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Au.to search engine beta goes public

Au.To just rolled out in public beta, as a vehicle-for-sale search engine that claims to exceed both Autotrader.com and Cars.com volume by at least 200,000 vehicles. There seem to be a number of auto sites and vendors involved in this one.  The very cool option to send  vehicle display page details to a mobile phone is an Autobytel tool, vehicle history reports are delivered by Carfax, and...

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Monster, Kalaydo partner with Kleinanzeige.focus

Earlier this week we reported (here) Kleinanzeige.focus.de, the classifieds search engine for Germany operated by news site Focus Online, was on a path of explosive growth. Feedback on our article now enables us to explain in more detail what has happened at the site since its launch about five months ago. According to a source, at launch the traffic goal for the site was two million Google...

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Merger of Local.ch and Search.ch approved

The Swiss web directory merger of Swisscom’s Local.ch and Tamedia’s Search.ch AG received the green light from the Swiss Competition Commission (WEKO). The merged entity will take Google on in Switzerland. In it’s media statement (here in German) WEKO explained, that though the merger “creates a dominant market position, it was approved, because it will not impede effective...

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Fatfish backs Seek challenger

Sydney and Singapore-based internet ventures firm, Fatfish Internet Group, has invested SD$40,000 (AUD$50,000) seed funding in online recruitment start up Nvoi, launched in November 2014 as a disruptor to market giant Seek.com. Fatfish is one of a number of investors contributing in a AUD$400,000 round of seed investment in Nvoi ahead of a planned public listing for the company this year. Nvoi is...

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Apartments.com relaunches, introduces free private-owner listings

CoStar Group, owner of Apartments.com and commercial real estate veteran LoopNet, just announced many changes to the Apartments.com website and marketing strategy, including the introduction of free rental listings for private owners.  On today’s conference call we also learned about changes to sales strategy for CoStar Group as a whole. This content is available to Classified Intelligence...

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Groupon debuts Pages, merchant reviews

The ongoing problem for daily deals veteran Groupon has been keeping enough varied inventory in its deals marketplace. During its Q4 and end-of-year 2014 earnings call Groupon CEO Eric Lefkosky announced the rollout of consumer ratings and reviews by way of its new merchant Pages on Groupon.com. Over the years, Groupon has amassed more than 20 million merchant ratings and tips from customers...

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