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Sportingbet gets $1 for US division

Sportingbet has offloaded its US business for $1 following the States’ ban on internet gambling.

The deal, with Antigua-based Jazette Enterprises, has allowed the firm to get rid of $13.2m in debt and save the $14m it would have cost to close the operations down.


IE7 upgrade may cause problems for web developers

IE7 is coming...According to Microsoft’s IE Blog, the new version of the Internet Explorer browser will be ready this month, and some web developers are concerned about the new version’s compatibility with some websites.

IE7 will be available for download this month, with the new browser being delivered to Microsoft customers via automatic updates soon after.


Marketers in the dark: Visitors vs Concurrent Users - Web Capacity and Load Testing

When your sales conversion is lower than expected - asking the tech team for web performance metrics may not help: visitors per hour is not enough, concurrent users is plain unhelpful.


Murdoch to make peace with YouTube?

Various reports indicate that Myspace-owner Rupert Murdoch will meet up with Google later this week -- a sign that the media mogul no longer wants to destroy YouTube. At least for now. 


Jakob Nielsen’s tips on increasing community participation

In his latest post, usability guru Jakob Nielsen talks about participation inequality and gives some tips on how websites can overcome this problem.

In any given online community, be it a discussion board or a site such as Amazon which uses customer reviews to help sell its products, the rule of thumb is that 90% of users (Nielsen calls them lurkers) will never contribute.


Witty vs descriptive headlines - what works best?

The Google Pony Danny Sullivan has fired off a few rounds at the authors over at Google Blog, who habitually use non-descriptive headlines such as ‘Greetings, Earthlings!’ and, our favourite: ‘Yes, you can have a pony’.

As an expert in SEO you’d think Danny’s beef would be linked to a lack of keywords in titles, but this isn’t in fact the problem...


Richard Edelman on PR and blogs

Richard Edelman, CEO of PR heavyweight Edelman, is holding a Q&A session later today via FT.com on the joy-filled subjects of 'blogs and PR'.


Google tightens grip on UK search market

Google has increased its dominance of the UK’s search market this year, according to new figures that also show almost 1m searches are being conducted per hour by British web users.


Study: ‘social local search’ catching on

Hitwise research director LeeAnn Prescott has released some data showing traffic to local directories employing user generated content (UGC) is growing faster than traditional 'yellow pages' (directory) sites.


Clustering your search results

I have been thinking a lot about search lately, not only due to my reliance on Google that we all now share, but also because I currently reading an excellent book, The Search by John Batelle , about all things search and Google.

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Carphone Warehouse buys AOL's UK unit

Carphone Warehouse has announced an agreement to purchase AOL’s UK internet access business for £370m.

The retailer is believed to have fought off competition from BSkyB for the ISP, whose sale forms part of AOL’s refocus from subscriptions onto ad revenues.


UK broadband coverage will reach 64% in next 2 years

New research predicts rapid growth in UK broadband coverage over the next two years, with broadband penetration reaching levels of up to 90% in some areas. 

Point Topic's forecast uses data from each of the 222,000 Census areas in the UK, allowing them to paint a geographical picture of broadband take-up around the country.