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Dear Kelly,

Regarding your story about [the] Go2Net and InfoSpace merger, I heard on ON24.com that the Go2Net brand will be folded after the merger. Do you know if this is true? (In response to: "Two Portals Better Than One")

Dave G.
Somewhere in cyberspace

Dear David,

Sad but true. Following the closing of the merger, the Go2Net name will be put out to pasture. The idea behind the move, is that InfoSpace has spent far more time and money to promote its brand name, while Go2Net has consistently focused on promoting its individual Web properties that make up its network of sites.

But, don't shed a tear for Go2Net's top banana. CEO Russ Horowitz has already enjoyed the fruits of his labor to the tune of nearly $100 million in insider sales made this time last year. If you ask him today, I'm sure he'd tell you, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, so too would Go2Net, if separated from its name, retain that sweet perfection which is its own."


Dear Kelly

I enjoyed your piece re: Steve Ballmer. I have just signed up for your internet.com newsletter [I am trying to learn all I can for my new investment club adventure] and so far I like what I read. And the psychodynamics of the market are fascinating; keep writing. (In response to: "Spitting in the Wind")


Rebecca M.
Calabasas, CA

Dear Rebecca,

In a volatile sector of Internet and tech stocks, crowded with savvy, active armchair investors, this market is oftentimes little more than a game of psychology. With the Nasdaq bruised and battered over 30% off its all-time high, there are plenty of great buying opportunities for a new investor. In an effort to better prepare you for the road ahead, I'd like to impart a handful of my favorite cereal box truisms.

1. Long-term investing beats short-term trading any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

2. Believe only half of what you see, and none of what you hear.

3. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

4. Fear and greed drive this locomotive.

5. Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.

Best of luck with your investments, and have a great week!


Ms. Black,

I just got through reading your article about one of drkoop.com's bidders, Undertherapy.com. I know that they are based out of Beverly Hills, Calif., and that they are privately funded, but I can't seem to get any additional information about the company (not even a phone number). Can you forward me any additional information about the company and/or a telephone number with which I can contact them.


Chris M.
Boulder, CO

Dear Chris,

Undertherapy.com is registered to Future Venture, Inc., which seems fairly appropriate considering the company doesn't have a Web presence to speak