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Holiday Shopping, Part 3: Are You Making the Most of Site Search?

For all the hoopla over search engine marketing, there is another method that could dramatically increase conversion rates for e-commerce players: site search. Site search can be as much as three times more likely to convert site visitors to buyers, according to a WebSideStory study. Last year, site...

Al-Qaeda May Launch Cyber Attack on Financial Sites, Warns US

The U.S. government on Thursday issued a warning to American private financial services of a possible cyber attack by an Islamist militant group against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning on Friday. The group, reportedly associated with al-Qaeda, is seeking to hack and destroy the ...

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AIS CEO Reveals the Seven Deadly E-Commerce Sins

More than a third of shoppers who have a poor experience on a Web site abandon the site entirely, according to JupiterResearch, and 75 percent are likely not to shop on that site again. That's a loud and clear wake up call to e-tailers. Now that you are awake, it's time to find out exactly what "poo...

AMD Launches Vista-Compatible Quad FX Platform

Just two weeks after the debut of Intel's quad-core chips, AMD on Thursday announced its Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect architecture. AMD is touting the Quad FX as the first dual-socket, multi-core desktop PC platform designed to work with Windows Vista Ultimate. Intel has been acc...

Microsoft Rolls Out Vista, Office 2007 for Business

Microsoft on Thursday launched its Windows Vista operating system for businesses, along with Office 2007 suite and Exchange Server 2007. Microsoft made the introduction at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York City. The software giant is also celebrating 20 years as a publicly traded company. After ...

BitTorrent Buddies Up With TV, Movie Companies

File-sharing vendor BitTorrent on Wednesday announced a slew of partnerships with film and television companies, as it slowly boosts its sullied reputation as a tool for media pirates. The company has reached agreements with 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa Pictures USA, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm ...

Nintendo Celebrates Wii’s Triumph Over PS3

A bragging Nintendo has declared an early victory over rival Sony in the video console wars. Of the more than 600,000 Nintendo Wii systems sold in the Americas since Nov. 19, 400,000 were sold in the U.S. -- at a rate of nearly one unit sold per second since its launch. Including just first-party so...

YouTube Strikes Exclusive Content Deal With Verizon

Video-sharing phenom YouTube on Tuesday announced a content distribution deal with Verizon, the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The deal marks YouTube's first strategic mobile distribution agreement and could signal a new trend for the Google-owned social networking Web site. In early De...

Holiday Shopping, Part 2: Tweaking SEO and SEM Strategies

As the holiday shopping season approaches, most large retailers have already locked down their Web sites as they prepare for a profitable ride. Nonetheless, e-tailers should keep an eye on their search strategies -- and change what is not working -- en route to seasonal sales. Experts recommend cust...

PS3, Wii Command Scalpers’ Prices – Xbox Sitting Pretty

Watching the reports of video game console sales early this holiday shopping season has been like watching a thoroughbred horse race. The only problem is two of the horses are already out of the race, at least temporarily. As anticipated, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii sold out very quickly...

Online Video Cuts Into TV Viewing Habits

Online video is eating into the market share of traditional television viewing time, according to a recent ICM survey conducted for the BBC. Forty-three percent of Brits who viewed video on the Internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they spent less time watching traditional TV as a...

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Former NASA Chief Architect Brad Hines on Solar Power’s Comeback

Once considered the dark horse in solar's current race to the rooftop, solar concentrators are making a major comeback. Solar investment veterans RockPort Capital Partners and Nth Power recently led a US$8 million Series A round for Practical Instruments. The company plans to use the funds to launch...

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Free Software Foundation’s Stallman Sets the Record Straight

Richard Stallman is a free software pioneer. As president of the Free Software Foundation and founder of the GNU Project, he is also an evangelist of a free society in which people have inaliable rights to run, study, copy and distribute software. As such, Stallman is often grieved when he reads new...

Disney, Comcast Ink Content Mega Deal

Disney jumped into the video-on-demand cable arena on Tuesday in a mega deal with Comcast. The long-term distribution agreement, which includes 10 ABC-owned broadcast television stations and the Disney networks, extends the Disney-Comcast relationship into the next decade. The deal will see hit prog...

Palm Launches Treo 680 With Content Partners

Palm on Wednesday introduced its Treo 680 smartphone amid plenty of fanfare and even more partnerships. The phone is available in four colors -- crimson, copper, arctic and graphite -- and retails for US$399. Cingular subscribers, however, can get the device for $199 through an exclusive deal with ...

IBM Targets SMBs With Identity Management Tools

Unveiling a scaled-down version of its ID management software, IBM on Monday tapped into what it sees as a growing demand among SMBs for online collaboration and secure transactions with trading partners. IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway will allow authorized SMB users to secur...

Court Ruling Protects ISPs From Libel Lawsuits

The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that ISPs and Internet publishers cannot be sued for posting or distributing libelous material written by others. At issue in the ACLU v. Gonzales case was the Child Online Protection Act, which would impose criminal sanctions for posting content deemed h...

Holiday Shopping, Part 1: Familiar Trends, Soaring Online Sales

The holiday shopping predictions are in. Forester Research reports online retail sales this holiday season will reach US$27 billion in the United States alone. JupiterResearch is a little more optimistic, adding $5 billion more to that cheery figure. Jupiter further predicts that a record 114 millio...

Universal Seeks Millions in MySpace Suit

Universal Music Group on Friday filed a lawsuit against MySpace.com, alleging that the Web site is building a business based on publishing stolen songs and music videos. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, called MySpace a "vast virtual warehouse" of pirated copyrighted ...

Yahoo Follows Google’s Lead With Newspaper Ad Deal

Striking back against rival Google, Yahoo on Monday inked a deal with seven publishing companies that will allow more than 150 papers to sell ads on its online classified service. The newspaper giants involved in the deal include Belo, Cox Newspapers, Hearst Newspapers, Journal Register, Lee Enterpr...

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