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U.S. on Track to Top Mobile Net Market, Study Says – Steve McClellan, AdWeek.com Why the change? Kerr cites several reasons, including the fact that U.S. mobile carriers are rapidly building out 3G networks, which facilitate the transmission of mobile Web-based video at faster rates, something that U.K. and other European-based carriers did years ago. …

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Polo Ralph Lauren to Launch Shopping by Cellphone – Reuters News Service Polo is the first luxury retailer to launch a mobile commerce site, hoping to stay ahead of a trend that is making its way from Asia to the United States, said David Lauren, senior vice president of advertising and son of designer and …

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Does IYP market share matter?

Does the IYP/online business directory market share matter or has the battle already been decided? Has this category been relegated to just another niche search area where money can be made but market dominance is not possible? A recent press release noted that www.local.com, ranked fifth in the Business Directories online industry category. This was …

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When Will ‘Mobile Search’ Overtake the Internet? – Greg Sterling, LocalMobileSearch.net While it might take some time for mobile to pass Internet search in the US or Western Europe, in context of the entire world it’s not hard to imagine mobile search volumes exceeding the desktop Internet, in the aggregate, within 5-7 years. Google Goes Back …

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Smartphones Now Ringing for Women – Laura M. Holson, NY Times If recent history is any guide, roughly a third of the people snapping up Apple’s new iPhone are likely to tote it in a purse. In a big shift for the phone industry, women have emerged as eager buyers of not just iPhones but …

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Conversation with Universal Business Listing’s Doyal Bryant

I recently had a conversation with Doyal Bryant, one of the founders of Universal Business Listing. Universal Business Listing is attempting to establish itself as a single stop for businesses to create one listing for use across the local internet. They want to become a business resource that provides “internet fresh data” to the various consumers of …

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 Small Business Marketing Success Story: Avante Gardens – Matt McGee, SearchEngineland This interview with Cathy Rulloda is a great overview of good practices. Cathy is always at the forefront of using the internet for local marketing in the very tough florist arena and she more than holds her own. Free-411 Rolls Out Dial Directions Nationally & Jingle Goes Nationwide …

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A Technology Consortium Plans a Wireless Network – Matt Richtel, NY Times The consortium includes a disparate group of partners: Sprint Nextel, Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner and Clearwire…. They expect the network, which will provide the next generation of high-speed Internet access for cellphone users, to be built in as little as two years, …

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Apple’s Price Reduction & its stealth mobile computing initiatives

Fortune (via LocalMobileSearch) reports that Apple will be reducing the price of the iPhone by $200. As Greg points out at Local Mobile: Price Matters! The new price will drive adoption of this fully functional mobile computing device masquerading as a smart phone at a faster rate. Apple’s mobile computing strategy became very clear this …

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