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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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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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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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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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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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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The Verticalization of Local Search III

Following up on last week's post, here is an in-depth Search Engine Watch article that echoes some of the benefits of vertical search. Search Engine Land meanwhile profiles online travel site SideStep, which puts some of these benefits into action.…

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Change Happens

The Kelsey Group's basic business has always been about the impact of new technologies on local media companies and small businesses. It is one thing to discuss this in the abstract and something else to read in The New York…

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Placeblogger: Geotargeted Blog Search

I'm a bit late on this but LostRemote and Search Engine Watch report on the launch of blog directory Placeblogger. The site is backed by the Center for Citizen Media, whose executive director is prolific blogger and Drilling Down on…

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Newspaper News Bits II

Following up on yesterday's post about merging online and print newsrooms, here is an interesting piece from newspaper industry expert and Editor and Publisher columnist Steve Outing. He warns that strategies in integrating online and print news operations should even…

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Mobile Local Search Enhancements From MapQuest

MapQuest announced today that it will enhance its MapQuest Mobile product and make MapQuest Navigator available on BlackBerries from Sprint and Nextel. MapQuest Mobile is a mobile local search platform available on any cellphone, which requires only a free download.…

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What Are Your Top Online Products?

The always influential Michael Arrington at TechCrunch lists the top online products (I hesitate to use the term "Web 2.0") that he can't live without. It's interesting to skim the list and see his reasons for these picks. Though I'm…

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Click-to-Call: A Case Study

MarketingSherpa has a case study of Jenny Craig's integration of click-to-call. Like many local service oriented businesses, the nationally oriented diet product powerhouse relies on phone calls to drive sales. This need applies differently in different categories, but many local…

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Newspaper News Bits

A few interesting developments have come out of the newspaper world over the past few weeks. As we reported last week, The Wall Street Journal offered the print paper and online access for free all day yesterday. The paper has…

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