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Whole Foods boss rumbled for anonymous postings

The boss of Whole Foods Market, the organic food retailer that launched a huge store in London last month, has been caught using Yahoo!’s stock market forum to criticise a competitor, which he then proceeded to buy.

John Mackey, chief executive of Whole Foods, used the moniker 'Rahodeb' to make postings about rival Wild Oats over several years, according to a filing from the Federal Trade Commission.

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Shopping search engine bags $15m

US shopping search engine TheFind  has received $15m (£7.3m) in third round funding, bringing the total raised by the company to $26m (£12.7m).

Unlike some other shopping search engines, TheFind searches products from as many sources as possible, not just from companies that have paid to be listed, though some sponsored links are included on the site.

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Online video site Brightcove launches in UK

US online video platform Brightcove has opened an office in London.

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E-marketing read rates decline, Wednesday still rules

Fewer people are reading marketing emails, according to a new survey.

The study, conducted by agency eROI concluded: "We continue to see a decline in read rates across the board as more and more email clients are adopting the 'images off' default setting."

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How much traffic does my competitor get?

Even if you had a spy in the heart of your competitor's e-commerce team, you might struggle to answer this question.

It's far from impossible that your competitors are neither appropriately recording their web traffic nor confident in which metrics to analyse.

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Navman tests transactional banner ads

Creative agency Fhlame  says it has achieved promising results from early tests of transactional banners - ads that allow customers to make purchases without having to click through to an online store.  

A trial campaign for satnav company Navman produced a 15%+ response rate on three motoring websites in the month up to July 10th, according to Fhlame.

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Facebook developers to profit from VC interest

US venture capital firm Bay Partners has launched AppFactory, a program that will invest in developers creating applications for the Facebook platform.

The FT reports that Bay Partners is looking to make up to 50 investments of between $25,000 to $250,000 (£12,000 to £120,000) to help developers build Facebook applications.

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Google adds developers' Mapplets to maps

Google Maps has launched an on-site applets platform that could do for the mapping tool what Apps have done for Facebook.

Mapplets are mini web applications that can be bolted on to extend a user's Google Maps experience with a range of new functions, from petrol prices to Manchester's Metro system.

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Last.fm signs content deal with Sony

Internet radio station / social network / E-consultancy's favourite web app Last.fm has concluded a content deal with Sony BMG, which the company's extensive back catalogue available to Last.fm listeners.

This deal will give Last.fm, which now has around 20m worldwide listeners, the largest music catalogue of any online radio service.

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AdWords Agency Secrets Revealed!

As the owner of a search marketing agency, I am constantly trying to find ways of increasing the awareness of search within the marketing community.

For too long now search marketing agencies have hidden their knowledge behind a wall of technical jargon in an attempt to keep ownership of these techniques, but this practice is holding back the growth of our industry.

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ASOS reports 85% rise in sales

Online fashion retailer ASOS has recorded some impressive results for the 12 months to March 31, 2007, and has seen sales rise by 85% over the last three months.

Year on year, ASOS reported a rise in profits of 116% to £42.6m, while pre-tax profits grew by 144% to £3.4m. In addition, its customers' average order values increased from £39.32 to £43.80 in the same period.

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Women find net indispensable part of life

The internet is becoming increasingly indispensable for women, with over two thirds (66.1 percent) saying their lives would be disrupted if they had to go without the web for a week.

Burst Media's study of 1,800 women aged 25 and over found four out of five females go online between 7am and midnight.

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