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Newspapers battle each other for advertisers, could online publishers do the same?

Bloomberg.com published an interesting article last Friday that highlights just how competitive it's getting in the newspaper world as newspapers struggle to not only survive the woes of their industry, but struggle to survive a tough economic environment.

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Google provides a few answers about SearchWiki

Google's SearchWiki, which allows users to re-rank, delete, and comment on results, was released this week, leaving users with plenty of questions about the new feature.

Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land has been talking to Google about SearchWiki, and has answers to a few questions... 

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Tips for a tough job market

It's hard to escape the dour economic news that seems to be getting worse with each passing day. Even though the job market in certain areas of the technology industry seems to be holding up far better than in other industries, many are still concerned about the possibility that they could find themselves out of work in the coming year.

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Q&A: thetrainline.com’s Iain Hildreth on user experience

The last year has seen thetrainline.com making a big effort to solve online usability issues, including a research project with agency cxpartners and the relaunch of its site in September.

Here, we speak to Iain Hildreth, the company’s director of marketing, about the challenges of making a complex booking service a smooth process for users.

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How will the VAT cut affect e-commerce?

The Chancellor yesterday anounced a cut in the rate of VAT from the current 17.5% to 15%, effective from Monday 1st December.

The intention is to stimulate consumer spending to help businesses but, as Patrick at Blogstorm points out, this could turn out to be a major problem for some online retailers.

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Should you start a business in today's recession?

As the woes of the global economy have deepened and it's clear that we're in for some tough times that will likely be prolonged, there's still no shortage of people encouraging entrepreneurs to start businesses.

"Many great businesses were started in bad economies!" they proclaim. And they're right. Great businesses have been started in the toughest of times.

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Great music apps for the iPhone

Among the many apps available for the iPhone are a number of ways to listen to music other than that stored on the phone.

There is more of a choice in this area for US iPhone users, as services like Pandora are not available in the UK, but there are still a few good apps around...

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Debenhams crash provides a bonus for competitors

Hitwise's Robin Goad provides a useful insight into the consequences of Debenhams' website crashing on Thursday and Friday of last week during its sale.  

According to Robin's post, the consequence of  Debenhams.com being unable to handle the extra sales traffic was that the retailer leaked traffic to its competitors' websites.

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Twitter: Facebook isn't worth $15bn (NO DEAL!)

Last month Facebook apparently offered Twitter $500m worth of its stock to buy it. Mark Zuckenberg is a known fan of Twitter, having described its ‘model’ as ‘elegant’ at this year’s Web 2.0 Summit.

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How much are your users worth?

As anyone who runs a website knows, your userbase constitutes one of your most important assets.

Putting a "value" on "users" and keeping track of this value makes a lot of sense, even if you're not looking to sell your website. Yet putting a value on users can often be difficult.

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Site review: electricshop.com

Electricshop.com is the online arm of independent electrical retailer Strangewood Group.

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The site has been updated recently and I've been taking a look to see how it measures up against the bigger electrical retailers' sites...

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Google makes search more social with SearchWiki

Google, a company that has built its success in search on the back of a superior search algorithm, is looking to humans as it makes search a bit more social with the launch of SearchWiki.

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