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Small and medium businesses to spend $6.7B on PBX in 2007  - 3.13.2007 [more]
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News Cellar - Web 2.0

Seattle's top Web 2.0 companies (July 2007)

at August 1, 2007 9:05 a.m

Building on past Web 2.0 lists, Sampa's Marcelo Calbucci has released his latest Seattle Startup Index for the month of July.

Calbucci now has 157 companies on the list, noting that startups such as Versionate, Down2Night, Wishpot and Ripl saw big gains in popularity.

Zillow has secured the top spot for the second month in a row, posting an Alexa rank of 1,927. (It held an Alexa rank of 1,755 at the end of June.) iLike, the Seattle online music service which ranked number one in May, was just behind Zillow at 1,973. Others in the top ten: 43 Things, Newsvine, BuddyTV, Wetpaint, Blue Dot, Jobster, PayScale and Redfin.

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A smartphone's BFF: Teens and tweens

Teen mobile phone usage is way up, and the younger consumers are hungry for new wireless capabilities. Some device makers are finally starting to catch on, writes Business 2.0's Michal Lev-Ram.

By Michal Lev-Ram, Business 2.0 Magazine writer

(Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Forget checking email on your cell phone - that's soo 2004. Today's teens are doing much more with their mobile devices. Speed texting with their eyes closed is only the beginning, and the technology can barely keep up with their rising demand for new features.

That's exactly why adolescent consumers are a desirable demographic for phone makers and carriers hungry for data revenues - $5 a month charges for unlimited messaging and $1 song downloads, to name just a few examples - as the cost of a call per minute continues to decline.

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Helio's Ocean is made for easy texting and also comes with social networking software.

In just two years, the number of teenage cellular subscribers has grown by nearly 26 percent (that's a full 10 percentage points above the growth rate of 45- to 54-year-old customers for the same time period). And there's ample evidence that teens want advanced capabilities on their phone. The same can be said for tweens - the 8- to 12-year-old crowd.

So why not make a smartphone geared toward teens and tweens? After all, they're the ones who are driving some of the most advanced mobile trends.

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