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Monster Buys HotJobs From Yahoo

Monster Worldwide has bought HotJobs from Yahoo for $225 million. It will also be in charge of Yahoo's recruitment content in North America for the next three years, bringing in perhaps another $100 million for the life of the deal…

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IAC’s ServiceMagic Buys Market Hardware

IAC’s ServiceMagic,  a leader in delivering leads to services, has purchased Bethesda,MD- based Market Hardware, which provides websites and search engine optimization for 2,500 SMBs. Market Hardware, which has 30 people, targets “high online spend verticals” that closely mirror ServiceMagic’s…

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YPG-NZ Acquires Boomer Site

  Yellow Pages Group New Zealand has acquired a majority stake in grownups.co.nz,  a Web site targeting the over 50s crowd, as reported on Stuff.co.nz. Voted as New Zealand’s best lifestyle Web site in 2008, this acquisition may well prove…

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Canada’s YPG now Coast to Coast

  With the recent acquisition of Get It Pages in Saskatchewan, Yellow Pages Group in Canada has now consolidated a national footprint in Canada. According to the New Brunswick Business Journal, Get It Pages publishes directories in the regions of…

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More Musings on Microsoft and Yell

There has not been all that much fresh coverage of the rumor, reported earlier this week, that Microsoft may acquire Yell Group, the U.K.-based international publisher with operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain and Latin America. We have…

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Thomson Directories for Sale in U.K.

Thomson Directories owner Seat Pagine Gialle has put the U.K. directory publishing group up for sale, according to an article in the Times Online.  According to the article: “Thomson, which has been hit by competition from the web and reduced…

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Interinfo Yellow Pages Holdings Sold

Norwegian-owned Interinfo was purchased by BaltCap, the leading private equity investor in the Baltic states. Interinfo represented the last directory holding of Texas Pacific Group, previous owners of Norway’s Findexa, now owned by Eniro. Terms of the deal were not…

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Spot Runner Buys Weblistic, Pumps Up Local Sales Effort

Spot Runner has gone into the local reseller channel in a major way by acquiring Weblistic, a company headed by Ketan Shah (and whose president is Yellow Pages Commando Dick Larkin). The company has 50 employees and is headquartered in…

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YPG Fills a Gap With Acquisition

Yellow Pages Group in Canada made another small step toward complete coverage of the Canadian directory market by acquiring the directory business from TBayTel, a leading telecommunications company in Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario. This means YPG will now be…

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How About Microsoft’s 4% Share of CareerBuilder?

Amid all the noise about Microsoft and Yahoo!, one of the unanswered questions has to do with MS’ intent toward the recruitment business -- a business that actually has some relationship with Microsoft’s core enterprise solutions (as opposed to its less…

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Local Insight Plucks Berry From AT&T

Local Insight Regatta Holdings and AT&T announced the acquisition of L.M. Berry's Independent Line of Business unit. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. According to the press release: The transaction will combine two industry-leading organizations responsible for selling, producing…

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Microsoft and Yahoo!: TKG’s Take

Today’s big news is Microsoft's unsolicited takeover bid for Yahoo!. The $44.6 billion bid represents a 62 percent premium on Yahoo!'s closing stock price yesterday, which was affected by Yahoo!’s depressing earnings announcement, in which Yahoo! said it would lay…

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