Yahoo! has started a beta trial of paid-for search results on its mobile internet service in the UK and US.
The launch, starting with a group of just under 100 advertisers, forms part of the portal’s plan to extend pay per click services to mobiles.
has expanded its ‘Gadgets’ programme by allowing its mini-web applications to be added to independent websites and pages.
The company has launched a gallery where users can browse through the 1000-plus widgets, which include games, calendars and weather reports.
Google boss Eric Schmidt gave the Tories a glimpse of the internet's future today, including a suggestion for the party restructure itself to become more creative.
Eric T. Peterson is a veteran of web analytics and author of Web Analytics Demystified, Web Site Measurement Hacks and The Big Book of Key Performance Indicators.
He spoke to us about how Web 2.0 features and concepts are shaking up the measurement space, the need for standards and the implications for site owners and advertisers.
Yahoo! is planning to give free access to code for its Mail service in a bid to encourage mash-ups and independent application development.
The move, which will happen later this year, was announced as part of a ‘Yahoo! Hack Day’ aimed at helping programmers to build apps using the portal’s various services.
A study by
, focusing on the US, has shown an increase of over 40% in the number of users performing local searches online in the last year.
According to the research, 63% of US internet users (around 109 million people) performed a local search during July, a 43% increase over the same month in 2005.
has struck a blow in its online ad war with Google with the launch of a set of services that firms can use to target consumers via PCs, game consoles, mobiles and PDAs.
Announced at Advertising Week, ‘Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions’ brings the company’s ad products and services under a single umbrella, assisting firms that want to reach customers across different digital platforms at a time when media continues to fragment.
Research firm eMarketer has forecast that growth in US online ad spending will slow slightly this year as due to weaker consumer spending and as the market matures.
A report by the firm predicted internet ad revenues would rise 26.8% to $15.9bn this year – a move that may calm some fears in the industry after Yahoo!’s warning sent shares tumbling last week.
has released an interesting study that indicates paid search is only slightly more effective than optimisation when it comes to conversion rates.
The research, which focused on 20 major B2C sites over the first eight months of this year, basically suggests that neither paid or organic search advocates are right to claim their methods are better.
Newspaper and book publishers have announced a new tagging system which they hope will wrestle back control over content distribution from news aggregators and search engines.
The Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) technology, launched by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and various other groups, aims to calm publishers’ fears that they are getting a bad deal when their content is indexed online.