Reality Check on Yellow Pages

The sell-off of directory stocks that reached a crescendo yesterday is continuing today, with Idearc, R.H. Donnelley and Yell being hit the hardest. Each of the three has been downgraded by leading banks and has lost a substantial amount of its value.…

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Bleak Day for Yellow Pages Stocks

Thursday was a very rough day for publicly traded directory companies. With Idearc and Yell announcing results that show more weakness in print directories, the two companies' shares moved sharply downward. As of this writing Thursday afternoon, Idearc shares had lost…

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TurnHere Gets Funding

In what amounts to yet another vote of confidence for local merchant video producer TurnHere, the company has announced a $7.5 million cash infusion from Venrock and Hearst Interactive Media. It's also a vote of confidence for the red hot…

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More Cool Google Maps Mashups

Following up on yesterday's post about the Google Maps/Twitter mashup, the Lost Remote blog points to an interesting mashup created by Spokane, Washington's Spokesman Review. In all the snow the area has received, it basically creates a micro-marketplace between snow…

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New iPhone: That Was Quick

Apple has announced the latest upgrade to the iPhone line -- a new 16-gigabyte model. The new model will retail at $499 and join the 8-gigabyte model ($399). In total, this is the third iteration of the device (counting the…

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Google + Twitter = Super Tuesday Mashup

There are lots of places to get your Super Tuesday coverage today. Some interesting online mashups I've found include The Washington Post's and Newsweek's streaming live coverage and MTV's network of "Choose or Lose" reporters who are live blogging and…

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Good Qs in MerchantCircle Survey

Merchant Circle has been sending out a survey on online marketing to its list of 350,000 registrants (what else could we call them? "Members"?). The six-question survey has some good Qs, and I'll look forward to the results to four…

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Yellow Book Rolls Out Redesign

Yellow Book USA announced a redesigned Yellowbook.com today that features a new clean and simple user interface and a map-based search featuring Microsoft's Virtual Earth.  In addition to the enhanced mapping feature, the new site also includes some new navigation…

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Local Insight Plucks Berry From AT&T

Local Insight Regatta Holdings and AT&T announced the acquisition of L.M. Berry's Independent Line of Business unit. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. According to the press release: The transaction will combine two industry-leading organizations responsible for selling, producing…

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Google Responds to Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination

David Drummond, senior vice president, corporate development, and chief legal officer, responds to Microsoft's acquisition of Yahoo!. In part: "... Microsoft's hostile bid for Yahoo! raises troubling questions. This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking…

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Microsoft and Yahoo!: TKG’s Take

Today’s big news is Microsoft's unsolicited takeover bid for Yahoo!. The $44.6 billion bid represents a 62 percent premium on Yahoo!'s closing stock price yesterday, which was affected by Yahoo!’s depressing earnings announcement, in which Yahoo! said it would lay…

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EDA Launches English-Language Web-Based DA in BE

European Directory Assistance has launched a new English-language directory assistance site in Belgium called 14-14, which offers residential and business search, with the latter available by name and category. Part of the new service's positioning is that during business hours, consumers…

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Yellow Book IYP Traffic Surges

Yellowbook.com is gaining ground in the U.S. IYP arena. Online measurement firm comScore Networks issued a "year in review" press release this week in which it noted that Yellowbook.com was one of the top-gaining properties of 2007. In December 2007,…

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