Arik Hesseldahl

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That Was Fast: About.Me Acquired by AOL

Less than a week after its public debut, About.me, the start-up offering simple personal profile pages that tie together social networking contact info from other sites, is being acquired by AOL. The financial terms aren’t being disclosed, but the company had raised less than a half million dollars from AOL Ventures and True Ventures. Other investors include Ron Conway’s SV Angel and the New York Times Company. It had been in an extended beta trial period since September.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work