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May 2011

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Social media strategies are back at the top of the news agenda, with continued explosive growth among Facebook, Twitter and YouTube reminding every company it needs to evolve its strategy to keep place with the what the platforms offer.

Facebook's facial recognition software sent European privacy advocates leaping for their email. Watch this play out through the summer and remember it was only a year ago that Zuckerberg landed the message that 'privacy is no longer a social norm'.

Enjoy the summaries, and the full stories from our team at the end of the links.


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Online banking survey: Customers satisfied, but don't want to get social
Brits are generally satisfied with their current online banking services, but are slow to take up mobile banking, and have little interest in connecting to their bank via social media platforms, according to a new survey. Over 1,000 online banking customers of the top five consumer-oriented retail banks in the UK (RBS, Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC, and Santander), were surveyed in April 2011 to investigate how they perceive and interact with the online banking services they use.
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26/05/2011

Twitter buys Tweetdeck after bidding war - report
Twitter has reportedly purchased UK-based social media app Tweetdeck for $40m, as the micro-blogging site looks to clamp down on third party apps. CNN cites unnamed sources that the deal was signed on Monday.
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25/05/2011

Toyota ties with Salesforce.com for branded social network
Toyota has partnered with Salesforce.com to build Toyota Friend, a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Toyota Friend will be powered by Salesforce Chatter, a private social network used by businesses, and will be offered, first in Japan, initially with Toyota's electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) due in 2011. For example, if an EV or PHV is running low on battery power, Toyota Friend would notify the driver to re-charge in the form of a "tweet"-like alert.
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25/05/2011

Yahoo integrates Facebook into new email service
Yahoo has launched its revamped email service, following a beta test, with a raft of new video and social media features. Yahoo first introduced its online email service in October as a beta test. It will now roll out the final version to its 284 million users worldwide today. The service is available in 43 markets and 26 languages around the world.
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24/05/2011

How influential are you? The Sunday Times 'Social List' ranks social media stars
The Sunday Times has launched the 'Social List', using data from 4 key social networks - Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook - to measure a person's influence online. Free to join, participants will need to link up whichever social networks they use and want to be included. Every morning The Sunday Times Social List will make its calculations. People's results will change daily as new people join and scores are updated.
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24/05/2011

Twitter sued in super-injunction row
An unnamed footballer is suing Twitter after details of a super-injunction he obtained were published on the micro-blogging site. The player, referred to as CTB in the court documents, is alleged to have had an affair with Imogen Thomas, a former Big Brother contestant. In what will be a landmark case for UK media laws, the player issued legal proceedings against US-based Twitter and "persons unknown" on Wednesday.
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23/05/2011

Google's social search goes global
Google has launched its social search tool in 19 new languages, giving users around the world a chance to refine search results based on friend's online recommendations. First launched in October 2009, the tool gives Google account holders suggested connections to those listed as friends on users' publicly available social network profile information and by crawling their Gmail contacts.
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23/05/2011

Time to buy shares in social media? LinkedIn valued at $4.25bn in stock exchange debut
LinkedIn has begun trading on the New York Stock Exchange, representing the first US-based social media firm to go public. In a successful IPO, LinkedIn - the social networking site aimed at professionals and the business community - raised $352.8m after raising the expected price range by 30 per cent from $32-35 to $42-45 a share and selling 7.84m shares.
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20/05/2011

Bing ramps up Facebook 'Like' data in search rankings
Microsoft has deepened its ties with Facebook to make Bing's search engine more social, as the two firms look to challenge Google's dominance of the search sector. The deal, an expansion of a previous search tie-up sealed last year, will see Microsoft add further Facebook information into Bing's search results, giving users a deeper look into their "friends" likes and dislikes.
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19/05/2011

LinkedIn audience growth rate hits 1m new members a week
Crossed the tipping point and from Singapore to South London, the niche business network is firmly embedded in the mainstream, growing at a rate similar to Facebook a few years back. What does it mean for you? LinkedIn now has over 100 million professionals using its network globally, growing at roughly 1 Million new LinkedIn members every week. The growth of the business-based social network is equal to more than one new professional joining the network every second.
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13/05/2011

Twitpic faces backlash for selling rights to users' photos
Photo-sharing tool Twitpic now has the right to sell images posted by their users, prompting outrage from some of its members. The US-based website, which is used by millions, was forced to apologise and clarify its position after moving to claim the right to sell users' photos without getting their permission.
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13/05/2011

Renren shares fall after IPO: Sign of a Chinese internet bubble?
Shares of China's largest social networking firm Renren have lost almost all the gains made since its US stock market debut last week, trading down 8%. The drop follows lingering accounting concerns and fears of further regulation and censorship from China's government.
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12/05/2011

Did Facebook accidentally leak user data to advertisers?
Facebook may have accidentally exposed personal user data to advertisers and other third parties for several years, according to new research. Two security researchers at Symantec Corp posted in a blog on Tuesday that a Facebook programming error (since fixed) could have allowed advertisers to access member profiles, photographs and chat messages and to post messages and mine personal data from them.
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12/05/2011

Delicious, Tap11.com and YouTube's founders - Hot dotcoms to watch
YouTube's founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley are making plans again. Last week's purchase of pioneering social bookmark tool Delicious has been followed by a social intelligence tool, Tap11.com. It's all through their holding company Avos, but given the track record, there's a lot we should be expecting from Chen and Hurley. Tap11 looks set to give heavyweight competition to Radian6 and Sysomos - and after Yahoo's fumbling, Delicious will be hungry to prove what it can do. More on the hot dotcoms...
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11/05/2011

First US social network to go public: LinkedIn to be valued at $3bn in IPO
Business-based social network LinkedIn plans to sell stock at $32 to $35 per share in an initial public offering that would value the professional social-networking firm at more than $3bn, the company said in a government document. As the first US social-networking firm to go public, LinkedIn is capturing the attention of investors who want to cash in on a hot technology sector now dominated by the much larger Facebook.
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11/05/2011

YouTube online movie rental launch
LoveFilm, iTunes and Amazon are bracing themselves for a major launch from Google-owned YouTube into the online movie business. A global deal with key Hollywood studios will give YouTube access to 3,000 online movie titles to rent in its movie store. This is a major step in the battle for long-form content and the ownership of the consumer video rental sector. Big opportunities for brands and advertisers getting pre-roll video ad units into market, as well as for content owners who want to licence video alongside DVD releases...
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11/05/2011

Could super-injuctions take down Twitter?
A Twitter account naming super-injunction celebrities attracted over 34,000 followers in less than a day, sparking fears that the micro-blogging site could face pressure from the UK legal establishment. The tweets, which were all posted early afternoon on Sunday, list the alleged subjects of some of the super-injunctions awarded in recent months. The Twitter user claimed to 'out' a number of celebrities but some appeared to contain errors.
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09/05/2011

Bin Laden death sparks record Twitter surge
The death of Osama bin Laden broke Twitter records, with "the highest sustained rate of tweets ever", according to the micro-blogging service. For more than an hour there were over 3,000 tweets per second about bin Laden, peaking at 5,106 tweets per second as President Obama addressed Americans. On the night of his death, from 10:45 - 2:20am ET, there was an average of 3,000 Tweets per second.
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04/05/2011

YouTube founders buy social bookmarking firm Delicious from Yahoo
YouTube has bought the online social-bookmarking service Delicious from Yahoo for an undisclosed sum. The announcement was made by YouTube foundes Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have recently founded a new Internet firm called Avos.
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03/05/2011

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Internet use in Mexico - strong growth, broadening market, but massive untapped potential
The rise of internet use in marketing is happening much faster in Mexico. From the pavement cafes of Polanco to the glass box skyscrapers of Santa Fe, in Mexico City Danny Meadows-Klue finds a growing internet economy and ambitious marketers readily using online tools from search to mobile and keen to exploit everything social media has to offer in Mexico.
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31/05/2011

Internet 'hero and villain' nominations announced
Piracy, copyright and free speech are the key issues reflected in 'Internet Heroes and Villains award nominations for this year's ISPAs awards. The awards, presented by the Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA UK), look to name (and shame) figures that played a key role in shaping the internet industry this year.
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27/05/2011

"Learn how to hack in 15 minutes": Online tutorials show extent of security threat
People can learn how to hack into someone's account in less than 15 minutes findings from a live investigation revealed. (CPP), a small group of volunteers with limited technological knowledge, who signed a disclaimer saying they would not use the information for illegal or malicious attacks, followed a online tutorial using a 'man in the middle' technique to hack into a computer network and obtain each other's login details.
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27/05/2011

Latin America: Cookie deletion leads to severe audience over-estimates
There is a discrepancy between server-based and panel-based data and reveals that cookie deletion that can lead to large overstatements in server logs' measurement of the size of online audiences, according to a new study in Latin America. The study, from comScore, found that without appropriate adjustments, server-based audience reports can be inflated up to 2.5 times the actual number of unique visitors. The study analyzes behaviours in Latin America, including individual market analysis for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
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27/05/2011

UK websites given extra year to comply with Cookie privacy law
Website operators have an extra year's 'grace period' to change the way they use cookies to comply with new laws, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. From today, UK laws based on the EU's Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive will force websites to obtain users' consent in order to store cookies. Cookies are small text files that record user activity on websites. Cookies can be used for a variety of purposes, such as the analysis of consumer browsing habits or remembering payment details when buying products online.
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26/05/2011

Music sales: Indie labels' market share '57% higher online'
Music artists on independent record labels are enjoying a far greater proportion of online sales than physical sales, according to new data. The figures, from Merlin, the global licensing agency for independent labels (the "virtual fifth major" on account of the slice of the market it represents), demonstrate the growing significance of the independent label sector in the new music industry.
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24/05/2011

China internet use - a snapshot of online audiences
The energy of the Chinese internet industry is as loud and ceaseless as the building work in Shanghai's skyscraper forest. China's internet market is vast, and growing. More than 470m people are online in China, accounting for around 35% of the country's 1.3billion citizens. In the net bars and offices of Shanghai, Danny Meadows-Klue discovers a hunger to use the web that spans from business to education. The urban landscape in China is changing fast, but the digital landscape many times faster. Most Western firms have no idea what's coming...
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23/05/2011

British small businesses generating £36bn online annually
British small businesses are now generating online revenues in excess of £36bn a year, according to new independent research However, this only makes up 2.4% of small business turnover, where larger enterprises attribute up to 18.7% of their turnover to online channels. The study, published by online advice site knowthenet.org.uk, looked at how small businesses in Britain are using the Internet to save money and grow their revenues.
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23/05/2011

Hargreaves report: 10 steps to shake up UK copyright laws for digital world
As part of a new Government-backed report, Professor Ian Hargreaves has made 10 major recommendations to free-up restrictive intellectual property and copyright laws that "obstruct innovation and economic growth in the UK". The 123-page report found that businesses aiming to take advantage of opportunities in areas such as the internet are being held back by often archaic laws.
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19/05/2011

Nearly half of non-web users are disabled
Almost a half (48.3 per cent) of people who have never used the Internet are disabled, according to data published for the first time by ONS. Over a third (35.9 per cent) of disabled people have never been online. This compares to only 11.9 per cent for people with no disability.
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19/05/2011

World's biggest online market: China tops 477m web users
The number of Internet users in China reached 477 million at the end of March 2011, according to government sources. The figure comes from the Telecommunications Administration Bureau, which falls under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The country is already the world's largest online market, but the new data shows a rapid take up of new web users in the past three months alone.
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18/05/2011

China internet access restrictions on VPN, MSN, search and social media
Online access rights are tightening again in China - at least that's the experience of many people online behind the 'Great Firewall of China'. Key tools such as VPN, alongside global media properties such as MSN seem to be targeted as part of a broad change in access rights in China. Big implications for multinationals working in China, as well as a reminder of how unsettled the changing internet regulatory frameworks are...
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17/05/2011

How the web changed Singapore politics overnight - election of a '1st world parliament'
Singapore's general election proves to be the most democratic in 40 years as the PAP ruling party's share of vote tumbles to 60%, with opposition members joining to parliament in the big regional wards for the first time. In Singapore, Danny Meadows-Klue finds out how Twitter, Facebook and independent online media have changed voter expectations and the political mandate forever.
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13/05/2011

Govt. campaign puts '£100 PCs' on sale this week
Lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox has launched the next phase of the Government-backed 'Race Online Campaign' with low price recycled PC products launched nationally today with prices starting from £92.
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12/05/2011

Internet regulation in China - New structures to meet new challenges
The regulation of online content and businesses has proved a difficult challenge for all countries. Latest to change their approach is China, with the government this week announcing a new agency to oversee internet regulation in China. This comes as big Chinese firms float in the US and investors are looking for clearer guidance about what the government will (and will not) allow online. Internet regulation in China has been a sensitive area since the 90s and the role of the new State Internet Information Office to "direct, co-ordinate and supervise online content management" marks a significant shift in its importance. But investors take note - the government department will also "handle administrative approval of businesses related to online news reporting". More details on the regulatory framework...
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10/05/2011

Top 100 global brands: Apple overtakes Google
Apple has overtaken Google as the 'world's most valuable brand', bringing an end to four years of dominance by the search giant, according to new research. The annual 'BrandZ' report from WPP-owned research agency Millward Brown, calculated brand power using a combination of quantitative customer research and financial analysis. According to the report, the value of Apple's brand grew to $153.5bnn while Google's brand slipped 2% to $111.4bn.
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09/05/2011

Top 30 web properties in Europe
Google Sites ranked as the top European web property in March, attracting 330.3 million unique visitors and reaching 90.8 percent of the total European Internet audience, according to new research from comScore. The data shows Microsoft Sites ranked second with 272.8 million visitors (75.0 percent reach), followed by Facebook.com in third place with 234.6 million visitors (64.5 percent reach).
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06/05/2011

Top 20 European countries by web use
Germany has the most web users in Europe, but the Dutch and British spend the most time online, according to new data from comScore. The data provides an overview of Internet usage in Europe, showing 363.7 million unique people went online in March 2011 for an average of 26 hours per person.
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05/05/2011

Digital royal wedding stats round-up
If William and Catherine didn't invite you, then maybe you're one of the 400m who tuned in on YouTube? Twitter traffic spiked at 300 Tweets-per-second (with Kate's sister earning a hashtag or two); Facebook tracked around 75 status updates per second; mobile network O2 estimated 65m digital photos snapped on mobiles on the big day; the BBC sites crashed briefly; and mobile GSM masts throughout the royal parks kept the net, working. A big day for the young couple; a big day for the web.
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05/05/2011

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60% of consumers 'click on mobile ads once a week'
Most mobile users (60%) click on mobile ads at least one a week, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by mobile ad network Mojiva, found that half of users indicated that they would play a game, download an application, or visit a Web site after seeing an ad. However, only 22% said they would make a purchase, and only 40% would download a coupon.
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27/05/2011

Google set to launch Android 'mobile wallet'
Google is today expected to unveil to a new "digital wallet" feature in the US, letting consumers pay for items using their smartphone rather than credit cards. The feature will be powered by near-field communications technology, which allows devices to transmit data from about four inches apart. The service will be available on US mobile network Sprint, according to a Bloomberg report.
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26/05/2011

Orange and Barclaycard 'Quicktap' app turns mobiles into credit cards
Orange and Barclaycard have launched 'Quick Tap', a contactless mobile payment service which allows consumers to make purchases on the high street using their mobile phone for the first time. The landmark launch means that in addition to using contactless cards or chip and PIN, consumers can tap their mobile phone on a contactless reader at tills in over 50,000 stores to make purchases £15 and under.
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23/05/2011

O2 developing mobile wallet app
Intelligent Environments, a digital banking provider and part of the Parseq Group, has signed a three year contract to work with O2 to build, host and manage the application for its mobile wallet service. O2 has announced that it will launch its mobile wallet service in the 2nd half of 2011, offering consumers a range of financial services, including mobile shopping, mobile phone top up and even exchanging money with friends. The multi-functionality app being built by Intelligent Environments is set to revolutionise the way that consumers manage and spend money on the go.
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23/05/2011

Mobile emails up 81% on last year
There has been an 81% growth in email activity on mobile, with viewership also increasing on tablets such as the iPad, according to new research. The findings, from Return Path's "Email on the Move: The Future of Mobile Messaging" study, examines where, when and how email is most often read across webmail, desktop and mobile platforms.
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20/05/2011

Android phones 'vulnerable to attack'
Nearly all (99.7%) of Google's Android phones are vulnerable to hackers, according to new research. The researchers from German University ULM found that the authentication tokens, which are sent when a Google user accesses their contacts, photos or calendar from their phone, are unencrypted and sent over non-secure networks. The data being leaked is typically used to get at web-based services such as Google Calendar.
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19/05/2011

Mobile internet access - Smartphone use leaps 83%
Want to see a tipping point as it happens? Look at global smartphone penetration this year... Latest data on smartphones from Canalys uncovers a global leap in smartphone use as sales of smartphones rise 83% year-on-year. In the first quarter of 2011 over 100m mobiles with smartphone capabilities were sold. Android's market share leapt from 10 to 35%, and Nokia's Symbian operating system came in at 26%. More data on smartphone use...
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10/05/2011

Vodafone debuts mobile charger and SMS payment in taxis
Vodafone has launched a new service that lets its customers charge their phones in the back of select London taxi cabs, and even pay cabbies via SMS. Vodafone has teamed up with Taxis in London for the SMS taxi payment scheme, to create their own branded 'wrapped' vehicles. 2000 'wrapped' taxis are being introduced to the capital this week, riding on the nation's renewed patriotic sentiment following the Royal Wedding, by adorning their taxi fleet with Union Jacks.
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04/05/2011

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Online video ads 'get 18% more attention than TV ads'
Viewers pay more attention to online video ads than to TV commercials, and have better product recall, according to a new study. The research, from video ad network YuMe and IPG Media Lab, measured the reactions of 48 viewers watching one hour of programming.
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27/05/2011

Email marketing mistaken as spam rises 50%
Email marketers' lack of best practice forced a near 50% jump in emails not being delivered to the inboxes of UK customers of major Internet Services Providers (ISPs) over 2010, according to new research. The growing pressure on ISPs to protect their customers from malicious email - such as spam, phishing and spoofing emails - means marketers' emails carrying technical, reputation and content characteristics of spam are not being delivered to consumers' inboxes, either going missing completely or diverted into spam folders.
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27/05/2011

Click-through rates 'three times higher from mobiles'
Click-through rates from search results displayed on a mobile phone in the UK are 2.7 times higher than from computers, according to new research. The study from performance marketing company, Efficient Frontier, shows a stark contrast to the US, where click-through rates from mobiles are 30 percent lower. This may be because there are fewer competitors advertising on mobile in the UK; one should bear in mind that the CTR was approximately 5 percent in the early days of display, the report suggested.
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17/05/2011

Only half of marketing departments 'carry a revenue target' - survey
There is a misalignment between the objectives of marketing departments and CEOs, according to the results of a new survey. The research from Revenue Performance Management solutions Eloqua determined that only half (51 per cent) of marketing departments carry a revenue target, despite revenue growth being cited as the single most important metric for CEOs.
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10/05/2011

Traditional metrics 'inflating online ad reach 2.6 times'
Traditional audience measurement metrics that do not adjust for cookie deletion overestimate the number of unique users by two to threefold, according to a new report. The MediaMind semi-annual Benchmark research was based on 26 billion impressions served from Jan to Dec 2010. It found metrics that don't adjust for cookie deletion, limits advertisers' ability to assess the effectiveness of their campaign in reaching their target audience.
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05/05/2011

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Digital regulatory compliance - get it right, right now
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Brits spent £300bn since 2000 - IMRG
Another major milestone has been reached in the growth of online shopping: £300bn has been spent online since the launch of the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index in April 2000. The Index uses real sales data from retailers to track the performance of the UK e-retail market. The annual value of the market has grown from £0.8bn in 2000 to £58.8bn in 2010. IMRG forecast that the total market will be worth £69bn in 2011. The strongest performing sectors continue to be clothing and electricals, with both recording consistently strong growth since the Index launched.
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26/05/2011

Online shopping in April: Top e-tailers give their views
The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed continuing strong growth for online sales in April, with shoppers in the UK spending a total of £5.2 billion online, a significant 19% more than April 2010 and equivalent to £84 per person. In this article, key figures form the UK online retail sector talk to the IMRG about their views on the current market.
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25/05/2011

Top 50 online retailers in the UK
The London 2012 Ticket site has been the most popular new ecommerce site so far this year, while Tesco overtook Play to become the third most searched-for online retailer in the UK, according to new research from the IMRG and Experian Hitwise. The London 2012 Ticket site ranked 35 for May 2011 as UK internet users applied to see sporting events at next year's Olympic Games. Meanwhile, the fastest climbers year-on-year in the HOT 100 were National Express (up 23 places), Republic (+22), Bhs (+22), House of Fraser (+20), Boots (+18) and Sainsbury's (+17).
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24/05/2011

Brits spent £5.2bn online in April: Travel sector suffers from UK heatwave
The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed continuing strong growth for online sales in April, with shoppers in the UK spending a total of £5.2 billion online, a significant 19% more than April 2010 and equivalent to £84 per person. This is in contrast to a recent report from a leading analyst house, which predicts the high-street will remain stagnant for the next decade.
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23/05/2011

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Google debuts first UK TV commercial
Google has broadcast its first advert on UK TV, during the Champions League Final last weekend. The advert promoted the firm's own web browser, Chrome, using an advert that has been previously seen in the US as a father documents the life of his daughter.
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31/05/2011

Chinese search giant Baidu mulls overseas expansion
Baidu is planning an expansion into more overseas markets, as the Chinese search engine looks to capitalize on its booming domestic business. The company, which already has a Japanese-language search engine in Japan, is currently in the process of identifying new markets to target next according to Baidu Inc senior vice president Shen Haoyu. He was speaking at a technology event in Beijing. According to Shen, Baidu was setting up a multi-language platform to get the company ready once it decided to go to a market.
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27/05/2011

Rural broadband boost? Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale test UK's first 4G broadband
Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale have joined forces to test next generation 4G 'LTE' high speed broadband to customers. If successful, the trial will see mobile and fixed broadband coming together for the first time in the UK, providing a significant boost to rural Britain's access to high speed internet services.
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26/05/2011

Google boosts product search with Sparkbuy acquisition
Google has bought six month-old electronics price comparison site SparkBuy, as the in internet giant looks to boost its product search capabilities. The Seattle based start-up lets users search for consumer electronics based on numerous preferences. SparkBuy was founded by the successful tech entrepreneur Dan Shapiro, who also founded Ontela which was sold to photo sharing platform Photobucket.
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25/05/2011

Yandex set for second biggest tech IPO of the year?
Ahead of its flotation on the US stock exchange, Russian search giant Yandex will be offering shares at roughly twice the price of Google, relative to earnings, it has been revealed this week. Yandex is Russia's largest search engine, accounting for over 60 per cent of searches, while rival Google lags behind because its searches in Cyrillic are not as effective as their English service.
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24/05/2011

Guardian website tops UK newspaper usability table
The Guardian has been named most user-friendly news provider, surpassing other popular UK news providers including The Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, according to a new study.
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18/05/2011

Zavvi owner Hut Group valued at £250m for flotation
Online retailer The Hut Group is expected to be valued at £200m to £250m when it floats on the stock market, according to a news report. The Manchester Evening News reports that The Hut is expected to float in the autumn or early next year.
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18/05/2011

Playstation Network back online... 26 days after hack
The SonyPlayStation Network is up and running once again, 26 data after it a hacker attack that resulted in the personal details of over 100 million customers being stolen. Customers will need to apply an automatic security patch 3.61 to their PS3s and change their passwords to get access to the revamped network.
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16/05/2011

Online payments on China: Yahoo and Alibaba try to mend ties
Yahoo and Alibaba Group issued a joint statement on Sunday, as the two companies look to resolve a dispute over a Chinese online payment service. Last week it was revealed that Alibaba Group had transferred ownership of its popular online payment service Alipay to a Chinese company controlled by Alibaba Group CEO, Jack Ma. Yahoo has a 43 percent stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. But the two companies have had a rocky relationship in the past.
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16/05/2011

Chinese web flotation of Jiayuan dating site
The latest major Chinese web property to float on the US stock market is the dating site Jiayuan. Along with US twin Friendfinder, it failed to capture investor confidence with shares losing ground in early trading on Nasdaq last week. New York still seems to be the place for flotation, but have the investors judged this one right? Judge the numbers yourself...
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16/05/2011

Google cuts out Microsoft with cloud-based laptop 'Chromebook'
Google has launched its Chromebook laptop, built "for the web only", as the internet giant looks to take on Microsoft and Apple in the operating system market. Through the new machines, Google is hoping to convince people to switch to storing data online instead of on hard drives, which they claim makes their new machines run significantly faster than traditional computers.
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13/05/2011

Yahoo shares show stock sensitivity for China market strategy
Stock market analysts marked down Yahoo this week on news that the strategy for China was unclear. Shares fell 7% in a day when the portal stated it was "engaged in ongoing discussions" about the future of its stake in Alibaba. This came after the Chinese ecommerce business sold control of its Alipay payment platform to a firm with a majority ownership by its CEO Jack Ma. The transfer of ownership seems likely to be a result of incoming regulations about Chinese internet firms and the market reaction typifies both the current risks facing internet stocks in China and uncertainty over the future of non-Chinese brands.
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13/05/2011

Google's special $500m legal fund: Expecting fines from ad probe?
How often do you wade through the regulatory filings of dotcoms? Not the most exciting of digital papers, but a tenacious researcher would have spotted one interesting item in Google's recent footnotes - a $500m fund to settle the probe from US Department of Justice investigation into its ad practices. An accounting trick to reduce profits, or the expectation that there is a storm coming?
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12/05/2011

Microsoft's $8.5bn gamble on Skype: Can they make the leap into VoIP integration?
It's a massive sum for a company that doesn't turn a profit, but could internet phone company Skype finally get the step-change it needs? Microsoft's dominance in Office could see Skype integrated into the operating systems of hundreds of millions of PCs, as well as the growing Windows Mobile platforms. This could be game changing, but given Microsoft's history of its previous phone services, the precedents are not great. Here's the details of the massive deal; next stop is your desktop...
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11/05/2011

Top 20 car brand searches: Ford takes pole position
Ford takes the lead as the most searched for Automotive brand in the UK, accounting for just over 11% of all branded searches between January 2011 and March 2011, according to new research. The data, from Experian Hitwise's first UK Automotive Brand Index, reveals the 20 most popular Automotive manufacturers online.
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11/05/2011

Google online music store launch: cloud storage for 20,000 songs
The countdown is underway to the launch of a major global play for music by the world's largest online media property. At the I/O developer conference there was intensive talk of the long awaited Google music platform. More on what to expect as the testing goes mainstream...
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10/05/2011

Playstation Network down for 3 more weeks?
Sony has further delayed the relaunch of the PlayStation Network following a security breach which led to the theft of personal data from 100 million online accounts. The company, which had planned to reopen online services by the weekend, is apparently still busy testing newly installed security measures to ensure that the network is protected against any future attacks.
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10/05/2011

Wall Street Journal takes on Wikileaks with whistle blowing site
The Wall Street Journal launched "SafeHouse" a new site that lets people anonymously post online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics. SafeHouse's security features include file encryption and the possibility for a contributor or whistleblower to remain anonymous. The site is located on secure servers managed directly by Journal editors. The Journal said SafeHouse's interests include "politics, government, banking, Wall Street, deals and finance, corporations, labor, law, national security and foreign affairs."
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09/05/2011

DraftFCB buys UK digital agency Blue Baracuda
DraftFCB has bought London-based Blue Barracuda, as part of agency's new 'international mergers and acquisitions programme'. Founded in 2002, Blue Barracuda provides full-service digital strategies for such clients as Pizza Hut, Getty Images, Roche Pharmaceuticals, and Nectar. The move means the firm will no longer operate as a stand-alone brand following the merger, but DraftFCB London will use the strapline: "Fuelled by Blue Barracuda."
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06/05/2011

Spotify takes on iTunes with iPod sync service
Spotify has launched an app letting users synchronise playlists and songs bought through its music streaming service with Apple's iPod. The move signals a new phase in the Swedish firm's strategy as it struggles to monetise its popular ad-funded music streaming service. It is also a clear challenge to iTunes, as the new service bypasses the need for iPod users to access the Aplle's market leading music store.
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05/05/2011

Amazon debuts 'flash sale' fashion site
Amazon has launched MyHabit.com, holding brief online "flash" sales of clothes. With the new site, Amazon aims to emulate the success of flash sales and group buying sites such as Gilt. Myhabit sells high-end apparel for men, women and children at deep discounts. The sales start at the same time each day, and shoppers must make their purchases before the clock, or the quantity, runs out.
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05/05/2011

Russian search giant Yandex to float on stock exchange this month?
Yandex, Russia's most popular internet search engine, plans to set the price of its planned initial public offering on U.S. stock exchange Nasdaq by May 23, according to a news report. Reuters cites two sources close to the placement saying the search giant is planning on its shares going public to boost expansion. One source told Reuters that the company, which plans to raise up to $1 billion through the sale of new and existing shares in May, will announce a price range on May 6 or 9.
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