Bing Might Replace Google As iPhone Search Engine

Allow us to save you a couple of moments by verifying that today isn’t April 1st and that pigs haven’t taken to the sky.  Now, there’s little left to do aside from break the news: Apple and Microsoft are supposed to be in talks to make Bing the iPhone’s default search engine.

Amazon Kindle Publishers and Authors to Get More Royalties

Amazon announced details of a new program in which it will provide a new 70% royalty option for the Kindle, meaning authors and publishers can earn more royalties from every Kindle book that is sold. Under this new option, authors would get 70% of the list price, net of delivery costs. The option will not replace the current option of the DTP standard.

Online Grocery Shopping Set To Double In The U.K.

An increasing number of shoppers in the U.K. are going online to buy groceries according to new research by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

The research found 13 percent of adults shopped online for groceries in 2009, an increase of 63 percent over the last three years.

Kaboodle Adds Real-Time Product Search

Online social shopping service Kaboodle said today it is re-launching its website to improve its product-discovery engine.

Kaboodle says it has improved its end-user experience by offering real-time product search, which provides the ability to see products that are the most popular based on user-set parameters, such as items from a specific store, within a specific category, and related items.

Click Fraud Rate Spikes In Q4

The average attempted click fraud rate increased from 18.6 percent in the third quarter of 2009, to 25.7 percent in the fourth quarter according to a new report from Anchor Intelligence.

The jump in the attempted click fraud rate in Q4 was due to more activity by click fraudsters looking to take advantage of the increase in holiday ad spend online. The spread of botnets, which are used for automating traffic and coordinating click fraud activity, spiked late in the quarter.

Time Buys Personal Shopping Engine StyleFeeder

Time Inc. said today it has purchased personal shopping engine StyleFeeder in an effort to expand its ecommerce presence.

StyleFeeder will become part of Time’s InStyle family of brands and its ecommerce technology will power shopping on InStyle.com. Financial details of the acquisition were not released.

Google Delays Launch Of Android Phones In China

This morning, Google gave another sign that it’s not kidding about cutting its ties with China.  The launch of two Android phones in the country – which had been scheduled to take place tomorrow – has been postponed indefinitely.

Will Apple and Google Have Some Real Smartphone Competition?

Back in November, Sony Ericsson announced its new smartphone the Xperia X10. It has been much anticipated by mobile enthusiasts, and is expected to give other popular phones (like the iPhone) some interesting competition.

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sony Ericsson was of course demonstrating this device, and WebProNews dropped by the company’s booth to check it out first-hand. Check that out in the following clip.

Travel And Weather Websites See Big Gains In December

During December 2009, winter weather hit the country driving holiday travelers online, according to Compete’s latest top 50 website rankings.

Six of the top 20 highest growth website categories in December were travel and weather related.  The airport travel category attracted 40 percent more unique visitors in December (2.1 million) than the previous month.  News sites related to weather and traffic also saw big growth, increasing visitors by 34.8 percent over November to reach 52.5 million unique visitors.

eBay Declared ’09 Mobile Retailer Of The Year

The last eBay-centric article to appear on WebProNews concerned mobile transactions during the holiday season; the company was quite proud of its stats and had made some noise about them.  Now, there’s essentially been outside confirmation of its impressive performance, as eBay was declared the 2009 Mobile Retailer of the Year.

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