Google syndicated search on the horizon?

I came across an interesting post on the blog written by Garett Rogers about Google registering many variations of a "syndicated search" domain on September 15th.


Yahoo! online ad warning sees shares tumble

Yahoo!'s CFO warned of a weakening in online advertising demand yesterday, causing jitters among investors in major US internet stocks.


Michael Grade becomes Ocado chairman

BBC chairman Michael Grade has been recruited to Ocado’s board but the online grocery firm has denied it is gearing up for a stock market flotation, reports The Independent.

Starting next month, Grade will become non-executive chairman of the loss-making group, which was founded by three former Goldman Sachs bankers four years ago.


GU's Web 2.0 approach admirable but no template for all

Quite rightly, there has been a lot of talk recently about the need for businesses to understand the harder business benefits of Web 2.0 and the impact that new features and tools can have on the bottom line.

However, the man who has steered Guardian Unlimited to numerous awards (and profitability) stresses the inherent value of online innovation for a brand which is expected to be pioneering.  


Napster considers sale options

Napster has hired investment bank UBS to review its options after receiving interest from potential buyers.

The once hugely popular music-downloading service said it was considering whether to sell up or form a joint venture, with potential suitors thought to include mobile operators or media companies such as Viacom.

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Bebo's ad model: letting users decide what ads they see

Bebo are overhauling their advertising model in order to let its users choose what types of ads they see. The idea has caused quite a stir in the press and publishing community.

Is this idea misguided? Or is this the future of advertising? 

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eBay sellers promise more protests

Angry eBay store-owners have vowed to continue their fight against fee hikes after the end of their five-day protest yesterday. 

A spokesperson for the Campaign of Rebuffed Ebayers, which asked sellers and buyers to boycott the site between Thursday and Monday, said it would be arranging more demonstrations to promote eBay competitors such as Ebid, Tazbar and Amazon.


MSN exhibits great use of Ajax, good for the web

Over at Ajaxian yesterday, Michael Mahemoff gives a heads up on the latest Web 2.0 move by MSN, which sees them offer pretty much as yet unheard of Ajax driven user features for their image search. 

It’s great, but it’s also gimmicky – KISS.

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Red tape and protocol hinder web development

I have noticed a worrying shift in attitude in large companies which needs addressing.

Five or so years ago, our clients would use web analytics to continually carry out small tests on the website, measure the improvements and test again. This iterative web development process now seems to be hugely hindered by red tape and protocol.


Financial comparison site gets £5m funding

Investment group Artemis has ploughed around £5m into the upcoming mortgage comparison site mform, according to a report in The Scotsman.


Cookie deletion discrepancies take the biscuit

Vinny Lingham’s blog has carried some interesting research into cookie deletion – an area which has not been studied in depth but affects user privacy, as well as advertisers’ measurements and conversion rates.

The research will also be of great interest to affiliates who may not be getting the credit they deserve.  


Brave new internet world comes with a health warning

The rise of social networking sites and citizen journalism has been a wonderful  breath of fresh air, connecting people and ideas as well as shifting the balance of power away from established institutions back to individuals whose voices are now more likely to be heard .