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Answers Buys Webcollage

web collageAnswers site Answers has purchased Webcollage, a startup that helps companies manage their marketing materials on retailers’ websites.

Webcollage lets companies like Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft distribute videos, photos and other “rich media” elements to sites like Walmart.com. Answers didn’t provide a purchase price, but I’m told that it was north of $30 million — but not as much as the $37 million figure reported in the Israeli press.

Answers, which claims 180 million users, makes almost all of its money via advertising. But you can see the outlines of a new b-to-b revenue stream taking shape: Last year, the company acquired ResellerRatings, which creates “post-purchase” reviews from customers who leave an e-commerce site; now they’ve bought a company that helps generate sales when customers first come to those same sites.

Last summer, Answers tried to buy About.com from the New York Times, but were outbid by Barry Diller and IAC.


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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