MTV Latest to Deliver TV Content Online

Everybody's doing it. Call it iTV or TV2Web, not to be confused with IPTV. MTV will lauch a new Web channel called "Overdrive." The new channel will offer a variety of programming and video-on-demand content. This is just the latest…

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Online Newspaper Growth Is a Question

Borell Associates predicts aggressive growth in local advertising for online newspaper sites. The potential is there, but the assumptions and preconditions behind the prediction may not come to pass. According to an article in Editor & Publisher, there are two…

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Yahoo!'s FareChase: Vertical Meta

Yahoo!'s FareChase travel site launched hotels today. Competing with AOL's recently launched Pinpoint Travel, this represents another meta-search play to provide consumers with a one-stop travel destination. FareChase is also integrated into Yahoo! Travel, Search and Shopping -- a variation…

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'iPod TV,' Google and Branding

Google will be featured in segments on the new Al Gore-backed cable network, now being called "Current." The press release positions it as "the first national network created by, for and with an 18-34 year-old audience." This is very very…

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One Person Does Make a Difference

Stu's wife Carol, along with their son Doug, accepted this award, which was presented on the same night that Elmer Smith received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry. There is little question that Elmer was a…

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MSN Pays $150 Million for 1.4 Percent

According to data released by Nielsen//NetRatings, as reported in AdWeek, MSN's new broad consumer marketing campaign has seemed to drive some usage growth. According to Nielsen, MSN's search market share grew 1.4 percent from 12.8 percent to 14.2 percent in…

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April Fools Pranks

Search Engine Watch Editor Danny Sullivan has rounded up the range of April Fools search-related pranks for your amusement. There are some very clever and elaborate ones on the list, including: UnderGoos Google Gulp Yahoo SlackerAfter careful thought and review…

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Ratings, Reviews and Relevance Criteria

I wanted to call attention to an interesting piece from Gord Hotchkiss in MediaPost. He writes: "[N]o one with enough market traction has taken up the task of aggregating [consumer ratings/opinion] information into an easy-to-digest rating system. There is no…

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Meta vs. Vertical

LookSmart announced the launch of five consumer-facing vertical content sites that will serve up LookSmart advertisers. They are: teenja.com for teens, gradewinner.com for "tweens," 24hourscholar.com for college students, and for parents there are parentsurf.com and gobelle.com. LookSmart predicts that search…

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Discover Discover Our Town

You've probably never heard of DiscoverOurTown.com. I hadn't until Howell R. Jones, VP of Marketing for the Mississippi-based directory, contacted me about their mobile offering. At first blush it's another city guide-type site that prompts the question: How do these…

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Oodle: Google for Classifieds

Call it a search engine for classifieds. Started by a couple of the original folks at Excite, Oodle aims to be a comprehensive search engine for classifieds. That's right: Craigslist, eBay, CareerBuilder, Cars.com, newspaper sites -- everything. Right now, they're…

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Indeed Follows Oodle Launch in Jobs Arena

Indeed.com formally launches on the same day as Oodle, offering meta-search for Jobs. Here's the announcement. Indeed is one of several new meta-search job sites. Indeed and Oodle represent efforts to consolidate and integrate the consumer experience and away from…

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Local Search Spikes on Google

ClickZ offers coverage of Google's statement at SES that "local" was bigger than the more established Froogle: "[Marissa] Mayer said the demand for Google's local search product was surprisingly high. In fact, it drew more traffic in December than Google's…

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eBay's Kijiji = Craigslist Abroad

eBay, which bought 25 percent of Craigslist from a former employee in the third quarter of last year, has been busy expanding into classifieds, buying up classifieds sites outside the U.S. as part of a strategy to boost growth. eBay…

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An Outsider's View of Yellow Pages

Not surprisingly, Kennard says that private equity is good for the industry because it allows publishers to focus on their core business and expand horizontally. He makes a distinction between the core business of selling advertising and "our franchise of…

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Newspaper Partners Buy Majority Stake in Topix

Topix.net, a news search/aggregation site, has announced a majority investment from The Tribune Co., Knight Ridder Digital and Gannett Co. These are the major companies behind Classified Ventures and sites like CareerBuilder and ShopLocal, among other online verticals. Under the…

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Yahoo! 360: Community Key to Ratings/Reviews

Yesterday, after apparent leaks to the press, Yahoo! decided to announce its rumored blogging/social networking service (to launch at the end of the month) -- Yahoo! 360. According to AP reports, the service will offer multiple features and allow people…

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