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AOL relaunches social news site

AOL has launched 'Propeller', a new social news site, only a few days after moving Digg-rival Netscape to a more traditional model.

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The murky cloud of IPTV

I spent an interesting evening last night at the Chinwag Web TV Takeover event listening to an excellent panel discuss the future of IPTV.

The problem this morning is I'm still no clearer on what it means or when it's going to matter.

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UK etailers failing to provide contact details - survey

A new study of the UK's online retailers has revealed that many e-commerce sites are not offering customers a range of contact details, while many offer limited delivery options and no customer feedback features.

The survey,  from website monitoring firm NetExtract analysed a sample of 10,000 e-commerce websites in the UK. It found that many e-commerce sites are missing very basic options.

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Google launches interactive widget ads

Google today launched Gadget Ads, a new interactive rich media ad format which will allow advertisers to measure users' responses to the ads, as well as updating ad content in real time.

The new ads designed for use across Google's network of sites, and aims to offer a way for internet users to interact with ad content in a way that is not possible with standard web ads. 

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Site problems cause customers to flee

More evidence of the effect poorly functioning websites can have on etailers’ customer relations – this time from a poll of US consumers by Harris Interactive.

The survey found almost nine out ten respondents have experienced problems when making a transaction online, and 42% of those that have defected to a rival or abandoned the process.

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Do you get what you pay for with email marketing?

A good online marketer makes their budget stretch a long way. Now I employ an account management team full of them, I’m always gobsmacked by how far they used to make a little money go in their previous positions.

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Social networkers 'enter false info'

Almost a third of social network users say they have entered false information about themselves in order to protect their privacy, according to a new survey. 

The emedia report found almost two thirds of people that use sites like Facebook and MySpace say they have concerns about revealing personal details on the sites.

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Google launches Adsense for Mobile

Google has expanded its mobile advertising line-up with the launch of Adsense for Mobiles, which will contextually target advertising onto mobile site content.

According to the search giant, the ads will provide a new source of revenue for mobile publishers, as well as giving an incentive for exisiting websites to produce mobile versions.  

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TescoCompare.com - is it any good?

Tesco's new financial price comparison site was launched by the supermarket giant last week as it moves into a market dominated by confused.com and moneysupermarket.com.

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Interview with persuasion expert Bryan Eisenberg

Bryan Eisenberg is the co-founder of Future Now and the creator of some devilishly clever techniques to help web businesses improve their conversion rates.

Along with his brother Jeffrey, Bryan co-authored the bestsellers 'Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?' and 'Call to Action'. He also publishes the GrokDotCom blog and was voted one of the world’s top 10 usability gurus in our recent User Experience Report.

Here, he talks about the ancient Greek philosophy behind persuasion and suggests why the roots of web design can be traced back to the fifth century BC. Oh yes...

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Amazon launches widgets for bloggers

Amazon has launched a range of widgets in a bid to boost the reach of its affiliate marketing programme.

The widgets can be used to display the etailer's products on blogs, social networks and other websites, earning members of the company's Associates programme up to 10% in referral fees.

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Yahoo! acquires email provider for $350m

Yahoo! has acquired Zimbra, a provider of web based email and online/offline office software, for a cash price of $350m (£175.5m).

Zimbra's product is essentially a web based version of Outlook, though the company recently added Zimbra Desktop, which allows users to access email and other functions when offline.

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