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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18 January 2008

Work’s a breeze at Google

Employees at Google’s new development center in Fremont, Seattle have it easy. In between the three daily catered meals employees are able to play air hockey, darts and Foosball in the games room. If they need to de-stress they can pop down to nearby Lake Washington Ship Canal where kayaks are available for a midday paddle. The ‘office’ also boasts …

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18 January 2008

Google News Comes Good!

Finally they get it right, well sort of! We often give Google a hard time over the implementation and quality of their News results, and rightly so. But yesterday it was good to see them in action in a good way. The unfortunate plane crash at Heathrow showed just how quickly and accurately Google could amass information on a breaking …

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17 January 2008

Yahoo sign mobile Internet add deal with T-Mobile

Yahoo and T-Mobile announced today a deal whereby Yahoo will provide targeted display advertising on T-Mobile’s Internet service Web ‘n’ walk. Mobile Internet advertising has grown rapidly in the last few years and this has spurred on Yahoo to aggressively target deals to sell and manage ads. Yahoo hope for success as their own core Web search advertising business has …

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17 January 2008

Did Word-gamers shoot themselves in the foot?

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, you’ll no doubt have noticed the furore developing over the potential removal of Scrabulous from Facebook. It seems that the folk at Hasbro / Mattel (joint copyright owners of Scrabble) have finally woken up and realised that they’re missing a piece of the pie, and have demanded that the …

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17 January 2008

Tamar’s Charity

Along with the work and support of our ongoing relationship with the Vuyani School, Tamar has been working on creating a formal charity to support the work and fundraising that we are doing. The entire company brainstormed and then voted for a name for the  charity and the winning name was "Tamar Lifeline Charity"  — TLC for short. All of …

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17 January 2008

Is Apple untouchable?

I am by no means vastly experienced in the history of Apple versus Microsoft, but I grew up with a fair few geeks and I kept a keen ear for news. I remember the same argument I had over and over with a close friend of mine about the Mac and the PC. In my young naivety, I would profusely …

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17 January 2008

Call to Action / Conversion #5

Contact Us? If the customer has clicked on the Contact Us button then your website hasn’t really done its job. A good website should identify any questions and answer them. If users are frequently asking the same questions then they should be addressed on that page, rather than the customer having to travel to the FAQ’s section. If in order …

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