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Digital music battle heats up

eMusic has announced plans to launch in all 25 EU countries in a bid to become Europe’s number two music downloading site behind iTunes.

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Spammers get subliminal

Spammers are turning to subliminal advertising in an effort to manipulate internet users, according to security company Pandalabs .

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Sky to stream Champions League matches

Sky Sports has announced its digital Champions League plans ahead of tonight’s group games, including live online coverage of matches for the first time.

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User generated content becomes a hit in UK

The popularity of sites featuring user-generated content (UGC) has increased dramatically in the UK over the last year, according to research by comScore.

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Facebook relents in privacy row

Facebook, the second most popular US social networking site, has backed down in a privacy row with its users, adding controls to two new services that allowed them to track their friends’ activities online.

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Beeb eyes social networking space

BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, is apparently looking for an acquisition to compete with Rupert Murdoch’s Myspace, according to the Mail on Sunday.

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Smoking ban to boost bingo sites

The public smoking ban could see bingo players moving en masse to the web, according to research by white label gaming firm St. Minver.

The company found 60% of the 2667 British internet bingo players it interviewed smoke, well above the national average of 29%. But mobile companies aren't set to cash in on the ban, with 95% of respondents saying they aren't interested in playing games on their phones.

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Amazon launches TV and film service

Amazon has launched its long-anticipated video downloading service, marking its entrance into the online TV and movie business.

Dubbed Amazon Unbox, the service will offer TV programmes from a wide range of broadcasters including MTV, the BBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and The History Channel.

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eBay protestors demand CEO's head, plan new strike

In less than a week’s time, eBay faces another boycott from its customers and store partners over fee hikes, changes to search listings and a growing number of rogue sellers.

But even before the protest kicks off, its organisers have serious doubts about whether their demands will be met.

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TechCrunch launches UK site

I’ve just returned from holiday where I did my best to stay completely away from any technology other than my camera (for good reason), and am getting back into the swing of things nicely.

One of the pleasant not-so surprises on returning was the recent launch of a UK TechCrunch site which is focused on UK Web 2.0 and mobile startups.

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Sportingbet chairman detained in US

Sportingbet's Peter DIcks Sportingbet has announced its chairman has been detained in the US while travelling on non-company business.

The British online gambling firm did not say whether Peter Dicks had been arrested, but immediately asked for its shares to be suspended "pending clarification of the situation".

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Danny Sullivan to leave Search Engine Watch

Well I got in the office early this morning to read that Danny Sullivan, the guy that set up Search Engine Watch back in 1996, has decided to leave both Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies.

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