Ask.com

  • IAC Agrees To Work With Regulators On Cyberbullying Protections Following Ask.fm Deal

    IAC Agrees To Work With Regulators On Cyberbullying Protections Following Ask.fm Deal

    IAC-owned search company Ask.com has acquired the beleaguered anonymous Q&A social network, Ask.fm. The news was first reported by The New York Times this morning, and IAC and Ask.fm have also confirmed to TechCrunch. Alongside of the deal, IAC has inked an agreement with the attorneys general of New York and Maryland, who have outlined policies to try to curb cyberbullying on Ask.fm… Read More

  • UrbanSpoon To Focus On Quality Restaurant Reviews After Selling Rezbook To OpenTable

    UrbanSpoon To Focus On Quality Restaurant Reviews After Selling Rezbook To OpenTable

    After stepping out of a heated battle over the restaurant reservation space, Urbanspoon is taking a new approach to its review services — editorial content. Yelp had acquired reservation management system SeatMe last month, which suggests it will replace industry default OpenTable with an in-house, mobile-focused competitor. When it bought Rezbook last Wednesday, OpenTable got some… Read More

  • About.com Makes Big Leadership Changes As It Zeroes In On Native Advertising And Social

    About.com Makes Big Leadership Changes As It Zeroes In On Native Advertising And Social

    About.com has been around since 1996, but nearly 20 years later the company is undergoing a relatively large shakeup. Just recently, Neil Vogel took over as Chief Executive Officer to revamp About.com for today’s internet, complete with social and a fresh look. But he’s not the only new face on the payroll: Scott Kim, originally from About.com’s sister site Ask.com, will… Read More

  • Ask.com Brings Mobile Q&A Platform To Android Devices

    Ask.com Brings Mobile Q&A Platform To Android Devices

    As we heard last year, Ask surrendered its search operations to its competitors and refocused on building out its Q&A platform. This seems to have paid off somewhat—the company has seen over 1 million downloads of its iPhone app. Mobile, specifically, has been a growth area for the Q&A platform, with a 100 percent increase in visits to Ask.com from smart phones over the last… Read More

  • An Unlikely Entrant In The Location App Race At SXSW: Ask.com

    There’s a fairly insane rush currently underway to launch new services in time for SXSW next week. Most of these are obviously startups hoping to hit it big at the conference and ride that success to greatness just as Twitter and Foursquare did. And then there’s another player, of an entirely different scale, looking to leverage the conference with a brand new location-based… Read More

  • Exclusive: Bloglines Will Be Resurrected By IAC-Funded MerchantCircle

    Exclusive: Bloglines Will Be Resurrected By IAC-Funded MerchantCircle

    The saga continues. After informing us in September that the IAC-owned Bloglines was to be shut down permanently, Ask.com (the IAC property that operates Bloglines) has resurrected the troubled RSS feeder, the company tells TechCrunch exclusively. IAC has transferred ownership of the property to an unlikely new patron: MerchantCircle, an online marketing network for small business owners. Read More

  • Compete Top 50: Bing And Ask Rise – MySpace, MapQuest And Flickr Fall

    Online analytics company Compete has just published its ranking of the top 50 websites for September 2010, giving some insights into current visitor trends (and not absolute numbers, as the company tends to undercount traffic for most websites). Compete’s data compilation shows increasing traffic to Microsoft’s search engine Bing (up 11.7 percent for the month and 108.5 percent for… Read More

  • Vinod Khosla and Kevin Skillern on Green Tech Investments

    When Google Wanted To Sell To Excite For Under $1 Million — And They Passed

    On stage today at our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Vinod Khosla, the founder of Khosla Ventures, recalled a story from the days when he backed Excite, one of the original Internet portals. Specifically, he spoke briefly about the time they failed to acquire Google. This story has been circulated for a while, but not many people know about it. Khosla stated it simply: Google… Read More

  • Barry Diller: Ask.com Has No Value Inside Of IAC

    Barry Diller: Ask.com Has No Value Inside Of IAC

    Many of us may have forgotten that Ask.com is a search engine just like Google and Bing. It seems that IAC’s Barry Diller, who owns Ask.com, seems to have no memory of Ask’s value as well. Diller sat down with Michael Arrington today at TechCrunch Disrupt, and spoke candidly about the future of Ask.com. Says Diller, “I don’t think Ask.com is going to gain search… Read More

  • Exclusive: IAC Finally Kills Off Bloglines

    It’s finally happened. Bloglines,the troubled RSS feed reader owned by IAC, will officially be shut down, the company has told TechCrunch exclusively. The site has had a tumultuous history, so it’s unsurprising that IAC has finally put the platform out of its misery. Bloglines, which is actually operated by IAC Q&A property Ask.com, will be informing users of the news today… Read More

  • Swingly's Answer Engine Comes Out Of Stealth Swinging And Killing Zombies

    An insane number of searches on the web involve people asking questions. Sometimes they’re good questions, sometimes they’re stupid questions, sometimes they’re insane questions. Just start typing something into Google beginning with the words “How” or “Why” for proof of this — the auto-suggest speaks for itself. Sadly, Google isn’t great… Read More

  • Dictionary.com's iPhone App Agent X Word Helps You Solve Crossword Puzzles On The Go

    If you enjoy crossword puzzles, you are going to love Dictionary.com’s new iPhone app, Agent X Word. The app, which is $2.99 in the App Store, is the ultimate crossword solver. The new app leverages Dictionary.com’s proprietary natural-language technology and semantic search capabilities to provide an actual answer (or up to three hints if you just need a little help). Agent X… Read More

  • One Website To Rule Them All: Explosions And Boobs

    We on the web are a simple folk — especially us males. We need but two things to keep us happy: Explosions and boobs. And thank God someone has finally cut through all the BS, and given us exactly what we want in one brilliant site called yes, Explosions and Boobs. The site is actually more elaborate than it may seem at first glorious glance. If you click on either the explosion picture… Read More

  • IAC's Ask.com Acquires Domain Name Monetizer Sendori

    Ask Sponsored Listings, a division of Ask.com (itself a subsidiary to IAC) has acquired Sendori, a startup that introduced interesting advertising exchange technology about two years ago that enabled advertisers to purchase direct navigation traffic generated by top tier domain names, bypassing PPC advertising providers like Google and Yahoo when it comes to monetizing parked… Read More

  • Ask.com Experimental Search Is Effectively Nothing More Than An Ad Engine

    Search for Stocks on Ask’s experimental search page and you’ll get 13 advertisements and just 9 actual search results on the first page. Same for Mortgages, Cars, and thousands of other terms. For these searches, the first actual search result is 1,000 pixels down the page. Some queries, like Dogs, are a little more reasonable, with just four advertisements on the first page. All… Read More

  • Ask.com Has Top Searches Too; They're Just Really Boring

    It’s the season for top searches, and Ask.com just doesn’t know how to play the game. To compile these, big search engines take all the top search terms for the year and promptly throw the data out. They then compile a list of terms that they think properly reflects key trends that people are looking for, occasionally looking at the actual data for guidance. We saw Yahoo’s… Read More

  • Bloglines Gets A Band-Aid; And We Hear It's Still For Sale

    Bloglines got a much needed band-aid this weekend that fixed the feed update problem that has plagued users for weeks and caused long-gone founder Mark Fletcher to write “Bloglines, please stop sucking. It’s been a couple weeks now. I don’t want to have to move to Google Reader. Sigh.” In our continued testing we see all of our feeds now updating regularly on both… Read More

  • Destruction Of Bloglines Now Complete; Founder Prepares To Switch To Google Reader

    Users who hadn’t already left Bloglines for Google Reader and other functional RSS readers are doing so now, largely because Bloglines has stopped working and the company has done absolutely nothing to communicate to users what is going on or when it might be fixed. Even Bloglines founder Mark Fletcher, who sold the company to Ask.com in 2005, is ready to jump ship. In a Twitter… Read More

  • Microsoft Should Look To Ask.com For Commercial Ideas

    Who needs Jerry Seinfeld when you’ve got a pole-dancing babe? Ask.com, the search engine formerly associated with a butler named Jeeves, is running an advertisement that features a voluptuous young woman doing acrobatic moves on a stripper pole under the heading “What are the best aerobic workouts?” The ad may tell me nothing about the site’s technology or give me… Read More

  • Ask.com plays to people's privacy concerns with AskEraser: Erases your search history from its servers

    The last time I used ask.com to search for anything, the New England Patriots had a losing record. That was before Google came into its own, storing each and every one of my searches on its servers for all eternity. Now ask.com, seeing the heightened attention paid to privacy, has rolled out a new feature that will erase your searches from its servers—feel free to search… Read More