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Mar 17 2006
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Yahoo! Local � News
Following the footsteps of Topix ... Yahoo! Launches a Local News Beta. Here's an example of San Francisco; here's New York. In New York, Yahoo! gets its news from myriad sources, not just newspapers: New York Times, Newsday, WABC 7, WNBC 4, WCBS 2, New York Daily News, WBGO-FM. In San Francisco, there are many more sources.

How long before local news shows up in Yahoo! Local itself? Not long I would imagine. (Google will probably follow suit at some point.)

So how do newspaper sites compete now that there are two aggregators offering local news (Topix is owned by the newspapers)? Newspaper sites should become news aggregators themselves. They should leverage Topix and offer their own news plus news from other publications to build out a more complete offering.
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posted by  Greg Sterling at  18:09 | comments [1] | trackbacks [0]


posted by   emad  [ ] Mar 20 2006 at 12:24
I don't really see how the newspaper sites have to compete. They essentially are the destination site.

You can go to the aggregators to find the news stories that interest you or that you are searching for. You can then click on these headlines to get the full story from the newpaper sites. Then, you go back to the aggregator to comment on it or add your two cents in the forums.

Some newspaper sites have already added their own comments/forums sections so they don't lose some of that traffic/user-provided data.

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