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iPhone app comparison: Qype Radar and Yelp

Local listings and reviews websites should be well suited to the mobile internet, as the kind of information they offer can be incredibly useful when out and about and looking for somewhere to eat, or some local entertainment.

There are a few sites like Tipped, Yell.com which have dedicated mobile versions of their services, but two such websites have launched iPhone apps, which offer a richer experience than the standard mobile sites. I have been trying out two iPhone listings apps; Qype Radar and Yelp...

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Google Chrome, Quick Search Box coming to a Mac near you

For Mac users who didn't feel a lot of love from Google when it released its browser, Chrome, and only included PC users in the fun, things are about to change.

A version of Chrome for the Mac is reportedly on the way and Google has released an experimental Quick Search Box for the Mac.

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Seth Godin reveals his blogging philosophy

It's a question that most bloggers grapple with at some point: how frequently should I blog?

If you don't post often enough, you risk losing your audience. If you post too much, you risk posting for posting's sake.

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Petsky Prunier: interactive ad industry dealmaking down in 2008, but not a bad year

M&A activity and investments in the interactive ad industry declined in 2008 according to a new report issued by Petsky Prunier.

Deals were down 29% and acquirers and investors spent five times less than they did in 2007.

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Is Yahoo's proactive account 'optimization' legal?

Many advertisers were disappointed and angered last week when it was widely-reported that Yahoo has changed its 'Sponsored Search and Content Match Program Terms' to permit Yahoo to automatically make modifications to the campaigns of its advertisers.

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DSGi sites take the day off

Three of DSGi's major UK e-commerce sites were down for maintenance for a large part of the day yesterday, with Currys, PC World and Dixons all displaying error messages for visitors.

The retail group is expected to report disappointing like-for-like sales figures this week, and can ill-afford the loss of a day's online trading in such economic circumstances.

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Site review: TopGear.com

TopGear.com, the sister site to the popular BBC motoring programme, has been trumpeting its relaunch with a series of viral videos seeded on sites like YouTube and Facebook.

The look of the site has been improved, while car reviews, and more blog and video content has been added. The redesigned TopGear.com also displays new and used cars from AutoTrader. This brings it into competition with sites like Autocar and Parkers, so I've been seeing how it compares.

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Another newspaper considers going all-digital

2009 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the newspaper industry.

As the economic downturn accelerates the severe declines in print revenue most major newspapers have been experiencing, the imperative for change will only get stronger. Indeed, 2009 may be a make or break year for many of them.

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Balderton Capital raises £285m for downturn startup investments

Who said that funding wouldn't be available to startups in the downturn?

Balderton Capital, which was formerly Benchmark Europe, made $140mn when portfolio company Bebo was sold to AOL and a small fortune when another portfolio company, MySQL, was sold to Sun. Its other investments have included Betfair, the UK's most popular betting exchange, and Yingli Solar, a Chinese solar company that is now public.

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Metrics and measurement crucial for Online PR in 2009

Measuring success from social media activity will continue to be a thorny issue for digital marketers in 2009, according to Econsultancy's recently published Online PR Trends Briefing.  

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5 link building techniques

Last week I discussed the ongoing debate around the use of paid links for SEO. As I noted, there seems to be a growing consensus that the use of paid links is a risky proposition.

Most SEOs, even those who still utilize paid links, tend to agree - building links the old-fashioned way (i.e. earning them) is the best long-term approach.

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CES 2009: the 3 biggest news items

CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, started yesterday.

Despite the economy and speculation about the economy's impact on CES this year, CES seems to be doing alright this year and is still one of the most important technology trade shows in the world; the place where hot new consumer gadgets are launched and big announcements made.

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