Google in Car

Google, again pushing beyond the browser, announced (per a story in MediaPost per Forbes) that it would be working with Volkswagen to develop an automotive nagivation system based on Google Earth: VOLKSWAGEN AG AND GOOGLE HAVE entered into a deal…

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Knight Ridder Bidders

Thanks to PaidContent for pointing us to a TheDeal.com story (reg. req'd) about bidders for Knight Ridder. Potential suitors include: Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital, Texas Pacific Group and Hellman & Friedman Blackstone Group, Providence Equity Partners and Kohlberg…

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Y! Center and G Updater

As Charlene Li points out about Google Pack in her recent post—and this similarly struck me when when I downloaded it—Google and Yahoo! are developing direct channels onto the desktop in a way that, really, only Microsoft has done before.…

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AOL Buys V-Search Start-Up Truveo

Google and Yahoo! have been grabbing the video headlines recently. But in what appears to be something of a coup for America Online and a quick out for a start-up, AOL said it was buying new video search engine Truveo:…

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2006 Looks to be the Year of Web + TV II

PaidContent has an exclusive interview with Marco Boerries, SVP-Connected Life, Yahoo!. With the recent media storm over content and online video (stepped up even further by last week's CES conference and this week's Macworld expo), an important question is: When…

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Yahoo! and Starwood Team Up for Free Wi-Fi

According to The Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd), Yahoo! will be testing free Wi-Fi at two Starwood-owned hotels: Seeking new ways to distinguish their respective brands, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Yahoo Inc. said they will begin a…

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Forecast Time Again

It seems like everyone and his second cousin has an online advertising forecast these days. We're working on ours, expanding it to include more categories this year. But here's a nice write-up by Chris Sherman of the recent SEMPO survey…

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Local Video Rising

Kudos to SiliconBeat for unearthing TurnHere.com, which is posting local videos from all over the U.S.—watch a couple of them and you'll immediately see the local biz advertising and travel implications. Here's what the site says: TurnHere.com, a new Internet…

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The Wi-Fi Phones Are Coming

Here's a piece on a Wi-Fi "cell" phone, introduced at CES, that can split calls between cell and Wi-Fi networks. This comes on the heels of the new Skype-Netgear Wi-Fi phone . The article talking about UTStarcom's new GF200 (discussed…

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comScore Search Numbers

... for November are here. Here are the highlights: Google Sites —39.8% Yahoo! Sites— 29.5% MSN-Microsoft Sites —14.2% Time Warner Network— 8.7% Ask Jeeves —6.5% According to comScore, Google and Ask.com were the only gainers. Also: Americans conducted 5.15 billion…

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More Google and TV

SiliconBeat directs us to a post by Robert X. Cringely about the value and strategic potential of Google serving ads on TV (contextual targeting). At a high level, it's consistent with this report. On a related note, I took a…

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Sour Grapes at the Big Pipes?

This WSJ article (sub. req'd) details plans (and negotiations) to charge fees of content providers for priority high-speed delivery of broadband content: Large phone companies, setting the stage for a big battle ahead, hope to start charging Google Inc., Vonage…

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Motorola ’Bakes in’ G and Y!

Motorola has announced that it will integrate Google and Yahoo! into handsets ("button on the phone's keypad" ). A big deal—Motorola is the world's second-largest handset maker—this will raise user awareness of mobile search (and especially Mo-Lo) and is more…

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YPC in Tight with Yahoo!

YellowPages.com announced today it has entered a distribution agreement with Yahoo! that covers both Yahoo! Yellow Pages and Yahoo! Local. You can read the press release here. We will cover the deal in more detail in next week's Local Media…

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2006 Looks to be the Year of Web + TV

It's already clear that this will be a BIG year for broadband video and offline "on-demand" cable and, maybe, telco IPTV. The fierce competition among Google, Yahoo!, MSN and AOL in the online ad/search world is spilling over into the…

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Small but Venerable Independent Sells to YB

Clarke Directory Publishers, an established and well-regarded niche independent publisher operating in Southern California, apparently has decided the time is right to cash in. Yellow Book issued a press release today saying it has acquired Clarke for an undisclosed sum.…

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2006 Tech Resolutions

There has been no shortage of 2005 recaps and 2006 predictions and recommendations for tech and media companies. However Business 2.0's "Futureboy" Erick Schonfeld penned one yesterday that caught my attention. It's a series of resolutions for Google, Apple, Microsoft,…

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