23 January 2008

Google Base Pt 1: How Do I Get My Site Listed in the Google Local Results

Since the day Google first introduced local listings at the top of the results page, they’ve been gradually forcing the natural listings below the fold. As a result, Google base has become increasingly important in achieving “above the fold” listings and optimising Google base feeds is becoming a new sub-genre within Google SEO. Now, when I search for Paris Hotels …

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23 January 2008

School starts for the first Tamar Bursary holder

Simo Simo (holder of the first Tamar bursay) started school last week at St Cyprians. Nicky and I were invited to go along to the new parents evening. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see Simo but we met up with her parents Muvuyo and Sindiswa. Muvuyo says that Simo is loving St Cyprians and has already chosen tennis and swimming …

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23 January 2008

Yahoo employees to be sacked?

Social Networking sites together with slow revenue growth have led to Yahoo considering the firing of hundreds of workers. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have both reported on Yahoo’s cost-cutting plans, stating that a final decision on retrenchments won’t happen until late January. Yahoo’s number of employees stand at roughly 14,000 and it is said that …

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23 January 2008

Facebook in talks with Nokia

Two communication giants to start a partnership? Facebook could be coming to a Nokia near you sooner than you think! According to a report yesterday social media giant, Facebook is currently in talks with mobile manufacturer Nokia to have its software built into thousands of handsets. The Finnish mobile company is apparently developing ways to promote a mobile version of …

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22 January 2008

Pownce Opens To Public Tonight At Midnight

It is a service that allows uses to send messages, files, links and events to friends. The site has been in beta for more than six months and founders Leah Culver, Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka have decided that it is ready to officially releases and at midnight tonight PST Pownce will leave private beta. This will of course allow …

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22 January 2008

Yahoo! integrates Delicious into results

The latest news on Yahoo! is that they are testing the integration of Delicious user generated bookmarks into the search results. This comes as no surprise considering Yahoo! acquired Delicious in late 2005. In the weeks to come, some users will see a Delicious icon as part of their search results. The icon will tell how many people have bookmarked …

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22 January 2008

Video Search in China

According to iResearch, there were 77,342,000 Chinese people searching for videos online in November 2007, this was a 17.1% increase when compared to October.   The rate has maintained a systematically high level of growth over the last 6 months.  This is mainly due to the gradual development of video websites services in China and the increasing demand for online videos. …

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21 January 2008

Is China the biggest internet user in the world?

US under threat as #1 for internet usage Last week, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) issued its 21st Statistical Survey Report on the Internet Development in China (so far in Chinese only, unfortunately). They reported that mainland China had 210 million internet users at the end of 2007, making China the second highest Internet user population in the …

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21 January 2008

Google Announces Checkout Trends

The Official Google Checkout Blog announced on Thursday that they now have Google Checkout Trends. Patterned after Google Trends, Google Checkout Trends charts the data of relative revenues from merchants using Google Checkout. This allows the user to see  a picture of what items are popular over time, and how two items compare with one another. For example, you can …

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18 January 2008

MySQL for a Billion Dollars

Probably one of the biggest stories of the week is that Sun will be purchasing open source database vendor MySQL for a whopping $1 Billion. The price tag might have set tongues wagging, but even more tantalising is the question which immediately arose in the minds of IT managers world wide: Now that Sun owns MySQL, what on earth are …

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