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Google's noun-sense falls on deaf ears

Tough guidelines issued by Google to those who persist in using the company's name as a verb have provoked an angry reaction from users.

The search giant first got riled by the passing of its brand into common lexicon back in 2003, when it issued Word Spy proprietor Paul McFedries with a cease-and-desist letter commanding his removal of the word "google" from his site.


Do your users know their RSS from their elbow?

Whilst we get all excited about social software and Web 2.0, does the average web user care at all?  Should they?


888 Holdings confirms takeover talks

888 Holdings has confirmed it has held preliminary takeover discussions with unnamed third parties following reports that it is negotiating a merger with fellow online gambling firm PartyGaming.

The two troubled companies are in talks to create a £1.6bn business in a bid to rebuild after last month’s online gambling ban in the States, according to the Sunday Times.


Self-service ad agency gets WPP financing

Web-based ad agency Spot Runner has confirmed it has gained a new round of funding from WPP, CBS, Interpublic and other major media groups.

The firm, whose site enables small companies to create and place ads on local TV stations, said it had received $40m to expand into new forms of media, including online video, video-on-demand and IPTV.


The 100th birthday of the press release

Guest blog by Greg Jarboe

October 28th was the 100th birthday of the press release.  Internet marketing executives who are interested in the future of the online press release can learn some important lessons from the early history of public relations.

Ivy Lee, who some consider to be the father of modern PR, invented the press release on October 28, 1906. One of his first clients was the Pennsylvania Railroad in the US.  Following a major accident in Atlantic City, NJ, Lee not only convinced the railroad to distribute the first press release, he also invited reporters to the scene of the accident and provided a special train to get them there.


36 greatest Bill Gates quotes, just for Apple fanboys

Digg.com is having one of its Apple fanboy days, where every other story on the Digg homepage could have been submitted by the Apple PR department.

A story published by Wired on Steve Jobs' best quotes illustrates this, making it onto the Digg homepage and racking up hundreds of diggs in next to no time. As I write, there are no less than four pro-Apple stories in the top ten of Digg's technology homepage. Wisdom of crowds, huh?

We wondered what would happen if we balanced this view with a similar piece on Macboy nemesis Bill Gates. After the jump we've culled a bunch of Bill's quotes, 36 in total, including a gem about spider monkeys.

Bill Gates, dude...

Let the flaming begin...


Report shows influence of internet on offline sales

New research once again proves the influence of the internet on both online and offline sales. A study has shown that 77% of electronics purchases are researched online before customers head to a store.

The results of the US-focused study indicates that online research time increases in line with product prices.

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Email marketing worst practice list - exhibit A

At our recent Email Marketing Roundtable one of the attendees said: "I hear the phrase 'best practice' email marketing bandied about, and everyone nods sagely. I'm sure some people could give a definitive list, but where is that list? And is there a list of 'worst practice'?"

I had a little dose of worst practice this morning, something worth adding to any email marketer's Things Not To Do Under Any Circumstances Because You Will Have Angry, Disbelieving Customers list.


New flaw found in Internet Explorer 7

A flaw in Internet Explorer 7 has been found which could mask phishing scams, exposing surfers to the kind of risk that the browser was meant to have dealt with.

Security monitoring company Secunia discovered that IE7 allows a website to display a pop-up window which can contain a spoofed web address, which may trick users into accessing malicious pages.


Irony shocker as Forbes lists ‘10 most dangerous online activities’

In a somewhat sensationalist article called ‘The 10 Most Dangerous Online Activities’ Forbes outlines – yup, you guessed it – the 10 things people should be wary of when online.

Most of these activities are obvious no-go areas, though one or two amount to madness. Such as “using Linkedin”. I’m not kidding, folks. Be scared, be very scared...


Visits to European job sites grow 11%

European visits to career-related websites jumped by 11% year on year in Q3, according to new figures from comScore.

The study showed sites dedicated to online career resources, job searches and training attracted 50 million visitors per month during the quarter, with Monster leading the category.


UK digital divide driven by internet 'refuseniks'

According to new research from Point Topic, resistance to the internet is growing among the portion of the population currently without access.

By early 2006, an estimated 11.2 million households in the UK (44%) had no internet access at home. Of those households, 74.6% don’t think it is important to, a rise from 51.7% in the same survey last year.