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By Dec 06, 2006

Extra, extra, content for sale. Yepic.com recently debuted the public beta launch of Web 2.0, a content marketplace. “Millions of bloggers worldwide create content that meets or exceeds the standards of print and video publications we happily pay for every day,” says Corey Davis, co-founder of Yepic. “Only a few of them generate enough traffic to earn significant money from advertising revenues. Many writers have loyal but small audiences that would be happy to pay for deeper treatments of the blog’s primary subject. We’ve created Yepic to give writers a new way to monetize their user bases.” Users can upload their digital assets to Yepic and categorize, tag, price and publish them in Yepic’s marketplace. Once published, users can create links from their blogs to their Yepic article summaries and start making as much as 75% of the article price.

Does this ring a bell? Visitors to Philadelphia can now download customizable “sound-seeing” tours of the city at http://www.soundaboutphilly.com. The customizable tours are an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC). The first four tours are: ” History Unplugged,” 300 years of non-textbook American history; ” Flavorhoods,” a look at dining in different ethnic neighborhoods; ” My Philly,” recommendations straight from the mouths of local Philadelphians; and ” Once Upon A Nation,” the undertold stories of Colonial Philadelphians. Three more tours are expected to be added. The SoundAboutPhilly Web site integrates the audio with Google Maps to help people customize a map to match their selected tour, print it out and take it with them as they explore the city.

A good call. Elluminate Inc. and Franklin University have teamed up to offer ” Home for the Holidays,” a program which provides free, unlimited access to Web conferencing software for soldiers deployed overseas and their families from Dec 4 to Jan. 2. Military service men and women and their families and friends will be able to log in to Elluminate Live! virtual meeting rooms at any time to have private, face-to-face conversations. Many soldiers are already using the software to attend real-time college classes through Franklin University and GoArmyEd program.