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Calacanis turns to LinkedIn for help with search engine

Jason Calacanis has been on LinkedIn, asking users of the social network what he can do to improve Mahalo, his recently launched human-powered search engine. 

Search Engine Roundtable is reporting that Calcanis went on LinkedIn answers to get some free advice about the direction he should take with his search engine.

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Growing Gumtree branches into UK's big league

Classified advertising community Gumtree has broken into the list of the UK's top 20 retail sites after strong post-Christmas growth.

The site, which started in 2000 and enjoys a strong user base Down Under, saw its share of visits increase 69% annually last month and 35% over the last six months, according to Hitwise.


Joost rival Babelgum goes live

Babelgum, the P2P streaming TV service, has announced the launch of its public beta.



Ztail makes eBay listings easy

Ztail is a startup from California whose service helps users create professional eBay listings and publish them on eBay, classified sites, blogs and social networks.



Sputtr: all your search options on one page

Sputtr is a new site that allows you to use different search engines from a single page, and could be useful for those that don't want to have to open multiple browsers or tabs.


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Confused.com hits out at Direct Line ads

UK insurance comparison engine Confused.com has hit out at Direct Line over a recent TV advertising campaign that claims customers buying insurance via a comparison site could be missing out on additional benefits.

Direct Line's recent ad campaign has attempted to deter consumers from using price comparison sites by labelling them as 'middlemen' that add costs and complications for consumers.


Apple to launch movie rental service?

Apple is said to be in talks with major Hollywood film studios about an online movie rental service. It already has tie-ups with Walt Disney and Paramount for downloads, and is now apparently looking to expand into rentals.

The FT reports that Apple is in advanced talks over the deal, and hopes to launch the service in the autumn. A film would cost $2.99 for a 30-day rental.


Youth 25% more likely to use internet

Britons aged 15 to 24 are 25 percent more likely to use the internet than the rest of the country - and social networking is among the strongest attractions, according the findings of a new report.

Those in this youngest age bracket also spent more time online than the average internet user, according to comScore's April figures.


Google comes out fighting on privacy policy

Google has issued a strong defence of its privacy practices after facing criticism in a report issued by a London-based human rights group.

Privacy International assessed privacy at popular internet destinations, including Amazon and AOL.


Ten tips for product landing pages

Around half of all online purchases are preceded by a search, so landing pages can be vital to the success of your e-commerce plans. 

The trick is to consider the mindset of your visitor and provide just enough information to persuade them to purchase, but not too much so that they are distracted.

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Interview: We7 founder Steve Purdham

Not content with a huge windfall from the sale of filtering company SurfControl, Steve Purdham has linked up with former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel to launch a new music downloading venture.

We7, as it is called, allows fans to download music for free, as long as they are prepared to listen to 10-second ads attached to each song. The tracks then become ad-free after four weeks.

We caught up with Steve to ask about his plans for the service, and what interest he has managed to generate from labels and advertisers.

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Coke to launch mobile networking site

Coca-Cola has moved further into the realm of mobile marketing with the launch of a social networking site for young cellphone users.

Dubbed Sprite Yard, the site will allow members to create profiles, upload pictures and meet friends, and will initially target China and the US.