Nashville’s PodCast Alley acqhired: According to SiliconBeat, Nashville-based Podcast Alley and its founder, Chris McIntyre, have been acq-hired by Adam Curry and Ron Bloom’s PodShow, its first acquisition since receiving $8.5 million in first round backing from the ubber-VC firms Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia. McIntyre will move to San Francisco, according to SiliconBeat.
For those keeping track, this is the second significant “acq-hire” of a Nashville RSS-centric business. The first was the NewsGator-FeedDemon deal.
Al Gore responds: He chartered an American Airlines plane to fly evacuees to Chattanooga.
Nashville responds: (From AP story) “The foundation started by Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair had hoped to fill six tractor-trailer trucks with supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina. That goal was met halfway through the 12-hour relief drive today in the parking lot of the stadium where the Titans play. The foundation has called for at least eight more big trucks because the donations are coming in nonstop.”
Lycos launches Katrina meta search tool: This morning, I pointed to Yahoo!’s Katrina: Search for Missing People meta search tool that searches for names across numerous missing person forums and databases. I just learned that Lycos has a similar Search Katrina Missing Persons Sites meta search service.
Quote from Danny Sullivan, SearchEngineWatch.com:
In one go, it checks listings from more than 35 missing person sites that have sprung up since the storm. Sources of these listings are listed in the right-hand navigation.
Observation: An instant comparison (using several last names) of the two search tools leads me to think Yahoo! has a better approach and results. However, if I were looking for a loved one, I’d obviously use both.
Australian-rules blame gaming: On the radio (the story should show up here soon), I just overheard a report of an Australian Parliament session during which Prime Minister John Howard was being blamed for not responding fast enough to the need to evacuate the 50-60 Australians caught in New Orleans after Katrina.