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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

The Nine website

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If you cannot seem to get through all the great content on the web, why not take a bit of a shortcut and let a hyper-happy web host be your guide.

Maria Sanstone fronts a daily streaming video digest of some of the funkiest domains in cyberspace, The Nine.

The quality of video blogs on the internet is getting better and better, and this one has some fairly serious money behind it, making it slicker than a slick thing on national slick day.

Once on the homepage the current programme loads automatically.

Each of the nine websites mentioned each day appears in a side panel which you can click to jump straight to that section or the site from where it was plucked.

An archive section means there is hours of fun to be had here, and if you have a suggestion yourself just scroll down to below that panel and fill in the form.


Lastminute Auction website

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If you are an online auction addict you will know the trick to grabbing the super bargains is to snap them up at the last possible minute, and that is where Lastminute Auction can help you.

The site is suitable for searching eBay auctions in America, the UK, Germany, Italy and Australia, but it can be used by anyone because you can still snap up bargain buys from abroad if you are willing to pay the postage.

Just click the flag in the top right-hand-corner for the country that interests you and the site will display a list of auctions that have less than an hour to go and feature items that are currently on bids of under $1 (0.55).

Obviously some of the items will not be worth more than a dollar, but many of them will be, and this is where the super bargains can be snapped up.


Accoona website

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Google has had the search engine market pretty much sewn up for a number of years, but every now and then an upstart company makes a play for market share, and while it is early days yet, accoona is certainly showing some promise.

Acoona is a search engine with interactive tools that allow users to refine and hone their search using the SuperTarget feature.

Type your search term in the box provided and choose from three categories - Web, Business and News.

On the first page of results you can then choose from a number of refineable parameters, such as region, phrase emphasis, language, business type and publisher, to further target the results.

Each of the three sections has a different set of SuperTarget options that are really relevant. For example, when searching for news I found the When Published option really useful for getting up to the minute content.

Altogether a promising start, though there are still some glitches to be ironed out.

And do not go anywhere near the downloadable toolbar and desktop search, as those who have complain that it is riddled with adware.

Really accoona, you should know better.




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