Even financial sites can play the Web 2.0 game. TheStreet.com
TheStreet.com already owned 49.9% of the site, so it was really just a matter of time before it swallowed Stockpickr whole.
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Even Dow Jones'
It's common sense, really. Investors can be a passionate lot, displaying amazing levels of fandom and dedication when money is at stake. On some of the more heavily populated Yahoo!
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I'm glad Reed Hastings made that model fly with Netflix. But in all honesty, I'd rather know my next great investment than learn about the next great indie DVD.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz thinks that he was Web 2.0 even while Web 0.0 was cool, but that's only a matter of opinion. He does own shares in Netflix. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.