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Author: David Moth

David Moth

David Moth is Social Media Manager and Blog Editor at Econsultancy. 

64% of UK consumers would pay to stream films online

Almost two-thirds of UK consumers are willing to pay to stream films online, while 30% would pay for TV shows.

But statistics from KPMG’s Media and Entertainment Barometer show that the willingness of consumers to pay for streamed TV is still yet to take off in the UK, increasing just 3% between September 2010 and October 2011.

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Google Hotel Finder now shows results based on travel time

Google has added a new feature to its Hotel Finder that filters hotels based on their maximum travel time from a location or landmark.

For example, you can ask to be shown all the hotels that are within 20 minutes travel time by public transport from Hyde Park.

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Zynga sets its sights on online gambling

Zynga has confirmed that it plans to move into online gambling.

The games company said earlier today that it is in talks with potential partners about adding real money gambling to its current range of freemium games.

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Expedia launches crowdsourced deals

Expedia has launched a new crowdsourced deals feature on its US site.

Last-Minute Deals automatically identifies the best deals found by other travellers for hotels rooms and flights. It is done anonymously in the background so doesn’t require any additional action by Expedia customers.

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SOPA debate looks set to rage despite blackout protests

On Wednesday several major websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, took their services offline in protest at the proposed SOPA bill.

For Wikipedia, the self-imposed blackout actually had the affect of increasing traffic as people logged on to see what the fuss was about.

In a nutshell, SOPA is an attempt to crackdown on internet piracy by shutting down sites that host copyrighted material.

Opponents say that it goes too far, as sites that link to other sites that host pirated material can also be shutdown, and threatens free speech.

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China fast approaching 1bn mobile connections

China is on track to surpass 1bn mobile connections in Q1 of 2012, with market penetration currently estimated at 72%.

The latest data from Wireless Intelligence shows that China ended 2011 on 973.7m connections, an increase of around 16% year-on-year.

The growth has largely been driven by 3G connections, which surpassed 200m in Q4 and accounted for 22% of the total by year-end.

In 2011 3G accounted for 80% of new connections in China, an estimated 26.8m out of a total of 34.2m.

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What can we learn from Kodak's demise?

Yesterday it was confirmed that Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York; the final chapter in a long and painful fall from market dominance in the 1980s.

This humiliating 'Kodak moment' came about largely because the camera brand failed to embrace digital technology.

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Foursquare adds menu details to restaurant pages

Foursquare has added another new feature to its desktop service – restaurant menus.

The update, which uses technology from start-up SinglePlatform, adds 13m food items from 250,000 restaurants in major US cities.

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PayPal launches new mobile payment system in Home Depot

PayPal’s mobile payment system has gone live at 51 Home Depot stores in the US.

The eBay-owned company has also reported that its mobile payment volume reached $4bn in 2011.

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Facebook launches 60 new timeline apps

Facebook has launched new timeline apps through Open Graph, offering users another way of sharing what they are doing with friends.

As part of the announcement last night it launched 60 new apps from brands such as Ticketmaster, Pinterest and TripAdvisor.

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Mobile accounted for 12% of December's paid search clicks in the UK

Mobiles and tablets accounted for 12% of all paid search clicks in the UK during December, according to new data from Marin Software.

This represents a 49% increase in click share as a percentage of the total since October.

The Quarterly UK Online Advertising Report found that, over the same period, spend share of mobile and tablet devices increased by 29% to a 7.5% share of overall search spend.

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Doritos Super Bowl ad chosen by a Facebook vote

Doritos’ Super Bowl ads will be created by the public again this year, with the overall winner chosen by a Facebook vote.

The Pepsico brand has used user generated ads during the Super Bowl several times since 2007, and the ‘Crash The Super Bowl’ commercials have proven to be extremely popular.

Doritos ads came joint first and fourth in the 2011 USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter.

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