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Ask Brings Back Jeeves
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The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves, which has more recently gone by Ask.com has decided to bring the beloved butler back, at least in the UK (though his look is slightly updated). The company says that it knows from research that customers "love Jeeves and strongly associate him with providing answers. "

If you ask Jeeeves why he’s back, he’ll tell you:

Google Accused Of UK Tax Avoidance
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It’s well known that big corporations employ brilliant accountants in an effort to save money at every turn.  Google seems to have been caught doing some less than up-front things, however, as the search giant’s been accused of routing revenue through Ireland in order to avoid a big UK tax bill. 

EU Probes UK Over Internet Privacy
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The European Commission said on Tuesday it is taking legal action against the United Kingdom for not adequately protecting the privacy of British Internet users.

EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said the action had to do with how Internet service providers used Phorm technology to send users targeted ads based on the sites they visited.

YouTube Was Helping The Music Industry In The UK

Will PRS Dispute Hurt Sales?

UK Online Shoppers Want Sales

UK retailers are benefiting online from the beginning of spring sales. Accroding to research from Hitwise, UK Internet visits to sites in the shopping and classifieds category increased by only 0.9%, while the "traditional" category, which features UK High Street department store sites like John Lewis, Debenhams, Littlewoods, etc. saw an increase of as much as 21%.

Many of these sites saw their first big increase since the Holiday Season. This is illustrated in the following graph:

Drop in Email Marketing Performance Among British Retailers
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If there’s ever been a time when email marketers need to be on the ball with their communication, it’s right now. Consumers are harder to part from their cash and the competition for sales is hotter than ever. However, dotMailer’s annual benchmark study, “Hitting the Mark”, shows that the overall email marketing performance of the U.K.’s leading retailers is actually down on last year.

Micrsoft on Why UK Advertisers Should Use adCenter

Microsoft faces some pretty tough competition in the pay-per-click space. On the adCenter blog today, they have posted some reasons they think users (at least in the UK) would benefit more from adCenter than its "main adCentercompetitor."

UK Online Publishers Predict Digital Revenues Will Grow 16% In

UK online publishers predict their digital revenues will increase by 16 percent this year, according to an annual census survey by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

The census was carried out from February 9 to March 2, against the backdrop of economic uncertainty.  Digital publishers remain pragmatic about their long -term future of their businesses with 63 percent of online publishers planning to increase their digital investment this year, while only 7 percent anticipate a decrease in investment.

UK Online Publishers Predict Digital Revenues Will Grow 16% In

UK online publishers predict their digital revenues will increase by 16 percent this year, according to an annual census survey by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

The census was carried out from February 9 to March 2, against the backdrop of economic uncertainty.  Digital publishers remain pragmatic about their long -term future of their businesses with 63 percent of online publishers planning to increase their digital investment this year, while only 7 percent anticipate a decrease in investment.

UK Online Publishers Predict Digital Revenues Will Grow 16% In

UK online publishers predict their digital revenues will increase by 16 percent this year, according to an annual census survey by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

The census was carried out from February 9 to March 2, against the backdrop of economic uncertainty.  Digital publishers remain pragmatic about their long -term future of their businesses with 63 percent of online publishers planning to increase their digital investment this year, while only 7 percent anticipate a decrease in investment.

UK Online Publishers Predict Digital Revenues Will Grow 16% In
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UK online publishers predict their digital revenues will increase by 16 percent this year, according to an annual census survey by the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

The census was carried out from February 9 to March 2, against the backdrop of economic uncertainty.  Digital publishers remain pragmatic about their long -term future of their businesses with 63 percent of online publishers planning to increase their digital investment this year, while only 7 percent anticipate a decrease in investment.

Google News Still Driving the Traffic in UK

Hitwise recently reported that Twitter had overtaken major newspaper sites and even Google News in the UK in terms of traffic. Now they’re looking at upstream traffic from Google News and Twitter to news and media sites, and Google News is way ahead in that regard.

UK iPhone Users Most Active Online
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The majority (93%) of iPhone owners in the United Kingdom accessed mobile media in January, according to comScore.

Mobile email is used by 75 percent of British iPhone owners, making it the most popular type of mobile content consumed on the device.

"Consumers are clearly embracing the iPhone’s touch screen keyboard," said Alistair Hill, analyst, comScore. "The penetration of e-mail usage on the iPhone is more than double that of the smartphone category as a whole."

Street View For The UK, Netherlands Announced
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Here’s a nice bit of news for anyone either planning a vacation or, due to the economy, canceling all trips farther than 15 miles from your home: Street View spread again this morning.  Imagery’s now available for 25 cities in the UK and the Netherlands, and the service’s coverage of France, Italy, and Spain has been expanded, too.

Online Video Viewing Grows by 10% in the UK

Online video has grown by 10% in the UK in terms of its audience during the past year. It is up to 29.6 million unique viewers age 15 and older according to research from comScore.

4 billion videos were viewed online in the UK in January alone. 99.5 million (2.5%) of these were watched on the sites of the top 5 TV broadcasters: the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky. Here’s a look at the top online video properties:

YouTube Yanks Music Videos In The UK
YouTube has pulled thousands of music videos off its UK web site in a dispute over rates and reporting with British collection society PRS.

YouTube UK Blocks All Premium Music Videos
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In the minds of some overdramatic and/or young people in the UK, it might be today, and not February 3rd, 1959, that deserves the title of "the day the music died."  That’s because YouTube UK has taken the drastic step of blocking many music videos. 

Online Advertising Heavyweights Agree To Good Practice Principles
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AOL, Google, Microsoft, NebuAd, Phorm, and Yahoo promise to behave.  All of these companies – along with a few others – have volunteered to honor the Internet Advertising Bureau’s just-announced set of Good Practice Principles.

Hitwise Names UK’s Most Searched-For Brands

This article’s going to lead off with two admissions: yes, 2008 ended a while ago, and sure, the majority of WebProNews readers don’t live in the UK.  A list from Hitwise names the 10 most searched-for brands from that year and in that region, though, and since it’s quite new and rather interesting, we’re delving into it. 

Twitter Hot in UK, Overshadowed by Plurk in Singapore
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Twitter has entered the top 100 most visited websites in the UK according to Hitwise. It came in at number 91 beating out Expedia UK, Gumtree, easyJet, Digital Spy, and Money Supermarket, which Hitwise research director Robin Goad refers to as "online heavyweights."

Twitter traffic has multiplied by 27 over the last year, and this is only the main site. It doesn’t take into account access via third party applications or mobile phones.

Eric Schmidt To Advise Britain’s Conservative Party
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Eric Schmidt’s support of Barack Obama made a lot of people rather upset.  A new move on Schmidt’s part may placate them, though, as the CEO of Google has agreed to work closely with Britain’s Conservative Party. 

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