Local Matters Buys AreaGuides

Local content aggregator and affiliate network AreaGuides.net has been acquired by Denver-based Local Matters. This is the first consumer-facing property in the Local Matters portfolio, and CEO Perry Evans expects to substantially enhance the interface and user experience of the…

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Cable Cos Preempt Telcos' IPTV '4-Play'

Verizon, BellSouth and SBC are madly developing IPTV to, among other things, compete with cable companies, whose bundled Internet, phone and TV "triple play" is siphoning away telephony and potential DSL customers. While most IPTV services have been delayed or…

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Better Late Than Never

Here's the U.S. Census Department's 2003 data on household computer and Internet adoption by state. The numbers are going to be larger now. But it's interesting to see the breakdown. More data here.

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LookSmart Goes Deep

In a very interesting bid to revive its fortunes and its consumer brand, LookSmart has launched 160 vertical sites on everything from sports to city guides (here's New York, for example). The content comes from Furl, Web crawling and LookSmart's…

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AT&T-Yahoo!?

Here's a piece in The N.Y. Times that says SBC will take the venerable name AT&T once the acquisition is approved. One response: Will the AT&T brand support the kinds of Internet-age services that SBC is offering and wants to…

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Personalization, Privacy and Local

In the spirit of the season (Halloween), the people at Consumer Reports WebWatch published a scary report about fear online: "Leap of Faith: Using the Internet Despite the Dangers." The report, based on a telephone survey of roughly 1,500 adult…

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PagesJaunes Continues Growth

The French directory publisher PagesJaunes issued its third-quarter and year-to-date figures today. The highlights include a 3.1 percent print growth rate in France through the first nine months of 2005 and a 13.5 percent online growth rate for the same…

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