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Sunday, October 26, 2003

InfoSpace to Sell Payment Solutions and Focus on Search Directory and Mobile Communications 

Internet giant InfoSpace, Inc. uses the warden-like slogan "Names. Numbers. Now. TM" and has powerful Internet properties that include Dogpile.com (www.dogpile.com), WebCrawler.com (www.webcrawler.com), InfoSpace.com (www.infospace.com) and MetaCrawler.com (www.metacrawler.com). Their unique metasearch technology searches the most popular engines and returns only the best results from each, including Google, FAST, Yahoo!, About, Ask Jeeves, FindWhat, LookSmart, and Inktomi.

The Bellevue, Washington company announced October 20th it is tightening its strategic focus to two businesses: InfoSpace Search & Directory and InfoSpace Mobile, and will jetison their InfoSpace Payment Solutions division and the network of 83,000 reseller partners and leading financial institutions, such as Wells Fargo. InfoSpace Payment Solutions lets merchants authorize, settle and manage electronic transactions through the IP-based payment gateway, Authorize.Net. The InfoSpace, Inc. mobile division was beefed up this week with the acquisition of Moviso from Vivendi Universal Net for $25 million in cash, adding mobile content such as ringtones, video, graphics and games.

InfoSpace also is interested in promoting their Dogpile site and the mascot Arfie, everyone's favorite Net Pet, and have initiated a publicity campaign featuring slogans such as "Search Doggie-Style." Greg Notess, an independent search engine expert, verified that Dogpile's metasearch can retrieve 50% or more additional results, and Dogpile is seeking to spread the word.

"We just started a campaign on and around five college campuses," Leslie Grandy, vice president of product management told internetnews.com. "We're looking to leverage the edginess of the brand name." The five schools initially selected for Dogpile advertising and their mascots are University of Washington (Harry the Husky), University of Georgia (Uga the Bulldog, now Hairy Dawg), Arizona State (Owls until 1922, Bulldogs until 1946, now Sparky the Sun Devil), Florida State (Seminole Tribe), and Ohio State University (Brutus Buckeye).

This is a list of the top results of 200 returned from the InfoSpace business directoryafter a query about Google:
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Googles Ice Cream Shop
2255 34th Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
Details 727-327-2774
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Google
895 Dove Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660
map | driving directions
949-851-6565
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Google Inc
Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-330-0100
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Google Inc
11 Great Oaks Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95119
map | driving directions
408-363-0186
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Google Inc
1501 Salado Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043
map | driving directions
650-318-0200
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Google Inc
1501 Salado Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043
Details 650-930-3500
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Google
1200 Abernathy Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA 30328
Details 770-551-8170
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Google Inc
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Details 312-840-8285
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Google
20 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
Details 617-948-2177
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Google
20 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
Details 617-948-2670
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Google.Com
39555 Orchard Hill Place
Novi, MI 48375
Details 248-465-8626
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Google Inc
437 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Details 212-624-9600
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Google Inc
7990 Science Applications
Vienna, VA 22182
Details 703-448-0326
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Google Designs - Fun, Functional Childrens Wear
P.O. Box 236
Evansville, WI 53536
608-882-6575
cindy@googledesigns.com
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