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Here Comes the Gphone, Part III

There is a lot of buzz today around a Wall Street Journal article (sub req.) that reveals the latest in Google's impending entrance into the mobile world. As reported in a recent New York Times article and supported in a…

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Yodle, Ambassador Rev Up Local Online Sales

When it comes to third-party local ad sales, apparently, more is the merrier -- especially with the powerful incentive of ReachLocal’s $300 million valuation. Yodle and Ambassador Internet are two of the more recent names to consider, on top of ReachLocal,…

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Zillow Integrates Ads to Home Searches

Zillow announced this morning that it will integrate a new ad targeting feature known as HomeDirect, which will serve geographically, demographically and contextually relevant ads within individual home listings. This will come in three flavors; targeting individual homes that its…

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Curbed Gets $1.5 Million

Curbed.com, the fun, well-written and insightful Web site about local real estate culture and deals, has gotten $1.5 million in new financing from Gawker Media, individuals associated with Gawker and others, such as Brad Inman. The site is the brainchild…

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Yahoo! Marketplace Head Jennifer Dulski Resigns

Jennifer Dulski, who in July took the reins of all Yahoo!’s Marketplace properties (Local, Yellow Pages, Travel, Shopping, Autos and Real Estate), has resigned to become the CEO of a new venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley. Dulski, an eight-year veteran…

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Breakfast at The (New) New York Times Building

In New York City last week, I had breakfast at the new New York Times building at 41st and Eighth Avenue. The multi-hued Renzo Piano designed effort includes a 51-story, ecologically sensitive tower (28 floors for NYT), and on the…

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Strong IYP Growth Sustains PagesJaunes

France's PagesJaunes has long been the dominant player in the country's print directory market, but in recent quarters, what was a growing business now is struggling to generate positive revenue growth. Online, however, continues to be a strong suit for…

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Yellow Pages Odds n' Ends

I've collected a number of Yellow Pages-related items over the past week or so that are worth noting. So here it goes: The Texas ad agency FKM has launched a new unit to focus on interactive Yellow Pages and related online…

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Yellow Pages Odds n’ Ends

I've collected a number of Yellow Pages-related items over the past week or so that are worth noting. So here it goes: The Texas ad agency FKM has launched a new unit to focus on interactive Yellow Pages and related online…

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San Diego Fires, My Family and the Web

A heartfelt thanks to all the people who wrote in out of concern for my family and me vis-a-vis the San Diego fires. We’re fine, and very proud of the wonderful and loving way our entire community has responded to…

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Getting More SMBs Online: A Vertical Challenge

Mr. Local SEO Andrew Shotland writes today about vertically oriented Web site development and hosting products for small businesses. This is an interesting concept because it brings together two local trends we've written extensively about: Webification and verticalization. First, with…

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RHD Plans 2008 Dividend

R.H. Donnelley announced on its third-quarter earnings call Thursday that concurrent with first-quarter earnings next year it will pay a dividend equal to 25 percent of free cash flow. The publisher took some heat recently when it used money that…

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