AOL Offers VoIP for the Masses

AOL announced an impressive VoIP offering, TotalTalk, which will be available October 4 (the TotalTalk site says "coming soon," but you can get a general taste here). The offering, available via the new AIM Triton client, has a suite of…

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Yahoo! Speeding Up Search

Yahoo! "Instant Search" has been introduced based on Yahoo! Shortcuts. AOL (with SmartBox), SNAP and a couple of others are doing similar things in providing answers before the query is completed. More from the Yahoo! Search Blog on Instant Search.

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Yahoo! UK PPCall Play

How did I miss this one? According to Netimperative: The service is already available in Yahoo! Cars and will be introduced into Yahoo!€™s other e-commerce properties, Shopping and Travel following an initial introductory period beginning in early August on its…

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AOL Offers VoIP for the Masses

AOL announced an impressive VoIP offering, TotalTalk, which will be available October 4 (the TotalTalk site says "coming soon," but you can get a general taste here). The offering, available via the new AIM Triton client, has a suite of…

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ILM:05 Agenda Is Done

My apologies to all those who've been repeatedly asking me about the ILM conference and speaking opportunities. I've been buried in work. The agenda is completed. We started with 30+ panels and whittled down, condensed and compacted them into 22…

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Yahoo! Earnings Rise 6x, Shares Drop

Yahoo! announced quarterly revenues of US$1.25 billion and net income of US$755 million. That represented a 51 percent increase from revenues of US$832.3 million last year during the same period. Yet the stock lost value in after-hours trading. I believe…

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Yellow Pages Arbitrage?

Yellow Book USA announced another acquisition this week, purchasing two directories from User-Friendly Phone Book LLC, which is itself a company that has been actively pursuing acquisitions in the U.S. independent sector.The two properties involved are the Steel Valley and…

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Broadband on a Tear

According to the FCC (reported by CNET), broadband (BB) grew in all 50 U.S. states and was up overall by 34 percent in 2004. Here's why BB will continue to gain: Government initiatives (e.g., municipal free access) Price competition WiMax…

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PE Group Buys Yellow Brick Road

Also this week, a group of private equity buyers acquired Yellow Brick Road, the European directory holding company, from its existing PE owners, paying them 1.8 billion euros, more than four times the cash investment of current owners Veronis Suhler…

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Google UK's Second Local Deal

First Google and Yell announced that the latter, the owner of the Yellow Pages brand in the U.K., would provide the content for Google Local U.K. Now Yell's rival in the directory publishing business, Thomson Directories, has announced that it…

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New Google Approach to Search Relevance

As Google became progressively more powerful, more and more people began trying to manipulate Google's "organic" search results. That aim has spawned a whole industry -- search engine optimization -- and in fact resulted in more manipulated links (some would…

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'I Agree with What He Said'

What do you get when you ask a YPA staff vice president to ask six board members questions in front of the membership? In short, not a lot of controversy. That's nobody's fault. It's just the environment. Stephanie Hobbs, who…

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Alternatives to User-Generated Content

I€™ve made a big deal of late of user-generated content and its importance in local. But not all publishers and sites can effectively pull this off. Getting users engaged and creating a community atmosphere that will encourage this is no…

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News Is Most Prized Content

According to a story yesterday in MediaPost, BURST! Media surveyed 6,400 online users (14 and older) and found that 62% were most interested in news when they went online. Entertainment was the second most popular category of information, sought by…

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MSN to Buy into AOL—Zoiks!

The NY Post reports that Microsoft wants to buy a piece (how big?) of AOL. (Perhaps it's time for some Scooby-Doo sound effects and other incredulous reactions.) Why? Maybe: TimeWarner wants some cash to pay down its billions in debt?…

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Ah, College Life

So I'm 20 years out of college this year (and 15 out of law school) and starting my mid-life crisis in earnest. That's why I glance wistfully at a host of applications and marketing initiatives directed at college students: LiveDeal's…

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Google, Blog Search and You

It would appear, as some have speculated, that Google is working on just about everything that its hundreds of engineers can sink their intellectual teeth into. Today, for example, Google launched blog search from both its Blogger site and from…

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AOL Boosts Podcasting

Just like Humpty Dumpty's great fall to pieces, media content and audiences are fragmenting -- or perhaps what might be called "nichifying" (read: long tail). And just like "all the king's horses and all the king's men," one of the…

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