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SF Mayor Signs Opt-in Ordinance

We just learned that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has signed into law the San Francisco opt-in ordinance. Lee's signature was anticipated since the ordinance passed the city's Board of Supervisors by an overwhelming margin. The Yellow Pages industry has…

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The Day the Email Died

No, this post is not about a server crash in the cloud nor about a tragic plane crash with Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens aboard. This is about a fast-breaking social trend that's crossing the workplace/personal barrier and…

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MerchantCircle Sold to Reply for $60 Million

Reply has acquired MerchantCircle for $60 million in cash and stock in a deal that makes a big bet on SMB, vertical and social marketing. The deal, which should be completed in Q3, brings MerchantCircle’s list of 1.6 million SMBs…

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Yodle Acquires ProfitFuel, Expands Reach to SMBs

Yodle, a third-party SMB reseller, announced yesterday that it acquired ProfitFuel, a company that provides search engine optimization services to small businesses, for an undisclosed sum. David Rubin, previously CEO of Profitfuel, will now join Yodle as senior vice president…

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SignPost Focuses on ‘Deal Scouts’ for Self-Serve Deals

SignPost, an eight person New York-based deals company that has received $1 million of seed funding from Google Ventures and others, is banking on “deal scouts” to originate time-sensitive deals with local merchants and services. The company has deals available…

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Good Reading: Wired’s Take on the Decline of Auctions

Auctions have influenced a more dynamic shopping environment, but aren’t very important and have ended up as just a niche shopping format, argues James Surowiecki in the June Wired (article not posted). Even on eBay, they just make up 31…

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