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Ways that highly-designed websites can still be accessible and search friendly

There continues to be a tension between web design that is “highly-designed” and web design that is accessible and search engine friendly. The former sites tend to be Flash only or rely heavily on DHTML.

So it is possible for a site to be beautiful but accessible?


Yahoo! reportedly close to Facebook deal

Speculation is growing that Yahoo! is close to a $1bn deal for social networking site Facebook.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is in "serious discussions" to sell itself to the search engine and portal, following months of reported takeover bids from big media players.


Dr Martens launches new website freedm2.com – beautiful but flawed?

Dr Martens has launched a new website at freedm2.com through Saatchi Interactive. The site aims to increase engagement with customers using a range of multimedia interactions and ‘social’ elements, such as creating and sharing videos and music.

But it is all in Flash, you can’t buy shoes, and the registration doesn’t seem to work…


EU plans are threat to new media firms, says Ofcom

Ofcom has warned that the EU’s proposed Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) directive could force new media companies to relocate outside Europe.

The UK media regulator said research it had commissioned from RAND Europe showed the proposals could “significantly increase regulatory costs and uncertainty” for multimedia firms.


Orange pulls out of bidding for AOL UK

Mobile operator Orange has pulled out of the bidding for AOL’s UK internet access unit, according to a report in The Times .

The move will see BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse going head to head for the division, the newspaper said.


Web venture aims to shake up film distribution

The makers of Scenes of A Sexual Nature, out in November, are not just hoping it’s a hit in the box office – they are also testing a new online distribution model which they say could help independent and low-budget films.

Ed Blum, the film’s director, and Suran Goonatilake, the investor behind Blum’s production firm Tinpanfilms, hope the system will reduce distributors’ control and give private investors more of a say in how movies are marketed and where revenues end up.

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Google syndicated search on the horizon?

I came across an interesting post on the ZDNet.com blog written by Garett Rogers about Google registering many variations of a "syndicated search" domain on September 15th.


Yahoo! online ad warning sees shares tumble

Yahoo!'s CFO warned of a weakening in online advertising demand yesterday, causing jitters among investors in major US internet stocks.


Michael Grade becomes Ocado chairman

BBC chairman Michael Grade has been recruited to Ocado’s board but the online grocery firm has denied it is gearing up for a stock market flotation, reports The Independent.

Starting next month, Grade will become non-executive chairman of the loss-making group, which was founded by three former Goldman Sachs bankers four years ago.


GU's Web 2.0 approach admirable but no template for all

Quite rightly, there has been a lot of talk recently about the need for businesses to understand the harder business benefits of Web 2.0 and the impact that new features and tools can have on the bottom line.

However, the man who has steered Guardian Unlimited to numerous awards (and profitability) stresses the inherent value of online innovation for a brand which is expected to be pioneering.  


Napster considers sale options

Napster has hired investment bank UBS to review its options after receiving interest from potential buyers.

The once hugely popular music-downloading service said it was considering whether to sell up or form a joint venture, with potential suitors thought to include mobile operators or media companies such as Viacom.

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Bebo's ad model: letting users decide what ads they see

Bebo are overhauling their advertising model in order to let its users choose what types of ads they see. The idea has caused quite a stir in the press and publishing community.

Is this idea misguided? Or is this the future of advertising? 

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