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XFM to launch personalised internet radio station

GCap Media -owned indie music station XFM is preparing to launch an interactive online radio player which will allow listeners to build personalised playlists from its music library.

Mi-Xfm, as it is called, will feature four different music genres; Chill, Loud, X-list and Hits; and will be sponsored by Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

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Online retailers see importance of product information

The American Express Retail Monitor has found that, as shoppers become more clued up about the products they are buying, retailers have realised the importance of providing product information.

The survey found that 85% of retailers view the provision of product information as a key factor in attracting the kind of consumers who now demand comprehensive product information before making a purchase.

All of which sounds a lot like common sense, yet we all know that many etail sites still fail in this area.

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Le Web 3: Israeli PM beckons startups for peace

Israeli vice premier Shimon Peres has told a gathering of internet entrepreneurs they can help bring peace to the Middle East using capitalism and innovation.

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Shopping Comparison sites facing major challenges

The comparison engines sector has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, buoyed by sharp increases in the number of web users and the level of online researching before purchase.

However, to maintain their level of progress, it is clear that shopping comparison sites are facing major challenges to keep both consumers and merchants happy.

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VC investment rising to dotcom bubble levels

Research by Ernst & Young has found that the volume of cash invested in venture capital globally has reached the highest levels for four years, which may prompt some folk to talk about dotcom bubbles once again.

Worldwide, VC investment is predicted to top $32 billion, which would make 2006 the highest year for VC investment since 2002, when the global figure was $51.22 billion. In the first three quarters of 2006, $25.39 billion in venture capital was invested.

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Retailer threatens blogger after Google issue

Dean Hunt at Deano’s World blog has received a hilarious / threatening letter from a bemused retailer who doesn’t remotely understand how Google works.

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Le Web 3: Web 2.0 is overcrowded, says Index Ventures

Too many people are starting up Web 2.0 companies, according to the man who has funded the likes of Fon, Last.fm and Spot Runner.

Index Ventures UK partner Danny Rimer told the Le Web 3 conference here in Paris that there is room to innovate but because ideas are so easily replicated, creating an advantage is difficult.

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User Generated Content "Build it and they will come"

2006 has been a great year for 'web 2.0' with the continued rise of blogs, podcasts and social networks becoming more mainstream.

The rise of 'user generated content' has been seen by many companies, brands and marketers as a great opportunity to grow a site from nothing into a world beating website.

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Operative acquires Lemon Traffic

Congratulations to Matthew O’Riordan at Lemon Foundation, which has offloaded subsidiary Lemon Traffic to Operative, the online advertising operations firm.

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Google launches new phone sales strategy?

Surely Google, the denizen of word of mouth marketing and customer-centricity, hasn’t turned to cold calling to help it recruit clients?

Search Engine Roundtable has linked to a Webmaster World post that claims the web giant's Chicago office has been using automated calls to sell ads.

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Le Web 3: Web 2.0 stronger but vulnerable, Skype founder says

Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom has said the 'Web 2.0' phenomenon is built on more solid foundations than the first dotcom explosion - but a crash could be on the way.

Speaking to delegates at the Le Web 3 conference here in Paris today, Zennstrom said: "The big difference this time from six years ago is that we have the infrastructure built out now - in 2000, very few people had computers."

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Why get more intelligent?

Marketers often ask me why they should want to get more intelligent if their current marketing channel is working? Unfortunately, if they continue to focus on the here and now, instead of looking to the future, they will be heading for trouble.

The rule, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” doesn't work for marketers, even if they want it to.

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