Google Reader Take Two

After having Google Reader for the past 72 hours, my initial "hands-on" reaction is very positive. (Critiques: "Labels" aren't working for me, and there's no way to search within the reader -- yet.) But overall it's very easy to use…

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MSN AdCenter Wants SMEs for Beta

This was posted on MSN's Search Blog: From: Yusuf Mehdi As you know, we launched MSN adCenter --our next generation advertising platform -- in France and Singapore last month. This was an important first step to delivering our global vision…

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Yahoo! Podcast Portal

OK, so podcasting isn't yet part of the seemingly ever-expanding realm of things I find myself tracking these days. I'm just going to mention in passing that it's significant in the following ways: Podcasts are another species of user-generated content…

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Did Verizon Demote SuperPages?

In the first quarter of 2001, Verizon Information Services rolled out SuperPages as the new brand identity for its print directory products. At the time, the concept of applying an Internet brand name to an offline directory was unusual, and…

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Are RBOC Yellow Pages the Big Game?

The Journal goes on to predict that Carlyle won't be the largest buy-out fund for long. At least three other companies "are expected to be as big or larger." Michael Klein, head of global banking at Citigroup said, "the capital…

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Google (RSS) Reader

Google launched Google Reader earlier today. It joins an already crowded field of RSS readers (and Google's personalized home page and sidebar apps have RSS/feed readers embedded in them; over time integration will be key). RSS readers have implications for…

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Topix 'Contextual News' Links

Newspaper-owned news aggregation site Topix, which has a number of third-party, local news distribution deals with the likes of AOL and Citysearch, among others, launched a very interesting offering recently. Unfortunately, I don't have a great deal of time right…

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Process Patents and 'Post Search' Ads

In my briefings with companies I hear about a lot of business "process" or "method" patents. Some of them strike me as overly broad, some are interesting and important, and some are just stupid (that the U.S. government would allow…

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Semel: 'Google Has No Plan'

AP's Mike Liedtke, covering Web 2.0 in San Francisco this week, wrote a piece in which he quoted Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel who reportedly said the following about Google at the show: "So far they don't seem to have a…

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Mashup: Google Maps + Google Local

Google has brought Local out of beta and combined it with the surprisingly popular Google Maps in a single "map-centric" interface. Here's a search for "wine shops in Greenwich Village New York." Brett Taylor, who's the new product manager at…

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Ning: Another Social App with Local Aspects

Thanks to Marty Himmelstein for alerting me about Ning, a social-media tool that covers a bunch of topics but has a local content area. Here's a fairly extensive discussion from SiliconBeat. It's time to throw away skepticism about user-generated content…

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More 'Upcoming' for Yahoo! Local

Yahoo! announced that it had acquired upcoming.org (a Flickr-like events calendar that is user-driven). This is going to bolster Yahoo!'s already very strong Local product by adding more user-generated content in the events area. The events RSS feed in Yahoo!…

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WhitePages.com Quietly Building a Juggernaut

WhitePages.com announced a deal with SuperPages.com to feature WhitePages.com's residential listings on its site. WhitePages.com already has similar deals with MSN, SMARTPages (SBC) and RealPages.com (BellSouth). The latter two will merge in the next several months into the single YellowPages.com…

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Dex Becomes RHD's Online Strategy

As indicated by my colleague, Charles Laughlin, R.H. Donnelley (RHD) announced that it will acquire Dex Media for approximately $9 billion in debt assumption and equity. See the release below and Charles' post for more details. RHD has a substantial…

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GoogleNet Inches Closer to Reality

First the rumor, then the Wi-Fi VPN, now confirmation of a bid to provide free Wi-Fi across the city of San Francisco (per Reuters): "Google has submitted a proposal to offer free, wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) to the entire city…

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Back from DDC

We just completed DDC2005 in Denver, and while I may be a little close to the subject, I feel it was one of the better DDC events in recent memory. I don't credit TKG for this as much as the…

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Why Not Just Steal a Successful Site?

Silicon Beat points to a site that exactly duplicates Craigslist's look and feel and listings presentation (it actually uses Craigslist's listings). If you can't think of a better model, why not just steal one? This speaks to the power that…

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'UGC' Exploding in the 'Blogosphere'

According to Technorati (per the BBC), "the number of blogs is doubling every five months." I met last week with the folks (Stu MacFarlane and Andrew Shotland) at Insider Pages who told me that it took the company less than…

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CPA to Fight Click Fraud

In a provocative article in today's iMedia Connection newsletter Carat's Ron Belanger (with whom I shared a long table at the iMedia Summit in January) suggests that some paid-search networks adopt a cost-per-acquistion/cost-per-action model to combat click fraud. Regardless of…

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