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The Road to Web Transparency

31.1.2007 by Mother Superior

When I visit a website and there are no contact details that place the company in a geographical area or names of company members I am always immediately suspicious of the legitimacy of the business. Transparency is something that has always split the web between those who are open and those who seem guarded. There are two articles in today's news that support the shift towards transparency. Studies by both Booz Allen Hamilton and Nielsen//NetRatings are warning us that businesses are not people friendly enough for the online environment. Another step in the right direction are the new rules on…

IPTV is Coming Ready or Not

29.1.2007 by Mother Superior

On one hand, we have Bill Gates, talking with abandon about TV on the Internet and how we'll look back in five years and laugh at what we once had. On the other, a new report provides a wary view…

UKFast Makes the ISPA Finals Again

25.1.2007 by Mother Superior

In 2005, UKFast gained a nomination for it's hosting services from the ISPA. Against companies like Mistral and Tiscali, UKFast came out the winner despite being dwarfed by such international competition. It's fair to say that the last two years…

Trust is Down But ad Spends up Online

24.1.2007 by Mother Superior

I got an email this morning from eBay's Head of Trust and Safety. It's a job title that you don't often come across. The role might seem odd to some but it doesn't surprise me at all. Just today a…

UK Firms Get Venture Capital for Web Projects

23.1.2007 by Mother Superior

There’s an interesting piece about UK companies attracting investment in 2006 that provides an insight into some big developments coming online this year. Paul Fisher provides a great list of all the venture capital ploughed into European companies last year.…

Spam and Google Blog Search

11.1.2007 by Mother Superior

All across the news today are reports about spam levels. Image spam is one of the biggest problems in everyone's inbox but it's not just email that delivers spam. Chris Richardson believes that search results spam is a frontier on…

Browser Wars Continue

10.1.2007 by Mother Superior

Browser usage statistics for 2006, provided by Net Applications show that Mozilla has once again decreased the margin between IE and Firefox. Two years ago Microsoft was providing the web interface for 90 per cent of Internet users. Now more…

The ‘Next’ Big Thing

9.1.2007 by Mother Superior

One High Street PLC that has announced its trading figures for the latter part of 2006 is Next. An overall increase, period on period, of 2.8% is attributed to strong sales through Next Directory and www.next.co.uk. I was therefore interested…

Does E-commerce Need to Compliment the High Street?

4.1.2007 by Mother Superior

Music Zone announced its file for administration this week and it's very telling that it never sold online to compliment a burgeoning high street presence? As a relatively new retailer in the entertainments sector it's hard to understand why e-commerce…

Awards That Encourage Competition

3.1.2007 by Mother Superior

At UKFast we've been running awards for the businesses on our network for a number of years now and the last group really has set a standard. Not only did we have 100% more entries in 2006 but the judges…