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Google has anounced it has acquired the startup company Zingku
Zingku says its technology makes it easy to share messages, pictures, “mobile flyers,” or other creations using mobile devices, according to the firm.
“Our service integrates your mobile phone with a personalized web site so that you can easily move (zing) things back and forth between the web and your mobile as well as…connect with friends,” Zingku’s website says
“Marchex is launching websites for thousands of cities, big and small. The play? To beat Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo to the punch in connecting businesses to nearby customers.
Zillow.com, the real-estate Web site, announced yesterday it has raised an additional $30 million which comes on top of the $57 million raised since its launch 18 months ago. Zillow Chief Executive Rich Barton (Expedia founder) said
“Zillow will use the new cash to continue improving its Web site and augment its advertising sales force. The company, which offers estimates of home values called “Zestimates,” has 155 employees, including 20 national ad sales representatives. It also now lets people post homes for sale on the site and ask questions about specific properties.
“The company is trying a localized advertising program. Businesses such as plumbers, architects or real-estate agents use the program to deliver targeted ads to people searching for home information within specific ZIP codes. About 6,000 businesses have participated.
Google has a beta test for Google Gadget Ads which allows Adsense publishers to add Rich Media advertisments to their websites like the major players.
The New York Times will stop charging for access to the subscription parts of its Web site, [midnight Tuesday], recognising that subscription fees cannot outweigh the potential ad revenue from increased traffic on a free site.
“In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain.
More details in this article on the Times website
Google is offering a cash prize of $20,000,000 for the first private company to land a robot on the moon. The prize fund totals $30,000,000 with the runner up getting $5,000,000…. Wired has more
One small catch you need to get your robot there before 2012 to win the $20,000,000.
“Ivan Bowman spends his days as a programmer at iAnywhere Solutions in Waterloo, Ontario, in much the same way his colleagues do. He writes code, exchanges notes in other developers’ offices, attends meetings and hangs out in the kitchen over coffee. About the only thing he can’t do is drink the coffee – or touch anything….
The UK Guardian has more ….