Google puts Yahoo deal on hold

Google and Yahoo have announced that their planned search advertising deal has been put on hold while the US Department of Justice (DoJ) completes its investigation of the deal.

Previously, despite indications that the DoJ might be preparing to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google to block the deal, Google's CEO Eric Schmidt insisted that his company planned to move ahead with the arrangement come hell or high water.


SEOmoz indexes 30 billion web pages for search marketers

Kudos to Rand Fishkin and the team at SEOmoz following the announcement that they have spent a year building an index of some 30 billion web pages.

The ambitious year-long experiment should help the team provide more insight into how search engines make sense of the web. It looks pretty interesting from where we’re sitting, and we’re looking forward to playing with it.


MoneyAisle - eBay for your cash

Have some extra cash lying around?

MoneyAisle, an online service currently available in the United States, wants to help you find a home for it.

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Q&A: Santiago Siri of Popego

Launched recently, Popego gathers together your profiles from various social media sites, and uses them to build up an 'interest profile' to recommend content to users.

We talked to founder Santiago Siri about Popego's user experience, privacy concerns, and how the company plans to monetise the site...


11 must-have Firefox add-ons for web developers

There are plenty of Firefox plugins that help make the day-to-day tasks of a web developer a little bit easier.

Here are 11 of my favorites....


The Web Week in Review - Special Economic Crisis Edition

Since it was pretty difficult to ignore the chaos in the financial markets this week, I decided to devote this installment of The Web Week in Review to the impact of the chaos on the technology sector.


Reputation monitoring on the cheap

Online reputation monitoring is a growing market and there are a number of companies offering such solutions.

Yet some are overkill for most businesses and many firms simply can't justify the costs.


High street retailers: menus make a big difference

Home pages for high street retailers may initially come across as similar, but their actual performance differs strongly due to the design of the navigation menus.


Chrome shine wears off

According to some, Google's new browser, Chrome, is not only a threat to Internet Explorer and Firefox, but also a threat to operating systems; including, of course, Microsoft Windows.

But what do the numbers say thus far?


Yahoo promises big things with APT

2008 has not been a good year for Yahoo. Microsoft's failed acquisition of the company was a royal mess and led to a showdown with shareholders.

CEO Jerry Yang and other board members aren't very popular. And in what essentially amounts to an admission that it simply can't compete in certain areas, Yahoo is planning to turn over part of its search advertising business to Google.


The wonderful world of multilingual SEO

Greig Holbrook explains what multilingual SEO is and why you should use it.


Q&A: Lou Rosenfeld on site search analytics

Lou Rosenfeld is the founder of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user experience design, and the co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (O’Reilly & Associates; 3rd edition, 2006).

He also co-founded the Information Architecture Institute and UXnet, the User Experience Network, and as an information architecture consultant, has helped numerous Fortune 500s and other large, messy, political enterprises make their information easier to find.

Here, we asked Lou a few questions about site search analytics (SSA) – it’s importance in site design and development, and how it is being used by different types of businesses online.