Seed

  • Google's New Video Ad Highlights How Content Farms Rule At The Search Game

    So yesterday, I notice there’s a new article up on Google’s main blog, head on over there and see it’s merely a post featuring the latest video in the company’s Search Stories series, video ads which essentially aim to highlight how all kinds of people use Google Search. They’re nice and all, if pretty pointless in my book, but nothing particularly spectacular… Read More

  • GigsWiz grabs €150,000 to help bands choose where to play

    GigsWiz, a Helsinki-based analytics service for the live music industry, has grabbed €150,000 in a seed round of funding. The service basically helps music bands interact with their fans with a widget on their site. During the beta phase bands can collect requests from fans – “where do you want us to play live?” – through the GigsWiz tool on their websites. They can… Read More

  • AOL Acquires StudioNow For $36.5M, Confirms Departure Of CTO Ted Cahall

    Lots of announcements from AOL this morning: the company has acquired Internet video company StudioNow in a deal valued at $36.5 million in cash and stock, with a portion of the cash paid out over multiple years. In addition, AOL decided to confirm the news we broke last week about CTO Ted Cahall leaving the company, after vehemently denying it up until now. Finally, AOL has hired Microsoft… Read More

  • Seed's Goal Is To "Redefine Journalism For The Internet Age," Its Reality Is Untangling Cat Hair

    Last December, Saul Hansell left his job as a veteran reporter and blogger at the New York Times to become the programming director for Aol’s Seed, which is the new online assignment desk for Aol’s 80 different Websites. In his first blog post since he took on the new job, Hansell admits that his new career path was met by “a lot of blank stares” from friends and family. Read More

  • Aol Quietly Launches An Expert Site Called Owl, and Feeds It Seed

    Aol’s answer to Wikipedia is Owl, a new site described as “a living, breathing library where useful knowledge, opinions and images are posted from experts the world over.” Owl seems more of a testbed for Seed than anything else. Seed, of course, is Aol’s new low-cost content management system for soliciting articles and photographs for its network of existing Websites. … Read More

  • iWikiPhone closes €250k round to take over the iPhone App Store

    [Italy] Rome-based iWikiPhone, a social network for iPhone users where they can discover, share and discuss the best apps, has closed a €250k round of funding. The money comes from a number of private investors and also from Egolab, a Rome based company specializing in online media. Egolab has provided 100k of funding by way of services and a cash investment in return for 20% equity in… Read More