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Wikipedia is the internet's top source for news

Wikipedia's audience continues to grow rapidly, with the collaborative encyclopedia having added around 20m monthly visitors over the past 12 months.

Figures from Nielsen/NetRatings show that Wikipedia had 46.8m unique visitors in May 2007, a 72% increase on June 2006. In addition, the site topped the news and information category every month this year.

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Cash prize for anti-Microsoft XML lobbyists

The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), a software rights advocacy group, has offered a EUR 2,500 prize to whoever can devise the best campaign against Microsoft's attempts to seek standardisation for its Office file formats.

The FFII objects to the Redmond, Washington, software giant's attempts to gain International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) approval for its Office OpenXML file format.

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Business benefits of affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing complements and sometimes replaces other types of online and offline marketing as an important channel to market. Last year, affiliates generated around £2.16bn in sales for UK-based merchants.

Companies can derive many benefits from an investment in affiliate marketing. Let’s take a look at a few…

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Nearly 5,000 sign up for Telegraph blogs

The Telegraph's readers blogs seem to have been a success so far - just eight weeks after the launch of MyTelegraph, over 4,500 have started up their own blogs on the site.

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Bloggers force Microsoft to act on Red Rings of Death

Microsoft has responded to customer concerns and taken steps to deal with the many problems customers have been having with faulty Xbox 360 consoles.

The company has announced that it will be covering the costs of all repairs to the console, and has said that hardware failures will now be covered by a three-year warranty from the date of purchase.

We believe that the amount of noise in the blogosphere on this issue has to some degree forced Microsoft's hand.

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Top ten hints on managing your brand online

Effective management of your web standards yields tangible results: it builds the brand, cuts costs, and optimises web operations.

Yet, most companies struggle to retain order online, and the penalties for poor management are high: damage to brand and reputation, loss of revenue, operating inefficiencies and risk of litigation.

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Consumers who research online spend more offline - report

People who research their electronics purchases on the internet spend 10% more in store than those who don't research online, according to a study by Yahoo and ChannelForce.

Yahoo and ChannelForce surveyed 1,100 US adults in electrical stores, and found that the majority of electronics buyers researched their purchases online before visting the store.

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Business benefits of email marketing

The growth in demand for email marketing continues to be a key trend in the market. We estimate that UK businesses spent £178m on email marketing during 2006 – an increase of 20% over 2005.

Companies can derive many benefits from an investment in email marketing. Let’s take a look at a few…

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Lala abandons free downloads

Startup Lala.com has abandoned its model of allowing users to listen to free streamed music through its website, only a month after it introduced the system.

Lala says the service is being withdrawn becuse its servers couldn't handle the number of users, though Lala needs more labels on board, and this may be behind the decision. 

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Why do customers abandon the checkout process?

Problems with the checkout process constitute the single biggest loss of revenue for many e-commerce sites, with almost half of online retail transactions abandoned at this stage.

According to figures from Marketing Sherpa, the average abandonment rate for shopping carts is 60%, of which 12% give up before hitting the checkout. This means 48% of potential customers bail out at the checkout stage.

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Seedcamp launches event for tech startups

Seedcamp is a week long event to help European tech startups which aims to bring together young entrepreneurs with mentors, VCs and other experts.

The team behind Seedcamp includes Saul Klein, venture partner at Index Ventures. Twenty startups will be invited to the event, with the best five teams receiving funding for their ventures.

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Apple's iPhone hacked within days of release

It was only released last Friday, but hackers have already found a way to get into to iPhone's master password.

Since the much-hyped release of Apple's latest gadget, hackers have been trying to understand how to activate the device with any sim card, instead of having to use AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the iPhone.

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