Ten Worst Internet Acquisitions Ever (lets add some more)

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  1. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    Good list but I am sure there are so many more. Any ideas?
    http://internet.seekingalpha.com/article/21041
     
  2. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    That brings back some memories. I used to have a few shares of AOL stock right before the merger...everyone was getting ready for a big surge in price. I was in junior high, getting all excited at the prospect of making a few hundred dollars.

    Basically I lost most of my money :p
     
  3. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Considering the rest of the items on the list, Hotmail was a steal for $400 million.
     
  4. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    Hotmail is really, really popular everywhere except the US. Not sure how much money they make from it though.

    AOL and Yahoo seem to have the worst track records.
     
  5. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    could someone suggest to me how browsers make money by being free?

    what's in it for firefox and opera to go free?

    I know internet explorer helps the operating system sell, but what does a browser get out of being free?
     
  6. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    Doesn't Opera have ads? That's how they would make money. Firefox makes money everytime you use Google from the built in search engine.
     
  7. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Im sure that companies pay them for stuff.
    Like toolbars and random some stuff
     
  8. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    opera no longer has adds, ya vanquished, I guess both firefox and internet explorer make money everytime you use the search engine

    also I think j79 pointed out a while ago that ie makes money from servers and corporate licensing.

    not sure about that though
     
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  9. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    Firefox also gets a lot of their money from corporate donations and such ..
     
  10. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    I dont think Hotmail should be on 'that' list to be honest. Obviously a lot of people have a thing against microsoft, but I think it was a good acquisition for them.

    Has anyone thought about PayPal? :p
     
  11. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Paypal, whats wrong with Paypal?
     
  12. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    eBay ruined PayPal. Fees have gone up considerably since eBay bought it.
     
  13. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Well i guess that is true,
    but i dont see how paypal was a bad acquisition for ebay...
     
  14. Johnny

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    I think PayPal is a good acquisition. I use it all the time and never had a problem with it. Plus, with a lot of the online shopping sites, like new egg, moving to PayPal support; it is a good thing ..