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Xmas is coming, Google is getting fat and it's minus 30!

Call me a cynic but why is it that every time Christmas comes round, Google starts to do something out of the ordinary with its organic and PPC algorithms?!

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Alex Tew launches Million Dollar Homepage 2

Keep an eye out for next week’s launch of Pixelotto, which is Alex ‘milliondollarhomepage’ Tew’s second internet venture.

Tew famously created a website where he sold 1m pixels at $1 a piece to try to cover the costs of becoming a student. The site was a massive viral hit, with word of mouth and all kinds of press and TV appearances driving a sell-out within months.

He therefore made his million dollars and promptly deferred university. Smart move. So what of his follow-up venture?

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Bigmouthmedia agrees EU 60m merger

Steve Leach The search marketing firm Bigmouthmedia has been acquired by Germany’s Global Media, in a move aimed at creating a real search superpower, capable of managing SEO and PPC campaigns on a global basis.

I caught up with Steve Leach, Bigmouth founder, to find out more…

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Yell.com redesigns website

Yell.com has unveiled a major redesign of its site, incorporating enhanced search and mapping features.

The new mapping features allow users to plot a selection of local information onto any chosen location within the UK. For instance, if you have searched for a shop, Yell will display near-by cashpoints and parking spots.

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Reports: Hitwise up for sale with £180m price tag

Internet monitoring group Hitwise has declined to comment on reports it has put itself up for sale for a whopping £180m.

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Uvine directors face government probe

The directors of defunct online wine exchange Uvine are facing a government investigation following its Web 1.0-style collapse in September.

Solicitors Howes Percival have been appointed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to look into the conduct of the company, which entered administration with debts to its members totalling around £1.5m.

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Security concerns cost etailers £2bn

Security concerns are proving a major barrier to the growth of e-commerce, according to a study by Gartner.

Gartner estimates that online sales to the value of $2bn were lost in 2006 because of concerns about malware and the theft of personal and credit card information.

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Science is key to email marketing success

In the past few years the travel industry has formed such a close relationship with the internet that travel web sites became the equivalent to operators shop fronts.

They achieved this by keeping pace with the high speed world of e-commerce and offering customers the possibility of booking their travel with just a click of their mouse. The industry adapted to the internet business model very quickly and is now reaping the returns from this. 

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Downloads to lift music industry, says Verdict

A new report from  Verdict Research predicts that the download market will grow from £112m to almost £500m by 2011.

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Is the web as important to internet users as the real world?

For some internet users, online communities are so important in their lives that they value their online experiences as much as the real world.

The 2007 Digital Future Project’s survey reveals that 43% of online social network members ‘feel as strongly’ about their virtual communities as their real lives.

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Europeans spend over 11 hours per week online

It seems that internet usage across Europe is continuing to rise, with a European Interactive Advertising Association survey revealing that time spent on the internet has increased since last year.

The EIAA Mediascope Survey interviewed over 7,000 people in 10 mainly Western European countries. As well as time spent online, the report revealed an increase in broadband use and the rise of social networks.

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Sling Media to form interactive division

Sling Media has hired two former MTV Networks executives to launch interactive services for users of its place-shifting devices, according to various media reports.

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