More Newspaper Doom and Gloom

Editor and Publisher reported that more than 1,900 jobs have been cut from major and mid-sized newspapers over the past year. The cuts have included 500 jobs at The New York Times, 16 percent of Knight Ridder's San Jose Mercury…

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RHD Reported in Pursuit of Dex

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that RH Donnelley is in talks to acquire Dex Media, an acquisition that would propel RHD into the third position in the US directories market, behind SBC and Verizon, ahead of BellSouth and…

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The Google of Internet TV?

As is being widely reported, BrightCove has received a $16.2 million investment from IAC, Hearst and AOL (and has a distribution deal with the latter). These guys want to do for video online what Google has done for PPClick advertising…

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Onsite AdSense

Seeking to bring more control/choice to advertiser-buyers of its AdSense program, Google has offered advertisers the ability to bid for inventory directly on particular network sites. This capability is one of the ways that competing contextual ad providers Kanoodle and…

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TiVo via iPod, Skype via RadioShack

TiVo announced TiVoToGo, a service that will put TV on iPods or Sony PSP devices. Also, Skype announced a deal with U.S. electronics retailer RadioShack to sell/distribute the broadband phone service in the chain's 3,000 U.S. stores. This is a…

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Search Gains

Search continues to show big gains among U.S. users. According to comScore data comparing September 2004 with September 2005, the average daily use of search engines was up from 49.3 million users to 60.7 million. Separately, the Pew Internet &…

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Buying Ink by the Barrel

Ten years ago, when The Kelsey Group more closely covered the newspaper industry, we conducted annual research among both dailies and weeklies to judge their overall opinion of or interest in electronic services. Every year daily newspapers said that their…

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Judy's Book Adopts PPCall

Judy's Book, fresh from its $8 million round, has announced that it is offering PPCall (similar to InsiderPages) as an advertising vehicle. Dubbed "JBCalls," the service uses infrastructure from ZiffLeads.

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RHD, DEX Clear Hurdle

R.H. Donnelley Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Dex Media cleared a significant hurdle today when the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust law expired, leaving no futher antitrust approvals in order for the deal to move forward. You can read…

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CNET Japan Innovation Coverage

There's lots of interesting search/local search-related discussion going on at the CNET Japan Innovation conference. Search Engine Journal's Loren Baker is covering most of the sessions: Google Local and Google Base discussed Yahoo! and social search Mobile & Local search…

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BellSouth Plans New Ad Campaign

BellSouth Adveritsing & Publishing is about to launch its first new advertising campaign in three years, this one aimed at users, carrying the line, "May the Best Choice Win." We haven't seen the ads, but it sounds like BellSouth will…

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eBay the New YP Competitor?

My colleague Neal Polachek is attending Yellow Pages Today in Austria, where he heard someone talking today about how eBay is a burgeoning Yellow Pages competitor. Quite coincidentally, in today's Wall Street Journal, there's an article about eBay and Google…

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Short Takes for Friday

Here's a roundup of news: Judy's Book grabs US$8 million in series B funding from Mobius Venture Capital, with contributions from Ignition Partners and Ackerley Partners. Google 10Q facts (sliced and diced by PaidContent): "'AOL is responsible for roughly 10…

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Google Base Part III

There are lots of people running around saying things like "Google Base squarely takes aim at Craigslist and eBay ..." That is both narrow and largely incorrect. Google Base (and the related content that becomes available on Google) may ultimately…

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Now There Are Swickis

Eurekster got into social search before everyone else but didn't really have success with consumers, who might have been confused by what the company was trying to do. Eurekster has had B2B success with publishers, however. Along those same lines,…

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Google Video Gets Real

John Battelle has an interesting discussion regarding the impending launch of genuine video on Google, what it might mean for third parties, and how it might integrate with Google's new payments system. Google has been inviting people/organizations to submit video…

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Stover Back in the YP Game

Former NYNEX Information Services (now part of Verizon) CEO Matt Stover finds himself back at the helm of a Yellow Pages publishing company, albeit a much smaller one. Yesterday, Texas-based independent publisher ypOne announced that Stover has taken over as…

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The Missing Network

How do we solve the vexing problem of online advertiser and audience fragmentation? Why, the network, of course. Aside from a few big names, very few sites today have the quality and reach that advertisers want. (In many cases they…

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Online Inventory Problems

Thanks to John Battelle for pointing to a PaidContent write-up of a WSJ story about the rising cost and scarcity of quality online inventory. Here's a post from earlier this year about the inventory conundrum. For multiple reasons (inventory is…

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