”I spoke with Wikinvest, which wants to hold off on monetizing their financial wiki until it builds up significant traffic. Today I spoke with Vancouver-based Ziigo, whose newly community prediction site Ziitrend has a similar philosophy. While I find both sites fun places to click around, a faint buzz rings in the back of my mind: Launch now, make money later? Is the bottom line-focused discipline of post-2001 startups eroding? ”
Searching with a learning curve
An Oakland, Calif. start-up is launching new search technology that lets you easily narrow Web queries and learns about your preferences based on what results you choose to view.
”Surf Canyon offers up a list of Web results to queries and if you hover over a particular link or click on a target icon next to a link, more results that are related to that particular page are displayed underneath it.”
85 unsolved Vista problems
Angus Kidman learned two things about Vista recently: even senior citizens think that it’s a rip-off, and its problem-reporting capabilities are yet another example of its ‘lipstick on a pig’ approach to life.
”First, the senior citizen tale. Queuing in my local Officeworks, I found myself behind two older PC users whose eye had been caught by the display of funky-looking (albeit hard to open) Vista cases near the counter. $459 dollars was a lot to pay for Home Premium, the man observed. Yes, but Home Basic was cheaper at $199, his female companion replied.”