Opt-Out Gains New Momentum

The movement to compel Yellow Pages publishers to make it easy for consumers to opt out of receiving telephone books and punish unwelcome distribution gained some momentum last week with legislation introduced in Minnesota and the city of Albany, New…

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Google Kills Print Ads

Google, as part of a series of cutbacks, is eliminating its Print Ads program, which had 800 newspapers and other print sources participating. The program, which began in November 2006 with 50 newspaper partners, stops selling new placement Feb. 28.…

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Ustream iPhone App Now Available in iTunes

The UStream iPhone application, which lets users watch live streaming event coverage, is now available in the iTunes App store. And right on schedule: The company's goal was to launch in time for today's presidential inauguration. At first, it will only…

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The Future of Newspaper Events

Events for newspaper industry executives are clearly challenged right now. Today, I learned via Vin Crosbie’s Facebook thread that the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum had to “postpone” their annual conference, which was set for March 22…

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Kevin Ryan Joins WebVisble

WebVisible announced today that it is hiring Kevin Ryan as its new chief marketing officer. Ryan, a longtime friend of The Kelsey Group and conference speaker, was previously global content director for Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies. At…

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Signs of the Times in Yellow Pages

We got news this week of two directory publishing operations shutting their doors, a reflection of the challenges of running a competitive directory publishing company in the face of a difficult economy and intense competition from incumbent publishers and the…

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AT&T Launches Voice Search for iPhone

AT&T Interactive, the new division that's behind the company's popular YPMobile iPhone application, has added a voice search app to its roster. Called Speak4It, the application allows users to speak local search commands into the phone to receive map-based search…

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New Funding: A Conversation With Yodle

Following Yodle's $10 million C Round funding announcement yesterday, I had the chance to talk to founder Nathaniel Stevens. The funding, for one thing, is a good vote of confidence for Yodle and its market opportunity, despite the current economic…

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