InsiderPages Acquisition is Set

Techcrunch published a report today that InsiderPages, the review site that has been actively shopped for some time, may have found a buyer for more than the $8.5 million it raised last March from Sequoia and Softbank Capital. I would speculate that possible purchasers are CitySearch, Yellowpages.com, or RH Donnelley. Theoretically, Yellowpages.com and RHD would have the … Read more

L.A. Times Admits Online Errors, Vows Change

The LA Times Online will roll out two new, ecommerce-oriented verticals in the midst of a ripping internal report that says the paper’s online strategy is nowhere near where it needs to be for the paper to have a future, according to an article by James Rainey in today’s paper. The verticals are a new SoCal-focused travel website and … Read more

OJR’s Poor Report Card for Community Nets

Community networks, or “we networks,” are so poorly used that they tend to really be “me networks.” That’s the gist of a new article in Annenberg’s Online Journalism Review by Tom Grubisch, who revisits the subject a little more than a year after first looking into it. The review of sites is a little scattershot. It doesn’t mention some … Read more

Insider Pages Bets It All on Pay-Per-Call

InsiderPages, IdeaLabs’ women-oriented social network that collects user-generated reviews for local businesses, says it now has “thousands of pay-per-call advertisers” and “is probably the biggest” pay-per- call network. In an interview with The Local Onliner, Vice President of Product Andrew Shotland, wouldn’t comment on rumors that the company is in talks to be acquired , … Read more

Judy’s Book: Self-Serve Doesn’t Work, Other Lessons

Judy’s Book co-founder Andy Sack posts very candidly about the difficulties of launching a review/IYP site. Sack, who also founded Abuzz, one of the original review sites, and worked on Firefly, knows something about this subject by now. Founded in 2004 at around the same time as Insider’s Pages, which just changed CEOs, Judy’s Book claims one million unique visitors; a … Read more

Yelp Adds Mobile, Partners with Palm Treo

Yelp, a social network/Yellow Pages hybrid, has launched a mobile version for the Palm Treo as part of a broader marketing relationship between the two companies. Terms are not being disclosed, but cash and tech support have likely been provided in exchange for Yelp’s “optimizing” for the Treo, and for advertising the Treo relationship on the Yelp … Read more

Tribe.Net in Talks with NBC

Tribe.net is in talks to besold to NBC (corrected from earlier version). The sale marks the official end of an era for a service that at one time, was determined to bring Friendster-like social networking to the local level via various city “tribes” run by newspapers, who wanted to piggy back a Craig’s List-like service on top … Read more

Alphabet’s Waterfront Project in Toronto Runs into Turbulence

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has run into turbulence on the way towards the creation of a dramatic new waterfront neighborhood in Toronto. The project may still get a greenlight, but tech players hoping to leverage the next wave of urban development would do well to note its problems as a case study. Tech players, of course, are envisioning … Read more

Santa Clara Square: New Ways to Leverage ‘Micro Location’

Malls, college campuses, office parks, stadiums, public transit hubs and other complex real estate are hard to get around and find things. GIS-based technologies such as searchable map kiosks, ad-sponsored WiFi and card linked promotions are helping. They supplement Google Maps. Basic things remain a challenge, however, like finding your ride share driver in the … Read more