At least two major new features are arriving in Google’s webmaster tools console according to information from the SES San Jose conference and the official Google webmaster tools blog. The latter has announced support for the Internationalizing Domain Names in … Read More
North Korea is expected to get its own domain identity from ICANN, according to a France Press report via Inquirer.net. Internet access in the North of Korea is strictly limited – but the award of an internet identity for the … Read More
PC Advisor brings us the news that Google believes planned acquisitions of Chinese companies will give it the top search engine spot over incumbent Baidu. Google plans to buy at least two and invest in several more Chinese companies over … Read More
A report by PhoCusWright Inc says that the European market on average will hit 25% of transactions carried out online during 2007 – this figure was achieved in the US in 2004. There are, however some key differences in European … Read More
The Asia Digital Marketing Yearbook – www.asiadma.com gives Vietnam an internet population of 15.5 million users but reports that the country derives little economic benefit. “However, the internet is not used to any great effect: The websites of many ministries … Read More
The most popular 25 languages of Multilingual-Search.com in 2007 in terms of the percentage of the site’s visitors are:- English (United States) 45.73% English (United Kingdom) 19.56% English 3.28% French 3.12% German 2.80% Spanish 2.17% Russian 1.77% Italian 1.31% Japanese … Read More
The Business Standard reports on attempts that Yahoo is making to ‘improve its relevance to India’ by adding cities and listings portals. Both Yahoo Our City and Yahoo! India Maps are at the beta testing stage – but will help … Read More
ABC Electronic audit says that the busiest ‘audited’ website in the Arabic language is the Dubai-based news site Al Arabiya.net with 22 million page views in November 06 – the audit period. Al Arabiya.net was launched in March 2003 as a satellite channel giving 24 hour Arabic-language news across 5 continents. Its portal-style website also features an Arabic-language search engine and claims to have over one million page views per day. … Read More
Reuters via Yahoo News reports that Reed Elsevier of the Netherlands is testing Norwegian company FASTMedia’s alternative publishers contextual advertising system where the publisher retains the bulk of the revenue. Norway’s Schibsted is already using the technology on its Sesam … Read More
Belgium newspaper – Le Soir – has revealed that Google is to open a new 120-person data centre in the French-speaking part of Belgium (known as Wallonie in Belgium) near a town called Ghlin-Baudour (See map) covering a site of 85 hectares or 210 acres of land. The 120 people are required for management, data management, maintenance and security according to Google, says Le Soir.
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According to Meetic’s Marc Simoncini, France is definitely not the place to start a web business – the US or London are much better locations, he says, and only China is more complex than France. Simoncini was speaking during the opening keynote of AdTech’s European roll-out in Paris – to be followed shortly by Hamburg in May.
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“The easy money in keyword advertising is gone,” says Ryan, but there are “Clearly 10 years of growth ahead for the internet” and no “The bubble is not back!” he says. Gone are the days when the biggest question he faced was “When will you start to make money” Now he believes the internet is “under-hyped” simply because the typical US exit route for founders is by acquisition rather than IPO. This lack of IPOs gives the sector less publicity oxygen than it deserves. “Whether it’s e-commerce, advertising or publishing, the web is working very well!” he states confidently.
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Europe’s largest telecoms operators – with one American firm – are planning to launch a mobile phone search engine to rival Google and Yahoo. The companies concerned include Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and US firm Cingular. Combined, they have a user base of 600 million people – with some 20% in the UK expected to have broadband speed mobile phone access by the end of 2007.
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“25 editors around the globe at the beginning of 2007 – 50 by the beginning of 2008!” As we start 2007, I reflect on a superb year for Webcertain Blog where we have broken new ground and new territories around … Read More