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Boston.com Ties Hyper-Local, Local Search

Newspaper sites have done a lot of window dressing with "hyper-local" by adding neighborhood blogs and whatnot. But now some papers are challenging themselves to embrace hyper-local in all things, as they seek to tame Google and Yahoo! in search,…

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NAA Day 2: Local Search

The highlight of Day 2 of the NAA show was a local search panel. The length of sessions (90 minutes) results in a lower number of sessions than I'm used to attending, but the quality has in most cases made…

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NAA Coverage: Fox Interactive Thinks Local

Fox Interactive Media, the home of MySpace, Fox Sports, Fox News and other sites, definitely has local on its agenda and is rolling out several new features to bring users more in touch with their communities, says Dan Strauss, VP…

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Newspaper News Bits

There have been lots of newspaper news and announcements in and around the NAA show so far, and I imagine much more to come. Here is a sampling:  LostRemote reports that The San Francisco Chronicle is experimenting with podcasts…

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Yell.com Broadens Brand

Yell.com, which calls itself the United Kingdom's local search engine, is working with Oodle.co.uk, a search engine for local classified advertisements, which will enable people who access Yell.com to post their own free advertisements on the site. While Yell is…

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Nokia’s 4Q Profits up 19%

From Nokia's 4Q earnings call transcript (courtesy of 123Jump.com): "Nokia, the maker of mobile phones, reported profit growth of 19% to EUR 1.27 billion from EUR 1.07 billion a year earlier, exceeding analysts' forecasts. The company shipped 106 million handsets,…

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European Newspapers Challenge Search Giants

AP reported that Copiepresse, a copyright protection group that represents 17 French and German-language Belgian newspapers, asked Yahoo! to remove links that point to the newspapers' content. At issue is whether a cached page (a copy of content that is…

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It’s Called Investing in Your Business

There is a marketing guy who is trying to build his business by telling people that the best way to get more golden eggs is to kill the goose that laid them. Larry Bodine's LawMarketing Blog recommends that lawyers do…

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Freedom Interactive ’Tearing Out the Infrastructure’

When Freedom Communications recruited Michael Mathieu, the monetization leader from United Online (Classmates.com, NetZero, etc.), it was opting for change with a capital "C." Freedom, of course, is the longtime libertarian owner of 70 properties, including The Orange County Register,…

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Arlen: Newspapers Will Morph via HDTV

Gary Arlen, the longtime media pundit (and my former business partner), says in a new article for TV Technology that he is expecting newspapers to use the Web to shove their way into the television industry and "become significant online…

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L.A. Times Admits Online Errors, Vows to Change

The Los Angeles Times Online will roll out two new e-commerce-oriented verticals in the midst of a ripping internal report that says its online strategy is nowhere near where it needs to be for the paper to have a future,…

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How Important Is Hyper-Local?

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (sub required) about a dilemma that is starting to face many newspapers amidst falling revenues and readership; the need to divert finite editorial resources on local rather than global coverage. The article examines The…

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Gannett Launches Search Initiative

Gannett, via its Planet Discover subsidiary, says it will start providing its newspapers and TV stations with search marketing help. The newly formed "Market Development Group" will be run by Stanley Gauss, the former online general manager of The Press…

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Yell.com Expands Mobile Offering

U.K. publisher Yell's online directory operation, Yell.com, has expanded the capability of its mobile directory platform with a new service being offered both in application- and browser-based modes through a deal with the Danish mobile search firm mobilePeople. Here is…

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A Conversation With vSocial

Recently I had the chance to catch up with Mark Sigal, CEO of online video distribution platform provider vSocial. The company provides a platform for advertisers and video publishers to publish and brand videos on existing Web sites, social networks…

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