• Was Anyone Still In Doubt Over LiveUniverse's Demise?

    There’s currently a thread on Techmeme based on this blog post from Pingdom about the downtime of most of LiveUniverse’s services for the past couple of days. We’ve been getting tips about this since last Thursday, and tried contacting founder & CEO Brad Greenspan (also the founder of MySpace) for an explanation to no avail. Pingdom caught the fact that the light has gone… Read More

  • QXL Founder Tim Jackson To Launch DVD Lending Site LendAround

    Tim Jackson has had a colorful career. He is a former journalist (Financial Times, Independent, Economist and Red Herring) and was the managing director of the $700 million Carlyle Internet Partners Europe Fund. He founded QXL in 1997, a UK-based eBay-like online auction site that went public in 1999 at a valuation of around $400 million. And he’s also written three books. In other words… Read More

  • Forget eBay. Use Swaptree.

    We’ve been covering Boston-based Swaptree since mid 2006. The company, which is creating a network of users who swap books, CDs, DVDs and video games, just raised a third round of financing – $3.3 million from Safeguard Scientifics. The total raised over three rounds is now $5.6 million. To create a trade the company finds up to four users who have and want items that form a match. Read More

  • LiveUniverse Buys Another Loser: Peerflix

    We’re getting reports that Peerflix, the tumultuous company that switched from acting as a DVD-swapping service to an ad network, has been acquired by Brad Greenspan’s LiveUniverse for an undisclosed amount (though we’re guessing it’s pretty low). We’ve asked LiveUniverse to comment. Peerflix was founded in 2004 as a “peer-to-peer Netflix”, helping… Read More

  • Peerflix Procrastinating On Customer Refunds

    As we reported yesterday, Peerflix is to close its core DVD sharing/ swapping business April 23. Since then we’ve heard reports from users who are having problems cashing out their Peeflix accounts. Here’s what one reader received: The Peersafe Protection Program will also be terminating effective April 23, 2008 meaning that you will no longer be able to make any Peersafe… Read More

  • Peerflix To Close DVD Business, Continue As Ad Seller Only

    Peerflix has announced it will close its previous core DVD trading platform April 23. In an email to members (via Stowe Boyd) Dear Peerflix Member, Effective April 23, 2008 Peerflix is discontinuing the Marketplace and DVD buy/sell/trade portions of While the web site will be available beyond April 23, 2008, you will no longer be able to buy, sell, send or receive… Read More

  • Peerflix Hits the Replay Button (Again)—Wants to Become an Ad Network

    Poor Peerflix. It can’t quite seem to figure out what business it wants to be in. The DVD trading site, which already tried to rethink its business last December, has decided that maybe an online swap meet for DVDs isn’t such a great idea after all. Now it wants to become an ad network for movie-related sites. Oh, and it also bought a blog today, TheMovieBlog, for an… Read More

  • Peerflix Swaps One Problem For Another

    After a year long beta period and another year of operation, Peerflix is ditching its barter model of swapping DVDs. Until today, users swapped DVDs in the Peerflix marketplace, and the company took a $.99 transaction fee for the exchange. Any DVD was as good as any other, and the result was that people only put the stuff they really didn’t want on the site, hoping to swap it for a… Read More