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E-Commerce Portals Invest in Local Baby Sites

Four million babies are born in the U.S. every year. Hence the interest of two e-commerce portals in local baby sites. Just last week, UrbanBaby.com, an e-mail-oriented baby-care tip sheet, was sold to CNET, and LilaGuides, a print-oriented local baby…

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Sallie Mae Buys Upromise

Sallie Mae announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Upromise. Sallie Mae services more than 10 million customers totaling US$130 billion in loans. Upromise launched in 2001 and has grown into one of the largest direct marketing companies…

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Monster Eyes Smaller Papers

Monster's deal to partner with the new owners of Philadelphia Media Holdings "would work with other newspapers," but probably makes more sense with papers in smaller markets, Monster CEO Andrew McKelvey told Reuters. McKelvey also said the Philadelphia deal was…

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Stock Analyst Backs YPG

Just saw a note from media analyst Ben Mogil of Westwind Partners that takes issue with the conclusions of a recent report from Veritas suggesting that Yellow Pages Group's core print directory business is imploding, citing a sharp reduction in…

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College Papers: Growing Part of Local EcoSystem?

College newspapers are often overlooked as part of the local ecosystem. Local newspapers in college towns such as Lawrence, Kansas, and Austin, Texas, vie with college papers (a little) for advertising. And classified vendors such as LiveDeal and Ad2Ad have…

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PagesJaunes Debt May Set Record

Here is an item from Bloomberg that says buyout firm KKR will saddle up PagesJaunes with a record level of debt for a European LBO, about US$8 billion. This will certainly motivate PagesJaunes managers to optimize cash flow.

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A Conversation With Kellysearch

This morning I had the chance to talk to Julie Mason, general manager of Kellysearch. The site is a B2B vertical search engine and directory that mostly focuses on industrial products, services and equipment. Basic listings are free with the…

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Take the TKG IYP-Local Search Web Poll

The Kelsey Group is preparing a report scheduled for release in September that evaluates the current field of online directory and local search sites.Part of the process of researching this report involves soliciting the views of the industry on how…

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Google Ads Running on Detroit Radio

CNET ran a report stating Google ads are running on a Detroit-based radio station. This is part of the strategy revolving around the dMarc acquisition last year. Other portals and ad networks have not been shy in suggesting that they…

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CPD Buys Yellow.ca

Just got off the phone with Olivier Vincent, CEO of Canadian Phone Directories. He told me that his company, a competitive publisher backed by HM Capital (formerly Hicks Muse), has just acquired the search engine Yellow.ca to use as a…

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Report Helps Pressure YPG Unit Price

A report issued July 19 by the stock analysis firm Veritas Investment Research has led to a sharp drop in the unit price for the Yellow Pages Income Fund, which owns Canadian publisher Yellow Pages Group. According to this article,…

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Yahoo! Local, Kelsey Execs Join Event

Yahoo! Local GM Paul Levine will join Kelsey Group VP Matt Booth and Small Business Commando Dick Larkin for a Tele-Seminar next Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 2:30 p.m. EDT/11:30 a.m. PDT. The event will look closely at small-business marketing on…

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Clarification

Kate Bowler of Platefood points out that Platefood Performance is a PFP platform and not, as I suggested, a local search platform. It may well be that the Platefood engine will be licensed by World Directories to complement the Local…

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Community-Edited News and Social Search

Prolific journalist and blogger Mark Glaser takes a detailed look at social media and community-edited news. More specifically, he asks whether the users who do the tagging, reviewing and in some cases editing that fuel some news sites' notable success…

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Mobile News Aplenty

Google announced earlier this week that it will infuse live traffic data in its mapping application that can be accessed from Web-enabled mobile devices. Live traffic data is available on Yahoo! Local and in the newest release of Windows Live…

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Warner Bros. Pushes Television Shows to iTunes

Apple is now offering Warner Bros.' television content through its popular iTunes store. Television shows like "Friends," "Babylon 5," "The Jetsons" and the never before seen pilot episode of "Aquaman" are now available. (Calls to agent Ari Gold were not…

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MSN Grabs First-Run Studio Content

Two deals were announced to distribute Hollywood studio content this week. The first, reported by MSNBC, involves the sale of the episodic television show "Arrested Development" to Internet portal MSN and cable networks HDNet and G4. (Read: Warner and Apple…

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LiveDeal Pushes Further Into Print

Fast moving classified aggregator LiveDeal announced yesterday that it will partner with classified transaction engine AdStar. The deal will allow LiveDeal to offer its online classified advertisers a print upsell in the 40-plus newspapers AdStar works with, which include the…

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Yahoo! Partners With BT

Yahoo! announced today that it will partner with BT to bring 120,000 UK business listings to Yahoo! Local UK. The deal also positions Yahoo! to better serve UK local businesses with its YSM paid search platform, which now allows advertisers…

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