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Is now a good time to buy a domain on the secondary market?

It's an experience many of us share: you think you've come up with the ideal domain name only to find that the domain name is already registered and the owner is only willing to sell it for a small fortune.

Savvy investors and speculators have made millions buying and selling domain names over the years.

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Wikipedia has 97% of the online encyclopedia market

Online collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia has a massive 97% share of internet visits among the top five reference websites, highlighting the amount of work that rivals like Britannica.com have to catch up.

Britannica.com announced some new Wikipedia-style community features last week as it attempts to make up some of the ground lost to Wikipedia. According to stats from Hitwise, it currently has just 0.57% of US internet visits to the encyclopedia category.

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Report: Twitter raising more money at $250m valuation

Twitter, the popular microblogging service that has become a favorite social media marketing tool, has signed a term sheet to raise more venture capital money at a $250m valuation. That's according to a report published this weekend by TechCrunch.

Thus far, Twitter has raised approximately $20 million in funding. The dollar amount of the latest round is not yet known.

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Lawsuit could have big implications for online publishers

Is copying a headline and the lead sentences from a news story on a third party website you link to fair use or copyright infringement?

That's a question that a Massachusetts court will have to answer in a trial that has been scheduled to begin next week.

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Google AdWords used to distribute malware

Given how lucrative online crime can be, it probably isn't surprising that internet scammers continue to develop clever new ways of finding new victims.

One of the latest: Google AdWords.

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Bazaarvoice brings reviews to mobile

Bazaarvoice, best known for its product review engine, also offers online retailers a suite of other social media marketing and analytics tool. It's just added one more to its arsenal of offering: mobile reviews.

Dubbed MobileVoice , the product delivers mobile optimized reviews to shoppers in bricks and mortar stores as well as to those shopping major brands. Participating retailers get a dedicated URL, m.NameOfStore.com. Shoppers can browse product categories, search by keyword, or find reviews by SKU number. Product pages are displayed for every category, along with product and review pages.

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Site comparison: Number10 v Whitehouse.gov

As soon as President Obama was inaugurated this week, a shiny new version of the whitehouse.gov website was launched, replete with blog and RSS feeds, an indication of the new administration's intent to make full use of the internet.

I've been taking a look at the new White House site, and comparing it with Number10.gov, the Prime Minister's website which is still in beta since it was relaunched in August last year.

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5 reasons Britannica.com is losing out online

With Encyclopedia Britannica gearing up to launch a new version of Britannica.com that will incorporate more community features, I decided it was a good time to take a look at Britannica.com.

Is it in a good position to compete with Wikipedia, the user-generated online 'encyclopedia' that eclipses Britannica.com in popularity, or will it have to do more? Here are 5 criticisms of Britannica.com that I believe it needs to address to be successful.

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Google profit drops but strong revenue helps it beat estimates

The results are in: investments in AOL and a company called Clearwire contributed to a 68% drop in Q4 profit for Google but an 18% increase in sales helped the beat analyst expectations.

All told, Google achieved net income of $382m on total revenue of $5.7bn. Sales, excluding commissions paid to partners, was $4.22bn, beating the consensus estimate of $4.12bn.

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Era of branded video entertainment dawns

If 2008 was the year when everything was coming up ad networks, 2009 may well be the year of branded video entertainment.

Interactive channels are rapidly closing the purchase influence gap between TV and Web-based forms of advertising and marketing, while meanwhile the small screen is assuming more or less equal precendence with the boob tube. (Just consider the number of people who wached the inauguration of Barack Obama online this week.)

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Encyclopedia Britannica takes a page from Wikipedia

When it comes to online 'encyclopedias', chances are that Wikipedia springs to mind faster than the 241 year-old Encyclopedia Britannica.

Despite the virtues of an encyclopedia that is 100% edited by humans, Britannica's influence has waned in today's Wikipedia world.

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Report: YouTube to let content partners sell their own ads

When Google acquired YouTube for $1.65bn in October 2006, many expected that the popular video sharing website would eventually fall into a profitable business model.

More than two years later, Google is trying hard as ever to monetize YouTube. While it's come a long way, all indications are that it still has a long way to go.

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