Closing the Gap With Maps, Revenues

Map-centric directories from the likes of Google and Microsoft, enhanced with satellite and 3D imagery, are absolutely fascinating. They're also increasingly functional, with all kinds of searchable links. But is it really clear that they are the future of directories?…

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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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Virtual Earth Goes High Def

Microsoft announced today that it is partnering with aerial and satellite image provider GlobeXplorer to enhance Virtual Earth with 400,000 square miles of U.S. high-resolution aerial imagery coverage. Virtual Earth is built on Microsoft's MapPoint Web service and is the…

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Mashups for MapQuest

Last week we had the chance to speak with MapQuest about a series of upcoming announcements (then under embargo). The first of those happened late last week with the company's mobile search platform enhancements. Today MapQuest announced the release of…

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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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A Look at Underlying Mapping Technology

Barry Schwartz over at Search Engine Land points to an interesting St. Louis Post Dispatch article about the software and development processes from the likes of Navteq that sit underneath Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, MapQuest and others. It's an interesting…

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Where Else Can Local Search Take Us?

Online local commerce is seeping into nearly every facet of our lives. The latest: parking. ABCNews.com reports on a start-up called SpotScout.com that wishes to create eBay-style auctions for parking spots. So in busy urban areas at specific times of…

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The Craigslist-ing of Zillow

Zillow announced today that it will allow users and agents to post homes for sale for free. Zillow has gained a great deal of traction and has become the poster child of vertical search in the 10 months since its…

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AskCity Launches

As we wrote about briefly last week, AskCity has launched today. I will get a chance to play around with the new features today and will provide more detail in this week's Local Media Journal. In the meantime, Loren Baker…

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