News Cellar - Making $$ on the Web

Blogs to Riches

The Haves and Have-Nots of the Blogging Boom.  Two years ago, David Hauslaib was a junior at Syracuse University who was, as he confesses, "totally obsessed with who Paris Hilton was sleeping with." So he did what any college student would do these days: He blogged about it. Hauslaib began scouring the Web for paparazzi photos of Hilton and news items about her, then posting them on his Website, (Sample headline: PARIS HILTON SPREADS IT IN THE HAMPTONS.) "My friends got a chuckle out of it, but it didn't get really big or anything—maybe a few hundred visitors a day," he says.
Personal Growth - Psychology

How to Perform Self Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind that can be used to treat depression, anxiety, weight problems, embarrassment, smoking and some mental problems. Many people are interested in hypnosis as an alternative therapy, but are turned away by the fact that a hypnotherapist may charge up to 70 dollars per hour for a session. Here's a quick guide to self-hypnosis that can offer you the benefits without the cost.


Personal Growth - Life

Nerds make better lovers

Ready for a real relationship? Ditch the pretty boys and grab yourself a geek

Christina Aguilera recently traded in piercings for petticoats, apparently making the usual Marilyn Monroe morph. But there's more than meets the eye: Sure, she's blond, buxom and sweet-voiced now, but she's also emulating the classic bombshell in matters of the heart.

You see, Aguilera's fiance, like Monroe's husband, playwright Arthur Miller, is kind of a geek.

When Aguilera announced her engagement to smarty-pants music executive Jordan Bratman in February, the 24-year-old pop star demonstrated a tried-and-true dating trick. Geeks have got the goods.

Bratman, with his scrawny frame and oversize ears, has mastered the music industry at just 26 and is Romeo enough to have stolen Aguilera's heart (as well as inspired her new demure-coquette look).

News Cellar - Biz Models

The Facebook economy

The No. 2 social network is fast evolving into a new kind of software platform - and the race is on to figure out how to turn users' every move into dollars for enterprising developers.

By Lindsay Blakely and Michael V. Copeland, Business 2.0 Magazine

(Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Talk about a killer app. Two years ago Jia Shen and Lance Tokuda wrote, just for fun, a goofy Web application for MySpace that could turn anyone's photos into live-action slide shows. It succeeded - horribly. Within days of its launch, hordes of users at the then-superhot social network discovered the app, added it to their profiles, and communicated it to their friends. It spread like a case of Ebola at the Super Bowl. Within a month Shen and Tokuda had 100,000 users, and traffic was doubling every 24 hours.

The servers - those digital canaries in the mine shaft - crashed, and crashed again. "It was crazy," Shen says. "We were down 17 of the first 30 days." Then it got worse. With traffic peaking at 1.5 million users, server costs topped $20,000 a month. And there was no way to monetize their creation.

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