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eBay partners with Firefox for enhanced visibility

eBay has partnered with the Mozilla Foundation to offer a new browser extension that could bring retailers more traffic.

The Firefox Companion for eBay entered an alpha test phase, inviting help from "experienced eBay users".


Govt 'must act' to ensure super-fast broadband

The UK government must do more to ensure consumers get broadband well in excess of the speeds offered by today's packages, according to a telecoms advisory group.

Although 50% of all adults live in a home with 'broadband', according to a recent Ofcom report, the Broadband Stakeholders Group warned that current speeds will be too slow to handle the requirements of the most bandwidth-hungry businesses by 2012.

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Thomson provides PPC buying to listings customers

Thomson Directories, the local listings provider with the blue cat, is branching into pay-per-click online advertising.

Through a service called The Online Agency, it aims to simplify search marketing ad buying on Google and Yahoo! for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME).


Google Checkout launches in UK

Google has finally launched a UK version of its Checkout online payments processing platform.

The service is designed to compete with PayPal in the market to mediate customer-to-merchant transactions.

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UK drops down world spam league

The UK dropped out of the top twelve spam relaying countries in the first quarter of this year, according to security firm Sophos.

Britain now accounts for 2.2% of messages caught by Sophos’ global anti-spam network, falling to 13th position from tenth in the first three months of 2006.


Channel 4 'to launch mobile ad network'

Channel 4 could be picked to sell ads on mobile phone networks, according to reports.

The broadcaster is "in advanced talks" with T-Mobile and O2 to extend to mobile the online ad network it launched in February, NMA reports.


Microsoft 'to release' adCenter update

Microsoft will roll out a new version of its adCenter search marketing system in around a month, according to one paid search professional claiming inside knowledge.


Google's local search battle cry

Local is getting hotter by the day. More people are using search to find local businesses, and the Kelsey Group seems to report on a new potential value ($31.1bn in 2010) of the local search industry each week.

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Interview: Jay Bregman, CTO of eCourier

Jay Bregman  is one of the founders of eCourier, a hi-tech start-up targeting London's often-inefficient courier industry. It cuts costs by supporting online orders and tracking, as well as using software to automatically match couriers and customers.

We spoke to Jay about eCourier's benefits for online retailers - including potentially offering lower-cost same-day delivery.


Airline launches women-only site

In a move designed to woo more female flyers, American Airlines has launched a new website section for women only.

Women Travelers Connected offers tips on safety, information from fellow travellers and advice on saving travel time.


London attracts record overseas tech investment

London attracted a record number of investments from Silicon Valley IT firms last year, according to new data.

Think London, the agency responsible for promoting the capital to overseas investors, said 2006 saw 250 such investments, up 40% on the previous year - and technology is largely responsible.


Remarketing: the most obvious way to increase ROI?

As April arrives, it is always accompanied by the first warm weather of spring and a number of bank holidays.

As the rays of sunshine creep through, the office is looking slightly more empty than normal as people take extended weekends, and this led me to think about ways that email marketers can be more efficient in their promotions, and enjoy their bank holidays more.