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Facebook sues German rival StudiVZ

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against popular German social network StudiVZ, alleging that its rival is nothing more than a "knock-off".

According to the Financial Times, "in its complaint, Facebook accused StudiVZ of copying entire portions of the site’s design."

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Six open source web application testing tools

If you're building a web application and have high hopes that it will be used by lots of people, one of the most important things to do before you launch it is to test how it functions under extreme conditions.

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Site review: Mothercare

Mothercare's online sales have risen dramatically over the past financial year. They reached a total of £85.5m, an increase of 78% on the previous year.

With this kind of performance, the company must be doing something right online, so we have decided to take a look at its website...

Mothercare homepage

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Q&A: Vicky Smith of Travel.co.uk

Travel.co.uk is the latest entrant into the travel comparison market, having launched last week with a website that compares package holidays from some of the UK's top tour operators and travel agents.

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We talked to Travel.co.uk's Marketing Manager Vicky Smith about the site...

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The Web Week in Review

Drama 2.0's The Web Week in the Review focuses in on big companies (and big money) this week.

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Five cool podcasting tools

Podcasting certainly isn't for everybody, but it has grown in popularity over the years and for good reason.

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Q&A: Chris Hirst of Grey London

Chris Hirst Chris Hirst is the managing director of Grey London, an advertising agency whose clients include Procter & Gamble, Toshiba and Channel 5.

We asked him about the extent to which so-called traditional advertisers are embracing digital.

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Is "community" a panacea for ailing newspapers?

Through TechDirt, I stumbled upon an interesting debate that questions whether the concept of "community" as it relates to newspapers is a major part of the industry's woes - and a potential part of the solution to those woes.

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How to retain inactive email subscribers

Inactive subscribers are those that have not opened or clicked on an email over a certain period of time. There may be a number of reasons for this; disinterest, spam filters, poor subject lines and more.

With some inactive subscribers, the best approach may be to remove them from your list as they can be most likely to report emails as spam. However, it can be useful to try and reel a few back in.

Here are some tips on dealing with inactive subscribers...

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The internet's biggest problem?

Winston Churchill once stated: "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."

This statement has never been truer than today. Thanks to the internet, a lie can be propagated around the world before the truth is ever discovered.

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To phone or not to phone?

I recently worked with a client who runs a relatively small e-commerce operation as a second business.

He lamented the fact that when he provided a phone number on his website, his sales more than doubled but the time required to run the business also more than doubled because of all the phone calls, which was not viable for him.

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Ten Firefox add-ons for SEO

One benefit of using Firefox is that it has a community of third party developers designing some very useful (and free) add-ons for the browser's users.

We've taken a look at some SEO-related examples....

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