Small firms failing to make use of web

The majority of small businesses in the UK have yet to realise the commercial benefits of the internet, according to a new report.

The UK Online study found two thirds of British firms with fewer than ten employees have no internet connection.


Google expands PPA system worldwide

Google has expanded the pay per action (PPA) ad system it started testing in March internationally.

The move, which allows advertisers to only pay fees to Google if users complete a defined task (such as signing up for a newsletter), follows a closed beta trial in the US.

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Most annoying web words revealed

'Blog', 'netiquette' and 'cookie' are some of the most hated words the web has produced, according to a YouGov poll.

But the word most likely to make people 'wince, shudder or want to bang your head on the keyboard' was 'folksonomy' - the term for a web classification system.


Online banks 'failing to gain trust'

Internet banks have fared particularly badly in a new study that suggests the industry has lost trust from the majority of UK consumers.

The Unisys-commissioned survey found that 71% of customers do not trust their banks, while the two worst rated brands were web-based.


Social lending finds success on Facebook

Lending Club, a P2P lending community on Facebook, seems to have found some early popularity among the social network's users.

Lending Club launched when Facebook opened up to widgets on May 24th. Since then it has approved 27 loans worth over $100,000, with $212,650 in lending due to go through in the next 12 days, according to TechCrunch.


We7 announces first record label signing

Music download website We7 has struck a deal with indie record label V2 to provide content for its service.

V2 will make its back catalogue available for download on We7, including music from Bloc Party, Stereophonics and others. The label will also make tracks from new artists available on the site.


Exalead surges in French search

French search engine Exalead is now growing its user base faster than Google or any of its rivals.

The site grew its share 16.1% between April and May, while Google grew 0.4%, Yahoo! fell 7.1% and MSN was down 5.6%, according to XiTi Monitor.


Neutrogena sponsors Lonelygirl15 'branded character'

Skincare products line Neutrogena will sponsor a whole character in the popular internet video drama Lonelygirl15.

The Johnson & Johnson company has inked a two-month deal that will add to the plot a 22-year-old Neutrogena scientist who helps lead character Bree develop a serum to defeat an evil organisation known as The Order.


Tips for email landing pages

Almost 50% of people that visit landing pages from emails will abandon the site in the first eight seconds, meaning a lot of the effort marketers make to get people to click on links in emails is wasted.

Silverpop's latest email study, '8 Seconds to Capture Attention' (registration required) looks into what makes an effective email landing page by studying the landing pages from the campaigns of 150 companies.


Yahoo! snaps up sports site

Yahoo! has bought, a US site for fans of college and high school sport, for a reported $100m.

It's the first acquisition since CEO Terry Semel stepped down from his post this week to be replaced by Jerry Yang.


YouTube 'to overtake'

YouTube could overtake as the UK’s most popular entertainment site “within weeks”, according to Hitwise.

The measurement group says YouTube is rapidly closing the gap on the Beeb's flagship site in terms of share of UK visits. 

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Veoh launches web TV player

Veoh, the online video site, has launched a downloadable player for users to access its content, making the viewing experience as near to TV as possible.