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Site review: Raptr

Raptr, a social network which tracks users' gaming activity on their Xbox, PS3, Wii and PC, has just launched in public beta.

Raptr

Amongst other things, it lets you know when your friends are gaming, which is a nifty idea. I've signed up to see how it works...

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Q&A: Sift Media's Ben Heald on B2B online publishing

Ben Heald, CEO of Sift MediaThis week, we speak to Ben Heald, chief executive of Sift Media, about the challenges of B2B online publishing, including the economy, how to monetise international traffic and tackle participation inequality in social media.

We ask him about trends from audiences and advertisers, how the sector is moving forward in terms of best practices, and why his journalists are now paid on a performance basis.

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Advertisers hit Google on Yahoo partnership

Yesterday I noted that Google has stepped on a few toes while walking down Madison Avenue.

Google's threat to ad agencies, in particular, has been discussed frequently and while the company claims that it has no intention to disintermediate agencies, its actions have won it more enemies and frenemies on Madison Avenue than friends.

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Email marketing to grow by 24% in 2008

E-consultancy's latest Email Marketing Platforms Buyers' Guide reveals that the UK market for email platforms and services continue to grow, reaching £274m by the end of the year; an increase of 24% on 2007.

Economic conditions may be more difficult at the moment, but email marketing budgets look secure, as more firms use email as a retention tool.

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Should your business deploy Google Chrome?

With Google's new Chrome browser gaining lots of attention, it's inevitable that some businesses will ask whether Chrome is a suitable replacement for their browsers they currently have deployed.

Google claims that Chrome is faster and more secure than Internet Explorer and Firefox, while E-consultancy's own Graham Charlton gave it a test drive and came away with favorable impressions.

But is Chrome ready for deployment at your business? Let's take a look at the considerations.

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Site review: SkyScanner

Flights search engine Skyscanner recently launched a redesigned version of its site in beta, with the aim of making it smoother and more usable.

Skyscanner

There are plenty of travel search engines around, so how does the new Skyscanner measure up? 

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Google turns 10

This weekend, Google celebrated its 10th birthday.

In September 1998, armed with $100,000 in seed money, Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page began a journey that a decade later has seen the development of a $150bn company that employs more than 20,000 people.

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Site review: Authonomy

Authonomy, a site from publisher Harper Collins, is a social network which will allow aspiring writers to exhibit their talents online.

Authonomy

Publishers receive too many manuscripts to sift through themselves, and this seems like a good way to sort the wheat from the chaff, so how does it shape up? 

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IA: Bottom up meets top down in School of Everything

The innovative School of Everything offers a great chance to learn from others like you. 

But will its combination of user-generated and company-generated navigation help or hinder findability in the long run?

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Q&A: Kristofer Arwin of review site TestFreaks

TestFreaks, launched at the end of last year, is a consumer review site that aggregates technical information and opinions about a range of products.

It was founded by Kristofer Arwin, Magnus Wiberg and Martin Alexanderson, all of whom previously founded PriceRunner back in 1999.

We talked to Kristofer about his plans for the TestFreaks, and how he aims to make it into the world's biggest product review site...

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The Web Week in Review

While the launch of Google's Chrome web browser took up many of the headlines this week in the world of technology (and I had to include one story on the launch here), there was other interesting news.

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Using PayPal's IPN system

One of the benefits of having your own merchant account is the level of integration that it provides.

A payment gateway enables your customers to pay without leaving your website, and there is almost no limit to the ways that you can build specific functionality related to payments that makes business easier for customers and your business.

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