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10 Takeaways on Mapping from Where 2.0

1. Maps are the height of the data pyramid. Once they’re populated, everything else (i.e. local search) gets easier. 2. 3D CityScapes are a big part of the future, and will drive new types of ecommerce. This is the expensive…

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NearbyNow: TXT Promoter Eyes 110 Malls

The success of American Idol’s TXT messaging voting has gotten women shoppers thinking of it as a major media guide, or so claims NearByNow Founder Scott Dunlap, who is pushing hard to provide TXT promotions to malls around the U.S.…

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CBS Joins the Social Networking Scene

Summary CBS announced today that it has acquired London-based social networking site Last.fm for $280 million. The site claims about 15 million monthly users (4 million in the U.S.) and hangs its hat on music video distribution – thought to…

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Where 2.0: The ‘3D Data Arms Race’

Here at O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, an annual event for 800+ mashup developers, there’s no perspective yet on the importance of maps to the local ecosphere. But a picture is developing of a “3D Data arms race,”…

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The MapQuest Survey of Online Mapping Demand

Amidst all the whiz bang mapping apps showed off at Where 2.0, MapQuest Gm James Greiner brought everything back to Earth with a survey showing that just 42 percent of Internet users use mapping sites, and relatively light penetration of…

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Palore: ‘Forget Listings, I Want Just One Thing’

We’re all guilty of feature creep. A lot of the stuff isn’t especially useful. Now comes Palore. When it comes to directory listings, Palore believes hardly any of the info is useful. In fact, consumers want to know just one…

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IAB Releases 2006 Ad Revenue Report

Summary The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released their annual Ad Revenue Report yesterday. Though there were increases in many online ad categories compared with 2005, it's interesting to note that nearly every one declined in percentage of…

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Spotzer Pursuing Multiple Formats for SME Video

Spotzer CEO founder Andrew Klein makes no bones about being inspired by SpotRunner, the break-through company that broke out last year by making it easy for small businesses to produce video and place it on local media. Spotzer is pretty…

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Knight Foundation Injects Lots of Cash in Hyper-Local

It’s nice when a foundation puts itself in the middle of what’s happening, and uses its money to inject a little bit of the consumer’s interest in a commercial world. It’s a win-win. Most foundations, of course, don’t actually do…

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Welcome to the New TKG Blog

You may have noticed we made some enhancements to the blog. These are part of an ongoing process to evolve the blog in various ways. You'll continue to see changes in both form and function over the coming weeks, as…

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ShopLocal Zeros in on ‘Unique Shopping Solutions’

ShopLocal, the shopping service owned by Tribune, Gannett and McClatchy, often gets overlooked in the glare of Amazon, eBay and the pricing comparison engines. But the service’s three networks are now getting over 200 million page views a month, which…

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