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MySpace to test video filtering

MySpace is experimenting with a content-filtering system in a bid to prevent the site's members from uploading videos containing copyrighted material.

News Corp's popular social network will use technology from Audible Magic, which examines the audio tracks of video clips to create a unique signature.

0 comments signs deal with Warner Music has teamed up with Warner Music Group in its first deal with a major music company.

The agreement will see Warner's music catalogue made available to the's listeners. It will initially roll out in the US, with Europe to follow shortly after. 


Wikio raises £2.7 million in VC funding

Wikio, a European social bookmarking site, has received almost £2.7 million in a Series A round of funding led by Lightspeed venture Partners and Gemini Israel Funds.

Wikio originally launched in France and Italy in June 2006, and claims to have had almost a million unique visitors per month since then. The company has since launched its site in Germany, Spain and the US, with a UK version planned for this year.


StumbleUpon launches video service

StumbleUpon yesterday announced the launch of a new video service that will offer viewers a selection of videos from YouTube, Google Video and MySpace, based on their personal preferences.

StumbleUpon has until now been known for a browsing application which helps Web users discover sites based on the ratings of users with similar tastes. It is now applying the same idea to video. And it's pretty cool.


New York Times allows user comments - on third party sites

The New York Times announced on Monday that it will allow its stories to be commented upon, yet it stops short of embracing user-generated content by allowing comments only through third party sites (Digg, Facebook and Newsvine).

It is the first time the newspaper's online site has added a news-sharing tool, which will allow users to discuss its stories on social news sites, though in truth users can do this anyway...

Nevertheless, the paper has embedded links to all three sites onto many of its online stories.

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Wikia launches free wiki tools

Wikia , the commercial offshoot of Wikipedia, has launched a range of free tools for bloggers and publishers that want to build collaborative features into their sites.

The service, called OpenServing, will offer free software, content and hosting to its subscribers, who can also keep all of the advertising revenues they generate from the apps they develop.


Yahoo and Reuters team up on user-generated video

In a bid to turn the general public into amateur reporters, Yahoo! and Reuters have teamed up allow users to upload their photos and videos for use on their news sites.

From tomorrow, user-generated photos and videos will be displayed alongside news items on Yahoo! News and


Digg uses moderators as users fail to police

Digg uses moderatorsPhilip Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped has an interesting / outrageous article about Digg’s use of moderators – it seems that Digg has them, but is rather coy about admitting it.

Contrary to the approach favoured by Jason Calcanis at Netscape, Digg has always prided itself on being entirely user-driven, claiming that everything on the site is submitted and managed by the community.

Yet this is not remotely accurate...


MySpace sued for copyright by Universal

Universal Music has launched a legal challenge against MySpace, the first time  Rupert Murdoch’s social network site has been challenged for copyright infringement.

Universal is suing MySpace for unauthorised use of the music and music videos of its artists, citing the availability on the site of material from Jay-Z’s as yet unreleased album as an example of this.


Search engines aim to ease indexing process

Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft are teaming up to develop a unified way for webmasters to update their crawlers.

The three search giants will support a new version of the Sitemaps protocol, which was first released by Google in June last year.

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Web startup DropSend offers itself for sale

DropSend for saleWho wants to buy a web app? Ryan Carson has sent us the inside track on DropSend, which is looking for a new home.

The DropSend app was launched about a year ago and allows users to email large files. It stores files on a local server and provides a ‘download’ link for the recipient.

DropSend was built for less than £30,000 over an eight-month period and is profitable, but Ryan is now looking to focus on newer projects.


Startup provides better search for BBC video clips

Former head of BBC News Online Bob Eggington has launched a video search engine called to allow users to scour the BBC archives for clips.

The company claims that the new site it does a better job of finding BBC videos than the corporation’s own online search tools.