Want to Grow Print? Sell More Online

The Yellow Pages Group held a CMR summit in Toronto last week. According to the ADM Flash, "During the last three years, Yellow Pages Group has been the fastest growing publisher in the world, has the highest EBITDA, highest IYP…

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Friday News Roundup

Here are a handful of news items to round out the week:—Google is moving further down the social search path by allowing users to tag video content with comments, ratings and labels. Search Engine Watch explains. —Microsoft has come out…

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Google Checkout Launched

Google's long-awaited online payment system launched today, which, among other things, will enable better tracking by closing the loop on search and online conversions. There is obviously a lot more to it, which we'll get the chance to explore later.…

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The Next ’Mobile Visual Search’

The New York Times' John Markoff has an interesting write-up today on a location-based service gaining traction in Japan, based on the technology of U.S.-based GeoVector. Achieving a similar end as mobile visual search, it uses a combination GPS, Web,…

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Click-to-Call

Before leaving the Bay Area this week to go to Atlanta and Seattle, I needed to make a hotel reservation in Seattle. It was suggested I try the Westin Seattle, so I went to the hotel's Web site — it's…

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Big Bucks for Hispanic Eyeballs

Univision Communications, the largest Spanish language media company in the U.S. was sold to a group of private equity players for $12.3B. This comes after intense bidding by Grupo Televisa — a large media company in Mexico. Univision is the…

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Another Hispanic YP Acquisition

The roll-up of mom-and-pop Spanish-language directory publishers continues. Hispanic Yellow Pages of America, a portfolio company of Hispania Capital Partners of Chicago, has acquired the Milwaukee Hispanic Yellow Pages and Resource Guide. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Here…

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Midweek News Roundup

Some notable happenings from around the local search and media worlds this week:—MapQuest launched the beta version of a new tool today that helps road-trippers plan routes. It includes some new Ajax functionality to drag and drop points on a…

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Local Matters Prices IPO

Dow Jones reported at roughly 5:30 p.m. EST that Local Matters has priced its initial public offering of 3.3 million shares at between US$14 and US$16 per share. This works out to a range of US$46 million to US$53 million,…

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Seat’s 3D Beta

Seat Pagine Gialle has recently announced a beta version of a three-dimensional online Yellow Pages directory, called Pagine Gialle Visual. You can check out the beta here. Here is the press release if you're interested. Conceptually, this is a powerful…

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FAST and AutoTrader.com: Perfect Together

This afternoon Fast Search & Transfer and AutoTrader.com held a Webinar on how AutoTrader.com "is driving new product development, speeding time to market and improving customer satisfaction, by shifting from its proprietary search solution to one powered by FAST Enterprise…

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YPC Gets New CTO

YellowPages.com has landed a new CTO, Brad Mohs, whose background includes stints at Scientific Games and AutoTrader.com. At Scientific Games, Mohs worked on developing software for lottery organizations, including systems capable of more than 1 million transactions per minute. At…

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Trujillo Defends Sensis’ Growth Plans

Sol Trujillo, CEO of Australian telecom Telstra, was quoted in a June 24 article in The Australian as saying that Sensis, Telstra's search, directory and classified business, "basically is on track" to meet its target of doubling revenues by 2010.Trujillo's…

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Evans Earns Honor

We offer our congratulations to Perry Evans, long a friend of The Kelsey Group, for being named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young in the software category. The award was given regionally and was announced at a Denver…

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Google Video Ads

Google is testing video ads, suggesting that it might be interested in moving from a paid content model to an ad-supported one that could be integrated with AdWords. In addition to testing the software, Google is no doubt testing the…

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Ether Goes Live

Tomorrow, Ingenio's intellectual capital monetization machine — or Ether as Ingenio named it — goes live. Ingenio was once Keen.com — an early entrant to the peer-to-peer connectivity space. Ether is designed to help individuals leverage their IP capacity by…

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