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dot com vs beer

Korean superportal Daum.net is buying Lycos from Terra Networks for 105 million dollars. Terra originally had paid 12 billion dollars for the portal, which means that they're giving it away at close to 1/100th at the cost they paid! In case you didn't know, Daum is the biggest portal in Korea and is the 11th most popular website in the world, according to Alexa. But how wise was this deal for Terra? Here's a comment from /.:

Hm... $12.5 billion can buy about 925 million 12-packs of bottled Guinness Draught. At the 5 cent per bottle recycling rate in NY state, that would net about $555 million.

floppyflask

Unbeatable money making invention idea: Selling Pluggable plastic bags for $14.99 a piece.

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googlocation

In April 2002, Google hosted the "Google Programming Contest" with a $10,000 cash prize. The winning entry, by Daniel Egnor, was titled Geographic Search:

Daniel's project adds the ability to search for web pages within a particular geographic locale to traditional keyword searching. Daniel's system provides an interface that allows the user to augment a keyword search with the ability to restrict matches to within a certain radius of a specified address

The contest rules had a clause that Google, Inc. would be granted full rights to use the technology used in the entries submitted.

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transported

Don't know what to do with that 5000 dollar bill that you've got lying around? Go pre-order a Segway Human Transporter! This much hyped, two wheeled wonder is scheduled to ship in March 2003. It appears amazon.com is the sole seller for the product.

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ooh

Just when I had been pestering Anuj to death about getting me an iPAQ 3835, HP gets ready to release this baby. The HP iPAQ H1910 is a 200MHz, 64MB, 16bit TFT Pocket PC. Almost identical to the 3835's specs, only that it looks a little like the Zire, and that it's for $299!!

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good spam

This is what I got in my inbox a few minutes ago:

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The broken links he sent were correct - so the email was pretty helpful, and I would consider it if it was a little cheaper. That's what I call good marketing.