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Women.com Cuts 85 Jobs, 25 Percent of Work Force
Internet company Women.com Networks Inc. (WOMN) on Wednesday said it slashed 85 jobs, or about 25 percent of its work force, in an effort to save money and stay on track to achieve profitability. In a statement, Women.com Chief Executive Marleen McDaniel said the San Mateo, Calif., company needs to ``remain nimble in a fluctuating Internet industry.''
Women.com, which provides a variety of women-focused content and shopping services, was founded in 1992 and is one of the older Internet companies. Although it did not have to cut jobs until now, it currently finds itself operating in one of the toughest segments of the Internet business. As most Internet content sites struggle to attract advertisers, specialized sites like Women.com have been hurt by competition from other services like iVillage Inc. (IVIL) and Oxygen Media. On Wednesday, Oxygen Media said it plans to cut 10 percent of its staff, Reuters (courtesy Internet Daily), December 6, 2000.

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PlanetOut and Gay.com to Merge
The Internet's two biggest GLBT players are coming together in a marriage that executives say will please investors and consumers, PlanetOut Partners, PlanetOut, and Gay.com releases plus AP, Reuters, PlanetOut, Bay Area Reporter, Salon.com, and Philadelphia Gay News reports, November 15-24, 2000

PlanetOut and Gay.com: Which Is the Leading LGBT Community Portal?
With both PlanetOut and Gay.com quoting Media Metrix data, it is difficult to determine which company is really the leading online portal for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Read Gay.com's announcement of July 24, 2000, and PlanetOut's announcement of August 23, 2000.

Bait & Switch: Online Partners
Profile of Online Partners CEO Lowell Selvin and a description of the gay.com online portal for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Red Herring, July 2000.

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