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International sales boost Google results

Google’s share price moved closer to another milestone last night after it posted better than expected Q3 results.

The web ad giant increased its profits by 45% to $1.07bn and sales by 57% to $4.23bn, helped by its continuing search dominance and growth in international markets, including Britain.

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10 tips on 'product page' design in time for Christmas

Product page design is vitally important to the success of an e-commerce operation, and with the Christmas season imminent we thought we'd take a deeper look at how retailers can improve their performance by finessing their product pages.

It doesn't really matter how consumers find your website - if your product pages suck then they'll be unlikely to buy from you. These pages play a huge role in determining whether visitors convert into customers.

Yet a surprising number of product pages lack relevant information and do a poor job of selling the product in question.

So we'll list ten tips for product pages after the jump, to help you convert more people more of the time....

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eBay posts Q3 loss but sales growth continues

Online auction giant eBay has posted its first quarterly loss since 1999 after a $900m write-down relating to its now-famously misjudged acquisition of Skype.

The firm's deficit for Q3 came in at $936m (£458m), although sales were up 30%. 

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Study finds fall in etailers' usability standards

The standards of some of the UK’s biggest retailers are slipping when it comes to the usability of their websites, according to Webcredible’s latest benchmark report.

Half of the sites studied by the firm offered a lower level of online service compared to last year, with the culprits including Marks & Spencer and John Lewis.

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MySpace confirms API move

MySpace will be launching a platform for outside application developers in the 'next couple of months', according to Rupert Murdoch and MySpace chief executive Chris DeWolfe.

As predicted, Murdoch announced the plans during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, saying MySpace would begin by offering a directory of widgets that have been created for the site.

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Bring retail marketing experience online for on-site uplift

Online retailers should remember their heritage in order to ensure they stay ahead of the competition.

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TripAdvisor revamps website

Holiday user review website TripAdvisor is relaunching its website, with the revamped version now live in the UK and the US version to follow by the end of the year.  

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Google adds copyright tool to YouTube

Google has introduced the beta version of its YouTube Video Identification tool, which aims to help copyright owners identify their content on the video sharing site.

The web giant has been promising to introduce anti-piracy technology for some time now, though this new solution still places the burden on copyright holders to take steps to identify their content.

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Yahoo! Q3 figures please investors

Yahoo! gave some cheer to fickle stock market investors after announcing better-than-expected third quarter figures last night.

The web company’s shares jumped 10% after it posted a 12% increase in revenues to $1.77bn and had some good news to report from both its search and display ad businesses.

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Hotel Chocolat’s Chris Bishop on affiliate marketing

Hotel Chocolat online marketing manager Chris Bishop is in a good position to discuss both the risks and rewards of affiliate marketing programmes.

Affiliates helped Hotel Chocolat grow its internet business by over 30% last year, but the retailer was also recently forced to crack down on sites breaking its PPC terms and conditions.

We asked Chris for his thoughts on how to get the most out of affiliate strategies - including his 'Love and Respect' theories. Read on for more...

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BBC bows to iPlayer pressure

The BBC has said it will begin to stream iPlayer content through its website by the end of the year, having concluded a deal with Adobe to use its Flash software.

The move follows heavy criticism of the Beeb over its decision to limit access to the service to users of Windows XP.

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Is the NYT's comment policy up with the times?

The New York Times has been making changes to its UGC policy recently -enabling users to make comments directly on its blog pages but stopping short of allowing them on all articles.

Until the end of last year, it had no system for user participation, but has since started to add links to news sharing sites Newsvine and Digg so that comments could at least be left on these sites.

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