Hicks Quick to Expand in Canada

Not long after completing its acquisition of Phone Directories' Canadian operations, U.S. buyout firm Hicks Muse is pushing an aggressive expansion into bigger Canadian markets. Next week, Canadian Phone Directories, the Hicks-backed company led by industry veteran Olivier Vincent, will…

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Bright Spots for The New York Times Co.

In the current issue of Local Media Journal, we break down the Q4 earnings announcements of major U.S. newspaper publishers. You probably know the story; circulation and revenues are in decline, while online assets continue to show growth. To add…

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Murdoch Stresses Targeting

News Corp. announced fourth-quarter earnings yesterday. During the earnings call Rupert Murdoch stressed the value of its Internet properties, which has yet to be shown in reported financials. To read into this, the value of MySpace's 50 million dedicated users…

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Privacy and Google Desktop

This USA Today article by Jefferson Graham pushes the privacy angle: "will/should consumers be fearful of the privacy issues" associated with the new "search across computers" feature of Google Desktop?I spoke to Graham about this late yesterday and told him…

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SkypeWeb, Presence Management and PPCall

eBay-owned Skype today launched "SkypeWeb": Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced SkypeWeb, a Web presence feature that is already integrated into more than 50 Web sites in 20 countries around the world. SkypeWeb allows people to see Skype…

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Classifieds Search Forum

I was invited by SimplyHired's Dave McClure to moderate the SDForum's Search SIG event last night on classifieds and search. Panelists were: Bindu Reddy, Product Manager Google Base, GoogleCraig Donato, Founder/CEO, OodleKeith Teare, Founder/CEO, EdgeioThe discussion was very candid and…

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Google Desktop Upgrade

Google launched an upgrade to desktop search/Sidebar. There were a number of feature enhancements (remote PC/file access, "undocking" of plugp-ins and sharing functionality). That's a very "quick and dirty" summary. The most interesting feature of the new enhancements from my…

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Google Goes Public with Print

Thanks again to John Battelle for pointing out that Google has gone "public" with its program to allow advertisers to buy access (via auction) to print advertising in some very high-profile magazines: As you may know, as part of Google's…

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Yellow Book in Clicks Business

Yellow Book announced today that it has acquired Click Forward, a Coral Gables, Florida-based search engine marketing company. Terms were not disclosed. Yellow Book plans to use the assets gained through the acquisition to develop a local search product to…

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Yellow Book Buys Click Forward

I had heard a rumor earlier in the week that Yellow Book was buying Click Forward. Before I saw the release Loren Baker at Search Engine Journal confirmed it.Click Forward was started by alumni of WebVisible, formerly SME Global Solutions.…

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PPCall Goes Offline With Jambo

According to a piece in MediaPost (reg. req'd), PPCall provider Jambo has announced that it will enable PPCall for LA Weekly:The first slate of ads will be in the Feb. 9 issue, and will focus on Valentine's Day services, including…

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Demo Happening

The DEMO conference, which has been described as a dating service for funders and start-ups, is under way in Phoenix. There's nothing inherently local about the show, but some companies that may in one way or another have an impact…

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Zillow Launches

Seattle-based Zillow, which apparently stands for "zillions of pillows" (or that's the genesis of the name/URL), launched today. The site is a very polished and sophisticated new entrant in the increasingly competitive online real estate market. Its primary — and…

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Online Influencing Offline

A new forecast adds further fuel to the local shopping fire (sorry). According to this article, Jupiter says: The amount of money consumers spend online is expected to increase 75 percent by 2010, with the Internet influencing nearly half of…

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Barriers to Mobile Adoption

Here's a long eWeek piece raising the question, "When o when will users take to the mobile Web in earnest?" Indeed, until they do there can be no effective mass mobile marketing. My belief is that the user experiences that…

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