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.

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News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Five tips for starting a successful small business

By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch
7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 23, 2008

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Home and small businesses are a $427 billion-a-year industry and if you've been planning to launch your own venture now may seem like the right time to do it.

But before you go into business, try to convince yourself why you shouldn't, says Paul Stappas, founder of Bookkeeping Administration Management, a service provider to small businesses. That approach will help you minimize the risks associated with impulse-driven decisions and insufficient research prior to starting your business.
According to Stappas, it can also function as a litmus test: "If all the analysis is positive, then you know you have an objective, rather than emotional, reason for going into business."
Here are his top five tips for starting a successful small business:
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Personal Growth - Money

10 nasty money habits to kick

Stop making the same mistakes every year and wondering why you can't save. Break the cycle and change your life.

 By Bankrate.com

Remember the movie "Groundhog Day," the one where Bill Murray kept reliving the same day? Some people live their financial lives like that, making the same mistakes over and over.

But you don't have to be one of them.

To help you avoid being a repeat offender, here are 10 of the common money errors that many of us make repeatedly, along with the real-world cost of each and a better way to handle each situation.
  • Spending without a budget.
  • Carrying a balance on credit cards.
  • Ignoring interest rates.
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News Cellar - Biz Models

For these startups, patients are a virtue

Sites with spirit of Web 2.0 encouraging people to share thoughts on illnesses, doctors

Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, October 1, 2007

Health care startups are modeling themselves after YouTube and social networking sites such as MySpace in an effort to connect patients with each other and help them navigate overwhelming amounts of medical information available online.

-- At DailyStrength.org, people can choose among 500 support groups - from celiac disease to pulmonary fibrosis - create an online journal to chronicle their disease and send electronic hugs to other members.

-- The new ZocDoc.com lets patients book physician and dentist appointments online, similar to the way OpenTable.com allows diners to make online reservations for restaurants.

-- RateMDs.com takes a page from consumer rating sites like Yelp and RateMyTeachers.com - a popular site that allows students to "grade" teachers and administrators - by allowing patients to anonymously praise or pan their doctors.

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