Re: Shameless but hopefully relevant plug

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From: Jeff Bone (
Date: Tue Apr 18 2000 - 06:57:49 PDT

Brian Atkins wrote:

> Do you pay the content creators for their news? Just curious since Ebay
> seems lately to be successfully suing bots for stealing content.

We aren't paying for content; indeed, in some cases the content provider will pay
us when users click through to their content. We may move to some premium content
at some point. Per Ebay, we've been very careful to only use content that we're
explicitly permitted to use. We've negotiated directly with several content
providers to out their headlines / summaries on the site, and that list will grow
quickly. (For instance, Keith and I came to terms on a deal for us carrying TBTF

The value proposition for the content provider is pretty clear: if we can drive
users to their sites and up *their* ad impressions, why would they sue? :-)

> Sounds like ?

Moreover is one of our upstream providers. They're focused on aggregation, our
focus is really on the personalization / filtering aspects. There are a couple of
key differentations. First, there's the whole user aspect, with subscription,
filtering options, aggregation in the interface, etc. Second, and more
importantly, we allow users to create and share their own feeds, much like a
meta-Slashdot. It's the synthesis of these things that makes the site much more
useful to an end-user than Moreover, which is more focused on just being the



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