A Turbulent Year for the Newspaper Industry

Editor and Publisher Senior Editor Joe Strupp lists the top newspaper industry events of the past year. In related news, Scarborough Research did a relatively small sample study that shows online newspaper readers are more likely than the average Internet…

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Jason Calacanis on Social Media and Local

Search Engine Watch has a write-up of an interview between Danny Sullivan and blogging pioneer, turned AOL exec, turned VC Jason Calacanis. Last time we wrote about Calacanis, he was given the task of turning the downtrodden Netscape brand into…

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Sensis Drives Into New Vertical

The Australian directory publisher Sensis is continuing its efforts to build online destinations for key verticals. Sensis recently unveiled a beta version of CarShowroom.com.au, a site that allows comparative shopping of new cars sold in Australia, according to this report…

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U.K. Report on Yell Rate Cap Out Tomorrow

We understand that tomorrow morning the U.K. competition commission will release its final report on classified directories in the U.K. The report is expected to reaffirm the commission's earlier recommendations that the longstanding rate cap on Yell be essentially rolled…

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TrueLocal Head Jake Baillie Leaves

It is the end of the year, and the executive turntable is spinning a little faster. Today, it was TrueLocal head Jake Baillie's turn to announce his departure. TrueLocal, a spin-off from GeoSign, provides unique, local company URL information for…

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Ask.com Continues to Evolve

There has been lots of coverage throughout the blogosphere about Ask.com's new experimental search interface Ask X. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and I have to agree with most of them. As we've mentioned in the past, differentiation should be…

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Digg Adds Video, Podcasts

I'm a bit late on this news, but Digg.com started off the week with a new interface that users so far (going by anecdotal evidence) seem to really like. Part of the redesign involves the integration of videos and podcasts.…

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Attack of the Top 10 Lists

It's the end of the year, and you know what that means: top 10 time. Here are a few top 10 lists that relate to local search and online media:  Search Engine Watch breaks apart the top 10 searches…

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AOL Reshuffles

Just weeks after Yahoo! announced a management overhaul, AOL announced today that it will reorganize its corporate structure into six different divisions that will each report directly to COO Ron Grant. This is meant to clean up the communication tree…

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A Tale of Customer Service

On Tuesday, both my wife and I tried to get on Amazon.com from two separate computers. We had the same problem: We were both trying to pay for our purchases through Amazon's One-Click Service, but the credit cards that were…

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Podcast: A Conversation With Google

Following Tuesday's post on Google's efforts to bring more SMEs online, here is a recent audio interview with Google's head of SME product development, Dan Rubinstein, (click to stream the audio if you have a browser plug in for streaming…

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Where Else Can Local Search Take Us?

Online local commerce is seeping into nearly every facet of our lives. The latest: parking. ABCNews.com reports on a start-up called SpotScout.com that wishes to create eBay-style auctions for parking spots. So in busy urban areas at specific times of…

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