Newspapers Should Move Faster Part II

I was at the Topix.net booth tonight on the exhibit hall floor of SES talking to Chris Tolles and Mike Markson about Topix and the newspaper industry. Topix is owned by KRD, Gannett and Tribune. In addition to a relatively…

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Newspapers Should Move Faster

I know that may be asking a lot, but time is of the essence. Lots of smart people who understand the Internet work at newspapers; they just can't get their organizations to move quickly. Among the various things that newspapers…

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Telefonica May Sell TPI

Spanish telecom Telefonica may be ready to sell its 59.9 percent stake in the directory publisher Telefonica Publicidad e Informacion. One of TPI's apparent suitors is Apax Group, which is a former part owner of Britain's Yell Group, along with…

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A Conversation With Ask.com

This morning I had the chance to catch up with Daniel Read and Ryan Massie of Ask.com, as they ran around SES answering reporter and analyst questions about the site re-launch. The site upon first glance appears to have some…

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Windows Live Local and Ask Upgrade Maps

Along with the launch of the new Ask.com yesterday, the company introduced an upgraded mapping product that now looks very much like Google Local and Windows Live Local. It offers aerial and "hybrid" views in addition to the standard mapping…

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Google to Step Up Efforts

A piece that appeared in the WSJ today (sub. req'd) cites Google CFO George Reyes' remark that Google's growth "is slowing due to the 'law of large numbers' and it will need to find new ways to boost revenue." As…

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Monday News Roundup

A lot is happening today. Here is a quick sampling (with additional analysis to follow).— Quarterly revenue increases for Internet search companies are outlined here. — Homestore.com has announced the acquisition of Moving.com, which it will consolidate with Homestore, HomeBuilder…

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More on Google Click-to-Call

The New York Times has an interesting piece today on Google's click-to-call offering, and that of smaller companies such as eStara and Ingenio, that have offered pay-per-phone-call marketing products (the ad model built around the underlying click-to-call technology) for some…

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Ask Relaunches

I'm busy finishing my presentation for a panel on search engine user behavior later this afternoon at SES. But I wanted to chime in, as many others have already done, on the new Ask.com. The IAC-owned search engine has rebranded…

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Google Page Creator Take 2

I just received a briefing from Google on Page Creator, which was the "20%" pet project of Justin Rosenstein, project manager, who said he wanted to create a simple tool that would enable anyone to build a site quickly and…

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Why Do We Care So Much About IPTV? II

Here is another good introductory article (with quite a headline). This one is about some of the killer apps we can expect out of IPTV. It's an interesting (albeit long) read, with a fun list of possibilities.Elsewere, Comcast reported that…

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Internet Adoption Flat?

According to Parks Associates' recent research, written up in this CNET article, Internet adoption is essentially flat in the US. The firm found 64% of US homes had Internet access, up from 62% in 2004. It also made the prediction…

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More on MySpace

In an attempt to drive more traffic, bring in more value added content, and further distinguish itself, MySpace is launching a film section of its site in partnership with Sundance. It will host independent filmmakers' profiles and short films and…

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MySpace Backlash Part Deux

This time on the marketing side (via ABC) as Jupiter contends that MySpace's traffic and page view numbers are terribly inflated -- "a mirage." Is this just Jupiter being contrarian or is there really something to this? Here's the comScore…

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