Monthly Archives: November 2006

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday

Americans may have ingested a coma-inducing amount of turkey last Thursday but they apparently fought off sleep long enough to do some serious shopping online. While Cyber Monday may have online retailers as giddy as the 10 year old who actually gets a Wii this Christmas, retail traffic peaked early. More importantly, purchases did too. The chart below helps show that people were using the top 30 internet retailers to

Daily Dish

Andrew Sullivan is leading a political revolution. A big, conservative, political revolution. A big, conservative, political revolution, possibly with show tunes. His book, The Conservative Soul, has earned both praise and scorn from all sides of the political spectrum, and his little corner of the blogosphere has been attracting the devoted and the curious in ever-increasing numbers, with huge spikes just prior to the election. Perhaps most importantly, he chose

Be on the W.A.T.C.H. for these dangerous toys!

With the Holidays ahead, many parents are flocking to get the "must-have" toy on their child’s wish list. Hopefully, safety is taken into consideration when deciding which toy makes it underneath the tree. Last week we showed you the hottest gifts the kids crave. Conversely, W.A.T.C.H. put out a list of the top ten "Worst Toys" to get for your youngster. World Against Toys Causing Harm is a non-profit organization

Face to Face, Again

Back in April we mentioned the face recognition site MyHeritage.com. The buzz surrounding this site has since then led to a significant increase in people visiting and utilizing the technology. In October, 2006, MyHeritage.com achieved the one million people per month mark. Earlier this year, a picture of me yielded matches to Martin Luther King Jr., Luciano Pavarotti, and late Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. With the recent rampant

The verdict's in: gadgets rule

With Christmas carols being piped into Mall for the 5th consecutive month, its obvious that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. But the question remains; what can I buy from Walmart and then sell for a profit on eBay? Looking at products across leading online retailers, it’s clear that the masses have spoken and they love things that need an A/C adapter. Nine (arguably ten) out of the

Thanksgiving Recipes

Can you smell the pumpkin pie? Well you shouldn’t, because Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday; however, we can already detect people’s intentions of stuffing their bellies with an assortment of traditional dishes and a couple of new spins. No one likes burning the turkey or serving a forgettable apple pie, so people are flocking to recipe sites to get their culinary cheat sheets. Allrecipes.com has emerged as one of the top

If it's TMX Elmo You Want, You'll Find "it" [Marked Up] on eBay

It has happened again. Another toy has captured the imagination of children and opportunists of all ages. TMX Elmo, which debuted in September, is now practically impossible to find"”at least anywhere near its suggested retail price. For parents waiting to start their holiday shopping this week you’d be wise to scratch this toy from any wish lists. Unlike ten years ago when the original Tickle-Me-Elmo craze struck, eBay is now

Jagshemash! Borat successful at other's expense??

Completely offensive, extremely controversial, and unbelievably hilarious, the Borat movie has officially become a cultural phenomenon. And with reports of lawsuits from unwitting cast members popping up on The Smoking Gun and elsewhere, the adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity is proving to be true. The controversy has helped push the film to #1 at the box office for two weeks running. But that success has also

Compete.com featured at tonight's TechCrunch Party in NYC

It’s been two weeks since Compete.com was officially launched and things are just getting started. Over the last two weeks we have received hundreds of emails pertaining to: – Requests for APIs – When is weekly information going to be available? – The SnapShot bubbles on your Search engine are annoying me — they are too big – Search! Search! Search! Give us detailed query data – Why do you

October's Top Movers List

October is behind us and it’s no surprise that Halloween-themed sites had strong representation in the month’s Top Ten Mover list. HauntedHouse.com, CostumeIdeaZone.com, and HalloweenExpress.com all made strong showings before returning to their dark, dank, hibernation for the next 11 months or so. More power to them if they’re able to make it back to the list next year. My guess is one or more of these sites may pass

Travel: The emergence of Meta Search

Online travel is big: Seventy million consumers researched travel on the Internet in July 2006 alone. While this activity remains dominated by Online Travel Agencies such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz (the “OTA’s” attracted 48.5 million consumers in July), there is a new type of travel site emerging that is drawing attention. Travel “Meta Search” sites, which are sites that scan hundreds of other travel sites and pull all of