Site review: Amazon Windowshop

Online retail behemoth Amazon recently launched, which offers a new way to browse through items from its main site.

Amazon Windowshop

Other than looking quite nice, does this new tool offer any extra value to Amazon's shoppers? 

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Index Ventures' Ben Holmes on the Playfish deal

Playfish this week announced a whopping $17m funding round, led by internet-focused VCs Accel Partners and Index Ventures.

In doing so, the London-based developer of games for social networks will have provided encouragement for other startups seeking funding. While this deal has been in the pipeline for a few months it proves that the VCs aren’t entirely hunkering down.


Facebook music - sweet song of success or final ballad of failure?

The New York Post recently reported that Facebook, perhaps spurred on by the launch of MySpace Music, is now serious about pursuing a music service of its own.


An online PR wallchart for your viewing pleasure

Roger Warner at Content & Motion has devised a handy cut-out-and-keep wallchart to help define and explain online PR.

Online PR Wallchart


ITN plots news on Google Maps has started using Google Maps technology to pinpoint news stories for users based on their current location.

ITN news Google maps mashup

The mashup is the result of a partnership between ITN and Google, using Google's 'Gears Location API' which pinpoints a user's mobile or wi-fi access point and serves news based on that location.

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Charging for services back in vogue

As the woes of the global economy have forced entrepreneurs and investors who had previously been fans of the "everything should be free" ad-based business model to reconsider their beliefs, there seems to be a growing infatuation with paid services again.


High street retailers up their game on usability

A study of twenty top high street retailers shows some welcome improvements in usability standards.

There are clearly still a few issues to be addressed, but Webcredible's Online High Street report (email required) gives retailers an average score of 67.7%, up from a fairly miserable 57% last year.

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Adobe CS4 is out - what's new?

Chances are that if you're a web designer or developer, you use one or more Adobe products.

Adobe's Creative Suite, which includes programs like Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver, is one of the most popular software suites known to web professionals because of this.


Gary Vaynerchuk on video, social media and Twitter

Gary Vaynerchuk is director of operations at Wine Library, a wine retailer, and is perhaps more widely known in internet marketing circles for his videos, where he primarily delivers insights into topics related to social media.

He is also the face behind Wine Library TV, the video-based wine tasting blog that has done much to help transform the Wine Library business into a $50m-a-year retailer, from $4m six years ago.

Gary is a blast...

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Usable internal software systems – just a pipedream?

Usability as a criteria for judging internal software solutions is not only overlooked but often undervalued when compared to one of its big sisters, so called ‘cost reducing features’.

With the penetration of enterprise software throughout businesses all over the world, will we as end users ever experience user friendly internal software, to the levels to which we are accustomed with the latest ‘user centered’ web applications?


Charity search engine incurs the wrath of Google

Charity search engine has become the latest victim of the dreaded Google penalty, having been relegated to number 60  in the search engine for its brand name.

Will Critchlow has covered this on the Distilled blog, seeing no particular reason for the penalty, and speculating that the fact that Everyclick is a search engine may have something to do with it.


We know CPM advertising sucks but what are you going to do about it?

I came across an interesting post on Mashable last week, written by Jitendra Gupta, the CEO of internet startup SezWho.

In it, he focuses on social media advertising but also addresses the broader issue of CPM-based advertising. It's this part that I feel is worth discussing.