Handicapping Facebook’s Next Billion-Dollar Business(es)

Amidst reports that it was having trouble unloading $1 billion worth of shares at a very rich valuation, Facebook last week started testing its first home-grown social commerce product, Facebook Deals. Already facing stiff competition from Groupon and LivingSocial, will Deals be Facebook’s next billion-dollar business? Competitors, marketers and developers hoping to leverage the Facebook platform need to figure out how Facebook will continue to grow.…

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Social CRM Startup Etacts Shutting Down

ETacts, one of the many social CRM companies, is shutting down, according to an email sent out to its users. ETacts competes with the likes of Rapportive and Gist. The company, which was incubated by YCombinator had raised $650,000 from angel investors earlier this year.…

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What Rapleaf Knows About You: WSJ Reports

Pingg, About.com, picture service TwitPic, Flixster, Plixi.com are some of the dozens of startups that are using San Francisco-based Rapleaf and inadvertently helping the company build accurate dossiers on many of us. The Wall Street Journal investigation shows Rapleaf knows a whole lot about you.…

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Rapleaf and the Facebook Privacy Ruckus

In the analog world of J.Crew catalogs and credit card purchases, credit bureaus like Experian built profiles on most of us. In the digital world, a new kind of digital data aggregator is spreading its tentacles on the web. Rapleaf is one of them.…

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