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Old 11-29-09, 11:15 AM
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My hypothesis is that IB likely has found BF to be either marginally profitable or unprofitable, and therefore uses it as a giant beta test for VB. Sure, Joe was turning a "profit" before its sale, but that was not taking into account the very long term commitment promised to red star members for relatively little money (while fully accounting for the revenue from the red stars). Therefore, since IB also owns VB, they probably decided that since they have to run BF anyways, it is a good place to run the "latest and greatest" version of VB software in order to work out the bugs before the new versions of VB work their way to more critical sites.

I have no numbers to back this up, but one does not roll out the newest software on one's most critical sites first. BF clearly is where they plan to sort out any mess there may be in the latest version of VB. On the bright side, it's better than being in the middle of the totem pole. At least we get some attention since we are basically their beta testers.
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