Internet Companies

Hypothetical Auto-fill Possibility

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that the Yahoo Finance website uses an auto-fill tool when searching for stock quotes.   When you enter a “B” into the “Get Quotes” search bar, Yahoo automatically presents the following options to choose from:

  • B Barnes Group Inc. NYSE
  • BIDU Baidu.com, Inc. NASDAQ
  • BAC Bank of America Corporation NYSE
  • IBM International Business Machines Corp. NYSE
  • BEAS BEA Systems Inc. NASDAQ
  • BA Boeing Co. NYSE
  • BRCM Broadcom Corp. NASDAQ
  • BBY Best Buy Co. Inc. NYSE
  • BX The Blackstone Group NYSE
  • BP BP plc NYSE

I have no idea if any company is planning to do this, but what would happen if an Internet browser did the same thing for the browser bar?   Imagine entering “CN” into your browser and automatically being given the choices of CNET.com, CNN.com or another popular websites that begin with the letters CN. I really have no idea if this type of thing is in the works, but it could spell trouble for typo domain names, and could be a boon for generic .com names.

Barry Diller’s IAC Split into Five Units

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This morning, Barry Diller’s Internet conglomerate IAC announced they will split into five separate publicly traded companies.   The break down is as follows:

IAC
Ask.com, Citysearch, IAC Advertising Solutions, Evite, iWon, My Way, Match.com, CollegeHumor, GarageGames, and  Gifts.com

HSN
HSN TV, hsn.com, and  Cornerstone Brands

Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster

Interval International
Interval International

LendingTree
LendingTree

By breaking IAC up into smaller operating units, investors will be able to focus on the individual businesses in each unit, and one poor performing website will have less of an impact on the value of the entire company. Personally, I like the unit that will retain the IAC brand.   More information about this can be found on Yahoo Finance.

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