What you want most from an Internet investment are data and transactions. Data, in the form of databases people access regularly, provides a continuing stream of income. Transactions, the purchase of goods and services through a site's infrastructure, are the key to real success.
This can be illustrated by looking at a few companies that emerged from the dot-com bubble of the 1990s and that have survived to this more »
Almost every major corporation started as a small unit and gradually grew into the giants they are today. Sometimes we look at these giants and wish we had been a part of these companies from the beginning, as the early investors saw their fortunes grow exponentially. Small-cap stocks are some of the most attractive investment options. However, extra care should be given when choosing these stocks, as the majority of more »
The Aereo video service, partially backed by IAC/Interactive (NASDAQ: IACI), is surrounded by lawsuits. So far, it's winning. That could materially alter the landscape of broadcast television. IAC is the best way to participate in this potentially disruptive technology.
What is this Aereo of which You Speak?
Aereo is an online video service. It allows customers to receive and record broadcast stations in their home market over the more »
The fact that a majority of internet users today have turned to smartphones and tablets for web search has hurt the profitability of internet search engines, including that of giants in the industry like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). What made things worse for these “know it all” companies is a recent warning that came up from the Federal Trade Commission itself.
Apparently, the FTC wants search engines more »
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently sent a letter to search engines effectively warning them that their advertising has become more deceptive. While this won't likely have a big impact on industry giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), it could make life harder for companies like Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) and IAC Interactive (NASDAQ: IACI).
Search Results or Advertising?
The FTC highlights that “failing to clearly and prominently distinguish advertising from natural more »
As the Internet has matured, new business models have replaced unsuccessful ones. Today, companies like AOL (NYSE: AOL), IAC Interactive (NASDAQ: IACI), and Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) are using ad supported content and subscription services to build lasting businesses.
The Walled Garden
AOL, before its merger with and subsequent separation from Time Warner, was the leading dial up Internet access company. When the Internet was in its infancy, AOL made more »
Within the entertainment sector, owners of cable television networks, as well as of heavily visited subscription-based networks, appear to have the most profit upside. As the number of media alternatives available to consumers continues to grow, these businesses are gaining a greater proportion of advertising dollars, while print publishers, broadcast TV network owners, and traditional radio broadcasters' market shares are narrowing. If you are seeking to reap the rewards of more »
Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) recently inked a billion dollar deal to buy Tumblr, which hosts photo-centric blogs. Although the deal hasn't closed yet, Tumblr is already starting to incorporate advertising into its service. That's the “holy grail” onto which Yahoo! is looking to latch.
Falling from Grace
Yahoo! was a one-time market darling, helping lead the tech charge that culminated in the 2000 market peak. Since the tech bubble more »
Love is a vague concept, but one that most people find vital to their lives. Some companies have found a way to capitalize on the desire to love, be loved, and to express love. Investors looking for purveyors of love should take a look at IAC Interactive (NASDAQ: IACI), Blue Nile (NASDAQ: NILE), and 1-800-Flowers.com (NASDAQ: FLWS).
The Lure of Love
Every holiday season, consumers are prodded to give more »
In the first quarter of 2013, David Einhorn, the founder and president of Greenlight Capital, delivered a 6.1% gain. In previous articles, I have talked about four of his new buys including two companies in the oil and gas industries and two companies in the financial industry. In addition, he also initiated long positions in two other businesses, Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) and IAC/InterActive (NASDAQ: IACI)(NASDAQ: IACI). They are more »
Seen any online dating commercials lately? Chances are they were for market leaders Match.com and eHarmony.com. While these two online dating sites offer a stream of revenue for their parent companies, they also get lost in portfolios of online properties. Spark Networks (NYSEMKT: LOV) is a pure play on the online dating business and offers investors several ways to play niches in that subscription market.
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Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Eric Schmidt recently predicted that there would shortly be one billion phones using the company's Android operating system. That's an impressive number and shows that the toll-taker model is winning again.
A Small Fee
Google rose to prominence because its search engine proved the easiest way to find things on the web. It became a real business by charging advertisers to display tiny ads more »
Although the prospective sale of the Hulu video service is entertaining, the company hasn't been able to unseat Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). There's a good reason for that and both Netflix and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) understand it—do you?
That latest gossip
Reuters recently broke the news that “Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu, the online video streaming service he helped create more »
Aereo is a small startup funded in part by Barry Diller's IAC/Interactive (NASDAQ: IACI) that provides a unique service to its subscribers in the greater New York City area by streaming local television programs over the internet. Claiming copyright infringement, the parent companies of the major networks, News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA), Disney (NYSE: DIS), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and CBS (NYSE: CBS), have sued Aereo in what may become more »
Traditional television is circling the drain.
That television – as represented by the long-dominant broadcast networks – is facing a crisis should be obvious. Last month Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) introduced the 'Zero TV' household to its tracking systems. These are households which don't fit the traditional model of television watcher. Either they don't own a television at all or, like me, they have one, but only use it for Internet-connected more »
IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) is backing the Aereo video service and the lawsuits are flying. This could present a buying opportunity for those interested in owning an Internet specialist that pays a dividend.
Who is IAC?
IAC is a holding company that owns and operates various Internet properties. Its portfolio is varied and broad, including dating sites, search engines, comedy sites, video sharing sites, and many others. Well known brands more »
The warning signs of a dividend cut should always be in the back of your mind. That said, Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) recently announced a massive dividend increase, a dedication to its policy of returning value to shareholders, and the near completion of its corporate transformation. This is the type of dividend paying company an investor could really love—there are others.
Dividends Aren't Guaranteed
Investors have had a more »
The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) recently announced it would sell the Boston Globe and rename its foreign paper. This continues its push to streamline around The New York Times Brand. However, with little left to jettison, it might be time to ask when The Times gets sold and to whom.
Blame the internet
There is no question that the Internet has destroyed the newspaper industry. For example, news published more »
It's understandable that investors might take anything that Marc Faber, editor of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, says with a grain of salt based on the pessimistic name of his newsletter. However, his call for either a correction now or an 1987 style crash later in the year comes on the backs of other notable investors warning of the market risks ahead. What's an investor to do?
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Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has been a disappointment since the day of its initial public offering. Although the benefit of keeping in touch with friends is nice, so far the company hasn't impressed Wall Street with its ability to monetize its customer base. Is the company joining the long list of Internet has beens? There are two Internet companies, however, that look to be on a better path.
Keeping in more »
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