Another Nail in the Local Exchange Coffin

As if the landline business hadn€™t suffered enough with wireless carriers taking share for domestic usage and VoIP taking share for international calling, now comes a slew of cheap international long distance calling plans from the cellular operators. Verizon and…

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Registration Resistance

Two brief items caught my interest from opposite ends of the online spectrum, but both reflect consumer sentiment. First, there were some reports about a "grassroots" resistance among Flickrphiles to registering as Yahoo! users. Wired News has a fairly extensive…

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Google's Master Plan?

So here's a bit of compulsive behavior from me -- coming out of the baby zone to post. I read this piece tonight on Om Malik's blog and thought it was a very interesting and bold set of predictions about…

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Google Finally Talks — and IMs

After an almost unprecendented frenzy of speculation Google Talk is live. What is it? It's an IM client that has VoIP (good transmission quality). You have to have a gmail account to participate. (This may help drive gmail adoption.) It's…

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Google/Yahoo! to Buy Classifieds Publisher?

According to MediaPost: Google and Yahoo! are attempting to purchase Amsterdam-based Trader Classified Media, which publishes 578 print guides and runs 56 Web sites with classified ads in 22 countries, according to published reports in Reuters and the London Sunday…

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Stop the News Juggernaut!

I'm trying to get a bunch of things done and only have time for bullets right now: Print growth was sluggish but there was significant Q2 online newspaper revenue growth (28.6% to $500.7 million) vs. one year ago, according to…

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AIDA: Old Media Still Works!

Specifically, DCCI is focusing on €œthe ROI data our Call Measurement Services provides to marketer and business owners,€ and how their €œCall Measurement Programs deliver real-time information about high-value customers.€ They have placed the ads next to a YPA print…

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Oodle Getting to Scale

According to a press release this a.m. classifieds aggregator Oodle has now grown to 20 U.S. metro areas. It's still a site in search of a business model, but it's obvious value to consumers will probably bring a (perhaps newspaper)…

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A9 Announces Maps

I think this has been around since late June, but A9/Amazon is making a formal announcement about A9 Maps. A combination of "Block View" and MapQuest, the site is so far unique in offering street-level photographs of storefronts along with…

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Holy Resume Batman, Another Jobs Site Launches

Following the latest wave of job "meta-search" sites (Indeed.com, SimplyHired, etc.), Business.com is launching Work.com after several months in beta. Calling itself a "premium" jobs site, Work.com's twist is that employers pay only for those leads (recruits/applicants) that click through…

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Yelp Me If You Can

I finally caught up with Jeremy Stoppelman, one of the founders of Yelp, a social networking + YP site. The site has had a much lower profile than competitors with very similar models, i.e., InsiderPages and JudysBook . Like those…

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MSN: Big Splash, Let's Wait for the Ripple

Lots and lots of stories were written about MSN's promised PPC platform launch. Danny Sullivan's written a comprehensive overview at SEW. The most innovative dimension of the new product (beyond adding a major competitor to the marketplace) is the demographic…

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Local in the House

Though still in beta, Google last night put Local on the Google.com home page. No longer will users need to go to the somewhat buried Local.Google.com, nor will local results come up irregularly and, from a user point of view,…

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