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Google Distributes MTV Content

Google will start distributing video clips from MTV Networks shows as a source of content and revenues for its video affiliate partners. The deal includes 100 hours of programming, including "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," "SpongeBob SquarePants" and MTV's…

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Alpha Networks Rolling Out Google Talk Wi-Fi Phone

Taiwan-based Alpha Networks is planning to mass produce a Wi-Fi mobile phone that includes Google Talk functionality. According to Alpha Networks CTO Tim Kang, "In addition to its voice functionality, Alpha Networks' first Google Talk-enabled WiFi phone will also support…

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Intel Continues to Push WiMax Standard

Intel is in discussions to build a new broadband network with Woosh Wireless in New Zealand. Recently, Intel invested $A37 million in a Sydney-based wireless company called Unwired. Intel's investments in WiMax networks are part of a larger strategic initiative…

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Yahoo! and Canaan Invest in India

Yahoo! and Canaan Partners have invested US$8.6 million in BharatMatrimony, a group of India-based wedding, lifestyle and vertical search sites. This is the first investment in India by both Canaan and Yahoo!. Canaan was an original investor in Match.com in…

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Marchex Launches MyZip.com

Seattle-based Marchex today announced the launch of MyZip.com, which will implement the company's existing 75,000-plus ZIP code Web sites. Marchex will position MyZip.com as a destination for local directional content and information and as the umbrella brand around its individual…

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Google Partners With MySpace

Google today announced that it will pay $900 million to be the exclusive paid search provider of MySpace. Yahoo! previously provided its search platform to run ads throughout the MySpace network. Fox Interactive Media will integrate Google paid search throughout…

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IYPs Adding Info by Neighborhood

Verizon SuperPages and YellowPages.com have signed with UrbanMapping.com to license technology that will enable them to show listings by neighborhood name. The IYPs currently only show geo-information by city name or ZIP code.Sorting directory info by neighborhood names sometimes makes…

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Grads Not Heading to Local Media (or Reading it)

It scares me too, but typical communications grads aren't necessarily news junkies, according to a newly released annual survey of new communications grads by The University of Georgia. Even though grads aren't especially big consumers of news in any medium,…

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TPI a Done Deal for Yell

Yell's acquisition of the Spanish publisher TPI was made official earlier this week. Here is the statement from Yell:Yell Group plc ("Yell") today announced the closing of its acquisition of the Spanish directories business Telefonica Publicidad e Informacion S.A. ("TPI")…

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Wikipedia Founder Offers Help to Yell Target

According to this article in the Guardian newspaper, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has offered an unspecified amount of financial help to U.K.-based Yellowikis, which faces a costly legal fight with Yell.Yell, the leading directory publisher in the U.K., is going…

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Multi-Channel Tourist Guide Launches in Portugal

Pginas Amarelas SA (Yellow Pages) launched a new tourist guide for Portugal in both Portuguese and English. A total of 220,000 copies have been printed of the complimentary guide and distributed to 1,500 distribution outlets. The guide maintains a tourism-related…

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AOL Plans Work Force Reductions

Jonathan Miller informed employees that AOL will eliminate 5,000 of 19,000 positions, or about 25 percent of its workforce. The reductions will take place over the next six months as the company focuses on advertising instead of dial-up subscriptions. A…

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Google and AP Strike Content Licensing Deal

Google has entered an agreement to compensate the Associated Press for stories and photographs. Google suggested that the content will become the basis of a new product that will launch in the next several months. The as-yet-undefined product will complement…

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Windows Live Spaces Has Bumpy Start

The upgrade of the popular MSN Spaces, renamed Windows Live Spaces, had a bumpy start. According to the official blog: "We know we disappointed a bunch of you with the issues we had in our rollout last night. There was…

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Shift in CareerBuilder Stake Ends Equal Role of Papers

McClatchy's acceptance this week of a reduced share in investments held by Tribune/Knight Ridder/Gannett (TKG) marks the end of a noted newspaper partnership among heavyweights. Under the deal, Tribune and Knight Ridder exercised their rights to buy out Knight Ridder's…

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Interchange Reports Second-Quarter 2006 Results

Revenues increased 7 percent over first-quarter 2006 (or $200,000 better than guidance) to $3.4 million. Local search revenues were $1.7 million for the second quarter, representing growth of 46 percent (or $100,000 better than guidance) versus the previous quarter. The…

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