More Publisher vs. Aggregator Drama

Cairo is a local shopping aggregator that was crawling ShopLocal's content as one of its sources. ShopLocal sued and yesterday a settlement was announced: Cairo agreed to an order of the court preventing it from making further robotic or other…

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Online Shopping, Offline Conversions

Study after study confirms what we've known for a long, long time: Consumers do research online but make the overwhelming majority of purchases offline. This article in MediaPost, profiling a study done by comScore for Google, offers yet more evidence.…

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Net Neutrality and AT&T

AT&T Chairman Ed Whitacre seems to be intent upon pursuing access fees for high-bandwidth sites/networks. This article discussing his keynote at the TelecomNEXT show in Las Vegas quotes him as dismissing the torrent of criticism that has come his way…

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Seat to Pass on TPI

Word from Italy is that Seat Pagine Gialle, Italy's leading directory organization, is not interested in buying Telefonica's 60 percent stake in Telefnica Publicidad e Informacin, Spain's top YP publisher. TPI is on the market to raise cash for Telefnica…

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Microsoft and Vexcel

According to this piece from CNET, Microsoft is seeking to buy Vexcel. This deal appears to be about a range of things all of which point to enhanced mapping (including 3-D mapping), which is where Erik Jorgenson said (at last…

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Google Finance Launches

Google Finance, an impressive collection of tools, news and resources, was supposed to launch at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday. However, it's 12:27 and the site isn't yet up. Because I only got a sneak peek and wasn't able to…

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What Is Joga?

Joga.com is an invitation-only social networking site from Nike and Google for soccer/football fans (you first need a gmail/google account). It's MySpace for soccer and it may be a "template" for other corporate promotional/vertical social networking ventures for Google and…

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KinderStart Take 2

So I've now scanned the complaint (reminding me of why I left litigation). This case appears to be substantially about lost AdSense revenues:On March 19, 2005, Plaintiff KSC's Website kinderstart.com suffered a cataclysmic fall of 70% or more in its…

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N.Y. Times Profiles Expo

The N.Y. Times' Bob Tedeschi profiles (reg. req'd) Microsoft's classified marketplace Expo and explores how and whether it will compete with Craigslist. Garry Wiseman, the product manager behind Expo, will be speaking at Drilling Down on the panel "The Ultimate…

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Campaign to Save The Mercury News

The Mercury News is a daily newspaper that publishes in the heart of Silicon Valley. It was Knight Ridder's "hometown" paper and one of its flagships. Now it's being sold by McClatchy. SiliconBeat alerts us to the "Save the Merc"…

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Lawsuit Asks Google to Reveal Algorithm

U.K.-based KinderStart.com, a "search engine" for parents of young children, has sued Google on the basis that its organic search ranking apparently declined in March 2005, allegedly because it was unfairly "penalized" by Google. According to this Reuters article, the…

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Yahoo! Local — News

Following the footsteps of Topix ... Yahoo! Launches a Local News Beta. Here's an example of San Francisco; here's New York. In New York, Yahoo! gets its news from myriad sources, not just newspapers: New York Times, Newsday, WABC 7,…

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10Ks Are Out

The Google 10K and Yahoo! 10-K are out and people are poring over them for insights and interesting information. I don't yet have time to give either of them a careful look. But PaidContent has summarized some of the highlights…

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More on TPI

It appears next week is the deadline for initial bids on the Spanish publisher Telefonica Publicidad e Informacion, and there are reported to be five suitors: PagesJaunes (France Telecom), Yell Group and three private equity consortia. Saw this today on…

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Newspapers Starting to Move

There's lots starting to happen in the newspaper industry. One example of newspapers stepping out from their traditional model into something more interesting and daring is Enterprise NewsMedia's "WickedLocal" online network. This is the "local search" portal for several Enterprise…

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