Local Matters Gains Momentum

News from World Directories that the company has chosen Local Matters to power its local search platform. This is a particularly interesting win for Perry Evans and team as it presumably beat out competitors Platefood — a collaboration of Sensis…

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GateHouse Files for ’HyperLocal’ IPO

GateHouse Media filed last week for an IPO that will enable it to buy and develop clustered "hyperlocal" media properties in the Northeast, Western, Northern, Midwest, Southern Midwest and Atlantic regions, including newspapers, directories, traders, shoppers and locally focused Web…

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Massive News

I'm back from vacation with little time to post, as I'm running off to meetings and digging out of the requisite backlog of e-mails. But I just saw this item that relates to our ongoing coverage of video game advertising.…

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Nine-MSN Chief Hired

The Australian Age reported that Publishing and Broadcasting LTD has hired Tony Faure as chief executive running to run its Nine-MSN Internet property. Mr. Faure most recently sold HomeScreen Entertainment, the online DVD rental he founded, to Quickflix. Previously, Mr.…

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U.K. Blogs

MSN released some numbers that claim 25 percent of users in Britain are writing blogs. Not surprisingly, the study also suggests the demographics of blog writing skew younger. Forty-two percent of people under 25 regularly update a blog compared with…

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June Search Share

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, Google grabbed 49.9 percent of searches in June, up 31 percent from the previous year. Yahoo! served 23 percent of searches, up 29 percent from a year earlier, followed by MSN at 10.3 percent, up 3 percent.…

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Zune

In an exclusive interview with Billboard magazine, Microsoft announced that it is launching a new portal music player and integrated music service under the umbrella brand Zune. According to Billboard: "The first implementation of this will be the portable music…

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Click Fraud

Reuters reported that an Arkansas court handed Google a victory last Friday "over disgruntled advertisers who had sued the search engine giant accusing it of trying to drive up fees through so-called click fraud." An independent report was commissioned as…

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Retail to Web Inventory

MediaPost reported some interesting comments from Karen Crow, director of sales and operations for Google: "We've been doing a lot of linking with advertisers' back end to find out, for example, what specific products their local store has, and which…

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Big Investments at MSN

MSN plans on spending US$500 million on AdCenter, Windows Live and other online services this year to bolster its competitive edge. Advertising revenue on the network declined 3 percent from the same period last year. In fiscal 2006, the unit…

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Muni Wi-Fi

AT&T and MetroFi submitted a joint proposal to operate a municipal Wi-Fi network in Riverside, California, that covers 65 square miles. The proposed project has similarities to the Google-Earthlink partnership for San Francisco. The AT&T MetroFi network will be supported…

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Digital Rights Management

In a big change for the music industry, Yahoo! and Sony BMG have started selling Jessica Simpson's new single without Digital Rights Management (DRM). This marks this first time labels with any market clout have opted to sell unprotected digital…

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KKR et al Snag PagesJaunes

This just in. The LBO Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and investment bank Goldman Sachs have acquired a majority stake in PagesJaunes for US$4.3 billion, according to this item in Market Watch. KKR, you may recall, did quite well on Canada's Yellow…

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VZN Buys Search Marketing Firm

Just saw this item announcing that Verizon Directories has acquired SEM firm Inceptor.com. This appears to be an effort to bolster SuperPages.com's ability to drive traffic to support its online advertisers.Verizon Directories is in the process of being spun off…

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Local.com

Interchange announced that it achieved a positive return on ad spend for the month of June. This goal was highlighted during the company's last earnings call. It means that directionally Local.com is growing traffic and revenue while maintaining costs. CEO…

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Google Results

Google announced the results for another stellar quarter today. Second-quarter net income rose 110 percent to US$721 million from US$343 million a year earlier. Revenues increased 77 percent to US$2.46 billion. Google's financial performance was highly anticipated, given the softness…

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LiveDeal

LiveDeal announced record growth in June. The site recorded more than 1.4 million unique visitors, with traffic up 34 percent from May. ComScore reported the following growth rates for the Directories/Resources>Classifieds category: Craigslist.org (+11 percent), apartments.com (+8 percent), AutoTrader (-2…

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