Tellme Blends Voice and Visual

Tellme Networks announced today that it will expand its mobile voice platform to allow mobile search application developers to build products that integrate voice and visual search. In essence this brings together the ease of speaking and of seeing results…

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What’s Next for Online Coupons?

The New York Times' Bob Tedeschi wrote an article on Monday (which has been sitting on my desktop, among others, waiting to be read) about online coupons. It said much of what we already know about coupons but also provided…

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A Conversation With AdStar

Following up on yesterday's mobile news roundup, we had the chance to catch up with AdStar CEO Leslie Bernhard and others during a call yesterday afternoon. The company earlier in the day had announced a partnership with Nokia to integrate…

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Smartphones and Mobile Local Search

In the past, we've talked about the effect smartphone use has on mobile local search adoption. Many third-party mobile local search applications such as Earthcomber only work on smartphones. Similarly, designing a robust and compelling enough mobile search platform is…

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Mobile News Aplenty

The 3GSM World Congress is going on this week in Barcelona, and we've already seen a handful of important announcements that relate to mobile local search.  Yahoo! announced a display ad platform for mobile devices that will involve banner…

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The Distance Left to Travel in Mobile Search

ZDNet reports on two different mobile usage studies here and here. Both show usage and revenues growing dramatically over the next three to five years, with entertainment services (games, music, TV) having the steepest incline. Though search wasn't mentioned, increased…

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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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Yell.com Expands Mobile Offering

U.K. publisher Yell's online directory operation, Yell.com, has expanded the capability of its mobile directory platform with a new service being offered both in application- and browser-based modes through a deal with the Danish mobile search firm mobilePeople. Here is…

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iPhone iMperfect

Amid the endless and effusive praise of Apple's new iPhone, Good Morning Silicon Valley's John Paczkowski offers a refreshing reality check about some of the things the device is missing, "questions that are now emerging as the hypnotic pull of…

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Apple iPhone and Mobile Local Search

Steve Jobs' Macworld Keynotes are among the most awaited tech events of the year, as some of the products historically announced (iPod, for example) have represented inflection points in consumer technology. Today at Macworld, Jobs introduced the long awaited iPhone.…

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Theme of the Day: Device Convergence

As mentioned briefly yesterday, we expect much of the product innovation unveiled at CES to deal with device convergence  particularly with sharing content between Web, mobile and TV. Bill Gates' keynote had this theme, but it showed little difference…

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Mobile Local Search Enhancements From MapQuest

MapQuest announced today that it will enhance its MapQuest Mobile product and make MapQuest Navigator available on BlackBerries from Sprint and Nextel. MapQuest Mobile is a mobile local search platform available on any cellphone, which requires only a free download.…

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YellowPages.com Adds Mobile Feature

We got this press release today from YellowPages.com announcing it has added a "send-to-mobile" feature that enables users to text a search result to their mobile phones for future use. The press release illustrates the feature's utility with the example…

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Getting Dialed In to Mobile Search

Search Engine Watch has an interesting article today on mobile search. One of the main takeaways is that mobile search is much different from online search. This was a pervasive theme in a mobile panel at ILM:06, and in the…

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Holiday Rush for Mobile Shopping

Gary Price over at Search Engine Watch has a nice roundup of mobile shopping platforms. This intersects with local in some of the mobile shopping products announced within the past week. These include a mobile shopping SMS-based search platform launched…

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NearbyNow Goes Mobile

Local shopping engine NearbyNow announced today that it will provide a mobile platform for mall shoppers to find products using mobile devices. NearbyNow works with shopping malls to get their product and inventory information online in a searchable fashion. It…

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