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Sportingbet chairman detained in US

Sportingbet's Peter DIcks Sportingbet has announced its chairman has been detained in the US while travelling on non-company business.

The British online gambling firm did not say whether Peter Dicks had been arrested, but immediately asked for its shares to be suspended "pending clarification of the situation".

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Danny Sullivan to leave Search Engine Watch

Well I got in the office early this morning to read that Danny Sullivan, the guy that set up Search Engine Watch back in 1996, has decided to leave both Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies.

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Kiko buyer revealed to be Tucows

The mysterious buyer of online calendar Kiko has stepped out of the shadows, revealing himself to be Elliot Noss, the CEO of Tucows.

Tucows, a software and applications aggregator, paid about a quarter of a million dollars to pick up Kiko, which was offloaded via eBay after the founders became distracted and started working on new projects (ok, Google Calendar had something to do with this too).

So why did they buy it?


Classified ads rise in popularity

Traffic to the largest classified advertising websites has grown by almost 50% in the last year, according to new research.


Business development strategies for digital agencies

Later this month we'll be hosting an event aimed at helping digital agencies to figure out how to win those projects that are worthwhile from a strategic perspective.

Why is this necessary? Well in these busy times there needs to be a little more thought involved in the business development cycle - it isn't 2002, when agencies were foraging for any sort of work.

On the face of it, digital / interactive agencies have never had it so good, but there are underlying reasons for pitching for Project X but declining to get involved with Project Y...


Should you Bump up your Desktop?

For most busy people, the desktop is their short term dumping ground for files that they intend to put somewhere specific. The BumpTop is meant to make your messy computer desktop more like a messy real desk top - but do users want that or would they find a file explorer's built in organisational system more usable?


Yahoo debuts Answers in UK

Yahoo UK has officially launched its Answers social search tool in what the portal says its biggest ad campaign for five years.

The Q&A service, which has been in beta since April, presents user-generated answers to queries rather than algorithm-based results.


Survey highlights sites' sway over music tastes

Recent moves by social networking sites into the digital music business have been backed by a new report.

The 2006 Digital Music Survey, carried out by Entertainment Media Research, shows the likes of Bebo and Myspace have a strong influence over the way listeners’ discover and purchase music online.


Paul Graham says "don't sweat about business models"

An interview with Paul Graham on TechCrunch is attracting flak from the blogosphere for the investment criteria he uses for Y Combinator.

Last week we witnessed the sale of Kiko, a well-designed Y Combinator-funded online calendar. The deal went through via eBay to an as-yet-undisclosed party, for a quarter of a million dollars. Which is a good return for Paul and the Kiko founders, but not the really big bucks that they would have seen had Google bought it. Google of course launched its own calendar app, integrated into Gmail, which prompted the Kiko sale.

So does a fire sale on eBay, albeit a profitable one, mean that Graham is any more correct when he advises startup founders not to worry about business models?


Rand's top tips on how to increase blog traffic

Rand at SEOmoz has published another fine article, this time on how to attract more traffic to your blog.

The article contains 21 tips, including ‘Choose the right blog software’, ‘Tag your content’, ‘Only one post in 20 can be linkbait’ and ‘Use a human voice’. Rand’s post is linkbait of the very best variety, since it is original, valuable content, so I’m linking to it.


Waterstone’s relaunches site as Amazon deal ends

High street book chain Waterstone’s  has relaunched its website as part of a bid to revive falling sales.

A soft launch of the site took place this week, with new features including a book club, suggestion lists and video feeds from authors.

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Why do banks suck so badly at online customer service?

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to ask Barclays why I was paying a monthly fee on an overdraft that I haven’t used for a long, long time.

I knew that finding an answer to this simple question could be a painful process, but I braced myself and set about to find out what was happening...