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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Fear and Backslapping in Las Vegas

Greetings from the Mirage Hotel. I am sitting here staring at Steve Wynn€™s enormous signature on his new Vegas strip hotel, poring over my notes from the first general sessions at the Yellow Pages Association annual convention, halfway into its…

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Newspaper Registration a Flawed Strategy

Newspapers have long thrown up registration pages in front of users coming from newsletters or news aggregation sites in order to capture demographic and personal information for later marketing purposes. The point is to make newspaper sites more valuable to…

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Wither SME Product Sellers?

DMNews reports on infoUSA data showing the number of small businesses in the U.S. declined by about 300,000 from 11.6 million at the end of 2003 to 11.3 million at the end of last year. This prompts me to think…

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Interchange to Launch 'Local.com' Destination

According to a news release, Interchange, which recently acquired Swedish Local Search technology platform Inspire AB, announced that it had secured the domain "Local.com" for US$700,000. It will use the Inspire technology, as well as its own, to support the…

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“We're No. 1″

DexOnline.com was the No. 1 IYP site within its region in 2004, according to consumer research firm comScore. They are not close to No. 1 outside of their region. We do not have information on how other publishers have done…

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Consumer Impact on Advertising Budget Allocation

Here's a USAToday piece that shows the potential direct line from consumer usage/behavior to advertising spend allocation. The article's about SMEs and search-engine marketing (anecdotal but instructive). Where the consumers are found the advertisers will follow--eventually. This is why IYP…

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How to Summarize a Meeting

Subject: bear stearns media conference - one line summary Advertising perspectives from our Media Conf - from A. Quadrani. Surprising amount of consistency from both ad buyers and sellers which suggested the ad market is healthy but dollars being dispersed…

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Become: Product Review Search

There wasn't much mainstream press fanfare (just a couple of pieces) about the launch of self-described next-generation shopping search engine Become.com (you have to register to use the beta). Behind it are the folks that started MySimon, which has been…

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Tired of Hearing about Google?

How about: Firefox is the new Google? (Say that like you're from the "old country.") In other words (and nevermind that full page ad in the NY Times), is Firefox demonstrating the kind of grass roots traction that made Google…

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AOL Local Getting Better and Faster

AOL's new and improved feature set for local will be on display starting today. AOL has revamped local in much the same way it stripped down and souped up its general Web search. There's lots of interesting new stuff to…

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The Changing Ear of Radio

Most every traditional medium today faces challenges from new technologies. Yellow Pages and newspapers, the primary print directional media, are being affected mostly by the Internet. Radio faces the double whammy of iPod and other portable digital audio players and…

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Search Share Erosion—Not?

Missed this one when it came out. But the NextSearchSurvey folks found that when they asked online respondents "If you were to choose one search engine out of the four major ones, which one would it be?" Eighty-seven percent of…

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Wi-Fi All Around

Very interesting story in the NYTimes today re Philadelphia becoming one big wireless hot spot. Many implications . . . There are implications for ISPs (although the regulators seem prepared to protect the economic interests of corporations vs. the public),…

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I Want My Yahoo! TV

The Interactive TV revolution€"long on hype, short on execution€"may not be "televised." It will be online instead. Yahoo!'s announcement that it will stream the full Showtime-produced "Fat Actress" is a milestone and ups the ante for Web companies doing video.…

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Eniro Tries to Right Its Ship

Eniro is a very progressive directory organization operating in several very progressive markets (including Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland) as well as some developing markets like Poland and Russia. It is probably fair to say that the company made too…

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GMail Goes Wide

Google is offering more people the chance to open gmail accounts. Formerly this was a viral affair (which was very very smart marketing). Now, Google appears to be seeking to leverage gmail as the basis for an expanding relationship between…

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More on Maps

Two interesting articles, one by Brad Stone of Newsweek on the data providers behind mapping sites/functionality. Another by the NYTimes about 3-D mapping. This is where it's going. Just wrote about maps today and we'll be covering this at Drilling…

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