AgendiZe Releases Video API

AgendiZe today announced it will launch an API for Yellow Pages publishers to enhance the videos they are shooting for small businesses, and hosting on their sites. The "video to action" API lets publishers create overlays for videos that bring…

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Jivox Raises $10 Million

Self-serve video ad provider Jivox announced a $10 million round today. We wrote about the company, which lets advertisers create short ads using stock video, a few months ago. It also distributes these ads through a publisher network, which has grown…

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On How Many Sites Do SMBs Advertise?

The folks at Palore sent me a new data set they're releasing tomorrow. You might remember, the company recently changed its business model to focus on all the granular data it was scraping from local search sites. Since then it's…

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Auto Repair Site RepairPal Launches

New auto repair information resource RepairPal went live today. The site steps into an undeserved market segment by providing information about the user's specific car and its maintenance needs. One central use case, for example, is to check what a…

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Seattle Smackdown: The PI Bites Back

Following Steve Ballmer's comments last week that print newspapers will be dead in 10 years, Seattle PI columnist Bill Virgin retorts that it will be Microsoft's weakened position that is more evident. He uses Vista's weak reception, the Wii's dominance…

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The 3G iPhone and Local

Lots of talk about the 3G iPhone this week. We'll see lots of local applications developed that make use of faster speeds and GPS capability, as speculated. The $199 price tag will also make it more mainstream friendly than before.…

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Main Street Under Attack … Again

Ran across this interesting piece via Topix that was produced by the local ABC7 affiliate here in the Bay Area. The story uncovers a nervousness among local SMBs that the Internet is increasingly having an impact on their business outlook.…

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YPG-NZ Says Yellow to Mobile

Yellow Pages Group New Zealand has announced the debut of “Yellow mobile” on the Telecom and Vodafone Live! networks.  According to New Zealand’s Business to Business magazine: "Yellow Pages Group Digital Media Director Blair Glubb said Yellow mobile will complement…

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Marchex Unifies Local, National Ad Networks

Marchex has launched a new ad platform called Adhere. Essentially this brings together the company's OpenList local content network with the premium publishers in its IndustryBrains network under one PPC platform. The biggest driver for the new platform was to simplify…

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Wambolt Leaves YPG

Scott Wambolt has left his job as Yellow Pages Group's senior vice president of sales, citing a desire to "pursue other career opportunities." According to the press release announcing Wambolt's departure, YPG will move to a flatter sales organization with the three…

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Ballmer on Future of Print

In a new WashingtonPost.com video, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks on a wide variety of topics, including the future of print. “In the next 10 years, the world of media companies will be turned upside down,” he says. “There will…

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