Disney finds it can’t make a Go of the search engine business — tries for a “leisure site” strategy instead:
Disney Plans to Recast Go Portal As Entertainment, Leisure Site
PC Week columnist John Taschek says the AOL – Time Warner merger means the end of the Internet as we know it. He writes: “AOL has the capacity to paralyze this highway system by adding traffic without enhancing the infrastructure necessary to support it.”
ZDNet: PC Week: AOL’s buyout of Time Warner spells the death of the Internet
So AOL is buying Time Warner. What’s next? EBay should buy PBS, of course.
An Internet Pledge
This is kinda cool — soon you’ll be able to buy tickets online, and print them out from your own printer. A bar code scanner at the venue will verify that your ticket is the real thing.
Ticketmaster Lets You Print Your Own
Confused by all these online pet stores? Can’t figure out why VCs are throwing tens of millions at each of them? Wondering why all their ad campaigns look the same? You’re not the only one.
Online pet stores throw shoppers a bone
John Dodge discovers B-to-B marketplaces, then goes on to write up three very interesting profiles — a fish marketplace, a steel trading community, and an electronic parts marketplace. At the end, he writes “What’s clear is that the B2B revolution will be driven, for the most part, by the distribution layer and not by the end points in the value chain — customers and the companies that originate the product.”
Business-to-Business on the Web
Embraces Fish, Steel and Circuits
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Rebuffed by Lycos last year, Barry Diller finally gets to buy a dot com of his own. Early market reports show that Styleclick’s stock is already heading downward. Can’t Barry get a break?
USA Networks takes $500 million stake in Styleclick
Web retailers are going to hate this one: A new site, Nosaleisfinal.com, lets consumers post information about online purchases they just made — so competing retailers can jump in with better offers while there’s still time for the consumer to cancel the original purchase.
New E-Commerce Site Raises Bar on Competitiveness –January 14, 2000
AOL acquisition of Time Warner puts it in head-to-head competition with Microsoft — the merged company’s fat pipes will enable it to deliver applications that may compete with Windows apps for end-users’ attention.
Microsoft, AOL on collision course (1/14/2000)
Fresh from its record-breaking $5.5 billion IPO, UPS is ready to stake its claim as the logistics enabler for the Internet economy:
Forbes (1-10-00) Cover Story Logistics in Brown
Media Metrix touts numbers that show dot-coms performed better than bricks-and-mortar companies in this year’s online holiday shopping spree — only two of the top 10 Internet retailers (Barnes & Noble and Toys R Us) come from physical-world roots. The rest of the Net’s top 10 are Internet pure-plays.
Holiday numbers are in