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2011-07-14 06:35:00

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the increase in online scams and malicious websites, Internet consumers are 20% more trusting of websites than they were five years ago, according to a new University of Melbourne study. However, while surfers may be more trusting, online shoppers are 30% less loyal to online businesses than in 2007. Author of the study Dr. Brent Coker said the increase in online consumer trust is largely linked to the visual appeal of websites....

2009-04-03 06:25:00

Employees who spend time surfing the Web aren't necessarily costing the company money. In fact, a new Australian study finds surfing the Internet for fun at the office increases productivity.The University of Melbourne study found people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are typically 9 percent more productive than those who refrain from spending time on the Internet. Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing, said "workplace Internet leisure...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'