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Big brands not doing the business on eBay

Several big brands including Orange, B&Q and 3 seem to have been underperforming on eBay recently, posing questions about the effectiveness of their stores on the auctioning site.

The companies have been using eBay to sell surplus or reconditioned stock - items that can no longer be sold to high street customers but have huge appeal to bargain hunters.


US shoppers happier in online stores

Customer satisfaction with e-commerce sites improved for the second year in a row, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) released by the University of Michigan.

Online retail achieved a score of 83 on ACSI's 100 point scale, while offline retailers scored 74.4. The survey was carried out in conjunction with ForeSee Results.


Wrigley's lauches Wii adver-games

Chewing gum maker Wrigley has launched a digital marketing campaign with a difference, rolling out a series of games on Nintendo's Wii games machine.

The company opened its CandyStand mini-games portal on the console's Internet Channel.

First launched in 1997, it includes a selection of brand-laden games like Altoids Sheep and The Great Flying Mintini. Availability on the Wii means players will be able to use Nintendo's innovative wiimote controller to interact with the features.


Visual shopping from BrowseGoods

BrowseGoods.com is a new site from US startup Dotted Pair, which aims to create a visual shopping experience. The site was launched in beta last week.

Rather than displaying the first ten product listings, and asking the user to click 'next' to see the rest, BrowseGoods attempts to recreate the in-store shopping experience by freely allowing you to browse hundreds of items at once.

BrowseGoods launches beta


OpenID gains with Digg adoption

Social news bookmarking site Digg will adopt the increasingly popular OpenID passwords framework amongst a raft of new features.

Founder Kevin Rose announced at the Future of Web Apps (FoWA) conference in London yesterday that similar announcements this year from Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL had hastened the site's move.


Multi-channel retailing has finally arrived

This is a controversial thing to say, but e-commerce hasn’t been a great experience so far for most major retailers.

Despite significant investment, many are left with businesses that generate no more than 5% of their total sales – and somewhat less than their fair share of profit.


Viacom close to licensing deal with Joost

Joost, the P2P internet TV service, is said to be close to securing a content deal with Viacom,  the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central.

Two weeks ago, Viacom demanded the removal of 100,000 of its clips from YouTube, after failing to reach an agreement with the video sharing site over use of its content.


Podcast suite Odeo goes up for sale

Web-based podcasting application Odeo has been put up for sale, just months after founder Evan Williams led a management buy-out of the project from investors.

Williams wrote: "We've put too much into Odeo to want to see it fade away. And it still has tons of potential. But we're not improving it fast enough."


Second Life comes to Brighton

Second Life creator Linden Lab is looking for staff to fill vacancies at its new British base in sunny Brighton.

Linden developer Jim Purbrick revealed the new location to web hackers gathered at  BarCampLondon2 this weekend. Now the virtual world is hiring software developers.

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Vidmeter tracks videos across 23 sites

Vidmeter Tracker is a new tool, launched yesterday, which tracks the most popular videos across a variety of video-sharing and social network sites.

As well as putting together a list of the Top 100 video clips from YouTube, MySpace, Google Video and more, Vidmeter's Tracker enables video creators to track the popularity of their own clips.


Wikipedia's Google traffic balloons, search site 'should pay'

The amount of traffic sent from Google to Wikipedia has shot up 166% in the last year, according to data from Hitwise.

The open encyclopedia last month broke into the US' list of top 10 websites, up four places on the previous month. Now researcher LeeAnn Prescott has revealed that 70% of Wikipedia's hits come from search queries, and 50% from Google alone.


Are men's mags losing out to online competition?

Circulation figures released last week by ABC seem to paint a picture of decline in the men's glossy magazine market, as previously popular men's titles have seen circulations fall.

For instance, men's mag FHM, published by Emap, has seen its circulation figures fall 25.9% in the second half of 2006, to 371,263. In 1999, its figures were nearer 700,000.