Local.com Partners With Oodle for Local Classifieds

Local.com continues to expand into related local search verticals announcing a partnership with Oodle.com. Strategically, the addition of classified verticals to local search platforms has driven incremental consumer usage as users navigate across the two offerings. According to Heath Clarke,…

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Newspaper Troika Shaping Non-Yahoo! Network

Today's Wall Street Journal reports that Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune (GMT) are shaping an "open network" to sell national online advertising, possibly replacing McClatchy's Real Cities. The article says that network members are committing around 10 percent of their banner…

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Local Troubles

There has been a lot of talk in the past week over some of the apparent challenges facing local destination sites. Last week, BackFence endured a major downsizing, including the resignation of cofounder Susan DeFife (past writing on BackFence and…

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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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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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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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Whither White Pages, Part II

We've written a fair amount recently on the topic of White Pages, specifically whether print White Pages has much of a future in a world that is increasingly mobile and digital. An article in today's Albuquerque Tribune adds to 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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Gearing Up for CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week and there will no doubt be a flood of product announcements, many of which will be relevant to the local and online media space. Last year, CES saw the launch of…

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UGC: To Be or Not To Be III

Sebastien Provencher reproduced a MarketWatch article on his Praized Blog that goes into great detail about most of the major trends in online social media and user-generated content. It's a nice state of the union on where these technologies are…

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