Google launches 'Universal search'

Google is to combine results from its various search engines, in an attempt to provide more relevant information for users. 

The web giant has altered its home page, and will start integrating content from images, maps, books, video, and news into its search results.


How will Google's CPA offering affect agency pricing models?

There are a number of different pricing models for agencies running paid search campaigns in the UK and it is just possible that Google's cost-per-action (CPA)adverts could bring about changes.

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Pipl - a people search engine

Pipl is a new search engine for finding people, generating results from parts of the web that other search engines cannot reach.



Slow downloads 'hold back' online VOD services

Downloading speeds and reliability are holding back uptake of video on demand 4oDservices, according to a new survey.

The survey, commissioned by content delivery network provider CacheLogic and carried out by YouGov, asked 2,400 UK adults about their attitudes to online VOD.


Mobile internet use rises

5.7m people in the UK used a mobile device to access the internet during January 2007, according to new figures. 

The study by comScore and Telephia compared mobile internet usage in the UK with that in the US and found similar levels of mobile web browsing in both countries.  


'Open-source brands' can thrive in the digital age

Ogilvy Group's Rory Sutherland made an entertaining keynote speech this morning at the Insight 2007 conference, describing how brands 'on a clear mission' are the most likely to prosper in the digital environment.    


Pocket-lint launches gadget IPTV channel

Gadgets news and review website Pocket-lint has teamed up with Flawless media to produce, an online IPTV channel dedicated to gadgets.

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Job search is latest .mobi launch

Recruitment agency PFJ has launched a version of its job search platform for mobile phone devices.

The new website is available on the .mobi top-level domain at and allows handheld users to interrogate the company's database of vacancies.


Daily Mail launches travel website

The Daily Mail has launched TravelMail, a new site that provides reviews, user-generated content, and a booking service for holidays, flights and car hire.

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RobotReplay, TapeFailure join visual metrics new-wave

Web 2.0 developers have launched the latest in a growing line of visual usability and metrics tools.

Nitobi has rolled out RobotReplay and TapeFailure has also released its product; both allow website owners to play back video recordings of visitors' browsing sessions.


Lessons learned from around Europe

Across Europe, marketers have successfully overcome their particular challenges in email marketing by understanding how people use digital communications and by looking at the extent to which the internet has been adopted.

In the UK, writes Antonio Ferrara, we can take valuable lessons from these approaches to develop strategies that can help us gain the trust and attention of audiences.


MySpace announces new video channels

MySpace has announced the launch of branded video channels, having concluded deals with some big name content providers. The videos will be featured in a new section within MySpace Video.

Deals have been done with content owners including National Geographic, Reuters, IGN and The New York Times. The focus, for the moment at least, is on news and lifestyle content.