Following the expansion of their trademark policy to the UK last year, Google has widened its looser trademark policy which basically allows all-comers to bid on trademark keywords increasing the cost of trademark advertising via the number one search engine … Read More
Abondance reports that Miva has announced the closure of its French operation. The service will cease on the 28th April and all publishers are to be paid their due fees. Advertisers will also be reimbursed any unspent fees.
The newly named AT Internet Institute, formerly XiTiMonitor, has published its survey of French search engine activity for March putting Google just under 90% – this is despite a change in their methodology which now measures search engine traffic in … Read More
Abondance brings us further news of the Google book publishing initiative which sees Lyon, France’s second most important city (sorry Marseilles), jumping the gun on Paris and cooperating with Google. The digitisation will involve those books which are out of … Read More
A recent study from Forrester Research, Inc. indicates mobile instant messaging (IM) on the rise in Europe with 26.7 million users in 2007 and a projected 80 million users in 2013. The survey was conducted on a sample of 22.000 … Read More
The Schengen agreement has been extended from 15 countries to 24 giving a wider borderless Europe with no internal border controls or checks and an open market of over 400 million people. Coming into force on the 21st December, the … Read More
With very little pzazz, Google Adwords has started to feed the pay per click advertising to searches on top French search engine Voila.fr and the also significant Orange.fr – as reported by Abondance. This means Yahoo Search Marketing has lost … Read More
French Financial Times subsidiary – Les Echos – reports that 1 million people started buying online in the second quarter of 2007 compared to the first with the result that 4% of all retail is now transacted online in France. … Read More
The .EU domain registrar management organisation, EURid has suspended 10,000 EU domain names which have been apparently legally registered by a Chinese woman – reports out-law. EURid has the power to remove the domain names from the woman – but … Read More
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
Recent studies have shown that in Germany Google leads with a market share of 88.5% (I though Google had a foothold in the UK with around 79%). Yahoo has just over 3%, followed by the only local engine, ISP T-Online … 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
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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