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Tesco's iTunes competitor - how does it shape up?

This week sees the launch of Tesco Digital, the supermarket giant's answer to iTunes.

We've taken a look at the new site to see how it compares with Apple's all-conquering download store, which has accounted for around 70% of worldwide online digital music sales.

Tesco Digital

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uBid preps European launch

uBid, the US-based online marketplace for discounted products, is preparing to enter the UK in the coming months following a reorganisation of its business.

The company joins rival Overstock in targeting Europe for the first time this year as US merchants look to get their hands on more foreign currency. It will also provide more competition for the likes of eBay and Amazon in the battle to attract buyers of cheap goods.

uBid CEO Jeffrey D. Hoffman told E-consultancy: “We are looking to acquire both buyers and sellers in European markets and are setting up an office in Europe. It will likely be in the UK.”

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Data portability - a red herring?

If you are to believe data portability proponents, one of the biggest challenges facing the internet today is the difficulty users have in sharing their data across multiple services.

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Acquisition 2.0: Driving revenue with social, experiential marketing

Selling on the web is quickly becoming lessabout marketers’ supply meeting up with customers’ demand, and more about customers themselves actively bringing their demand toward supply. 

In fact, they're creating supply in many cases. And successful marketers are creating experiences for customers -- not merely selling to them.

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The importance of managing expectations

Expectations are an often-overlooked factor in an internet startup's prospects for success or failure.

Hype, in one sense, is the irrational raising of expectations to a point beyond what is realistic and/or healthy.

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FTC ups the game on spam protection

I'm in Atlanta, Georgia at Silverpop's Customer Conference. One of the hot topics here has been yesterday's announcement by the FTC that it is changing the rules in the US around unsubscribing.

Essentially you need to ensure that your reader can kiss you off with a single click, and without having to enter more than an email address.

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ITV improves video player usability

We recently compared ITV's online video player to the BBC's iPlayer, finding that the ITV offering was far less usable than its rival.

ITV has since launched a new and improved version of its online TV service, so we've taken another look at it to see where the improvements have been made...

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How to reduce online returns

The Wall Street Journal carried an article last week about the problems consumer electronics etailers are having with returns.

Only 5% of returns were due to defective products and etailers spent $13.8m (£7bn) reselling returned products, so how best to deal with what is clearly a major issue? 

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Q&A: Dyscern’s Bill Frischling on online marketplaces

US-based consumer electronics retailer Dyscern is a great case study of how to make serious money on online marketplaces like eBay.

The company, which started up only five years ago, is now sixth in Inc. Magazine’s list of America's fastest growing retailers and is reportedly the most rapidly expanding eBay Powerseller on the other side of the pond.

We spoke to Dyscern COO Bill Frischling about the pros and cons of eBay as an e-commerce channel for merchants, and how the firm is looking to ramp up its European sales.

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Facebook's hunger for capital continues

Facebook has added another huge pile of cash to its bank account, this time in the form of a $100m debt financing from TriplePoint Capital.

The company, which has already raised more than $350m in equity financing from investors such as Microsoft and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, says that the money will be used "entirely for servers."

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Putting all your eggs in one SEO basket

One of the most common responses tech savvy people make when they find out my job is to get websites higher up the search engine rankings is "Oh, so you have a big network of sites and link use them to promote clients sites".

My answer is and always will be a straight "No".

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Powerset opens up search engine to the public

Having kept its technology under wraps for more than a year, 'natural language search engine' Powerset has finally opened up to the public.

Powerset

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