Microsoft buys Nook e-reader stake for £372m

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Microsoft is looking to give American bookstore Barnes & Noble worldwide exposure, after buying a stake in its Nook e-reader operation for $605million (£372million). The Nook has proved a strong rival to Apple's iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire in America, as it has successfully leveraged the strong position of Barnes & Noble in the… Read more »

24-hour online shoppers driving e-commerce growth

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A new breed of shoppers happy to buy online at any time and from anywhere is at the forefront of the continuing rise in online shopping. That's the conclusion of a report commissioned by payment services provider WorldPay. British consumers were also found to be particularly adept at multi-tasking, with more than half (51 per… Read more »

Microsoft eyes Google with IE9 campaign

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The next-generation version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser is being given a significant marketing push in a bid to counter the supremacy of Google's rival Chrome. TV adverts will begin in the UK next Monday, touting IE9's ability to show users “the beauty of the web”. According to Marketing magazine, the campaign marks a… Read more »

Govt bodies to speed up release of data

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Every individual should be able to find out what information the UK government holds about them more quickly in future. An independent body is to be set up to advise the government on what data it should make public, and how it should be released. The new Data Strategy Board will appoint at least a… Read more »

Google repackages entertainment services as Google Play

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Google has officially launched its latest entertainment offering – Google Play. The new service brings together its Android Marketplace, Google Music and Google eBookstore. UK users have access to apps, movies and books, but not music content. According to a report by CNET, the move is likely to be welcomed by critics of Google's previous… Read more »

Google not responsible for blog content, says judge

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A High Court judge has ruled that Google cannot be held responsible for libellous comments published on its blog network. The internet giant was sued by law student Payam Tamiz, who stood as a Conservative Party candidate in local elections in Kent. Mr Tamiz brought the case after blog posts were written by anonymous individuals… Read more »

Third of firms describe social media approach as ‘chaotic’

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A third of British firms consider their approach to social media such as Facebook and Twitter to be “chaotic” and “unmanaged”. That's according to the results of a survey carried out by information management firm Iron Mountain. The organisation claims that social media is becoming an increasing headache for some businesses, with regard to corporate… Read more »

Brits not fussed about Google privacy changes

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British Google users appear to be nonplussed about the US company's new privacy rules which are due to come into force tomorrow. According to a report by the Daily Telegraph newspaper, only one in ten UK users have actually read Google's new privacy policy, which will replace scores of current documents relating to the company's… Read more »