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Quick Response Bar Codes Invade Yellow Pages

  An innovative bar code technology, QR Codes, first developed in Japan by Denso-Wave has been introduced in Singapore by Singapore Press Holdings. Branded as ZapCodes, the two-dimensional bar codes enable mobile phones equipped with cameras and special software to download…

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Digital Democracy or Restriction on Mobile Advertising Growth?

Two consumer advocacy groups plan to file an FTC complaint about mobile marketing and its emerging practices. The advocacy group Digital Democracy filed its complaint in conjunction with U.S. Public Interest Research Group.   According to an article in MediaPost, Jeff Chester, founder…

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Office Depot Advertises GE’s Goog-411 Phones

“Free one touch directory assistance” from Google’s free directory assistance service, Goog-411, is being advertised in Office Depot’s newspaper circulars as a main feature on GE Dect 6.0 Digital Cordless Phones. The ad copy spells it out: 1- Use the…

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MacBook ‘Air’ Unveiled

All right, this isn't directly tied to local search, but it's really cool. This morning, at the Macworld expo, Steve Jobs introduced the newest addition to the Apple family, the MacBook Air. It's small enough to fit into an interoffice…

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Closing the Book on ILM:07

It is hard for me to comprehend, but we are finally finished with ILM:07. We were grateful to have had 650 interesting and enthusiastic attendees from all over the world, 72 stimulating speakers, a full load of sponsors and an…

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Happy Birthday, iPod

The game changing device and forebear to the iPhone turns six years old today. The unofficial Apple blog has the story, along with a video of Steve Jobs' original unveiling keynote at Macworld. It's amazing how much the device has…

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ILM:07 Update: Google, Citysearch, Zillow +++

Big names, interesting people, compelling research. Forgive the commercial message here, but we’re set to deliver the goods at The Kelsey Group’s Interactive Local Media 2007 (ILM:07), Nov. 28-30 in L.A. I think there’s something for everyone. And this year,…

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The iPhone: 1 Million Served

Just 74 days after it launched, and five days after Apple cut its price by $200, the iPhone sold its 1 millionth unit yesterday. It reached this milestone weeks before Apple had forecast, no doubt pushed over the edge by…

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AgendiZe Deal Gives Yellow Book (up to) 66 Platforms

Yellow Book today joined Canada’s YPG in launching AgendiZe, the service that captures Yellow Pages and classifieds info and puts it on up to 66 media platforms for recall. On deck for implementation is Belo’s Dallas Morning News. I wrote…

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iPhone: Cool, Wishing It Were More Local

I had a great time playing with a friend’s iPhone this weekend. The thing is really nice – even more beautiful in person than in pictures and sturdy beyond expectations. And fun, too. But maybe I won’t buy one for…

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Concerns About Selective Technology

New research from Edison Media shows that television (broadcast, cable, satellite, premium) and the Internet are the most essential media to respondents' lives in 2007. Both radio and newspapers declined between the current survey and one conducted in 2002. According…

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iPhone: The Reviews Are In

A handful of official iPhone reviews from professional product reviewers came out today. The verdict: It lives up to the hype. There are still lots of possible flaws, such as slow speeds on AT&T's EDGE data network, but the overall…

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