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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Top 3 tips for troubled SMB owners on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day stands to be a good revenue day for many retailers and businesses - both online and offline - but Valentine's Day should also be a reminder for small businesses. That reminder: don't mix business with pleasure - and if you do, protect yourself. >>

Monday, January 20, 2014

Google intent on breaking bad ads and advertisers

Google pulled almost 1 million 'bad' ads per day from its system last year in an attempt to stem the tide of suspect downloads and other malicious online activities. >>

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Does your public Wi-Fi network comply with the law?

Cloud-based social Wi-Fi software firm, Purple WiFi, reveals that around two-thirds of venues that provide public Wi-Fi do not comply with laws surrounding the tracking of users. >>

Thursday, September 26, 2013

OFT develops new regulations for 'free to play' games targeting children

A crackdown on free online 'pay to play' games targeted at children will see new regulations come in to force by April next year. >>

Friday, September 13, 2013

UK: 1 in 4 downloads are pirated content

A study by Ofcom, funded by the Intellectual Property Office, has found that almost one quarter of all downloads in the UK are of pirated content, amounting to over a billion files last year. >>

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Is Yelp's effect on bottom line worth the legal wrangling?

Recent research from Merchant Warehouse reveals that 93% of consumers who use Yelp typically go on to make purchases with the companies they research via the online review website. Perhaps dodging the legal bullets and dodgy reviews is a small price to pay. >>

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Researchers concerned alcohol brand Tweets reaching underage audience

Twitter is an efficient platform on which to promote products. However, researchers from an Australian University believe the social marketing of one product in particular should be far better regulated - alcohol. >>

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Complacency makes U.K. easy target for cyber criminals

There's a reason why the U.K. is being targeted by online criminals from 25 countries, according to the country's Home Affairs Select Committee - complacency. >>

Monday, July 22, 2013

Research: Proposed app short-form privacy notice categories confusing

The mobile app short-form notice currently proposed by the Department of Commerce's privacy multi-stakeholder process will be confusing to consumers, according to new research released by Carnegie Mellon University. >>

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Advertisers warned about delivery of Royal birth advertising

Thinking of cashing in on the imminent birth of a new member of the British Royal family? You'd better brush up on your Advertising Standards Authority rules and regulations first. >>

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

British 'home webtailers' must pay attention to insurance, tax

Millions of people in the UK now operate a business from home selling products via the Internet, according to new statistics from Direct Line for Business. However, a large number aren't up to date with their insurance needs. >>

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

FTC announces robocall-buster winners

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the winners of its contest to find solutions that will save consumers from illegal, interruptive, and annoying robocalls. >>

Friday, March 15, 2013

FTC warns advertisers against cutting corners on small screens

The Federal Trade Commission has made it clear that it is mandatory for all advertising appearing on social media sites, or designed for small screens, to be accompanied by disclosures that are as clear as possible. >>

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Negative attitudes to data use breeding tomorrow's invisible consumers

More than two-thirds of Internet users across several countries would choose a "do not track" feature if it was readily available, according to new research from technology analysis firm Ovum. >>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

TripAdvisor fights back against blackmail, negative reviews

Many business owners on TripAdvisor are seeing a worrying trend. Customers are threatening to write negative reviews unless they receive a refund, upgrade, freebies, or other request. TripAdvisor has launched a new feature as part of its management tools to help business owners who are being blackmailed. >>

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