Facebook announced their version. It’s called Facebook Connect and it’s a good sign that data portability is catching on. Especially because Facebook usually doesn’t follow suit when it comes to sharing data (unless it’s for advertising).

Facebook Connect was announced on the company’s developer blog.

Privacy is a big concern as it always is with social networks. Free means you give up personal information so you can be on the site. If you change your mind, getting the information off could be tricky. Also, each site has its own privacy policies.