Another Semantic Web company looking for cash: William Tunstall-Pedoe of True Knowledge says he needs $10m in venture capital to back the next stage of his Cambridge (UK)-based company, which is trying to build a sort of “universal database” on the Web.
Tunstall-Pedoe’s plan is to collect information in a structured way in an online knowledge base, making it much like MetaWeb’s Freebase (which has raised $42m.) Users could then query that using natural language questions, and an open API would make the information machine-readable. Read more
Virtual online worlds may seem more fashionable these days, but The Sims, an eight-year-old computer game that simulates life, has just sold its 100 millionth copy.
The Sims was only expected to ship in the hundreds of thousands when it was launched in 2000, but it has become the best-selling PC game of all time for its publisher Electronic Arts. Read more
The clicking habits of Google’s US users continue to cause concern.
For the third month in a row, the number of “paid clicks” (or impressions on adverts) in the US was little changed in March from a year ago. That is according to data from comScore that started to seep out late on Tuesday (the information is given first to analysts before being made public officially later.) Read more