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The company behind directory enquiries service 118 118 saw takings fall by a fifth last year as regulators tightened the net on premium phone lines. Turnover fell to £40m in 2016, down from £49.5m the year before, according to accounts filed for parent company The Number UK.

Source: news.co.uk

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Yell has announced the final print cycle of Yellow Pages, marking the company’s full transition to a purely digital business after 51 years in print, to date. The first of the 104 final editions is being distributed in Kingston in January 2018, with the final ever edition distributed in January 2019 in Brighton, back where it all began. Alongside the shuttering of the print edition, Yell said it is committing to help a million businesses be “found, chosen and trusted by more customers online by 2020”.

Source: MobileMarketing 

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Want to make it easier for customers to connect with you?

Make sure you update your phone number in online directories. It turns out these are found to be the most popular means to obtain contact numbers.

That’s according to new research by National Cellular Directory, a Minneapolis-based information commerce search engine.

Source: Small Business Trends

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While you were worried about net neutrality this summer, an artificial intelligence company named HiQ got itself tangled up in a legal battle with LinkedIn. The Microsoft owned social media platform this June demanded HiQ, an AI startup, cease and desist scraping data from its website. HiQ took LinkedIn to court over it earlier this month and won.

Source: The Next Web

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Two huge pieces of news today from Yelp, the company that shows up first in your Google search for a restaurant: first, GrubHub is acquiring food delivery service Eat24 from the company in a big partnership for $287.5 million; second, the company reported its second-quarter earnings… and they look pretty good.

Source: TechCrunch

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