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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik