Internet Yellow Pages Socialize

Canadian IYP Yellowpages.ca announced a Facebook application that lets users of the social network tap into local listings and share recommendations with friends. This includes (according to release): Find, rate and review businesses Build lists of their favorite restaurants and…

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Google Mashes Up News and Maps

Google has begun to place geotagged news stories in Google Earth. By mousing over news icons on the map, preview windows appear that show stories from Google News. This adds to the news stories it was already plotting via its partnership…

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Yell Cites Tough Times in Dividend Cut

Yell Group announced results today that showed all its operating groups generated top-line growth in its 2007-08 financial year (ended March 31), with almost all the growth coming from the Internet. The company emphasized that it hit its EBITDA guidance for…

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Quick Response Bar Codes Invade Yellow Pages

  An innovative bar code technology, QR Codes, first developed in Japan by Denso-Wave has been introduced in Singapore by Singapore Press Holdings. Branded as ZapCodes, the two-dimensional bar codes enable mobile phones equipped with cameras and special software to download…

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Local Matters Lands European Directories

Denver-based Local Matters announced a major deal with European Directories "whereby Local Matters will develop and enhance the online white and yellow pages websites across European Directories’ 8-country publishing operations," according to the press release issued today. European Directories is a…

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Thomson Directories for Sale in U.K.

Thomson Directories owner Seat Pagine Gialle has put the U.K. directory publishing group up for sale, according to an article in the Times Online.  According to the article: “Thomson, which has been hit by competition from the web and reduced…

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Of Video Games and Local Search

The latest show of climbing video game sales came in April's 47 percent year-over-year increase. The $1.23 billion in game & console sales was buoyed by continued success of the Nintendo Wii, as well as the release of the hotly…

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CBS Expects Local Benefit From CNET Buy

In its bid to establish itself as a meaningful online company, CBS Interactive has downplayed its traditional strength in local vis-a-vis TV stations, radio stations and outdoor. The company’s just announced acquisition of CNET for $1.8 billion doesn’t necessarily change…

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TV and Cable Cos. Take Page From Online

Two separate but related news items caught my eye today. First, Comcast has acquired social networking technology provider Plaxo in order to integrate social network-like features that let viewers share programming, among other things. Second, Turner Entertainment Networks announced a…

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