MySpace Launches MVNO

MySpace, the supersite for teens, has announced the launch of its own branded "mobile virtual network operator" network. The service and phones will be powered/provided by Helio LLC, which is a joint venture of Earthlink Inc. and South Korean carrier…

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Verticals and Local

Here's an interesting post I came across from the Internet Stock Blog (quoting the earnings call) on how local advertising is driving revenue growth at online wedding vertical/portal and directory site TheKnot.com:Online ad sales constituted 57% of the company's revenue…

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Sober Review of Google Desktop and Privacy

Chris Sherman has a very balanced write-up of Google's enhanced destop search and its privacy implications. My personal view is that Google has become highly sensitized to its perceived position in the market and the privacy issues swirling around the…

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Kelsey Group Forecast

We put out a press release this morning highlighting some top-level numbers from our forecast released to clients late last week. Here are some of the numbers featured in the release: Global print Yellow Pages revenues will increase 1.5 percent…

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A Few Newsbits

Search and Win: A story that's circulating today is one about the prospect of MSN and Yahoo! "incentivizing" users to switch to their search engines with rewards and prizes. MSN is further along; Yahoo! floated what might be called a…

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IPTV News Roundup

The video and IPTV news inundation continues. Here is this week's roundup;--"Punk'd" and "Beauty and the Geek" creators Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg will team up with AOL to deliver five new programs exclusively on AOL.com.-- ZDNet has an interesting…

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First Signs of Google Click-to-Call

Seth Godin (found via SEW) reports on a Google click-to-call option that is being served up with some sponsored links. He gives an example of sponsored search results that instead of links, include a small phone icon (same icon used…

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Windows ’Expo’ Replaces ’Fremont’

A little while ago I got a peek at the successor to Microsoft's classifieds marketplace "Fremont." The new site is being called "Expo" and offers a number of advancements and enhancements over the original incarnation of MSN classifieds. It was…

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Berry Adding 100 Digital Reps

Just saw this article in the Dayton Business Journal about The Berry Company's growing online sales force. As we wrote in the last edition of Local Media Journal , Berry recently signed a deal with Marchex to upgrade its guaranteed…

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IPTV Quick Hits

News from the IPTV world continues to come at us with no signs of slowing, as the industry's many moving parts take form. There are content issues with rights and aggregation; technical issues with bandwidth and video delivery; and local…

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A Whole New Kind of Speed Dating

From the bizzare item of the day dept., TiVo is setting up a promotional event on Monday (close enough to Valentines day), that mixes speed dating and well, TiVo.The event will match San Francisco singles with "their perfect TV compatable…

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Jobs Classifieds: Crossing a Threshold?

It appears that something of a milestone has been reached (if the data are to be believed). According to this survey written up in MediaPost (reg. req'd), the Internet has become the primary hiring vehicle for employers. The research was…

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Media Discovers Google ’PrintWords’

The WSJ (sub. req'd) and MediaPost (reg. req'd) today both have articles about the new, public auction of ad placements in major magazines on Google. We first blogged about it (after a tip from Battelle's blog) here on Wednesday. From…

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Eurekster and MyWeb 2.0.2 Part II

I met with Steven Marder this morning, CEO of Eurekster. These guys were way ahead of the "social search" curve but confused users and the marketplace with their early positioning. People saw them as a complicated Google/Yahoo! competitor.They're really an…

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MyWeb 2.0.2

John Battelle reported today that Yahoo! has upgraded MyWeb 2.0. Users can now search "everybody's tabs," which basically expands the social search aspect of the service. MyWeb along with Yahoo!-owned del.icio.us could be central elements to Yahoo!'s overall "folksonomy" strategy…

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AT&T Weighs in on Syndicated Research

AT&T Yellow Pages has contributed to the debate over syndicated research by releasing its own assessment of how it has done so far in its markets measured as part of the ongoing third-party syndicated usage program.AT&T Yellow Pages (formerly SBC)…

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