A Peacock Gets Plucked

The small-biz business just keeps getting tougher. In yet another lesson that marketing to entrepreneurs on the Web isn't as easy as it sounds, NBC Internet Inc. plans to shed its money-losing AllBusiness.com unit. The service will be merged into a joint venture with Bigvine.com, a Redwood Shores (Calif.)-based barter exchange, leaving NBCi to focus on consumer mass markets.

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