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LinkedIn to avoid 'API free for all'

LinkedIn will open up to application developers but in a much more limited way than its rival Facebook, according to CEO Dan Nye.

The business-focused social network announced plans to create an open platform for developers earlier this year, but Nye said LinkedIn wanted to avoid some of the more frivolous applications that have been created through Facebook's API.

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92% of mobile users find ads irritating - study

A new survey by Nielsen/NetRatings has found that the vast majority of mobile users are annoyed by ads they receive on their phones, though people are more open to adverising online and on TV.

Ninety two percent of the 2,000 US respondents to the survey said that receiving advertising on their mobile phones would be irritiating. Seventy three percent of web users also felt they were over-exposed to advertising.

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Postal strike could harm online Xmas sales - IMRG

The continuing postal dispute could have a serious impact on online sales this Christmas, as customer confidence in delivery is damaged by the uncertainty.

James Roper of IMRG told The Telegraph that online retailers are already concerned about the strikes, and that customers will quickly lose confidence in buying online if the strikes continue.

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Guardian has the largest online audience - Nielsen

The Guardian remains the most popular UK newspaper website, according to the latest stats from Nielsen//NetRatings. The newspaper has now held the top spot for the last 12 months.

The Telegraph has taken over second spot from The Sun, while The Times, and the Daily Mirror are fourth and fifth respectively. In addition, all of the top ten newspapers in the list have managed to increase their online audiences so far this year.

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Mixx launches Digg rival in public beta

Mixx, a social news startup, launched in public beta yesterday. It is a rival to the likes of Digg and Reddit, and more ways to customise the news to fit your own  preferences.

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Ten ways to improve online checkouts

Recent figures indicate that around half of all potential customers bail out  during the checkout process.

While there are several reasons for this, including uncontrollable ones like users checking delivery charges or comparison shopping, usabilty problems at the checkout are also partly to blame.

We list ten ways to make the checkout process smoother and reduce abandonment after the jump:

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MySpace to open up to developers?

MySpace is reportedly set to follow Facebook's lead and launch an API - a move that will have have third party application developers licking their lips in anticipation. 

The News Corp-owned site, which will have noted the popularity of Facebook's decision to launch a range of tools for developers back in May, is apparently planning to announce its reposte at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco next week. 

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eBay taps into social commerce

eBay is looking to improve its stickiness for buyers by creating 600 social networks around items for sale on the site.

The ‘Neighborhoods’ feature amalgamates shoppers’ photos, reviews, tips and responses in a bid to provide a fuller experience than the site’s existing discussion forums.

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UK has highest social network usage in Europe - study

Brits are the most active social networkers in Europe, according to new stats from measurement group comScore.

Almost four in five UK internet users visited the likes of Bebo, Facebook or MySpace in August, while their usage was also above average in terms of hours spent, page views and number of visits.

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Google buys another mobile start-up

Finnish mobile micro-blogging startup Jaiku has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum.

Jaiku is a micro-blogging / social networking startup that enables users to post their thoughts, comments and opinions, while other users can keep in touch with friends by viewing their profiles and posting new updates.

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Online Customer Engagement survey is still live

There are still a few days left to take part in our second annual Online Customer Engagement Survey, which we are carrying out in partnership with cScape.

Those taking part in the research will get a free copy of the full report which will be published next month. 

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The NPV of reviews: customer voice will drive traffic and sales this Xmas

Sam Decker explores the business case for implementing social commerce functionality on retailers' websites before Christmas.

Years ago, when I managed the Dell.com consumer website, it was always a mad rush to the deadline of getting site functionality up before mid November.

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