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Match.com launches new mobile service

Online dating giant Match.com has launched a new version of its service for mobile users.

The MatchMobile service, provided by Trilibis Mobile, allows users to search through profiles and send and receive text messages when they peak the interest of another member.

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Another Facebook ad network launches

One of the most popular Facebook widget developers, RockYou, is to launch its own ad network on the site.

RockYou has some of the most popular apps on the social network, providing slide shows for users, and is aiming to tap into its success by making money from advertisers.

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New ad company looks to tap into Facebook user data

Lookery is a new company that's launching an ad network targeted at Facebook applications, helping advertisers reach the social network's 32m users.

It is the brainchild of Scott Rafer, an entrepreneur whose last venture was MyBlogLog, sold to Yahoo! in January for $10m (£5m). He has launched Lookery in conjunction with Compete co-founder David Cancel.

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Judge unimpressed by case against Facebook founder

The judge in the Facebook ownership dispute has given the plaintiffs two months to find some evidence that will persuade him not to throw the case out.

Mark Zuckerberg has been accused of stealing the design and source code for Facebook from a university social network that he worked for as a programmer four years ago.

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Microsoft to serve ads on Digg

Microsoft and Digg have announced a partnership in which Microsoft will serve up display and contextual advertising to the social news site's 17m monthly users.

The three-year exclusive deal will boost Microsoft's efforts to compete with arch-rival Google, which it is replacing as Digg's online ad partner. 

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Facebook widgets driving traffic to sites

Internet ratings site Quantcast has provided more evidence of what it calls the 'Facebook effect', with stats showing that Facebook widgets are helping to boost traffic to sites that have produced widgets for the social network.

Quantcast reports (via VentureBeat) that some widget producers' sites have seen dramatic increases in traffic for three of the most popular widgets on Facebook, HotorNot, Slide and RockYou.

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Facebook makes first acquisition

Social networking site Facebook has made the first acquisition in its three year history – a small start-up called Parakey whose software is still in development.

The purchase looks set to boost its recently launched open source strategy – Parakey is run by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, two techies best known for helping to create the Firefox web browser.

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Nickelodeon to invest in kids' online games

Children's TV network Nickelodeon is to increase its investment in online games for kids - what is fast becoming a valuable market online.

The firm says it will invest $100m (£49m) over the next two years in improving and adding to its current online offering, including new subscription services, multiplayer games and virtual worlds.

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Whole Foods chief apologises over forum postings

Whole Foods Market boss John Mackey has apologised for the renegade online PR campaign he conducted to boost his company’s image on financial messageboards.

In a statement, Mackey asked for shareholders’ forgiveness over his anonymous postings, which were uncovered last week and are now being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission:

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Facebook closes gap on MySpace

More people searched for Facebook in the UK last week than for MySpace; more evidence that the social network is rapidly closing the gap on its rival, according to stats from Hitwise.

Though MySpace still has a 41% larger share of UK visits than Facebook, the search stats point to the growing popularity of Mark Zuckerberg's site.

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LinkedIn sees sharp traffic increase

Business social network LinkedIn has seen a sharp rise in visits over the past 12 months, with traffic increasing by 323% since August of last year.

Hitwise's LeeAnn Prescott reports that LinkedIn's market share of US visits was up by 17% in the past four weeks.

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GDI plans €1bn London listing

German start-up Game Domain International (GDI), which has created a virtual world for on-demand game downloads, is reportedly set for a dual listing in Frankfurt and London.

Due in early 2008, the IPO would value the Virgin-backed company at some €1bn (£670m), even though it won't launch commercially until later this year.

If you're anything like me you probably think this valuation is crazy. And it is.

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