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Window shopping gets literal on the high street

I've been watching this story about Polo Ralph Lauren's ever-so-literal 'window shopping' for the past week, wondering if most people were thinking just what I was thinking.

Supposedly inspired by Spielberg's film adaption of Minority Report, Ralph Lauren has come up with a hybrid touch-screen shop window, where passers-by can shop by touching the window and selecting the items they see in the window.

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Google Maps launches printable coupons scheme

Get some, get some – Google Maps is inviting local business owners to add their company listing to its maps alongside a printable coupon, which can be redeemed offline by consumers.
The move, a push to increase listings and increase reach among SMEs, is interesting not least for the offline focus.


WPP buys into social media firm

WPP has made its second foray in a month into the social media space with the purchase of a stake in reputation monitoring company Visible Technologies.

The ad giant said it had agreed to buy a quarter of the Seattle-based firm and entered into an option to acquire a further 26%.

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Group calls for AOL search data probe

A consumer rights campaign group has called for a US government investigation into AOL's recent release of customer search data.

Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said AOL should be ordered to reveal more details about its publication of 650,000 users' search queries on the web.


Netvibes gets new cash injection

In another indication of growing interest among VCs in Web 2.0 outfits, Netvibes has raised US$15 million in a round of financing led by existing backer Index Ventures.

The Paris and London-based start-up, which claims to have recruited five million users of its customisable Ajax home page, plans to use the funding to help it take on rivals such as Microsoft's Live.com and Pageflakes.

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Myspace to sell Fox video content

Twentieth Century Fox is planning to use Myspace and other News Corporation websites to sell its movies and TV shows.

The move will see Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation, marketing its content on the gaming download site Direct2Drive from October.


UK Web 2.0 lack of startups

If you’re interested in the Web 2.0 scene in the UK, then you should take a look at Richard MacManus’ post, which gives a good run down of the local UK Web 2.0 scene, discussing some of them in a bit more detail.

I’ve looked at why the local scene is not as active, and offered one or two solutions that might ring true with a few people...

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Disney pulls UK mobile service for families

Disney has delayed the launch of a ‘family-friendly’ mobile service in the UK, according to The Sunday Telegraph .

The media giant announced in April that it would launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) using capacity on O2’s network, similar to its existing service in the US.

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AOL keyword suggestion tool published

SEO Scoop has pointed out a keyword suggestion tool that has now been set up, based around the search data infamously published by AOL a couple of weeks ago.

The tool estimates the volume of searches for different keywords on the three biggest engines, based on their market share and the number of queries contained in AOL’s data.

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Microsoft recruits users for Xbox games

Another sign of big players' growing interest in user-generated content has come with Microsoft’s announcement of game development tools for the Xbox 360.

The software, called XNA Studio Express, will enable amateur developers to create their own games and share them via the Xbox Live online service.

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PPC Management Software Firms – Feeling Nervous?

Over the last few days I have been learning about the new pay per click management tools that Yahoo! Search are soon to launch and the already live Google Adwords Editor in BETA.


Web 2.0 to have high impact, says Gartner

Analyst group Gartner has included mashups, Ajax and other elements of Web 2.0 in a report that predicts which key technologies are likely to impact on businesses over the next decade.