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Rumored: CNN to Acquire Mashable for $200 Million

Rumored: CNN to Acquire Mashable for $200 Million

Should the rumors prove to be true, it would only confirm that life is not fair. Not only would a $200 million acquisition price tag be 6 to 10 times what AOL paid for TechCrunch and their network of sites, but it would also value the site’s visitors even higher than AOL did in its merger with the Huffington Post.

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No Business Plan: Google Boots Google+ Brand & Business Profiles

No Business Plan: Google Boots Google+ Brand & Business Profiles

While we’re fairly certain that Google+ will have a better fate than the acquired and abandoned Boutiques.com fashion social network, but it’s obvious that the search giant is still finding its footing when it comes to social media. Case in point: Google recently killed profiles for brands as diverse as Ford and Sesame Street, with no plans for business profiles for a “few months.” {Search Engine Land}

According to a post by Christian Oestlien, whose profile lists him as The Google+ Project Ads Guy (ironic), it never occurred to any of the brilliant minds in the Googleplex that brands, businesses, groups or other organizations that are larger than one person would want to participate.

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After the TechCrunch Acquisition, Who’s Next?

After the TechCrunch Acquisition, Who's Next?

It’s not uncommon to read about website acquisitions on TechCrunch, but on Tuesday, the popular tech blog was the subject of acquisition stories when they officially announced an acquisition by Aol. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but estimates put the purchase price somewhere between $25 million and $40 million for the TechCrunch network of blogs.

Now that they’re part of Aol (who are redefining themselves as a digital content company), which blogs and networks might be next on the acquisition list? Looking beyond tech, here are our best picks.

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We Have a Hunch About Your Twitter Followers

We Have a Hunch About Your Twitter Followers

If you’re a technophile, you already know that Hunch is Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake’s latest company, and that it makes pretty accurate decisions about what you’re like based on how you answer a few questions. Hunch’s latest time killing, but fun, service is a Twitter followers analyzer that makes educated guesses about the people following you.

@Karl_Lagerfeld followers: prefer smaller portions of food that are arranged well, have dated or hooked up with someone they met online, choose the New York Times over the Wall Street Journal or USA Today as their free hotel paper of choice, can make reservations in 2 or 3 languages (only at restaurants that don’t overfeed you, of course), aren’t reading Vogue for the articles, think All-You-Can-Eat buffets are gross, are Mac people, and like celebrity gossip, reality TV and awards shows among other things.

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Imran Amed's Signature9

Imran Amed's Signature9
The Business of Fashion editor introduces us to his signature style items

Diane Pernet's Signature9

Diane Pernet's Signature9
Fashion blogger and film festival creator, Diane Pernet, shares nine of her favorite things

Video interview with Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld

90 Seconds with Carine Roitfeld
In a Signature9 exclusive, we catch up with the Vogue Paris editor-in-chief