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eBay sellers promise more protests

Angry eBay store-owners have vowed to continue their fight against fee hikes after the end of their five-day protest yesterday. 

A spokesperson for the Campaign of Rebuffed Ebayers, which asked sellers and buyers to boycott the site between Thursday and Monday, said it would be arranging more demonstrations to promote eBay competitors such as Ebid, Tazbar and Amazon.


MSN exhibits great use of Ajax, good for the web

Over at Ajaxian yesterday, Michael Mahemoff gives a heads up on the latest Web 2.0 move by MSN, which sees them offer pretty much as yet unheard of Ajax driven user features for their image search. 

It’s great, but it’s also gimmicky – KISS.

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Red tape and protocol hinder web development

I have noticed a worrying shift in attitude in large companies which needs addressing.

Five or so years ago, our clients would use web analytics to continually carry out small tests on the website, measure the improvements and test again. This iterative web development process now seems to be hugely hindered by red tape and protocol.


Financial comparison site gets £5m funding

Investment group Artemis has ploughed around £5m into the upcoming mortgage comparison site mform, according to a report in The Scotsman.


Cookie deletion discrepancies take the biscuit

Vinny Lingham’s blog has carried some interesting research into cookie deletion – an area which has not been studied in depth but affects user privacy, as well as advertisers’ measurements and conversion rates.

The research will also be of great interest to affiliates who may not be getting the credit they deserve.  


Brave new internet world comes with a health warning

The rise of social networking sites and citizen journalism has been a wonderful  breath of fresh air, connecting people and ideas as well as shifting the balance of power away from established institutions back to individuals whose voices are now more likely to be heard .


Stakes raised in online checkout wars

It's still early days but things are definitely hotting up in the battle of the online checkouts. 


Web 2.0 needs to lose the social software thing, please

Following up from the d.Construct post yesterday, I wanted to talk about the apparent obsession with social software at the moment, and to ask for comments on why you think it’s so. Seriously, there are so many other things that can be done!


Old media get act together on the web

Traditional media companies are increasing their share of online advertising budgets at the expense of big internet players such as Yahoo! and Google, according to research by New York-based private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS).


Dogster gets $1 million in funding

The company behind pet-owners’ online communities dogster.com and catster.com has received $1m in funding from a syndicate of angel investors.

Dogster Inc., formed at the start of 2004, said the new cash would be used to expand the sites’ features and workforce, as well as to launch sites focusing on other animals.

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High deliverability - worth investing in?

Investments on deliverability should be driven by sensible, well thought-out commercial reasoning rather than by ‘scare’ stories in the industry press. 


Google – the ultimate marketing tool?

With more 'toys' in the lab, Google could soon know what we listen to, as well as all the other information they can track (searches, clicks etc).

Will this become the ultimate marketing tool or the ultimate privacy nightmare?