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An uneasy partnership: Social media in business... and in the workplace

Online conduct of employees

In its infancy, social media was most certainly not regarded as a business matter. Like use of personal email accounts, it was often viewed by employers as merely a trivial pastime for timewasters; a furtive way for office minions to enjoy jokes and express some individuality.

However, recent years have seen a shift towards harnessing the powers of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and their contemporaries for ..

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theEweekly Wrap: Nokia, Nintendo, and The X Factor USA

NewkiaMobile giant Nokia has finally unveiled a pair of new smartphones using Windows Phone software. Announced at the Nokia World event in London by CEO Stephen Elop, the Lumia 800 is touted as the "first real Windows Phone". The 3.7 inch curved AMOLED screen, 16GB storage and 8 megapixel camera help position it as a premium product, while the rectangular polycarbonate case comes in black, bright blue or bright pink. The Lumia 710 is cheaper ..
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Can online reviews rebuild trust?

In my early years of choosing holidays – those first few I took with friends, instead of relatives – my research only extended to a flick through Teletext, or peering into the window of a high street travel agent for cheap package deals. Okay, so I knew roughly where Corfu was (very roughly...), but I didn't really know what to expect when it came to vital factors such as hotels and restaurants. You know, those little things which can make ..

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theEweekly Wrap: social, sandwiches and Sesame Street

Social 2.0The annual Web 2.0 Summit took place in San Francisco this week. Since 2004 the event has invited the powers behind some of the internet's top companies to speak or be interviewed; however, this year had a strong focus on social. Representatives from Foursquare, Quora, Facebook and LinkedIn all took to the stage, although Zynga CEO Mark Pincus pulled out at the last minute. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was also interviewed on stage, ..
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theEweekly Wrap: Plus ones, predictions and partnerships

PPC plusGoogle's +1 recommending button has begun appearing on PPC ads in the UK, as announced in an official blog post on Monday. This will allow users to recommend an ad or a company to their Google+ contacts. However, it's possible that this is the latest in a string of improvements to PPC ad relevance; the ad's +1 total could be used in the Quality Score algorithm to determine its ranking, although this has not been confirmed by the search ..
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theEweekly Wrap: Acquisition, AdWords and app developers

Yahoo déjà vuMicrosoft is considering making a bid to take over Yahoo, 'sources close to the situation' have told Reuters. It comes three years after Microsoft unsuccessfully offered $44.6bn (£29bn) for the search company in 2008, although Yahoo's fortunes have taken something of a downturn since then. The company was valued by the BBC at just $20bn (£13bn), although rumours of a takeover briefly sent stock soaring by 10 per cent. Another ..
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