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Review: My eBay beta

Having already made some changes to its feedback policy and search, the online auction site has recently introduced a new 'My eBay' summary page for users in beta.

My eBay beta

I've been selling a few items on eBay lately, so I decided to check out the new format to see how it works...

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Announcing E-consultancy's Innovation Awards

Does the internet industry need yet another awards night? After three years of debating this question we've decided that there's a bit of a gap in the market. And this is why we’ve just announced the launch of our Innovation Awards.

Entries are now open for those clients, agencies and suppliers that have been involved in innovative web projects and technologies during the past year. There are 15 categories to choose from.

Judging will be determined by E-consultancy's analysts and a panel of industry experts including Apple, Google, Dyson, BBC, Orange and innocent drinks.

The awards will be announced and presented at London's glitzy Park Lane Hotel on 2nd December.

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UK search market to rise 24% in 2008

E-consultancy's latest Search Engine Marketing Buyer's Guide 2008 estimates that the total UK search market will grow 24% to £2.75bn this year.

That's a healthy growth figure, considering the sector's growing maturity and the economic constraints facing consumers and advertisers. 

We estimate that paid search spending will rise 23% to £2.42bn (88% of the total market), while the SEO market will increase 32% to £330m.

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Web 2.0 tries to hide from reality

ReadWriteWeb's Sarah Perez believes that "today, if you're not staying current with Web 2.0 technologies' impact on business, then you're just not staying current."

In her post entitled "Businesses Can't Hide From 2.0: A Look At 2.0's Impact Across Industries," she states:

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Site review: Raptr

Raptr, a social network which tracks users' gaming activity on their Xbox, PS3, Wii and PC, has just launched in public beta.

Raptr

Amongst other things, it lets you know when your friends are gaming, which is a nifty idea. I've signed up to see how it works...

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Q&A: Sift Media's Ben Heald on B2B online publishing

Ben Heald, CEO of Sift MediaThis week, we speak to Ben Heald, chief executive of Sift Media, about the challenges of B2B online publishing, including the economy, how to monetise international traffic and tackle participation inequality in social media.

We ask him about trends from audiences and advertisers, how the sector is moving forward in terms of best practices, and why his journalists are now paid on a performance basis.

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Advertisers hit Google on Yahoo partnership

Yesterday I noted that Google has stepped on a few toes while walking down Madison Avenue.

Google's threat to ad agencies, in particular, has been discussed frequently and while the company claims that it has no intention to disintermediate agencies, its actions have won it more enemies and frenemies on Madison Avenue than friends.

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Email marketing to grow by 24% in 2008

E-consultancy's latest Email Marketing Platforms Buyers' Guide reveals that the UK market for email platforms and services continue to grow, reaching £274m by the end of the year; an increase of 24% on 2007.

Economic conditions may be more difficult at the moment, but email marketing budgets look secure, as more firms use email as a retention tool.

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Should your business deploy Google Chrome?

With Google's new Chrome browser gaining lots of attention, it's inevitable that some businesses will ask whether Chrome is a suitable replacement for their browsers they currently have deployed.

Google claims that Chrome is faster and more secure than Internet Explorer and Firefox, while E-consultancy's own Graham Charlton gave it a test drive and came away with favorable impressions.

But is Chrome ready for deployment at your business? Let's take a look at the considerations.

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Site review: SkyScanner

Flights search engine Skyscanner recently launched a redesigned version of its site in beta, with the aim of making it smoother and more usable.

Skyscanner

There are plenty of travel search engines around, so how does the new Skyscanner measure up? 

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Google turns 10

This weekend, Google celebrated its 10th birthday.

In September 1998, armed with $100,000 in seed money, Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page began a journey that a decade later has seen the development of a $150bn company that employs more than 20,000 people.

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Site review: Authonomy

Authonomy, a site from publisher Harper Collins, is a social network which will allow aspiring writers to exhibit their talents online.

Authonomy

Publishers receive too many manuscripts to sift through themselves, and this seems like a good way to sort the wheat from the chaff, so how does it shape up? 

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