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Blinkx shares surge following London IPO

Shares in Blinkx, the video search engine that has floated on London's AIM market, rose by more than 40% on the first day of trading.

The company's share price leapt from 45p to 64p, something that increased Blinkx's valuation to £170m and subsequently prompted a number of mainstream media journalists to dredge up the words 'dotcom' and 'boom'.

Blinkx indexes more than 12m hours of video content, and claims to be the world's largest video search engine. The Times says Blinkx had about 1.1m searches a day last month and about 700,000 unique users daily.

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Google launches online security blog

Google has been addressing the issue of online security lately, and has launched the Google Online Security Blog as part of this effort.

Location of compromised websites

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M&S needs to learn lessons from Tesco Online

M&S has recruited internet starlet Martha Lane Fox in a bid to push its online operation, which appears to be performing well below its potential.

The former lastminute.com co-founder will join M&S as a non-executive director, it was announced today in tandem with the release of the company’s annual results.

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Virgin Wines relaunches, adds 'wine auctions'

Virgin Wines has relaunched its website, giving it a new look, and has added a new auction feature, so customers can bid against each other for cases of wine.

Virgin Wines auctions

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Amazon bans Zlio from selling its products

Zlio, a French startup which lets users set up their own DIY shops, has suffered a blow, as e-commerce giant Amazon has stopped Zlio shopkeepers from listing its products.

Interestingly, this ban only applies to the US, and Zlio shopkeepers in Europe will still be able to list Amazon's products. Zlio users set up their own DIY shops and earn affiliate commission on the products they sell.

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Interview with Richard Spalding of Kontraband

Richard Spalding is the MD and co-founder of Kontraband  - owner of the popular distraction site of the same name and viral marketing agency The 7th Chamber. The company's currently self-financing but has just appointed investment bank GP Bullhound to secure funding for an assault on the US.

We asked Richard about his plans for the future, and why viral is still an under-thought-of part of the marketing mix....

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Online Customer Service Tech market growing at 50% - new report

The UK market for Online Customer Service Solutions is growing at 50%, according to a new report published by E-consultancy.

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Free Email Marketing roundtable briefing

The latest report to drop off the E-consultancy production line is our Email Marketing Briefing which is the output from a roundtable we hosted in London last month. This report is free to registered users.   

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Google opens deeper search trend data

Google has opened up more of its search analysis data to the public in a new product offering called Hot Trends.

A cross between the search giant's parallel Zeitgeist and Trends offerings, which give journalists and other consumers access to search query popularity metrics, Hot Trends displays the hottest web searches on a more frequent basis.

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GPS comes to promotion marketing

Orange has unveiled a viral web game that uses a GPS tracking device attached to a bull in a field somewhere near Somerset.

Spot The Bull exploits the mobile network's sponsorship of the Glastonbury festival, offering prizes to players if they can correctly predict the location of the creature.

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Online ad spend booms, could rival TV

Internet advertising could overtake that on TV by 2011, according to one industry spokesperson.

Guy Phillipson, chief executive of the internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), made the prediction after the Advertising Association (AA) today released figures (pdf) showing online ad spend in the UK last year grew by almost  a half.

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Emap launches Heat magazine website

Emap has finally launched Heatworld, aka 'Heat magazine's website', just one week after CEO Tom Moloney was ousted having failed to devise / execute a successful digital strategy.

Emap launches Heatworld

Heatworld started off with a slight disappointment – I’d originally registered my interest via the holding page in receiving an email 'the minute Heatworld is launched', in order to be one of the first to see it. That didn’t materialise. Ho hum, no biggie.

This morning I visited the website and it is a good-looking effort with some interesting features. Several years too late, certainly, but it should allow Emap to reap some of the benefits of adopting a multichannel strategy with regards to its Heat brand.

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