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Twingly's new microblogging search engine rocks

Even if you don't use microblogging services like Twitter and FriendFeed personally, monitoring what's being said on them may be of benefit to your company.

Online reputation monitoring is a rapidly growing market and our Reputation Monitoring and Buzz Monitoring Buyer's Guide profiles 16 vendors in this space. We've also provided suggestions for DIY reputation monitoring on the cheap.

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New mobile phone features confuse users

When you're a techie, it's hard not to gawk at the evolution of the smart phone and to think about the implications of a growing mobile internet.

Yet for average mobile phone users, the increasing number of features is leaving many 'baffled'.

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Will inauguration be a "Wireless Woodstock?"

Tomorrow's inauguration activities will stretch Washington's mobile networks, very possibly to the breaking point, according to The New York Times.

Crowds in D.C. are expected to number two million (or more) for Barack Obama's big day. It's a pretty safe assumption that the number of mobile devices on will number only slighty less. 

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Site review: Toys R Us

Retailer Toys R Us has just launched a revamped version of its website, with the stated aim of making the site more intuitive and easy to navigate for users.

The company, which also claims to have been the first national retailer to launch an e-commerce site back in 1996, has announced the fourth version of the site using the hybris e-commerce platform. So has it improved the user experience for shoppers?

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In-store phone users more inclined to buy

Those distracted-looking shoppers who are calling and texting in bricks and mortar establishments aren't just killing time or catching up on messages. 6% of them are more likely to buy, according to a ForeSee Results study.

In “Mobile Apps: The Next Big Thing," the study found shoppers using a mobile device in-store are 6 percent more likely to buy.

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Interview with Rebecca Lieb, VP at Econsultancy

Rebecca Lieb recently joined Econsultancy to help spearhead our roll-out in New York (and beyond) to get closer to our existing US subscribers and readers. 
Rebecca is a former VP and editor in chief at The ClickZ Network and is a sought-after public speaker and author (look out for her new book on SEO, due for release in the coming weeks). She has also worked for Universal Television and RTL Networks, and has written for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
We're delighted to have her onboard. Last week I interviewed Rebecca to throw some more light on her role at Econsultancy, and to find out what makes her tick.

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Digital Britain: Lord Carter hints at UK internet plan

Last week, Econsultancy was invited to the Westminster eForum, where Lord Stephen Carter - the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting - was a guest keynote speaker ahead of his Digital Britain report.

The report, which is expected on January 26th, is to be “an action plan to secure the UK’s place at the forefront of innovation, investment and quality in the digital and communications industries.” So, ahead of the report, what is the Government planning?

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Belkin: a case study in social media sin

The importance of online product reviews to retailers, manufacturers and consumers cannot be underestimated. They've become a prominent fixture on ecommerce websites and are used extensively by consumers to make purchasing decisions.

The key to their value: authenticity. Any manipulation of these reviews threatens the credibility of the reviews, and in the case of retailers and manufacturers, potentially the perception of their brands.

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What software should you use for your blog?

The Technorati Top 100 consists of the internet's 100 most popular blogs as measured, of course, by Technorati. The blogs on the Top 100 list cover topics from technology to politics to celebrities.

But while the topics covered by the internet's most popular blogs may be diverse, the software that is used to run them isn't.

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Inauguration streams in on iPhone

How do you spur adoption of an iPhone app? Make it a must-have by Tuesday. Even if it hasn't yet been released.

Hard to concoct a better marketing strategy than live video streaming site Ustream has to spur buzz around a new product launch. You certainly can't fault the timing. Install their iPhone app now (if you can get it, which you probably can't), and you can watch Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States anywhere, so long as there's a mobile signal. No computer or TV set required.

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Online retailers start getting more social

59% of the 100 leading retailers currently have a fan page on Facebook, according to a study by interactive marketing agency Rosetta.

Originally conducted last April and updated in September, the study found 29 of the retailers surveyed added Facebook pages during that four month interim. And we're talking top brands in this consort:  Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, Kohl's, and Wal-Mart being just a few examples.

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Yahoo files patent application on reciprocal linking

While Google may get the lion's share of attention when it comes to SEO strategy because of its massive market share, online publishers should take into account how other search engines evaluate their websites.

A new patent application filed by Yahoo provides some hints as to how the search engine may deal with reciprocal linking in the future.

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