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Amazon Minding Your Business

A recent column in VentureBeat by Baris Karadogan, a partner at ComVentures, discusses Amazon.com’s latest initiative to provide early stage businesses with storage and other tech and logistical services.

The article reveals that Amazon wants to offer start-ups and other technology-based companies a smorgasboard of bandwidth, storage, server software and logistical services — even fulfillment of physical goods — all services which Amazon.com has mastered — and all to be offered at a very competitive price.

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Start-up companies don’t typically account for infrastructure in their business plans, such as “we are thinking of raising $500K to launch our web site and about $700M to build a global data center.” This is the need which Amazon wants to fill. [24×7]

Pixsy Adds Visual Search for Info.com
The Seattle-based Pixsy Media Search Platform is now driving Video.info.com, a part of Info.com, that will allow users to search and discover millions of online videos in popular categories including celebrity, news, viral, entertainment, sports and travel. The flexible, private label media search engine aggregates video content from across the web from leading providers including YouTube, Revver, Blastro, BusinessWeek, Hollywood.com, AddictingClips.com, Grouper, MetaCafe, Reuters, Sharkle, USA Today and dozens more.

“By seamlessly assimilating the best of breed tools, Info.com stays ahead of the curve in the search engine industry,” said Chase Norlin, CEO of Pixsy Corporation. “We’re excited to partner with Info.com in multimedia search and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.” [24×7]

Aftermath of Zango Settlement with FTC
Last week, Zango, the controversial online media company and adware developer formerly known as 180solutions, reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to resolve an investigation into alleged unfair trade practices. The Center for Democracy and Technology filed a complaint with the FTC in January accusing Zango of misleading users into installing intrusive ad serving software onto their systems.In the settlement, Zango agreed to hand over $3 million in fines while maintaining its innocence, saying that its software delivery system no longer relies on unscrupulous affiliates who modify and distribute Zango software against its policies. Read the rest of this entry. [24×7]

Marchex Launches Marchex Network, Giving Advertisers Direct Access to Marchex’s Web Sites
The Marchex Network has debuted, an advertising network featuring Marchex’s more than 200,000 owned and operated Web sites which attract reported numbers of tens of millions of unique users per month. Advertisers can directly bid for placement on a Cost-Per-Click basis across Marchex’s network of Web sites, based on designated keywords and categories. [24×7]