Bebo

849 million reasons why Bebo was a mistake for AOL

Bebo co-founder and mega-millionaire Michael Birch today re-acquired the brand and the network for a million dollars. Like dance clubs, these faded (and forgotten) social network marquees are a rude reminder that social web is about people and people – especially young people are fickle.

Bebo Co-Founder Invests In The New Bebo

Bebo co-founder Michael Birch, who made a fortune from the sale of the social network to AOL (NYSE: AOL) two and a half years ago, is once a…

Michael Birch Returns to Resurrect Bebo

Michael Birch, the founder of Bebo, is returning to where it all began, signing on as an investor and advisor to the social network he built and later sold to AOL for $850 million.

Bebo Getting Ready to Be Sold, Again

Bebo, the once high-flying social network is getting ready to be sold – again! This would be the third time the company started by Michael Birch and Xochi Birch is getting buyer attention. Who’s interested? Large media companies, for starters, who are interested in the social network.

The iPad and the Rise of the Keyboard Case

A new idea is catching on. The idea is simple: build a Bluetooth keyboard right into an iPad case, and you’ve got yourself a total netbook replacement in a single, svelte package. It’s a watershed moment for the iPad, and for tablets in general.

Bebo Sold: A History In Links

After weeks of uncertainty about the fate of Bebo, AOL (NYSE: AOL) finally unloaded the social net — at a price tag that most likely isn’t…

AOL & the Curse of Beb-oh!

From the minute I heard that Time Warner bought Bebo for $850 million, I thought it was a bad idea which would hurt the company long term. At the very least, that money could now have been used to build a whole new AOL.

Updated: AOL May Finally Have A Bebo Solution

A couple of weeks after Tim Armstrong admitted there was interest in Bebo, AOL (NYSE: AOL) may well have a buyer for the social net. It’s hi…

Facebook Wins: AOL Throws in the Towel on Bebo

AOL, a little over two years after paying $850 million for social network Bebo, has admitted in an internal memo to employees that the business is “declining” and that it will sell or shut down the unit by the end of May.

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Report: How Mobile Cloud Computing Will Change Tech

What happens when you promise end-users a persistent connection to data, applications and services regardless of the device they’re using? Mobile cloud computing aims to deliver just such a promise. Mobile access to popular web-based services such as Facebook and Gmail, combined with next-generation smartphones like the iPhone, Palm Pre and Android devices, is driving broad adoption of mobile data. However, the center of economic gravity is shifting. Historically, access to the mobile network was the service. But as users have expanded the uses for those bits, what the user does in a given session becomes fundamental to how much the service provider can charge the user or a third party (e.g. an advertiser). Thus, it’s likely that the mobile, IT and MCC sectors will continue their current marriage of convenience to attack a rare convergence of both short-term and longer term opportunity. However, in the process of adapting to an Internet that’s becoming more global, mobile and web-based by the day, the mobile and IT industries will be forced into new ways of doing business.

AOL CEO’s First 100 Days: Our Coverage

Tim Armstrong is 100 days into his reign at AOL (NYSE: TWX), and is using that milestone to roll out his business plan to AOL employees arou…

Vid-Biz: Charter, Sling, Rebel

Charter Communications Files for Chapter 11; country’s fourth-largest cable co. in pre-arranged re-org to reduce its debt by roughly $8 billion. (Multichannel…

Industry Moves: News International; Bebo; eBay

— News International: Another big commercial appointment at News Corp.’s UK newspapers division: Neil Jones, MD of ad agency Carat, is leav…

Vid-Biz: Yahoo, The Office, Bebo

Yahoo Series Makes Sweet Music; featuring big-name musicians, Nissan Live Sets generates roughly 4 million streams per month. (Variety) Universal Using Mobile…

Trendwatch: No-Risk Web Video

On the web, it’s pretty easy to test whether there’s an audience for your work. Measurability means accountability. But what if your…

Question of the Day: Bebo & Profit Sharing

Question of the Day: Do social networks exploit their user-content generators? I don’t know if you saw Billy Bragg’s Op-Ed yesterday, The…

Bebo Founders Will Make About $600 Million

Bebo founders and husband-wife team Michael and Xochi Birch will make about $600 million in the sale of the social networking site to AOL (N…

Bebo Founders Will Make About $600 Million

Bebo founders and husband-wife team Michael and Xochi Birch will make about $600 million in the sale of the social networking site to AOL (N…

Update: AOL Buying KickApps Too?

AOL, fresh off its $850 million purchase of social network Bebo, is now eyeing KickApps, a white-label social software company, reports Kara…

AOL-Bebo: Falco:

AOL (NYSE: TWX) and Bebo bosses hosted reporters and analysts on a conference call to explain the reasons for the $850 million acquisition.…

AOL-Bebo: Reaction From Wall St.

— Spencer Wang, Bear Stearns: Cash flow at Bebo is likely to be pretty light, so the buy will cause some dilution at AOL (NYSE: TWX), alt…

Bebo’s History In Links

For more information on Bebo, check out our archives:

— AOL Buying Bebo For $850 Million
— Rumourbusting: Bebo/Murdoch, Free Indie, WAY…

Bebo’s History In Links

For more information on Bebo, check out our archives:

— AOL Buying Bebo For $850 Million
— Rumourbusting: Bebo/Murdoch, Free Indie, WAYN…

AOL Buys Bebo, Time Warner Still Schizophrenic

AOL today agreed to buy fast-growing social network Bebo for close to $850 million in cash. Given the challenges MySpace and Facebook have had trying to monetize their audiences, it’s a ballsy move by AOL — it’s also one that highlights the schizophrenic nature of parent company Time Warner.