Author: Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton was Editor in Chief of the Econsultancy blog. He has worked in the digital industry for more than ten years.

His pet topics include UX, CRO, and ecommerce in general. Add to that mobile, SEO, ill thought-out EU laws, the use of web technology offline, email marketing and that covers quite a bit. He has written several best practice guides on ecommerce and mobile, with more to come.

He can be found prattling-on on Twitter as @gcharlton.

Mozilla releases new Firefox 2.0 to compete with IE7

Firefox 2.0 released Just a week or so after Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla has released the new version of its open source browser - Firefox 2.0 - prompting some people to suggest that the browser wars of the ninieties are back on.

Features of the new Firefox browser include phishing protection, which reports if a web site may be malicious; session saving, which restores windows or Firefox tabs if the browser crashes; improved access to Web feeds; spell checking; and search suggestions.

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Video-sharing website Travelistic launches for travellers

Internet startup Travelistic.com - which aims to be the YouTube for travellers - launched yesterday, headed up by one-time CEO and president of MTVi. 

Travelistic launches 'YouTube for travellers'

Travelistic combines user-generated video with professionally produced programming, some of which is exclusive. The self-funded company itself plans to move into content creation, with a travel-themed 'video podcast' in the offing.

Diversion Media built the website using Ruby on Rails, harnessing the Google Maps API in the process to make it easy for users to browse videos by location, in a visual way. Users can also search for videos by tags.

All in all it looks pretty good. We spoke to CEO Nicholas Butterworth to find out a bit more...

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Apple's iPod is five years old today

It is five years to the day that Apple launched the almighty iPod. The device has undoubtedly transformed the way many of us buy and listen to music. In the last five years, 68 million iPods have been sold, and the company holds a staggering 75% share of the market.

Alongside the iPod's success, its companion service iTunes now holds 88% of the legal music download market and is now more than breaking even, according to Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer.

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Amazon launches the Spam Cube in the UK

The Spam Cube is a piece of anti-spam hardware which is being launched through Amazon in the UK, designed to sit between a broadband modem and your PC/laptop, scanning incoming email for unwanted messages.

This hardware will retail at around £100, but the real question is why internet users should have to pay for hardware to deal with this problem. Isn’t this a problem which could be dealt with some other way? You know, ISPs, that sort of thing...?

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Branded sites more valuable for advertisers - OPA survey

New research from the Online Publisher’s Association claims that visitors to its member's branded content sites are more sought-after consumers than those who use portal sites, such as Yahoo.

The research, carried out by DJG Marketing using data from Nielson/Net Ratings and MRI indicates that visitors to the OPA sites bought more frequently and spent more money across several major categories including, entertainment, financial services, travel and automotive.

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Tips on online video marketing

Robin Good has some interesting tips about the effective use of video to market your products and services online. Video marketing can be excellent method of communicating the benefits of your products or services within a short space of time.

When a visitor is delivered to your site by a search engine or some other link, they will be looking for the information they require instantly. A good video demo can save them having to trawl through the site to find the information or, worse still, deciding to look elsewhere.

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The average Briton has spent £600 online so far this year

A survey by the Royal Mail has revealed that consumers in the UK spent an average of £609 online so far this year, with catalogues fuelling this spending increase.

The survey showed a link with catalogues, with 61% of consumers consulting one before making an online purchase, while 83% regularly use catalogues before buying online.

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Amazon launches new question and answer site

Amazon is about to enter into competition with the likes of Yahoo! Answers and Microsoft Q&A with the launch of a new site, Askville, which allows users to have their queries answered by other community members.

The site is still at the testing stage at the moment, and participation is currently by invitation only, as well as only being available in the US and Canada.

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Rise in profits announced by eBay

Internet auction site eBay has announced a 10% rise in its third-quarter profits, posting a 31% increase in sales, to $1.4 billion (£748.9m) in the three months up to September. The company's net income was $281 billion.

The profits rise was driven by a growth in its auctions; its payment service PayPal increased revenue by 41% over last year’s third quarter results.

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Google launches new AdWords testing tool

Google AdWords has released a new website optimiser tool for advertisers to test their landing pages, allowing them to choose the best options for their advertising campaigns.

Google announced the new service at the Emetrics Summit in Washington DC yesterday, and it will initially be available for testing to a limited number of advertisers.

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Apple to release two iPod phones?

According to Apple Insider, two new iPod–based mobile phones could be released within the next few months, initially in small quantities to test the waters.

Apple appeared to confirm such rumours last month, when they registered the trademark for the name ‘iPhone’ in the US, after months of speculation about the product.

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Universal sues video sharing sites over copyright infringement

The predicted backlash against the infringement of copyright by video sharing sites has begun, with Universal Music launching legal action in the US against both Grouper.com and Bolt.com.

Universal, whose artists include U2 and Mariah Carey, is seeking compensation of up to $150,000 for each incident of copyright infringement, as well as demanding that the sites cease using their content.

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