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Craigslist CEO Goes Off on CNN’s Amber Lyon
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Craiglist CEO Jim Buckmaster wrote a feisty blog post aimed at CNN’s Amber Lyon. It begins:

I see you’ve now gotten around to requesting an interview with me or a company spokesperson, 90 days after you ambushed our namesake and founder, Craig Newmark, following his May 20th talk on veteran’s affairs and other issues unrelated to craigslist, at a conference in Washington.

MapQuest Lets You Send Locations To Your Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury
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AOL’s MapQuest announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company today, in which MapQuest users will be able to search for destinations from the MapQuest site, and send them directly to their Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury vehicles (so long as they are equipped with the SYNC Traffic, Directions and Information service).

Mapquest Continues Improving New Design
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Mapquest recently rolled out a complete redesign, but it didn’t stop there. This week, the site made some additional adjustments, such as Full Map View and zoom via mouse scroll.

With Full Map View, users can now collapse the left pane to view a map that’s as wide as the browser window. "This is a great option for those of you that are visual and like to see as much map as possible," says Mapquest’s Ann Koerner.

MapQuest Greatly Expands Coverage of Live Traffic

MapQuest announced that it has expanded its live traffic coverage. It now includes over a quarter-million miles of roads in major North American cities.

MapQuest is now including "key" arterials and city streets. The goal of this is to provide users with more information to make better decisions about alternate cross-town routes.

MapQuest Makes Improvements to Route Planner

MapQuest announced that it has enhanced its Route Planner product with some new features. Route Planner is a tool that lets users plan trips that include up to 26 stops, giving the quickest route and most efficient order for those stops.

MapQuest Rolls Out New Look

AOL’s MapQuest has introduced a new look and feel that goes beyond maps and driving directions and focuses more on local search.

Starting today users can opt in via a link to try out the new MapQuest. The new redesign will replace the old version of MapQuest in about a month.

Why MapQuest Should Be Considered in Your Local Marketing Mix
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I don’t think too many people will dispute the fact that location is buzz topic of 2010 so far within the online marketing industry. Big players in this space include Foursquare, Gowalla, Twitter, Facebook (soon), and of course Google.

As reported earlier this week, Google noted that a third of its searches via the mobile web pertain to some aspect of the searcher’s local environment, and that they think of location as a "hugely important signal".

Driving Traffic with MapQuest and its New Search Engine
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Local business search is becoming more of an area of great focus by search providers as time goes on. Google, especially, has been working overtime on providing new features that can help users find local businesses of interest. AOL’s MapQuest has been working on improving its own business search functionality, which we talked to the company a little about.

MapQuest Gets its Own Street View
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AOL’s MapQuest has announced the launch of "360 View," a feature that may remind Google users of Google Maps Street view. For now, it’s available for 30 cities and 13 suburbs in the United States, with more on the way.

"We have studied our industry, gleaning tidbits here and there, and polled our customer base in creating a simple, easy-to-use interface that fits seamlessly into the MapQuest mapping experience you have come to know and understand," says MapQuest.

MapQuest Launches Navigator iPhone App

Update: MapQuest has now issued a pricing update on the official blog:

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Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

PC

Mobile mapping portals continue to grow in popularity, but PC-based mapping sites continue to attract more visitors, according to a new report from ABI Research.

The report found that the Asia-Pacific region is currently lagging behind North America and Europe, but it is on track to surpass both regions by 2013 with 245 million visitors, driven by the growing popularity of local Chinese portals Sohu and Baidu.

MapQuest Launches Missing Children Widget
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AOL’s MapQuest has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to launch a new widget on MapQuest Local that includes missing child alerts and information from NCMEC.

AOL Launches Site Focused On Famous Landmarks
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AOL has launched a new site focused on the location of famous pop culture landmarks from music, film and television.

Where It’s At, features photos and background stories on why the landmarks are famous. The site is powered by MapQuest and allows users to submit landmarks that are not already included on the map.

Hitwise Puts Google Maps In Front Of MapQuest
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It took a couple of months, but most of the important traffic-tracking companies are now in agreement: Google Maps is more popular than MapQuest.  Hitwise is the latest source to confirm this standing.

Fresh Hitwise info puts Google Maps in the lead starting earlier this month.  As of Saturday the 11th, its win still wasn’t overwhelming (compare market shares of 39.38 and 39.14 percent), but the lines representing the two services seem to have been on pretty fixed paths as of late.

Google Maps To Catch MapQuest By End Of The Year

Even with the strong growth of portable navigation devices, online mapping sites remain popular for trip planning, local search and written direction.

The current global number of 300 million unique visitors is expected to grow at annual rate of 15 percent in the coming years, according to ABI research.

In the U.S. MapQuest and Google are competing for market leadership, leaving Yahoo Maps and Microsoft Live Search Maps trailing.

MapQuest Adds New Feature To Its Mobile Service

AOL’s MapQuest has added a new feature to its MapQuest 4 Mobile, called My Places.

My Places allows MapQuest users to save maps and routes to their profile from the MapQuest site and access them on MapQuest.com or their mobile phone. MapQuest 4 Mobile is a free downloadable application.

My Places allows users to set up an account on the MapQuest site and view their saved locations using MapQuest 4 Mobile. Users can view their saved locations either on their mobile or their PC.

comScore Gives Google Maps January Win
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Don’t be surprised if members of the Google Maps team start to favor comScore over competing traffic-monitoring companies.  comScore may have just helped them secure some bonuses by putting Google Maps ahead of MapQuest in terms of unique visitors.

Google Maps Comes Close To Catching MapQuest
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While Google remains dominant in search there is one area it has not been able to take the top spot.

Hitwise has an interesting analysis about how Google Maps was close to catching MapQuest in share of U.S. Internet visits a few weeks ago.