It's still early days but things are definitely hotting up in the battle of the online checkouts.
Traditional media companies are
increasing their share of online advertising budgets
at the expense of big internet players such as Yahoo! and Google, according to research by New York-based private equity firm
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
With more 'toys' in the lab, Google could soon know what we listen to, as well as all the other information they can track (searches, clicks etc).
Will this become the ultimate marketing tool or the ultimate privacy nightmare?
Google has added interactive content from the Discovery Channel and other providers to popular geospatial software Google Earth.
The overlays can be accessed by clicking a box in the software's sidebar, and support videos, photos, RSS feeds and blogs.
If you’re watching the Web 2.0 scene in the UK then you might be interested in some thoughts on the annual d.Construct conference I attended last Friday.
Yahoo UK has officially launched its
Answers social search tool
in what the portal says its biggest ad campaign for five years.
The Q&A service, which has been in beta since April, presents user-generated answers to queries rather than algorithm-based results.
An interview with Paul Graham on TechCrunch is attracting flak from the blogosphere for the investment criteria he uses for Y Combinator.
Last week we witnessed the sale of Kiko, a well-designed Y Combinator-funded online calendar. The deal went through via eBay to an as-yet-undisclosed party, for a quarter of a million dollars. Which is a good return for Paul and the Kiko founders, but not the really big bucks that they would have seen had Google bought it. Google of course launched its own calendar app, integrated into Gmail, which prompted the Kiko sale.
So does a fire sale on eBay, albeit a profitable one, mean that Graham is any more correct when he advises startup founders not to worry about business models?
Jakob Nielsen has been making some noise this week, ostensibly to promote his new book, about the benefits of speaking in the language that can be easily understood by users.
In the Age of Google this 20-year old ‘speak the user’s the language’ usability maxim has a fresh impetus, since many users begin a web journey on a search engine, by typing in a search query.
Apple has pulled off a coup by luring Google CEO Eric Schmidt to its board of directors, in a move that was announced late last night.
Linux software maker Red Hat is quietly developing an open source portal that aggregates applications from mainstream sites such as Flickr and Rhapsody, reports
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