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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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Game revamps website

UK retailer Game has unveiled a revamped website that provides customers with recommendations based on previous site usage, as well as customer reviews.

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Future looks bleak for mobile TV

It seems that mobile TV is not about to go mainstream anytime soon, and some analysts are doubtful that broadcast TV delivered over mobile networks will ever become a viable option.

There has been little enthusiasm among consumers for mobile TV, with just 1.2m people subscribing in some shape or form to a mobile TV 'product' over the past two years, according to Tim Farrar, president of Telecom Media and Finance Associates.

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Retailers call for harsher fraud punishments

Online retailers want the government to introduce stiffer penalties for convicted online fraudsters, according to a new study.

Two thirds of retailers questioned in the survey, carried out by prepaid voucher provider 3V and the IMRG, said that harsher punishments would be the single most effective way to combat internet fraud.

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Tesco 'to persevere with web property plans'

Tesco is apparently planning to launch a fully fledged online estate agency after having its property exchange venture scuppered by regulators a fortnight ago.

A spokeswoman told The Times that the retailer was reviewing its options with a view to launching "a new and exciting online estate agency service”.

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LinkedIn to avoid 'API free for all'

LinkedIn will open up to application developers but in a much more limited way than its rival Facebook, according to CEO Dan Nye.

The business-focused social network announced plans to create an open platform for developers earlier this year, but Nye said LinkedIn wanted to avoid some of the more frivolous applications that have been created through Facebook's API.

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92% of mobile users find ads irritating - study

A new survey by Nielsen/NetRatings has found that the vast majority of mobile users are annoyed by ads they receive on their phones, though people are more open to adverising online and on TV.

Ninety two percent of the 2,000 US respondents to the survey said that receiving advertising on their mobile phones would be irritiating. Seventy three percent of web users also felt they were over-exposed to advertising.

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Postal strike could harm online Xmas sales - IMRG

The continuing postal dispute could have a serious impact on online sales this Christmas, as customer confidence in delivery is damaged by the uncertainty.

James Roper of IMRG told The Telegraph that online retailers are already concerned about the strikes, and that customers will quickly lose confidence in buying online if the strikes continue.

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Guardian has the largest online audience - Nielsen

The Guardian remains the most popular UK newspaper website, according to the latest stats from Nielsen//NetRatings. The newspaper has now held the top spot for the last 12 months.

The Telegraph has taken over second spot from The Sun, while The Times, and the Daily Mirror are fourth and fifth respectively. In addition, all of the top ten newspapers in the list have managed to increase their online audiences so far this year.

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