Webby Awards, Part III

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ClearStation –

ClearStation provides free investment analysis to members (mostly through eTrade). Content includes stock recommendations, and a customized layout with graphs, real-time stock quotations, watch lists, portfolios, and stock discussions.

E-Loan – is a Web extension of a bricks and mortar lending house in the U.S. that is popular for managing debt, consolidating loans and debts, refinancing mortgages and auto-plans, and much, much more. It’s U.S.-based, so tough luck.

PayPal –

PayPal allows you to send money or bill online, essentially functioning as a middle man for online transactions, usually from online auctions. It’s cheap, easy-to-use, and with the use of escrow services, basically foolproof. Quicken –

Quicken has changed the way families and small businesses do their budgets, with a wide range of capabilities and the ability to pay bills and bank online, with all changes reflected in the proper accounts. The Web site provides support for Quicken users, financial data, free updates and technical support, and other useful tools.

Yahoo! Finance –

This is an online collection of financial news, that’s updated constantly during the course of the day. It’s a good resource for traders, buyers, and people who like to stay on top of their investments and market trends.


A Tale in the Desert –

This online game is billed as "A Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game." This is a free, non-violent game that takes place back in a land resembling ancient Egypt. You start with a personalized player, and advance in seven disciplines, manage networks and factories to earn money, and help to complete great works. It’s kind of like a Sims game, but it also includes games of guile, like Diplomacy. Pretty cool stuff.

Disney’s Toontown –

This site features a wide variety of Disney-themed games featuring many popular Disney characters. There is a wide variety of styles of games for children of all ages, although many of them are challenging enough for adults.

The Indie Game Jam –

"The Indie Game Jam is a yearly game design and programming event designed to encourage experimentation and innovation in the game industry. A very small volunteer team of professional game developers creates a new custom game engine with a single technology focus, and then we invite a slightly larger group of game programmer-designers to get together and make as many innovative games as possible over a four-day period." You can play the games for free online, as they all become freeware. A lot of fun and variety, as well as some truly creative approaches.

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