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Zvents Sees 35% Growth; Touts Power of Newspaper Network

Zvents, the events lister, is reporting 35 percent year over year growth with over eight million unique visitors, largely due to its powering events for 285 local media brands, including  major newspapers and the NBC owned-and-operated TV stations. CEO Ethan…

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Implications of the Spot Runner Layoffs

Spot Runner announced that it is laying off 115 people, or less than 30 percent of its staff. It confirmed that a big chunk of the layoffs are coming from its local sales division, formerly known as Weblistic. Company officials say…

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Microsoft Live Search Redesigns Home Page

This just in: Microsoft's flagship search engine unveiled a new home page interface that will include rotating background images with embedded "hot spots" that direct users into various vertical searches when moused over. This is essentially a visually driven discovery…

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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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More Musings on Microsoft and Yell

There has not been all that much fresh coverage of the rumor, reported earlier this week, that Microsoft may acquire Yell Group, the U.K.-based international publisher with operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain and Latin America. We have…

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Does Microsoft Want Yell?

Reuters is reporting a rumor that Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer has set his sights on Yell Group as his next acquisition target, which has led to a bump in Yell's share price. We don't know if this is true. It is,…

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Seattle Times Co. Launches ‘Network Search’

One big takeaway from the NAA Marketing show last week in Orlando was that newspapers are ready to build up a zillion niche products that allow them to leverage their editorial talents. But not much progress, or even attention, is…

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