A Conversation With ZiXXo

This morning I had the chance to talk to ZiXXo CEO Mike Hogan. ZiXXO has positioned itself as a platform provider for online coupon distribution and syndication. It also has a destination site where users can look up local coupons…

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MindlessPetition.org

So the news alert comes in over the PR Newswire: "Yellow Pages Face Extinction Due to PaperlessPetition.org." Using Earth Day 2006 as its excuse, PaperlessPetition.org essentially suggests that publishers eliminate print Yellow Pages in favor of Internet directories. The author…

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Online Mapping Continues to Evolve

This article from Forbes.com analyzes the highly competitive online mapping space and the monetization strategies that are starting to be seen. There are also many smaller start-ups that play a part in the online mapping food chain, according to the…

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New Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! has launched a new mail interface that appears to carry the title Yahoo! Mail Beta. It was advertised to me as AT&T Yahoo! Mail, as I am an AT&T broadband customer who is served by the content partnership between…

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Google Base and Verticals

This ClickZ article has more on vertical sites (an addendum to the previous post) and on Google Base's potentially disruptive effect on existing online classified verticals. An interesting read.

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A Conversation With Yokel

My colleague Matt Booth and I had the chance to talk with the folks at Yokel this morning. The company offers a local search engine (currently in beta) for offline shopping. The value proposition is that its search algorithms are…

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Verizon Tests PPC in Print

Search Engine Journal points to an AP article that reports Verizon is testing pay-per-phone-call ad auctions in a Boston-area print book. A generic ad is given and "dynamically assigned," meaning it connects users to whatever local business won the auction…

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Google Launches Calendars

Google announced today the beta launch of its new online calendar application. Cnet has a good write-up here.The calendar program will be functionally similar to the calendar module in Microsoft Outlook that many people use. However, there will be a…

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Optimism and Professionalism

The message from the ADP Annual Convention last week and my colleagues Carlotta Mast and Charles Laughlin's Advisory this week is that independent publishers continue to be growing quite nicely, thank you. The mood at ADP in Tampa was very…

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Sensis Launches Travel Site

Australian publisher Sensis has launched GoStay, a print + online travel service that TKG wrote about in a recent article in Local Media Journal. Here is an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about the new service. This is another…

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Click Fraud

Google's announcement of a US$90 million click fraud settlement is making the rounds on various blogs and news sites. The Kelsey Group believes more legal issues around the topic of click fraud will arise. Our view is that the solution…

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Cox Zeros in on Cars

Last month, Cox Enterprises and Landmark Communications announced a reshuffling of the deck chairs, with Cox taking a more significant position in the "auto" related marketplaces and Landmark focusing on more niche or specialty oriented publications and Web sites. Cox…

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Overscope in L.A.?

I don't normally read every scoping announcement Yellow Pages publishers issue via e-Linc, but a recent one caught my eye. Yellow Book announced that it is combining a Burbank book and a Glendale book and offering the market a wide-area…

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Battle Over Baltimore

Last week 250,000 editions of The Baltimore Examiner were tossed to homes in and around the Baltimore area. That's right — The Baltimore Examiner not The Baltimore Sun. Interestingly, The Baltimore Sun — the 169-year-old incumbent newspaper — offers its…

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Swift Approval

Last week, in Hempstead, New York, city bureaucrats voted to approve Verizon's application to build a competitive television distribution system. The final ruling was probably not ever in doubt given the intense lobbying effort being put forth by Verizon and…

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Hail and Farewell

The ADP Annual Convention and Partners Trade Show kicked off officially this morning with presentations by outgoing ADP Chair Jim Hail of Hagadone Directories and President Larry Angove. The tone was much less adversarial toward incumbent publishers than it has…

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Friday Morning News Roundup

Not a lot of time to blog today so here is a roundup of notable happenings.—The bidding war to unwire San Francisco with citywide Wi-Fi is over, and the winners are ... Google and EarthLink. Here are write-ups from the…

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YouTube Gets More Funding

Red Herring reports that video-sharing site YouTube has raised an additional US$8 million from Sequoia Capital. It will use the funding to support rapid expansion that includes about 35,000 videos uploads per day and a total of 35 million videos…

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