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Caveat Emptor! - Amazon Marketplace starting to suffer more and more eBay-like problems

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As a fairly regular Internet shopper, there are I suppose 3 considerations which feature high in every shopper’s mind:

  1. Fear of compromised data - are your just posted credit card details safe?
  2. Fear of not getting the right product - exactly what will turn up?
  3. Uncertainty about delivery - when will parcel be despatched? When will it arrive?

The number 2 concern has always been quite prevalent for eBay customers, as a little-policed marketplace, this is awash with counterfeits and ...

Carphone Warehouse Appys Awards select the most obvious winners

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The Carphone Warehouse Appys almost passed me by unnoticed; I came across an article on Digital Spy; was not aware that this award ceremony was going down this last Monday (11th April). It’s about time we had Awards for Apps - so well done Carphone Warehouse for seizing the opportunity. Some of the categories need to be better defined, and possible a few more added - Best News App, Best Blog App ... etc. Lots of very obvious and deserving winners, and a commendable effort all round ...


Online Economy Direct-to-Market Distribution is making millions for some resourceful individuals

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Most are familiar with the various Marketplaces which exist on the web; e.g. Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Google Products - and how individuals are making use of these resources to set up their own personal retail bussinesses, even though many of these are really just extended online garage sales. Away from physical products, there is a growing digital retail industry also.

Several people are making money from posting home-made videos to sites like YouTube; home-recorded studio productions being ...

Colours of the Web - Colour-dominance online

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Design Community COLOURlovers recently produced an interesting piece on ’Colours of the Web’ - reviewing logo colour preferences for the 100 leading web properties - in accordance with Alexa.

You can see that the full spectrum is fairly well covered all in all, but there is a significant dominance of blue and red, which funnily enough are the most popular brand / logo colours both offline and online. For a brand expert, there are no real surprises here - either by pattern or ...

The Web by Relative Favicon Size

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NMAP's Web by Relative Favicon Size Diagram has generated an interesting dynamic Web Infograph showing the relative size of the Web’s largest websites, rendered in relative Favicon terms. Of course the Favicons are simply 16 x 16 pixel - browser website identifiers, so there is some degree of distortion at larger sizes.


The dynamic favicon diagram is simply called ’Favicon’ and is based on a large-scale scan of the top million websites, in accordance with Alexa traffic data.


A static JPG can be...

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