The Gap Between Usage and Revenues

There have been several interesting stories over the past couple of days (including in the WSJ and NY Times) about how circulation and subscriptions are declining at major print newspapers, such as the Tribune Co.'s Los Angeles Times and Chicago…

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Yahoo! Video Search Goes Wide

The search world is like a hydra and video is one of the heads. Yahoo!, AOL, Google and other competitors are jockeying for position in the emerging online TV/video sector. See Stefanie Olsen's write-up. Tonight Yahoo! Video Search formally launched.…

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Backfence Goes Live

Backfence went live tonight in McLean and Reston, VA. I previously wrote about Backfence's "hyper-local" strategy. It's a very interesting strategy (comprehensive local site, relying heavily on user-generated content) and will be one to watch. There are those who will…

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Quality vs. Quantity Take 2

The Yellow Pages Association released the results of a study with comScore that supports the idea that despite lower traffic volumes, IYP users are more "ready to buy" and spend more than their Web search counterparts. We haven't independently looked…

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Would You Like Lettuce with Your Journal?

Speaking to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, Ruppert Murdoch faulted the industry for having been "remarkably, accountably complacent" about new technologies, including the Internet. In Frank Barnako's Internet Daily Report in MarketWatch, Murdoch is quoted as saying,…

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Yahoo! My Web: Powerful and Provocative

Right on the heels of Google's My Search History, Yahoo! Launches a better, simplified version of its earlier Web search personalization tool "My Search" -- now called My Web. Here's the official release. A considerable advance over Yahoo!'s previous "My…

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Something Very Strange Is Going On

eBay grows 44% and its stock sees a big decline. Huh? Now InfoSpace, whose profits tripled and generally beat analysts' estimates, lost nearly 19% of its stock value. What? Google and Yahoo! have performed so well over the past several…

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So, You Think Economics are Complicated?

Reading some of the recent Kelsey Group blogs reinforces this concern. Companies declare strong earnings but plummet because their guidance does not meet Wall Street expectations. Yahoo! and Google are offering evermore sophisticated search opportunities, and only industry experts can…

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SBC-YellowPages.com Become Latest to Offer Simplified SEM

Modeled on BellSouth€™s "Real Search Engine Solutions," which offers simplified search-engine marketing (SEM) to local businesses based on subscription pricing, SBC Yellow Pages and YellowPages.com are introducing the same product in their respective markets. Called "SBC Search Engine Solutions" and…

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IMPAQT Landing Page Is Rich

At AD-TECH in San Francisco, I spoke with IMPAQT CEO Richard Hagerty, who demonstrated for me the company's "Intelligent Landing Page." It can sit behind any paid search ad (both a strength and a weakness). When users click through, they…

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Yahoo! WordPerfect SME Channel Strategy

Yahoo! has established a partnership with Corel, the maker of MS Office Alternative WordPerfect. Yahoo! has added several pieces of functionality to the software and Corel will help Yahoo! market services (e.g., domain registration and Web hosting) to its SME…

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Google Now a Bona Fide 'Media Company'

Last quarter, Google declared in its SEC 10-K filing that it was a "media company": €œWe began as a technology company and have evolved into a software, technology, Internet, advertising and media company all rolled into one.€ Indeed. In launching…

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Local and the 'Long Tail'

At Drilling Down, Hearst's Lincoln Millstein mentioned a seminal article in his great keynote yesterday -- a wired piece discussing the so-called "Long Tail." In search, the tail is ultimately where the volume is. But it's also a long-term proposition…

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Yahoo! Makes Lots of Money in Q1

I'm bogged down -- I mean delightfully engaged -- here at our conference and so have been unable to comment on the range of stories of interest that have come out over the past couple of days. But Yahoo!'s earnings…

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