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Poking Fun at Local Video

There has been lots of talk about local merchant video ads this year, a trend pushed forward in the most meaningful way by Citysearch's May integration of video ads. We've also seen every major U.S. IYP do the same this…

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A Holiday Wish

One of the many reasons the Internet has bloomed in the U.S. is that the administration, under the leadership of Ira Magaziner, former head of U.S. Internet policy, allowed the World Wide Web to grow without putting unnecessary restrictions on…

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More on Local.com/Citysearch Deal

As promised, today I had the chance to talk with Local.com's VP of bus dev and sales, Peter Hutto, who took time away from his vacation to provide some more color on yesterday's partnership with Citysearch. Hutto confirmed that the…

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Our Favorite (Local) E-Cards

Thanks for all the holiday cards, and good wishes. It is kind of inspiring that many companies are donating to some wonderful charities. It is great to work with such thoughtful people. Here are some favorite e-cards. Zillow and AdMission probably…

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Citysearch and Local.com Partner Up

Local.com announced today that it will pull in and display content from Citysearch in its local listings. This will enhance Local.com's own content and bring in more ad revenues from Citysearch advertisers. Citysearch will meanwhile get more distribution for its…

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Eniro Embraces Wacky World of Video Search

Last week the Swedish directory publisher Eniro announced that it has selected Stockholm-based Picsearch to power a video search feature on the eniro.se portal. Picsearch has an existing relationship with Eniro via its provision of a video search feature on…

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Putting Some Numbers on Online Video

WebVideoReport has started to put some numbers on the growing online video space. It joins GigaOm's NewTeeVee in exclusively covering this space, and has put out some interesting articles in the past few weeks. Choosing a Video Services Provider Web…

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Call Genie’s Durance: ‘Voice and Data Truly Intermingled’

 has bet heavily on building a voice search platform for telecom carriers, Yellow Pages publishers and other providers of ad-supported directory assistance. Now the 150-person company, partially owned by YPG and just listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, has enhanced…

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Yahoo! Maps Get More Interactive

Yahoo! announced a series of features for Yahoo! Maps today, the most notable of which is "drag & drop" functionality for routes. The feature, which Google already launched in a similar form, lets users drag a route to any number…

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Clear Channel Teams With Denver Multimedia for Online Video

Radio has virtually been a non-starter for local online sales, but a new video initiative by Clear Channel Radio, the nation’s largest chain with stations in 80 U.S. markets, might ramp things up. The video initiative, using Denver Multimedia (DMM) as…

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Catzilla Focuses Search Efforts on Autos and Real Estate

Auto dealers and real estate brokers (and agents) are increasingly contending with mission creep for their Web needs that require them to have two or more Web sites. Part of the problem is that they must conform to standardized requirements.…

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