News Cellar - Biz Models

A Day Without Google

  What would you do if Google did not exist, or Yahoo, or Ask, or search on MSN or AOL?  As it turns out, there's more than 100 other search engines out there.  Some focus on a specific niche like video, health, or blogs.  Some are trying to improve the whole search interface by displaying results in a more visually intuitive manner, like Quintura or LivePlasma.   

The AltSearchEngine blog is encouraging Web surfers to give up the major search engines just for today and try one of the smaller ones.  Here are some you can start with (the full list of 100, courtesy AltSearchEngine, after the break—list your favorites in comments and tell us why):

News Cellar - Web 2.0

Study: Web-based instant messaging is growing fast

By Caroline McCarthy – July 26, 2007, 10:47 AM PDT

Who needs downloads? Not instant-messaging fans, apparently, according to Nielsen NetRatings. The online division of the legendary statistics-crunching company just released a study that tracks the fastest-growing instant-messaging software products from August 2006 to June 2007, and the results indicate that Web-based is the way to go.

Meebo's Ajaxy prettiness (Credit: Meebo)

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Over 50s Overjoyed with Entrepreneurship

Oct. 28, 2007

It's never too late to start a business, and the UK's over 50s are proving it.

And senior start-up entrepreneurs, who contribute £24.4bn to the economy every year, are not just doing it for money - there doing it for fun and to maintain a better work/life balance.

The research, carried out by the Yellow Pages and analysed by Kingston University’s Small Business Research Centre, delves specifically into new businesses established by older entrepreneurs and shows the group are becoming a powerful force within UK plc.

It identifies an emerging group of senior startups (business owners aged 50 and over who have set up in the last five years) who account for approximately one in six (16%) fledgling businesses in the UK each year.

The study seeks to understand the motivations of this group, and whether they reap the benefits of their greater life experience.

According to the study:

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Teens wear their hearts on their blog

By Janet Kornblum, USA TODAY

At, 34 million users, mostly ages 14 to 34, post their interests, write blogs and set up ways to chat with friends. Millions of teens who grew up with a mouse in one hand and a remote control in the other now pour out their hearts, minds and angst in personal online diaries.

At, 34 million users, mostly ages 14 to 34, post their interests, write blogs and set up ways to chat with friends.

And anyone with a connection — including would-be predators — can have a front-row view of this once-secretive teenage passion play.

Welcome to teen America — on display at your nearest computer.

Unprecedented numbers of teens are using blogs — Web logs — to do what they once did through personal diaries, phone conversations and hangout sessions: cementing friendships with classmates, seeking new friends, venting, testing social limits, getting support and getting all emo ("highly emotional" in blog-speak).


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