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AOL Enhances Search, Adds Pay-per-Call

AOL is upgrading its search functionality and interfaces and taking €œbaby steps€ toward personalization (i.e., saving recent searches). An extensive discussion of the enhancements is available at Search Engine Watch. The company is bringing together many disparate elements to create…

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Wither Friendster?

Gary Rivlin wrote an interesting piece in today's NYTimes about Friendster's fortunes and how it's been eclipsed by MySpace in the critical 18 to 29 demographic. That demographic, right now, is Friendster's entire value proposition to advertisers. The article suggests…

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Online Video Search: Web-TV Convergence?

Now that Google has formally joined AOL, Yahoo!, Blinxx and others in offering TV/video search, the time has come to speculate more seriously about Web-TV convergence.As more and more video content (and related rich media advertising) goes online, will search…

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Yahoo! Local: Here, There and Now Everywhere

The so-called €œsearch wars€ have opened a new front€"mobile. Yesterday Yahoo! introduced Local Send to Phone, which enables users to send and store listings (business names, address, phone, cross-streets, etc.) on SMS-enabled mobile phones free of charge€"though carrier text messaging…

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Jeeves Buys Blog

Ask Jeeves has acquired Bloglines, a site that provides a range of functions associated with blogging. A search engine for blog content and an RSS aggregator/reader, Blogline's acquisition reflects the growing importance of RSS feeds and blog content to search.…

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Maps.Google.com

Check it out: maps.google.com. First impression: it's pretty robust and will rival Yahoo!'s SmartView. I will write about this more extensively later. Here's the public announcement: Today, Google released Google Maps at http://maps.google.com, a dynamic online mapping feature that enables…

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Keynote Says Google’s Lead Shrinking

Yesterday Keynote Systems (formerly Vividence Corporation) released the results of a consumer survey that reported Yahoo!, MSN and Ask Jeeves making gains in search market share and user perceptions. The survey, based on observation and interaction with 2,000 consumers, found…

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ShopLocal Data Confirms “W2S” Trend

Empirical research has a habit of confirming what people already know. In this case, ShopLocal and The Dieringer Group released a study, which tracked consumer shopping during the final three months of 2004. The study found that so-called Web-to-Store shoppers?"those…

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Google’s Employee Perks and the Yellow Pages

Tuesday??s article in the New York Times about Google??s million dollar employee incentives inspired Shawn Wiora, a former Verizon Information Services manager and Yellow Pages consultant, to send me an e-mail asking what might happen if directory publishers followed suit…

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Is Sensis the Next One on the Block?

A report in Australia€™s The Age newspaper citing unnamed sources within the Australian government says the spin-off of Sensis Pty. Ltd. by its parent company Telstra is in the works. The story was posted on theage.com.au on Feb. 8.Within the…

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The Local Search Zeitgeist

Last week, ClickZ wrote an analysis of the state of local search advertising. Using the €œGoogle Zeitgeist,€ the article reported that only 1 in 20 searches on Google Local generated ads from small businesses, as opposed to geotargeted ads from…

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Competition Picks Up Steam in the UK

Britain€™s Guardian newspaper reported today that British Telecom plans to spend up to 10 million pounds €" about US$18 million €" promoting its BT Phone Book product this year. This represents a significant upping of the ante by BT, which…

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My Breakfast with Condron

Last week, I sat down for a breakfast interview in London with Yell Group CEO John Condron at the Connaught Hotel, a power breakfaster€™s power breakfast spot. Over his porridge, Condron talked about the state of the business today, and…

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