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Would you buy a diamond ring from this website?

This week's episode of Dragons' Den featured Gloucestershire jeweller Clive Billing asking for a £255,000 investment in his website diamondgeezer.com.

diamondgeezer homepage

Billing received an offer from three of the Dragons (the highest ever in the programme's history) but backed away due to the 40% equity the VCs were demanding. See him here via the iPlayer.

Have the Dragons missed out on a golden opportunity? Or has Billing? We have taken a look at the site to find out...

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Q&A: Paul Ricard of on-demand music site Deezer

Deezer, based in France, is an on-demand music streaming service, which offers an impressive range of tracks from a mix of major labels and independents.

Deezer - on-demand music

It recently launched in the UK (see our review of the site), and we have been talking to UK Manager Paul Ricard to find out more...

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Site review: Google Knol beta

Google Knol, the search engine giant's answer to Wikipedia, launched in public beta last week.

Knol homepageWe've taken a look to see how it measures up to the popular online encyclopedia, and whether it offers any potential SEO benefits...  

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Companies learn online communities are often a waste, Deloitte doesn't

Miraculously, I was right - detergent is detergent and consumers aren't interested in forming a community around the stains their detergent removes.

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Using Secure FTP

If you run a website, you're almost certainly familiar with FTP, the file transfer protocol that enables you to upload files to the server that hosts your website.

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eBay targets multinational brands, still stingy with data

I had a pleasant but brief chat yesterday with Christian Kunz, the man heading up eBay’s newly-announced international ad business .

The division, which will be headquartered in Bern, will oversee the management of advertisers' display and text ad campaigns across 25 international sites.

It will aim to further increase eBay’s already-rapidly-growing ad revenues; a small part of its business, but one that is successful enough already to have caused concern to some in its seller community.

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Q&A: Autoglass' Chris Smith on mobile development

This week, we speak to Chris Smith, online marketing manager at Autoglass, about the company’s bid to boost customer acquisition through a new .mobi site.

We ask about the pluses and minuses of mobile development and which mobile channels are best for generating ROI.

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Argos beats competition with user-friendly web design

Everyone knows clear and easy to use design is important for web sites and pays well to have in the competitive online environment. How exactly to achieve that goal and how to measure the user friendliness of your web design is often much less clear...

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Is there a future for acquisition using email marketing?

Marketing to third party lists does not perform as well as to your own lists. Add to this more frequent delivery problems, and many email marketers are questioning whether they should be using external data at all. 

This entry gives guidelines to using third party lists successfully.

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Site review: Mirror.co.uk redesign

In a bid to catch up with its tabloid rivals online, Mirror.co.uk launched the first stage of its website redesign last week, starting with a new look for the homepage.

New Mirror homepage

We've taken a look at the site to see what other improvements have been made...

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Another hyped Web 2.0 startup bites the dust

In February, online video startup Revver, which had raised just under $13m in venture capital funding, was sold for an amount reportedly in the "low single digit millions".

It had previously been shopping itself for a rumored $300,000 to $500,000.

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Irish tech etailer targets US

The last few months have seen a number of excess inventory retailers announcing plans to expand from the US into Europe, as they search for new clients and buyers.

However, Luzern Solutions, a Dublin-based firm that sells such goods via eBay, Amazon and ther online marketplaces, is looking to take them on on their own turf by heading over to the US.

The company's head of marketing Jackie Brannigan tells us how the web is shaping up as an overstock sales channel, and one that many manufacturers and retailers are still to exploit fully.

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