Techcrunch: Nokia to buy Dopplr

Nokia is supposed to be buying Dopplr, the travel planner web service. I think it fits well into Nokia's strategy and idea of connecting people.

The price is rumored to be around 15-22 million US dollars.

TechCrunch http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/23/nokia-to-acqure-uk-startup-dopplr/


Facebook breaks 300m user milestone and Q2 was profitable!

Mark Zuckerberg posted in Facebook blog that "Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world" and most importantly "Earlier this year, we said we expected to be cash flow positive sometime in 2010, and I'm pleased to share that we achieved this milestone last quarter."

This is huge news, since it's been widely speculated that bigger services, such as Youtube and Facebook, are finding it difficult to make profit from ads only with such huge user base hogging resources.

Congratulations Facebook!


Online advertising in decline

Online display advertising has been steadily growing for years now, but this is the first time in ages that year-over-year results show that 2009/H1 measured ad spending has actually declined 1% from 2008/H1 spendige.

The depression is showing, but it's small dent compared to what the other advertising channels are facing with (average decline of 15,4%).

You can read more details in the Advertising Age's article Internet Ad Spending Declined in First Half of '09.