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Wow… all change at AOL, where CEO Jonathan Miller was this week fired, as the news comes in that Weblogs Inc founder Jason Calacanis is also stepping down, seemingly in protest of Miller’s firing.
Social networking site Bebo today announced the launch of several new features in the site’s internal mail system, designed to enhance users’ ability to share content among their friends while reducing spam.
The new mail system now sorts incoming messages into two inboxes – one for personal one-to-one messages, the other for messages among groups of two or more users.
UK retail sales were higher than expected in October, with sales boosted by the growth in online shopping.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the volume of retail sales increased by 0.9% in October, higher than analysts’ predictions of 0.3%. This represents the biggest monthly rise since November last year.
Polar Rose, a startup based in Malmö, Sweden, has announced the receipt of $5.1 million from Nordic Venture Partners for its facial recognition and visual search technology.
Polar Rose’s Bloom technology uses a combination of automatic facial recognition with 3D modelling to look for photos on the Internet. In addition, Polar Rose’s image search will allow users to tag photos to improve recognition.
Research from comScore has detailed the habits of US digital music player owners, finding that they are likely to have an above-average income, and thus represent an attractive target for electronics marketers.
These consumers are more tech-savvy than the average surfer, and were found to be fans of online shopping - 49% believe online is the best way to shop, while 94% had made online purchases in the past six months.
Jason Calacanis has announced the hiring of more Netscape ‘Navigators’, and revealed he may spend up to $2.4m a year on more user-generated content for the bookmarking site.
Netscape now employs 23 of these navigators on what Calacanis calls a ‘very part-time’ basis, paying them $12,000 a year each to submit stories, lead discussions and generally do housekeeping tasks, such as closing down duplicate stories and eliminating spam comments.
New research from the Royal Mail suggests that, for those employees who like to do their online shopping from work, Friday lunchtime is the most popular time.
Of those online shoppers who have internet access at work, 65% are likely to buy during the week - and Friday afternoon at 1pm is the most popular time for one in eight.
We've just published our mega-comprehensive Paid Search Marketing (PPC) Best Practice Guide, which is going to help a lot of you to finesse your PPC strategies.
AskTheLocal is a new shopping search engine that allows users to search for products in their local area, with the intention of directing customers to the offline - rather than online - store.
The site aims to emulate the success in the US of sites like ShopLocal.com, which reached 1.8 million visits per month just a year after its launch in August 2004.We caught up with AskTheLocal co-founder Peter Abrahamson to ask a few questions about the new site...
Muhammad Saleem at The Mu Life wrote an article last week claiming that social media is more effective at disseminating news than Google News.
Muhammad’s article, ‘Why Socially Driven News is Better’ used the news of US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation as an example of social media beating Google News to a major story.
Interesting argument, but it doesn't stand up...
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has been hit with a cease and desist order by lawyers acting on behalf on YouTube.
Or so they thought…