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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...

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Internet social lending 'may threaten banks'

A new study has claimed that the social networking boom could eventually threaten the dominance of traditional lenders.

A study by the Social Futures Observatory think-tank found that many consumers would consider borrowing through online ‘social lending’ communities rather than high street banks and other traditional lenders.

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Tories weed out inner tosser with budget web spot

The UK's Conservative party has launched an online campaign against consumer debt, featuring an odious overspending character they dub "the inner tosser".

Created by Karmarama, the Sort-it website includes money-saving tips and a mini manifesto on fiscal responsibility. A short video features a flash, suited American encouraging an English shopper to overspend on consumer items from shoes to a sports car.

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BK markets flamers to gamers

Fast-food chain Burger King has begun selling BK-branded video games along with its burgers and fries, in an effort to build customer loyalty through digital entertainment.

Three titles for Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles will sell for $3.99 each with Value Meals purchased at US restaurants.

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Yahoo signs ad-sharing deal with US newspaper groups

Yahoo has signed a deal with US newspaper groups in which they will share online advertising, content and technology.

In return for Yahoo publishing local classified ads on its network of sites, the newspapers will supply local news content. This deal should boost Yahoo’s local reach while providing local papers with national exposure for their classifieds.

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AGLOCO – AllAdvantage team launches new(ish) business

AGLOCO is a new startup from the founders of AllAdvantage, a site PC World placed at number five in its list of ’25 worst web sites’.

By all appearances, AGLOCO is essentially AllAdvantage 2.0, as the idea behind it seems to be exactly the same – users are paid to surf the net as long as they subject themselves to watching all manner of advertising.

We didn't care much for that business model first time around, but is AGLOCO a different beast?

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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.

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London-based 3i invests in women's social network startup

Real Girls Media Network has secured VC funding of $6 million from 3i and WaldenVC for a series of three female-orientated sites which will launch next year.

The RGM network’s sites will allow women to submit articles, product reviews and related photos using an online publishing system developed for the site and intended to streamline the editorial process.

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Calacanis resigns after AOL moves to oust CEO

Wow… all change at AOL, where CEO Jonathan Miller was this week fired, as the news comes in that Weblogs Inc founder Jason Calacanis is also stepping down, seemingly in protest of Miller’s firing.

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Bebo introduces new mail system for its users

Social networking site Bebo today announced the launch of several new features in the site’s internal mail system, designed to enhance users’ ability to share content among their friends while reducing spam.

The new mail system now sorts incoming messages into two inboxes – one for personal one-to-one messages, the other for messages among groups of two or more users.

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Netscape to expand its paid navigator system

Jason Calacanis has announced the hiring of more Netscape ‘Navigators’, and revealed he may spend up to $2.4m a year on more user-generated content for the bookmarking site.

Netscape now employs 23 of these navigators on what Calacanis calls a ‘very part-time’ basis, paying them $12,000 a year each to submit stories, lead discussions and generally do housekeeping tasks, such as closing down duplicate stories and eliminating spam comments.

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Interview with AllPeers founders Cedric Maloux and Matt Gertner

Skype founder Niklas Zennström recently named AllPeers among Europe’s four most innovative tech start-ups - and you can't really argue with him.

Launched at the end of August after four years of development work, AllPeers’ private P2P platform allows users to share videos, photos, webpages and other paraphernalia with their family and friends.

But next year, it also intends to expand its technology to allow files to be shared publicly, and to offer content creators a chance to earn money through micro-payments, rather than through advertising.

We met up with CEO Cedric Maloux and CTO Matt Gertner to find out more.

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