The new look Times Online site launched yesterday, ditching the old black and white design, in favour of colour-coding, though the site has been experiencing teething problems so far.
The Times' website, which was redesigned in-house by Tomaso Capuano and Jon Warden, now features lime green in the masthead, and green, blue and grey throughout the rest of the site. The information architecture was designed by Melissa Fleck.
Obvious font issues aside, we think it looks pretty good...
Auction giant eBay has prevented the sale of virtual goods for online games such as
World of Warcraft
on its site.
All listings related to these virtual goods, which include currency, characters, weapons, and online game accounts are being removed by eBay due to legal concerns.
Plazes, a social networking site based in Berlin, has announced that it has raised £1.8m in a first round of founding led by Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.
Plazes is a social network site with the added dimension of location tracking. Plazes automatically detects your location and connects you with people or places nearby.
Viacom, the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, has requested YouTube to remove 100,000 clips of its programming.
Viacom had been negotiating with Google over a deal that would allow the clips to be shown on YouTube in return for a share of ad revenues, but pulled out of talks after failing to reach an agreement.
The BBC is set to move into the web TV market, after the BBC Trust gave its backing to the corporation’s on demand plans, despite opposition from Ofcom.
Viewers will be able to watch programmes online or download them to a home computer up to a week after they are broadcast, through the BBC’s iPlayer application.
Congratulations to digital marketing agency AKQA, which has sold a majority stake to US private equity firm
for an estimated $250 million.
AKQA, which has clients including Nike, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, had hired Morgan Stanley last year to advise on a possible sale. Other interested parties reportedly included the WPP Group.
Emap's consumer media department has acquired YoSpace, a technology firm which specialises in user-generated content.
The deal is worth £8.7m, with a further £5.7m payable based on performance targets. YoSpace's clients include O2, Vodafone, Orange and 3.
A survey carried out by AXA has found that retired people are browsing the internet rather then the traditional pastimes of gardening and DIY.
The AXA report, which looked at the online habits of retired people in 11 countries, calls these internet users 'silver surfers'. In the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, silver surfers are using the internet more than six hours a week.
Normally an acronym for something else entirely, WTF ('Where's the Fire' in this case) is a new social media feature which has been added to Technorati.
Where's the Fire? borrows a little from Digg, (it's a Digg clone, according to Steve Rubel) and allows users to write an explanation of why a particular search topic or subject is important. Other users can then vote that explanation up or down.
According to figures from US-based firm ClickForensics, click fraud is continuing to rise, reaching 14.2% in the last quarter of 2006, the highest level all year.
Q4 numbers from the Click Fraud Index suggest that the overall industry average click fraud rate was 14.2%, compared with 13.8% for the third quarter, 14.1% for the second and 13.7% for the first.