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Xbox Live, Major Nelson, and the Twitter epiphany

Xbox Live, Microsoft’s killer online gaming platform, was down for maintenance yesterday for a lot longer than was anticipated by the Redmond giant, something which caused a predictable wave of panic among the gaming community.

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DoubleClick to sell up?

DoubleClick is in 'active talks' with Microsoft and other potential suitors over a sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The digital marketing group has reportedly appointed investment bank Morgan Stanley to review its options, including a sale or stock market listing.

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Calculating the perfect affiliate CPA

Calculating a competitive CPA is an incredibly important part of any successful affiliate programme and yet it's one of the first hurdles merchants fall at.

With more and more companies launching affiliate programmes, there is a huge amount of choice for affiliates, and if you expect them to promote your programme over your competitors, you need to set the right CPA and continually review it.

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Businesses concerned over Web 2.0

Two bits of research have highlighted caution among businesses towards so-called Web 2.0 applications like blogs and wikis, as well as fears that confidential information could be leaked by employees on social media sites.

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Xing buys Spanish business social network

Xing, the German-based business social network, is expanding into the Spanish-speaking market with the purchase of eConozco, Spain's second biggest professional network.

Since launching in 2003, eConozco has reached around 150,000 members in Spain and Latin America. Both parties have agreed not to reveal the financial details of the deal.

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Hitwise lists the most successful UK websites

Hitwise has published a list of the most popular UK websites in more than 50 categories last year, based on each site's market share of user visits.

It also lists the brands which were most searched for in 2006, with eBay unsurprisingly placing first and social networking site Bebo coming in second.

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Rival to Wikipedia goes live

One of Wikipedia's founder members, Larry Sanger has launched a rival online encyclopedia, with the hope of improving on the original by avoiding the vandalism and inconsistency which affects some of its entries.

Sanger believes that allowing anyone to edit entries anonymously has caused problems for the original site, and plans to solve this by asking contributors to provide their real names.

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Interview: Tim Curtis, head of Mothercare Direct

Tim Curtis has been at Mothercare Direct for five years now, helping the company shift towards multichannel retail and more recently overseeing its switch to Amazon Services' e-commerce platform.

We asked him a few questions about the challenges of integrating different channels within Mothercare, and what opportunities there are for retailers within Web 2.0, mobile and digital TV.

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Sports Direct to buy web retailer?

Sports retail giant Sports Direct is apparently set to buy online rival M and M Direct for around £75m, in its first acquisition since listing on the LSE.

The Telegraph reports that Sports Direct is leading negotations for the firm and that the deal could be completed within weeks.

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YouTube ordered to remove World Cup clips

Cricket's governing body has ordered YouTube to remove clips from the Cricket World Cup, claiming copyright infringement.

The International Cricket Council told parent Google it must take down hundreds of clips in order to protect the rights of its commercial broadcasting partners.

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Yahoo! adds features for mobile publishers

Yahoo! this morning unveiled new tools that make it easier for publishers to mobilise and monetise their website content.

The Yahoo! Mobile Publisher Services help producers gain prominence for their sites in new mobile search services and allow them to make money from a range of ad formats.

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M&S launches new Amazon-powered website

Marks and Spencer has revamped its online retail site with a little help from Amazon, hoping that its new multichannel approach to retailing will increase its online sales.

At the launch of its interim results for 2006/2007, M&S chief executive Stuart Rose said that the company intends to double its online sales from £100m in a short period of time.

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