How StumbleUpon is winning on the web

At nearly ten years old, web discovery engine company StumbleUpon is certainly well past the point where websites can attract users by being a new and hot trend. But the San Francisco-based company has proven that slow and steady growth can still lead to success.…

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Mobile Sites Show Little Improvement

Much of the focus at Mobilize 09 earlier this month was on the oh-so-bright future of the mobile Internet. But the present? That's a bit uglier than the industry would like to admit, according to a new study from the Yankee Group.…

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Cloudy Days Ahead for Slingbox

When Blake Krikorian made the rounds in 2004-2005 to tell people about his new device called the Slingbox, the founder and then-CEO of Sling Media employed a pretty smart tactic: He coined a term – placeshifting – to describe what exactly it was his company’s flagship product, the Slingbox, actually did. As described by Om, placeshifting was “the concept of watching your television, anywhere, anytime." But, after all that, Sling — and its counterparts Orb Networks, Sony and others — has not become the next big consumer hit. So what happened here? Did Sling and others in the placeshifting market fail to execute? The answer is no. Instead, the avalanche of online content has made placeshifting unnecessary.…

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