Oodle: Google for Classifieds

Call it a search engine for classifieds. Started by a couple of the original folks at Excite, Oodle aims to be a comprehensive search engine for classifieds. That's right: Craigslist, eBay, CareerBuilder, Cars.com, newspaper sites -- everything. Right now, they're…

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Local Search Spikes on Google

ClickZ offers coverage of Google's statement at SES that "local" was bigger than the more established Froogle: "[Marissa] Mayer said the demand for Google's local search product was surprisingly high. In fact, it drew more traffic in December than Google's…

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eBay's Kijiji = Craigslist Abroad

eBay, which bought 25 percent of Craigslist from a former employee in the third quarter of last year, has been busy expanding into classifieds, buying up classifieds sites outside the U.S. as part of a strategy to boost growth. eBay…

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An Outsider's View of Yellow Pages

Not surprisingly, Kennard says that private equity is good for the industry because it allows publishers to focus on their core business and expand horizontally. He makes a distinction between the core business of selling advertising and "our franchise of…

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Newspaper Partners Buy Majority Stake in Topix

Topix.net, a news search/aggregation site, has announced a majority investment from The Tribune Co., Knight Ridder Digital and Gannett Co. These are the major companies behind Classified Ventures and sites like CareerBuilder and ShopLocal, among other online verticals. Under the…

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More Deals on the Way?

John Battelle has some interesting speculation about the role of Jeeves in IAC post acquisition. In particular, he speculates about a potential merger of search and TV. I agree there are going to be some interesting things happening with TV…

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'No Time to Argue; Throw Me the Idol'

Just got in to Newspapers'05 in Dallas, the newspaper industry's mega-show put on by the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). This show covers absolutely everything having to do with the industry -- except it appears blogs, social networking and RSS.…

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Yahoo! 360: Community Key to Ratings/Reviews

Yesterday, after apparent leaks to the press, Yahoo! decided to announce its rumored blogging/social networking service (to launch at the end of the month) -- Yahoo! 360. According to AP reports, the service will offer multiple features and allow people…

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'The Internet Is the Yellow Pages'

Thanks to Justin Sanger of LocalLaunch for pointing out Marty Himmelstein's excellent article on Local Search/IYP. Himmelstein was something of a pioneer in Local Search and worked for Internet start-up Vicinity Corp. Before being acquired by Microsoft, Vicinity was a…

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Yang: Mass Media to My Media

In Jerry Yang's relatively brief on-stage interview with SES host Danny Sullivan this a.m., Yang gave a high-level overview of where Yahoo is going with search and other features of the portal. He spoke about more tightly integrating services across…

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Google Customizes News; Is 'MyGoogle' Coming?

Google has launched a personalization capability for Google News, allowing manipulation of the existing news categories and the creation of specialized categories (e.g., "Local Search"). Search Engine Watch has the full rundown. The new functionality is very useful and it…

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