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Jul 2, 2007

NEWS: iPhone sales said to hit half-million

New Apple device lives up to the hype, though some buyers have activation woes; availability mixed at Apple Stores heading into new week.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Opening weekend sales of iPhones may have reached 500,000, according to an analyst's estimate, as Apple's much anticipated product saw sales that lived up to and even exceeded its hype.

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster released a report Sunday night estimating that the iPhone sales would reach that mark through the close of business Sunday. He had previously forecast first weekend sales of 200,000 of the device, which sells for either $499 or $599.

"Overall, Apple met strong demand over the weekend with adequate supply," he wrote in the report. "We were surprised by the rate at which Apple was able to sell the handsets, with 50 cashiers processing up to 1,000 iPhones an hour in some stores."

Apple (ChartsFortune 500) was not immediately available to comment on that estimate early Monday. It has set a goal of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008, and analysts are generally looking for it to sell about 3 million units this year. The phones went on sale at 6 p.m. Friday, with long lines outside many Apple Stores...

Jul 1, 2007

NEWS: Answers Corp Dependence on Google SEO

Recent Events In July 2007, a search engine algorithm adjustment by Google led to a drop in Google directed traffic to Answers.com. This adjustment reduced our overall traffic by approximately 28% based on the average traffic directed to Answers.com from Google for the week prior to the adjustment as compared to the week after. As a result, our revenue also declined proportionately. We have not been able to reverse the impact of this adjustment, and we do not anticipate that we will recover the lost traffic and revenue. In response to the Google algorithm adjustment, we reduced our headcount and related compensation costs, reducing our base payroll expenses by approximately 12%. As a result, we recorded a charge of approximately $250 thousand in the third quarter of 2007, related to this restructuring.

In September 2007, Yahoo! dropped our content from its search index, which reduced our Yahoo! directed traffic. This action was reversed within a week, and we have recovered all of our Yahoo! directed traffic.

Note 5 — Major Customers
During the nine months ended September 30, 2007, the vast majority of the Company’s advertising revenue was generated through the efforts of third party ad networks. Additionally, during the three months ended September 30, 2007, the Company earned approximately 67% and 8% of its total revenue through two of its third party ad networks, Google and Shopping.com, compared to 70% and 15%, respectively, of the total revenue during the third quarter of 2006. Of the total revenue during the nine months ended September 30, 2007, Google and Shopping.com accounted for approximately 65% and 9%, compared to 67% and 15% of our total revenue during the same period in 2006.


Our revenue is primarily driven by the traffic generated by our Web properties and our ability to effectively monetize that traffic. Our current sources of traffic include the following:


•       Search engines : Users submit queries and algorithm search engines respond by generating a list of Web pages that are likely to offer the most relevant content. When our pages rank high in the algorithmic systems of search engines, our results are more likely to be accessed by users. According to our internal estimates, for September 2007, this source of traffic represented approximately 60% of our traffic. 

•       Google’s definition link :  We have an informal, non-contractual relationship with Google under which Google links search results related to certain definitional queries to Answers.com.  According to our internal estimates, for September 2007, this source of traffic represented approximately 15% of our traffic. 

•       Direct users : Users visiting our Web properties directly.  According to our internal estimates, for September 2007, direct users represented approximately 25% of our traffic.

The following table sets forth our Answers.com average daily page views and RPM, since our launch of Answers.com:




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