26 March 2008

Google Layout in China

Google’s homepage in China looks a bit different to the one that we know and love in the UK.  If you check it out you may be shown the normal page because of Google detecting where in the world you are and showing you what it thinks you want to be shown.  Anyways if you can’t see it don’t stress …

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26 March 2008

Yahoo! to join Google’s ‘Open Social’

My Space get into it as well! Yahoo and MySpace have confirmed that they are joining the Open Social platform to form the nonprofit OpenSocial Foundation along with Google. The Open Social platform allows developers to create a single application that works on multiple sites, which makes sense! It’s encouraging that we are seeing more and more collaberation between the …

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26 March 2008

The Mobile Search Battle

Opera, the Norwegian browser maker,  ended its cooperation with Yahoo , and chose Google  to again be  the  default search engine for  Opera Mobile and Opera Mini in 2008.  Just a year ago, Opera  had  dumped Google for Yahoo.   It is not going all Google’s way as earlier this year T-Mobile Europe replaced Google with Yahoo for its mobile portal …

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25 March 2008

no more Chinese walls

I was delighted to see today that the BBC website is now accessible from China. It was one of the frustrations on my last trip to Shangahi that it had been blocked by the Chinese government and all the more so because I patiently kept re-trying to access it convinced that there was a connection error until the penny dropped. …

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24 March 2008

REM’s new album on Facebook

Got iLike? Get album! REM are to feature songs from their new album ‘Accelerate’ via Facebook using the iLike application. I suspect that they are targeting a more ‘mature’ audience than that of Bebo! There are also videos of the band as well. Check it out as it is available for your listening pleasure today ahead of the April 1 …

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20 March 2008

How does PPC stack up to a good natural ranking?

Its official! Natural search delivers twice as much traffic as paid search for number one ranked terms.. We have been monitoring traffic for a number of competitive terms that have consistently ranked number one in the natural search rankings and compared these numbers with estimates from the Google Adwords Traffic Estimator. It becomes clear that the PPC numbers estimated by …

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20 March 2008

Trust Me!

Getting the Search Engines onside It doesn’t matter whether you have an online only business or a bricks and morter shop. Either way you need to install a level of trust before anyone will do business with you. And the same can be said of the search engines. They need to know that your business is a ‘safe’ one before …

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19 March 2008

something kinda ooooooh…

I’ve just got my paws on the MacBook Air and it’s gorgeous. Even thinner than my iPhone – check out the side-by-side comparison below. The reviews all  say  much the same thing: the MacBook Air is really, really thin, and a great machine so long as you don’t need the connectivity/ports it doesn’t have. I was also staggered by its …

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19 March 2008

Is Real Life What Happens Between Emails?

A video has appeared on YouTube advertising the many (?) advantages of Twitter, narrated by a slightly annoyingly voiced man, using paper cut-outs. As far as I can tell from the "related videos", it seems to be one in a series of videos aimed at explaining things in plain English. But in my opinion, this only serves to highlight how …

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19 March 2008

Facebook tightens up privacy

There are a number of stories floating around about some new Facebook features being released at the moment – the two biggest ones being a new Instant Messaging platform and some heightened security features for photos. Like the new (much-touted) profiles layout, the IM platform hasn’t been released yet so I shall put off commenting on that for now, but …

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