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Trinity Mirror revamps local news sites

Trinity Mirror has started a major revamp of its regional news websites with the relaunch of its online properties for Liverpool. 

Liverpool Daily Post


Widgets driving traffic to photo websites

Hitwise UK has some interesting figures showing how effective widgets can be in driving traffic to websites from social networks. and RockYou, two providers of photo-sharing widgets, have moved rapidly up the rankings in the photography websites category, according to Heather Hopkins.


Facebook's popularity drive continues in UK

Facebook’s rapid rise in popularity among UK web users continued in May, according to measurement group comScore.

The figures show the social network had 4.8m visitors, 30% up from April and 2123% from May last year. It was the site's third consecutive month of 30%+ gains, comScore said.

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LinkedIn preparing for IPO?

Business network LinkedIn is reportedly gearing up for a possible IPO that would make it one of the first social networks to go public.

Reuters reports that the move could happen as early as next year, thanks to the company's rapid growth - its membership has doubled to almost 12m in the past nine months.


Threadwatch to shut on Friday

Threadwatch, a web community dedicated to posting and discussing internet marketing news, will close on Friday, its proprietor said.

Aaron Wall explained that he did not have the time to take the site mainstream, counter competition from a growing number of blogs and keep contributors on the straight and narrow, thanks to new personal commitments.


International domains on ICANN agenda

Overseas businesses may soon be able to register domain names with foreign characters.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is meeting in Puerto Rico this week to discuss allowing characters with accents or in entirely different scripts to be added to the internet system.


PR firm adopts 'social media press release'

Online PR firm webitpr has devised a 'social media news release' - a press release specifically designed for the internet.

The webitpr release claims to be the first of its kind to be released in the UK, and was inspired by a template produced by last year by Todd Defren at US PR firm SHIFT Communications.

Stephen Davies, who maintains an excellent online PR blog, is the subject of the release - he has joined webitpr.


Spotplex launches Digg competitor

Spotplex is a recently launched news aggregator that offers an alternative to the Digg model where users submit and vote on stories. Instead, articles are ranked by the number of pageviews they receive.



LinkedIn to open up its platform

Business network LinkedIn is reportedly planning to open its platform to developers over the next nine months.

LinkedIn founder and chairman Reid Hoffman told Dan Farber that he wants to create a way for users who spend time on Facebook to get LinkedIn notifications.


Blue sky thinking from Expedia artists

Online travel site Expedia gathered hundreds of budding artists in Trafalgar Square, London, for a summertime outdoor branding campaign.


Veoh TV launches video aggregation tool

Online video site Veoh this week launched a beta version of its service - a downloadable browser for users to access online video from a range of websites.

Veoh TV

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Social lending finds success on Facebook

Lending Club, a P2P lending community on Facebook, seems to have found some early popularity among the social network's users.

Lending Club launched when Facebook opened up to widgets on May 24th. Since then it has approved 27 loans worth over $100,000, with $212,650 in lending due to go through in the next 12 days, according to TechCrunch.