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News ByteNileGuide wants to be the alternative to scuzzy keyword-stuffed travel information from content farms. The company, which pays local editors to maintain free, user-generated content, has acquired 10Best.com, a profitable edited travel recommendations site from EnVeritas that’s been around since 2000, to help boost NileGuide’s traffic to three million visitors per month. Terms were not disclosed, but NileGuide said it will keep a portion of 10Best’s staff in Greenville, S.C.
This doesn’t get them into the States, but it gets them a lot closer: Music service Spotify has finally signed with Sony for a U.S. distribution deal. Multiple sources tell me the deal, which has been very close since last fall, is now closed.
News ByteAbout.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.