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An awesome WordPress 2.7 is released

Automattic, the maker of the popular WordPress open-source blogging software, made a big announcement last week - the release of WordPress 2.7.

As a WordPress user myself, this was exciting news because WordPress 2.7 is a major update.

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The Web Week in Review

It was an interesting week. As news of the debate over the possible bailout of the United States' struggling automakers captured the headlines and largely dictated the mood in the major financial markets around the world, newspaper titan Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy and the Pulitzer Prize Board decided to fully embrace online journalism.

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The information overload threat and opportunity

According to a study recently released by Yahoo, UK internet users are suffering from information overload.

As reported by the Association of Online Publishers UK, the study, which is entitled "Return on Attention," found that 70% of users "admitted to spending hours sifting through unwanted or irrelevant information."

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404 error pages, news sites and user experience

How should a website handle errors? What kind of information and messages should be presented to the user? And will a one-size fits all approach do the job?

Our own 404 page is pretty lame, so we’ve been thinking about the various ways in which we can improve things, as part of our year-long project to provide you with a glorious new E-consultancy website (due in early-2009).

I have also analysed the 404 pages of 10 of the most popular news sites, to see how other publishers are faring.

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Google indexes text from scanned files

It turns out that Googlebot’s addiction to text has reached a new level following the announcement that it can now index text from scanned documents.

By using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology the search engine can now make sense of the content of scanned documents saved as PDF files.

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Usable internal software systems – just a pipedream?

Usability as a criteria for judging internal software solutions is not only overlooked but often undervalued when compared to one of its big sisters, so called ‘cost reducing features’.

With the penetration of enterprise software throughout businesses all over the world, will we as end users ever experience user friendly internal software, to the levels to which we are accustomed with the latest ‘user centered’ web applications?

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Wired says bloggers should make like Calacanis and quit

Wired’s senior editor Paul Boutin has climbed aboard the 'blogging is dead' train, pointing to Jason Calacanis’ decision to quit blogging as a primary reason to bail out.

The article starts: “Thinking about launching your own blog? Here's some friendly advice: Don't. And if you've already got one, pull the plug.”

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Opera - most HTML code isn't standards compliant

Last week, Opera released the results of a survey conducted using its MAMA (Metadata Analysis and Mining Application) search engine.

The engine, which currently indexes 3.5m web pages, is designed to track "how web pages are structured."

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Google Trends: a means to fast search engine traffic?

There was an interesting post yesterday on TechCrunch about the use of Google Trends to drive editorial.

Apparently, a number of publishers are leveraging the data from Google Trends to find hot keyword trends, and taking advantage of the blazing speed at which Google spiders new content on blogs and content sites to produce content catered specifically to those hot keywords.

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Google adds 'click-to-buy' links to YouTube

I haven't exactly been a big fan of YouTube (and its parent, Google) but there are signs it is moving in the right direction.

On Tuesday, Google announced on the YouTube blog that it would be adding "click-to-buy" links on the pages of videos owned by the site's partners.

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CNN takes heat for Jobs rumor but who's really to blame?

Billions of dollars in market cap. Gone. In minutes.

It wouldn't be surprising to learn of Apple shareholder heart attacks after a rumor that Apple CEO Steve Jobs suffered a massive one resulted in a quick but rapid drop in Apple's stock price last Friday.

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Share your presentations online

So you have a PDF document that you want to share with the world. Or you have a PowerPoint presentation that you want to make easily accessible to your company's stakeholders.

You could upload these documents to the web in their original form but there's no guarantee that those downloading them will have all the software required.

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