Google to Sell Clear Channel Radio Inventory

Google and Clear Channel Communications will announce a partnership today whereby the search company will sell 5 percent of the radio group's inventory in 100 top U.S. markets. The agreement covers roughly 675 Clear Channel stations. Terms of the deal,…

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Googles Free 411 Product Launches

Google has officially launched its free 411 product. The number, 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411), makes business name and category search accessible from any U.S. telephone. This is a product we originally uncovered in our report Wireless Voice Search: The Multi-Modal Revolution. At…

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It’s True: Microsoft Acquires Tellme

Microsoft announced today that it has agreed to acquire Tellme, a Mountain View, California-based voice search provider. Yesterday, Microsoft and Tellme briefed The Kelsey Group about the pending acquisition. Neither side would disclose the size of the deal, but we…

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A Google Phone?

Simeon Simeonov has a good post on the mysterious and long rumored Google phone, complete with screen shots. No confirmation about whether this is true or not, but Simeon's blog is a good read.

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Nokia’s 4Q Profits up 19%

From Nokia's 4Q earnings call transcript (courtesy of 123Jump.com): "Nokia, the maker of mobile phones, reported profit growth of 19% to EUR 1.27 billion from EUR 1.07 billion a year earlier, exceeding analysts' forecasts. The company shipped 106 million handsets,…

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European Newspapers Challenge Search Giants

AP reported that Copiepresse, a copyright protection group that represents 17 French and German-language Belgian newspapers, asked Yahoo! to remove links that point to the newspapers' content. At issue is whether a cached page (a copy of content that is…

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Hyper-Localism

The Observer has an interesting story about Hyper-Localism. This idea has several manifestations. In one version a newspaper creates Web content around niche groups like high school football teams or cats in trees and the brave city workers who save…

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Buying Online Climbs in Europe

The European Interactive Advertising Association released portions of a study showing increases for online conversion rates across several categories. The chart below, part of the release, shows the product categories with the fastest growing "conversion rates" from 2005 to 2006.…

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Local.com Partners With Oodle for Local Classifieds

Local.com continues to expand into related local search verticals announcing a partnership with Oodle.com. Strategically, the addition of classified verticals to local search platforms has driven incremental consumer usage as users navigate across the two offerings. According to Heath Clarke,…

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Google Distributes MTV Content

Google will start distributing video clips from MTV Networks shows as a source of content and revenues for its video affiliate partners. The deal includes 100 hours of programming, including "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," "SpongeBob SquarePants" and MTV's…

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Intel Continues to Push WiMax Standard

Intel is in discussions to build a new broadband network with Woosh Wireless in New Zealand. Recently, Intel invested $A37 million in a Sydney-based wireless company called Unwired. Intel's investments in WiMax networks are part of a larger strategic initiative…

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Yahoo! and Canaan Invest in India

Yahoo! and Canaan Partners have invested US$8.6 million in BharatMatrimony, a group of India-based wedding, lifestyle and vertical search sites. This is the first investment in India by both Canaan and Yahoo!. Canaan was an original investor in Match.com in…

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AOL Plans Work Force Reductions

Jonathan Miller informed employees that AOL will eliminate 5,000 of 19,000 positions, or about 25 percent of its workforce. The reductions will take place over the next six months as the company focuses on advertising instead of dial-up subscriptions. A…

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