Local Mobile Apps from YellowPages.com

Now you can let your fingers do the walking in a whole new way. Long the master of local, YellowPages.com has unveiled another effort to dominate local search—this time on your phones. With its new downloadable local mobile search apps, you can find the best restaurants, stores and other businesses near you.

This is delivered through a partnership with AT&T—the apps are available for not only the iPhone but 20 other AT&T devices. It looks like you may be out of luck unless you have an AT&T phone. Of course, since AT&T owns YellowPages.com, this isn’t entirely surprising.

I don’t quite get this part of the release, though:

iPhone users can now easily find local businesses and services by going to www.yellowpages.com on their Safari browser and inputting a search term or category and location.

Pilgrim’s Picks for October 30

Brrr, it’s cold. I’m wearing long pants to work for the first time in months, that’s how cold it is in Raleigh today. Still, a nice hot cup of coffee and these hot news stories, and even brass monkeys are happy.

Zillow Gets Googley with Homeowner Tools

I know that Vanessa Fox’s move to Zillow doesn’t necessarily mean she’s single-handedly responsible for any improvements to the real estate site, but the latest update sure looks like it has her touch.

As you know Vanessa was a key part of Google’s Webmaster Tools–that cool dashboard that provides a check-up on the health of your web site as it relates to Google. Now it appears Zillow is getting something very similar.

The initiative, officially launched today, will enable homeowners to "claim" their homes and correct errors or eliminate omissions displayed on a Zillow profile regarding their properties.

When that happens, Zillow takes note and those changes help the company create internal portraits of homeowners, profiles leveraged in Zillow’s new Home Direct Ads program.

Google Phone News: This Not Just in from the WSJ

My feeds were buzzing this morning over a Wall Street Journal article discussing the infamous Google GPhone. At last–I thought–if the WSJ is talking about it, then they must have something substantial to share.

Alas, my hopes were dashed.

Don’t get me wrong, for the WSJ’s audience, its "Can a Google Phone Connect With Carriers?" article is a good summary of what we’ve (you and I) have been talking about for months. But, don’t read the article expecting to find some solid new information that hasn’t already been dissected elsewhere in the blogosphere.

Still, there was one glimmer of news, and here it is…

Within the next two weeks, Google is expected to announce advanced software and services that would allow handset makers to bring Google-powered phones to market by the middle of next year, people familiar with the situation say.

Mozilla Gets 85% of Revenue from Google

Towards the end of Mozilla’s 2006 Financial statements in the section called “Concentration of Risk” it reads:

“Mozilla has a contract with a search engine provider for royalties. The contract originally expired in November 2006 but was renewed for two years and expires in November 2008. Approximately 85% of Mozilla’s revenue for 2006 was derived from this contract.”

That one source responsible for almost all their revenue was Google. Now if I could choose a partnership to rely on, Google would be at the top of my list. But there are threats – like a plugin called Adblock Plus for Firefox that blocks the very ads that generate their income.

Google Upgrading Gmail Interface

Hot on the heels of Gmail’s introduction of IMAP support comes upgrades to its interface. Google Operating System has details of what’s being rolled out and Sam Harrelson is one of the first to see the new features.

I’m seeing a few subtle and not so subtle changes in GMail tonight.

1) Quicker message loading
2) New graphics (the yellow type found in Google Reader) at the top of the screen for loading messages
3) New contacts manager which is very slick and a great upgrade
4) The ability to add an event invitation when composing or replying to messages.

Hulu Integrating with MSN, AOL

You’ve got to give the just-barely-in-time-to-be-called-an-October-launch Hulu private beta launch some credit: they’re trying really hard. With legal video sharing and embedding, they certainly have some positives going in their direction. And now they’re hoping content deals will bring their new site the traffic—and eyeballs—needed to justify it.

Hulu has partnered with MSN and AOL to provide video on a subdomain of each site. MSN TV will be showing some of Hulu’s content, including full-length television shows and movie clips. Hulu’s content is well-integrated with the rest of MSN TV’s content, but the Hulu logo appears in the upper left:

MSN Hulu screen shot

Hulu also has its own channel on AOL (with its logo in the upper left this time; via):

AOL Hulu screen shot