Become: Product Review Search

There wasn't much mainstream press fanfare (just a couple of pieces) about the launch of self-described next-generation shopping search engine Become.com (you have to register to use the beta). Behind it are the folks that started MySimon, which has been…

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AOL Local Getting Better and Faster

AOL's new and improved feature set for local will be on display starting today. AOL has revamped local in much the same way it stripped down and souped up its general Web search. There's lots of interesting new stuff to…

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Search Share Erosion—Not?

Missed this one when it came out. But the NextSearchSurvey folks found that when they asked online respondents "If you were to choose one search engine out of the four major ones, which one would it be?" Eighty-seven percent of…

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The Changing Ear of Radio

Most every traditional medium today faces challenges from new technologies. Yellow Pages and newspapers, the primary print directional media, are being affected mostly by the Internet. Radio faces the double whammy of iPod and other portable digital audio players and…

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I Want My Yahoo! TV

The Interactive TV revolution€"long on hype, short on execution€"may not be "televised." It will be online instead. Yahoo!'s announcement that it will stream the full Showtime-produced "Fat Actress" is a milestone and ups the ante for Web companies doing video.…

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Wi-Fi All Around

Very interesting story in the NYTimes today re Philadelphia becoming one big wireless hot spot. Many implications . . . There are implications for ISPs (although the regulators seem prepared to protect the economic interests of corporations vs. the public),…

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GMail Goes Wide

Google is offering more people the chance to open gmail accounts. Formerly this was a viral affair (which was very very smart marketing). Now, Google appears to be seeking to leverage gmail as the basis for an expanding relationship between…

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Where Can I Buy That New Zealand Pinot?

This is sort of amazing. I was reading about pinot noir wines on the NYTimes' Web site (perhaps I was too influenced by Sideways). The Times liked a particular New Zealand pinot, Peregrine Central Otago 2001, better than the other…

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More on Maps

Two interesting articles, one by Brad Stone of Newsweek on the data providers behind mapping sites/functionality. Another by the NYTimes about 3-D mapping. This is where it's going. Just wrote about maps today and we'll be covering this at Drilling…

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infoUSA Seeks to Buy Search Marketing Firm

Published reports confirm that direct marketing company and database provider infoUSA (which provides the data for many of the top IYP/ local search properties) is seeking to buy online marketing firm Digital Impact. Digital Impact, which previously acquired search engine…

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Will TV Move the Search Needle?

Both MSN and Ask Jeeves have announced that they're going to spend money on TV to try and grab some search market share. Yahoo! has been spending (on TV, outdoor, etc.) for some time on search (and local). Several surveys…

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Local Search Guide Grows

For a very nice overview of the entire local search space, check out the Local Search Guide. More profiles and resources have been added. Here's the new stuff: "The Search Tools section of the Guide, which now includes a Mapping…

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Telcos to Do TV: Will It Work?

Will telcos be able to do to cable TV (IPtv) what cable TV is starting to do to telcos with IP telephony? And with the possible exception of SuperPages, will the remaining U.S. telco-YP owners spin off their directories to…

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Importance of Search Engine Position

Here's an interesting piece in Wired News about the very real impact of ranking higher in search engine placement. It's mostly about optimization, but the same goes true for SEM. There's lots of data that show CTRs drop off significantly…

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Google to Focus More on Local/SMEs

In addition to seeking personal information, Google representatives said they would do more direct sales (probably for larger advertisers) but would also focus on acquiring more local advertisers and creating tools to make it easier for those advertisers to adopt…

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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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