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Major Internet hubs see lesser influence

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet WriterSun Oct 7, 2007 1:48 PM ET

The recent rush by major Internet portals to buy advertising companies and extend their sales networks is a sign that the business of being a one-stop shop for information and entertainment isn't what it used to be.

Gone are the days of emphasizing ways to attract and keep visitors — the way television networks long have operated — by creating destinations with anything people might need for work, leisure or companionship.

Instead, those companies are now more aggressively trying to follow Web surfers elsewhere — and bring lucrative advertising to them.

As people increasingly turn to blogs, social-networking sites and other sources of user-generated media, Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL have spent more than $10 billion collectively this year to acquire companies and technologies that help extend their online advertising networks.

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SideStep acquires social networking site

Internet travel search company SideStep, Inc. has completed the acquisition of TripUp, Inc. (, a social networking site dedicated to travel. - (7/10/2007)

The deal couples TripUp's community and social network with SideStep's dynamic, real-time access to the online travel information available. TripUp offers travelers the opportunity to link up with Trip Gurus for candid advice, meet up with fellow travelers, and hook up with locals and Trip Buddies.
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ePrize and Entrepreneur Search for Small Business with Big Online Challenges

Posted : Mon, 02 Jul 2007 13:52:01 GMT

PLEASANT RIDGE, Mich., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ePrize and Entrepreneur magazine today launched the "Entrepreneur and Caffeine Marketing Jolt: Win an Online Marketing Makeover" contest. The winning business will have the opportunity to revamp its current online marketing strategy with the newest and best technology available. Companies can vie to win the makeover by visiting and describing in no more than 200 words their biggest online marketing problems. The Entrepreneur and Caffeine Marketing Jolt contest is open to businesses of any size that have a Web site and runs through Aug. 31, 2007.

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