Things Go Better With Google

At the beginning of the year, Safa Rashtchy, senior research analyst for Internet and media marketing and managing director of Piper Jaffray, made the bold prediction that Google would hit $600 a share in 2006. At the time we wrote,…

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More on Social Media

Judy's Book and Local.com announced a partnership earlier in the week to syndicate the former's local reviews and user blogs on the latter's local search site. Since Judy's Book was already syndicating blog content of its users' existing blogs (rather…

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Day 1 of Drilling Down

Great shower here at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. And lots of good stuff yesterday at the show and in the exhibit hall. Safa R. was very good as a keynote speaker (predicting that the further development of local…

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Google’s New SERPs?

Google appears to have introduced — or more likely be experimenting with — a new AdSense-like format for search results, placing ads in a box above the "organic" Web results. Here's "Hotels New York." Here's "Health Insurance." (If you're seeing…

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Simplified Search’s ’Sixth Man’

There are maybe eight firms out there enabling Yellow Pages, Web hosts, verticals and newspapers to sell simplified search distribution to local businesses. One firm, which is doing well under the radar, is Kevin Dufficy's LocalLead.com. Dufficy was in on…

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Google Adding Graphical Ads to Maps

A few weeks ago at SES, Google told me they were going to be allowing advertisers to add logos and graphical images to the mapping balloons that appear on Google Local. I looked for them but couldn't find them. Today,…

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TPI Bids In

Here is what we have found about the bids that have come in for the 60 percent stake in Spanish publisher TPI currently owned by Telefonica, Spain's leading telecom. This is from the AFX news service. Note an apparent contraction…

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New Customer for FAST

Fast Search & Transfer has announced it landed a deal with the Finnish directory publisher Fonecta, which is part of the PE-backed European Directories organization. Here is the release from FAST. Here is what we picked up from Norwegian News…

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As Long as There Are Publishers …

Yellow Book continues its stready pace of acquiring independent directory publishers — large, small and in between. The company just announced the acquisition of Banana Publishing in Springfield, Mass. This is not the Springfield of "Simpsons" fame (at least we…

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Independent v. Independent

Found this press release interesting. One independent publisher is suing another in federal court for allegedly copying ads for a competing publication. This is not such a big deal as a business dispute, but it does offer a small glimpse…

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Slingbox To Go

The appeal of Sling Media's Slingbox is that you can use it to tap into your home television's broadcast feed from remote locations (great for catching a local sportscast if you are on the road). It has introduced the term…

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Google Gets Social

Google has added a social tagging feature to Google Reader. After setting up RSS feeds in the reader, users can tag articles or Web pages and share them with friends via e-mail or syndicate them on a blog. Just as…

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