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Michael Boland

Michael Boland

Senior Analyst


Articles by Michael Boland

  1. Mobile Search Discovers a New Path: mobilepeople

    The latest mobile search products have elements of push and pull that represent this interplay of local search and discovery. Those that win the land rush currently underway will balance these in the most publisher-, advertiser-, and user-friendly...

  2. TC50: Local Search Site RedBeacon Takes Top Honors

    The TechCrunch50 has concluded and the winners announced. Best in show went to local search startup RedBeacon. The site has elements of ServiceMagic and OpenTable and more can be found in the TechCrunch writeup and video of the company's demo on...

  3. At TC50: Crowd Sourcing the Neighborhood Watch

    I'm at the TechCrunch50 show where Google and Microsoft yesterday announced new visual interfaces for news and image search, respectively. Today, I'm on the hunt for interesting mobile & local companies. One that just demoed, City Sourced,...

  4. The Future of the Mobile Web: To App or Not to App?

    Improved capabilities of the Safari mobile browser in the latest iPhone have lots of implications for mobile local search. They essentially make it easier to build mobile products without having to spend time and money on native app development.

  5. Skype Dials in to Local Search

    The online phone service will spin off as an independent company next year, giving it a greater ability to redefine itself. Local search could be one way to do this, tying Skype in with a local search engine with click-to-call functionality.

  6. Getting Closer to Mobile Local Search's Day

    The year of mobile has perpetually been on the horizon, proving time and time again to only be a desert mirage. Now we're closer than ever, but the market is understandably cautious of bold claims about mobile search and location-based services.

  7. Local Search: Where's the Love?

    Local search sometimes seems like Rodney Dangerfield: It can't get no respect. But there have also been glimmers of hope for local, if you watch closely enough.

  8. The Future of Online Ads: Location, Location, Location

    Location awareness -- the concept that a device knows exactly where it is -- is changing the way mobile search works. Search applications are being developed to tap into this capability and serve more locally relevant content. The next steps will...