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Zillow Starting to Add Realtor Reviews

On average, people only move every six years or so. So there isn’t likely to be as strong a list of reviews of real estate agents as there is for pizza. But that hasn’t stopped Zillow from adding reviews of…

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The Washington Post Unveils Service Alley

The Washington Post continues ramping up its vertical strategy, launching Service Alley to provide leads for home and trade professionals. The site, which is a standalone and not directly linked to Washingtonpost.com, follows the launch of other Post verticals, such…

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Goby: Go Mobile (and Go Social), Event Marketers

Local consumers are looking beyond pure search when they are looking for family fun. That’s the unmet need that Boston-based Goby.com is trying to meet in its 350-category, events and family fun search site. The site is now reaching 500,000…

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Goby: Go Mobile (and Go Social), Event Marketers

Local consumers are looking beyond pure search when they are looking for family fun. That’s the unmet need that Boston-based Goby.com is trying to meet in its 350-category, events and family fun search site. The site is now reaching 500,000…

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Gannett’s Planet Discover on the Evolution of IYPs

When it was launched in 2004, Gannett’s Planet Discover was a pioneer in local search and later, the development of local online marketplaces. But it has lately had a lower profile, dating to a temporary mid-2007 mandate to focus on…

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Google Launches Places iPhone App

Google is out with a dedicated iPhone app for Places. The app is built around local categories presented in a Grid -- not unlike Facebook's ubiquitous app or the iPhone home screen itself. The category browsing also makes it more…

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ViPhone: Bring On the Parodies

Who can forget Jon Stewart's rant on Antennagate, or last week's Facebook Flaming. "The Daily Show" has a way of putting some of the ridiculous events in the tech world into perspective. The latest of course is yesterday's Verizon iPhone…

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Triton, Deal Current Launch Deal a Day for Radio Stations

The interrelationship of daily deals with TV and radio stations and newspapers intrigues us with potential. While not a big factor, traditional media companies can parlay their brand name, promotional power, sales forces and Web sites to reach new merchants…

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Local.Com Buys Group Buying Start-Up

Local.com, which recently introduced an integrated coupon and sales platform as part of its relaunch, has announced that it will enter the group buying/deal-a-day space via the acquisition of iTwango, a Los Angeles-based start-up that launched in October. The company,…

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Talkin’ ‘Tags’ With Yext CEO Howard Lerman

As my colleague Jed Williams has previously written, Yext’s Tags initiative is a big one, going up against Google Places with a broad (and "open") network of 20 participating Internet Yellow Pages and online directory sites, including AOL’s MapQuest and…

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Centro Gets $22.5 Million; Sees Big Growth in Regional Display

Centro, a pioneer in local online ad placement for national marketers, has received $22.5 million in equity financing from FTV Capital. The money will go toward expanding its regional sales presence and also toward software development. CEO Shawn Riegsecker tells…

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