Signs of Google Social Search Emerge

A few Google users have come forward with screenshots of Google's "bucket testing" of a social search feature. Like Digg, StumbleUpon and other social search engines, it allows users to actively rate or vote on search results using small icons that…

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Zvents Brings Paul Levine on Board

AdBrite VP of Marketing (and former Yahoo Local GM) Paul Levine has joined the board of local event site Zvents. Since its launch in 2005, Zvents has raised about $7 million and has made some strong moves in local events,…

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IPhone Tidbits: Day 4

While there were many well-documented incidents of crashing servers and glitches in getting 3G iPhones activated over the past few days, Apple announced today that it has already sold 1 million of the new devices. I've been having my own…

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What Kind of Newspaper Reader Are You?

A leading Copenhagen newspaper, Ekstra Bladet, has always sought to “maintain” high frequency buyers; target middle frequency buyers to boost subscriptions and single copy buyers; and target the impulsive behavior of low frequency buyers with pictures of pretty girls and/or…

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Let the iPhone Frenzy Begin

In case you've been in a cave for the past several weeks, the iPhone 3G launches tomorrow. Better yet, the App Store scheduled for tomorrow's launch is already available (latest version of iTunes required). Current iPhone users will be able…

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CityVoter Adds 3 TV Markets

CityVoter.com, a review and “best of” voting site that powers Web sites for TV stations and other traditional media outlets, has signed a new deal that will boost its count of Hearst-Argyle TV affiliates from five markets to eight. The…

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Whither the Weather?

As my colleague Peter Krasilovsky discussed in his write-up this morning, the purchase of The Weather Channel by NBC Universal and partners is getting a lot of press attention for several reasons: At $3.5 billion, the price is substantially less than…

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Telstra Buys Into Chinese Online Marketplaces

Telstra, the parent company of Sensis, the Australian-based Yellow Pages company, has acquired 55 percent of Autohome/PCPop, which runs Autohome.com.cn, a Chinese auto portal, and Norstar Mediatwo, a Chinese CNET-like tech site. The two properties complement Telstra’s 51 percent share in SouFun,…

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Gannett Buying ShopLocal Outright

We have learned that Gannett is acquiring the parts of ShopLocal that it doesn’t already own from partners Tribune and McClatchy. ShopLocal’s stated mission is "connecting advertisers and consumers, online and in-store." ShopLocal's efforts generally center on localized circulars, targeted…

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YouKu: The Chinese YouTube?

If you haven't heard of YouKu, you're not totally alone. But the leading Chinese video site is proving itself worthy of broader attention. The site raised $40 million this week from new and existing investors including Brookside Capital Partners, Sutter…

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