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Scroogle, Privacy-First Search Engine, Shuts Down for Good

(Gerard Paardekam via Virginia Mataix)

(Gerard Paardekam via Virginia Mataix)

Scroogle, the search engine operated by privacy militant and self-appointed Wikipedia watchdog Daniel Brandt, has folded for real. After enduring DDOS attacks “around the clock” that sent a flood of unsustainable traffic to his servers, Mr. Brandt took down the search engine along with his other four domains, namebase.orggoogle-watch.orgcia-on-campus.org, and book-grab.com. His theory is that he was being attacked by hackers with a personal vendetta. Read More

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Freelance Marketplace Solvate Shuts Down After Four Years and $6.3 M.

Mr. Paolucci.

“Agency-caliber talent at half the cost.” That was the pitch for Solvate, the freelance labor marketplace based in New York that raised $6.3 million from investors including RRE Ventures and DFJ Gotham Ventures. But as of today, Solvate is no longer accepting new users and individual pages on the site have started disappearing. The company sent out an email to users obtained by TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha: “Effective March 1st, we are shutting down this service. We are proud to have connected US-based independent professionals with companies for contract work, but ultimately we couldn’t scale it in its current configuration.” Read More

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IAC-Backed Social Journaling Service Proust To Close the Last Page In Its Diary

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Just because entrepreneurs have an unending well of inspiration for intimate social networks doesn’t mean that users—or revenues—follow. Proust, the social diary service launched by IAC back in July, told users via email today that the site will close on January 31. The company, which tried to emphasize sharing deep, personal memories with close friends and family, offered a data export tool for any content that may have been uploaded, reports AllThingsD.

Proust started in beta in 2010. Since then, however, features like the ability to visualize one’s life history as a timeline, have been adopted by another social network you may have heard something about one time. Read More

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To Oblivion and Beyond. Wait No, Just Oblivion. $87 M. News Corp. Backed Startup Shuts Down Before Launch

Plotting. (Photo: File)

Betabeat was sceptical when we first heard about Beyond Oblivian, a New York based music startup that got $87 million in backing from big names like Allen & Co., Sony and News. Corp. The startup aimed to take on Spotify by offering an unlimited music streaming service with no monthly fee. Instead the service came baked into smartphones, adding around $60 to the cost of each device,

Seems like our doubts were well founded. The Financial Times is reporting that  has shut down before it even launched. Read More