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News Bytereported mixed first-quarter earnings today, following the announcement earlier this month that the online travel agency was going to spin-off TripAdvisor, its fastest growing division. In the first quarter, profits sank 12 percent to $52 million, or 19 cents a share, on revenues of $822 million, which increased 15 percent compared to the year-ago period. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company said higher revenues were attributable to a jump in hotel room bookings and strong growth from its advertising and media business, including TripAdvisor. The company’s stock is down 78 cents, or 3.2 percent in after-hours trading.
News ByteAngie’s List is considering filing for an IPO as early as this year, CEO Bill Oesterle told Bloomberg. Indianapolis-based Angie’s List, which provides consumer reviews to 1.5 million members, has hired advisors to investigate its options, which could also include a sale. The site charges members between $40 and $70 a year to belong. In preparation for the company’s next stage, it has appointed Keith Krach as chairman and Robert Millard as CFO. Oesterle said revenues jumped 40 percent in 2010 and the company expects to end the year with 1.8 million members. Last month, it reportedly raised more than $50 million.
Ideeli, which operates a members-only flash sales site aimed at the affluent, has raised a hefty $41 million in a third round of capital.