• 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: Has No Value Inside Of IAC

    Barry Diller: Has No Value Inside Of IAC

    Many of us may have forgotten that is a search engine just like Google and Bing. It seems that IAC’s Barry Diller, who owns, 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 Says Diller, “I don’t think 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, 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

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

    If you enjoy crossword puzzles, you are going to love’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’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 Acquires Domain Name Monetizer Sendori

    Ask Sponsored Listings, a division of (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

  • 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

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

    It’s the season for top searches, and 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