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Shareholders and tech companies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday February 1, 2008 )

I’m really glad I kept out of the stock market. I’m thinking it’s on par with heroin dealing at times given the level of greed involved. It just doesn’t seem sustainable and the knock on effects of fickle, greedy shareholders and crack smoking analysts can be horrid. (more…)


875 million online shoppers

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday January 31, 2008 )

Over 85 percent of the world’s online population has made an online purchase; representing an increase in online shopping of over 40 percent in the past two years. (more…)


Bill me later gaining traction

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday January 30, 2008 )

I first made mention of Bill Me Later back in 2004 …then promptly forgot about them. The company has been making great strides and it seems they now have the highest merchant adoption rates among alternative payment services. (more…)


Backing up – remember TNO

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday January 29, 2008 )

With so many big name companies offering oodles of what appears to be reliable online storage for nix or next to nothing – be it for email, photos, software etc.; it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. 14,000 customers of a major ISP received a rude shock recently. (more…)


Internet usage survey results

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday January 27, 2008 )

The Digital Future Project surveys more than 2,000 US adults annually, contacting the same households to explore how the online affects the lives of Internet users and non-users. There’s some interesting statistics in this year’s survey in relation to ecommerce and dialup access. (more…)


In-stream video advertising survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday January 26, 2008 )

In-stream video advertising appears to be a tricky business according to some recent research from Burst Media. (more…)


Just for fun – Pocket Geek

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 25, 2008 )

It’s Friday and time for a little fun with this interesting Flash game, sure to appeal to anyone who’s worked with developers and programmers. (more…)


Yahoo utilizing Spamhaus SBL

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday January 24, 2008 )

If you’ve been having trouble getting email through to Yahoo users recently; you might want to check Spamhaus to see if your mail server’s IP is listed as Yahoo is now using SpamHaus’s SBL to block connections from listed IP addresses. (more…)


Email marketing like it’s 1999

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday January 22, 2008 )

So states a recent report on email marketing – while advanced features such as segmentation and targeting have evolved to a point of being easily within the grasp of every email marketer, many missed the opportunity to involve subscribers with their brands and product offers this holiday season. That’s high falutin’ talk for attracting customers and selling stuff I believe :). (more…)


Recession rumors & online sales

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday January 20, 2008 )

The “r” word – recession – has been doing the rounds for a couple of weeks now. It appears it could be spooking some consumers and possibly impacting on ecommerce. (more…)