What are Google Tabs?

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I have no idea if this is new, old, or some kind of new UI test but Jill Savvy pm'd me this Flickr shot of a Google UI featuring a very different (for Google) kind of tabbed interface.

Yahoo! Gaining on Google in Customer Satisfaction

Source Title: Yahoo! Gains On Google In Customer Satisfaction Source Url: http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/08/16/google-yahoo-satisfaction-cx_ld_0816google.html?partner=topix Story Text:

A small thing really, but an interesting story nonetheless on how Yahoo! are catching Google up on customer satisfaction. In the battle to retain loyalty, these figures are pretty important.

.XXX on Hold - Bush Pressures ICANN, Bible Belt Backlash

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The Bush administration are putting pressure on ICANN to hold off on the proposed .xxx tld untill they "can receive further scrutiny". The problem comes from religious groups in the US who ironically, feel that labeling adult content in an effort to help parents block such things will encourage "the flood of porn in our homes".

Google testing more "Dissatisfied" display methods.

Source Title: New Google Feature at WMW (registration probably required) Source Url: http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum30/30712.htm Story Text:

The only mention I could find on this was at Webmasterworld, so forgive me if its already been covered.

Anyhow, google now seems to be running with a new testing design for displaying other results. After five results, I'm seeing a horizontal blue line (the same as the vertical one that separates adwords) which is then followed with "Dissatisfied? See results for: alternative" and three results for that search, before returning to the actual results for the search conducted.

Web Sites Have Sex Appeal?

Source Title: University of Glamorgan Reasearch Source Url: http://www.techweb.com/wire/ebiz/167600763 Story Text:

According to a research made by the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom websites really do have sex appeal...

Benchmark Ecommerce Stats by Industry

Source Title: Benchmark Ecommerce Conversion Rates by Industry Source Url: http://affiliate-blogs.5staraffiliateprograms.com/2005/08/01/benchmark-conversion-rates/ Story Text:

Fireclick have some very interesting ecommerce stats ordered by industry sector. Linda has the details

Gasp! P2P Users Buy Most Music!

Source Title: Slashdot | Challenging Music Downloading Myths Source Url: http://slashdot.org/articles/05/07/27/1333239.shtml Story Text:

Advertising the latest blockbuster pop album for legal (paid) download on an illegal P2P file sharing portal? Makes perfect sense according to the study quoted in this BBC story.

Ecommerce Usability: Don't Copy Amazon

Source Title: Amazon: No Longer the Role Model for E-Commerce Design Source Url: http://useit.com/alertbox/20050725.html Story Text:

Since i first started asking questions about design i've heard, "copy amazon" for ecommerce usability. Jakob Nielsen says that old mantra is no longer good advice and that ecom sites should definately not try to emulate Amazon.

Russian Email Spammer Murdered

Source Title: Russia’s Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered in Apartment Source Url: http://mosnews.com/news/2005/07/25/spammerdead.shtml Story Text:

Looks like someone got a bit too pissed off with email spam from russia's largets UCE guy, Vardan Kushnir.

UK Police & control of "terror" web sites

Source Title: UK police chiefs seek powers to attack terror websites Source Url: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/23/acpo_seeks_new_terror_powers/ Story Text:

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have put forward a their "shopping list" of controls they are seeking on web sites, in the wake of London bombings, at their meeting with the UK Government on Thursday.

Suspected Suicide Bomber Shot Dead, Mistake

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This just coming in " Police have shot a suspected suicide bomber at a tube station in south London. Marksmen opened fire near Stockwell Tube station as passengers were evacuated. It is thought the man was killed"

Biggest 419 bust in history

Source Title: Biggest 419 bust in history Source Url: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/21/scammers_nabbed/ Story Text:

I find human gullibility a wonderous thing - as is human greed. This article in The Register tells of the Spanish police and the FBI arresting 310 people in Malaga, Spain - no es Lagos, es Malaga. The scale of the thing is quite staggering - police siezed 2,000 mobile telephones, 327 computers and 165 fax machines. They say that the scam claimed over 20,000 victims in 45 countries including Britain, France, Germany, the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and a number of Arabic countries. 310 people arrested and 20,000 victims ???????. Anyway you can expect a drop off in 419 spam mails.

More Bombs Hit London

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Following the tragic incidents two weeks ago in London, it appears that more bombs may have been detonated on London tube trains, and busses.

It's all a little sketchy at the time of writing, but from what i can gather bombs may have gone off on Oval, Sheperds Bush and Warren St tubes, and a bus in Hackney.

Hey! We're on the Ask Jeeves Blogroll :)

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That's nice, wonder how long AJ have had us on their blogroll? Guys, if you read this, could you put a www in the url for the hyperlink please?

After Google Earth comes...Google Moon!

Source Title: Google out in space... Source Url: http://moon.google.com Story Text:

In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, Google have added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor.

Drupal Steps into the Light

Source Title: Iron for Drupal Source Url: http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2005/07/14/Drupal-Server Story Text:

Here's a story to warm your cold black hearts. Over the weekend, slashdot reported that my favorite CMS, Drupal.org (which powers this site running version 4.nick) needed a new home. It was suffering complete server meltdown. Sun's Tim Bray read the story, and sorted them out within 48hrs with a server that could probably "simulate galaxies in the background" :)

Blogs, Affiliate Links and Reputation

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I've been working on a small dillema recently. How do affiliate links affect reputation on blogs and forums?

I've been reading a book, one i've wanted to read since last summer, but have finally gotten round to. Im enjoying it, and think it would make a great post to review it for Threadwatch - no problem so far...

Happy Birthday Amazon

Source Title: Amazon 10th Anniversary Source Url: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/14103201/ref%3Dann%5Fgw%5Fann/002-4953581-2279252 Story Text:

Nice to see the giant of ecommerce all grown up. Amazon are going to celebrate their 10th birthday in big style with a concert featuring Bob Dylan and Norah Jones on 16th.

Yahoo! Lose Shopping Guru to Hollywood

Source Title: Quitting Yahoo! Source Url: http://itsbeach.typepad.com/blog/2005/07/quitting_yahoo.html Story Text:

I'd not want to spoil David Beach's entusiasm for his new vocation by talking about dreams, shooting stars and the average pay of a waiter, but im sure Yahoo! are going to miss him. I don't know a great deal about him, but i *think* he heads (did head) up their shopping division...

London under Terrorist Attack

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By now there are most likely few people that are unaware that London was hit by somewhere between 4 and 7 bombs on tubes and busses this morning. Our thoughts are with the families of those that have died, unfortunately the death toll is still rising...