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Digg users revolt

Users of news aggregator Digg have been flooding the site with articles about a single issue - an encryption key that can be used to get around the DRM on High Definition DVDs.

After users began posting the code on the site, Digg received a cease and desist notice and blocked the stories, but that only prompted the site's users to start flooding it with articles about the code.

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Q&A: ASOS' Nick Robertson speaks out on 'Grubbygate'

ASOS CEO Nick Robertson was at the centre of a firestorm six weeks ago when he labelled affiliates 'grubby'.

In this interview, his first since 'Grubbygate', Nick explains the reasons behind his decision to close down the ASOS affiliate programme. The etailer certainly doesn't seem to have been hampered by its decision...

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Boo.com comes back from the dead

Infamous fashion brand Boo.com has made a return to the web today, but this time as a vertical search engine and social networking site focusing on travel.

The domain – which has already seen the demise of two etailing ventures - is now owned by Dublin-based holiday booking company Web Reservations International.

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Businesses warned to wait for Second Life opportunities

Eighty percent of businesses will have a presence in a virtual world, says a new Gartner report that otherwise heaps suspicion on the value of Second Life e-commerce.

The tech research firm advises businesses to "limit substantial financial investments until the environments stabilise and mature".

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Old media attacks blogs, internet, leftists, people

A renewed savaging of the blogosphere seems to be in full swing judging by some recent posts in the mainstream press. One, by a writer I have a lot of time for, specifically caught my eye.

In a post originally titled ‘Is Web 2.0 a threat to civilisation?’ (since changed to ‘The web is dead; long live the web’, or, via Australian IT, ‘Anarchy of distance’), Brian Appleyard of the Sunday Times explores the idea that great damage is being done to the people of the world by, erm, rounded corners?

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The Participation Ladder

Charlene Li of Forrester Research has recently published a study into levels of participation in social media, with a view to helping develop more effective social media strategies.

For the report into Social Technographics, she has produced the 'Participation Ladder': 

Particpation ladder

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Web 2.0 participation 'lower than expected'

Speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo industry conference in San Francisco this week, Bill Tancer of Hitwise revealed that Web 2.0 sites have lower levels of audience participation than is commonly assumed.

For instance, a mere 0.16% of visits to YouTube are by users who are actually uploading material, with the vast majority being visits by 'lurkers' - people who do not contribute to the site.

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O'Reilly reverses call for blog code of conduct

Praise be! Tim O’Reilly, aka the man who coined the term ‘Web 2.0’, appears to have decided to drop plans for a blogger code of conduct that he proposed as recently as last week.

Speaking to Wired, he says: “I've come to think the call for a code of conduct was a bit misguided.”

Damn straight.

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Interview: Ted Speroni, director, EMEA, HP.com

Ted Speroni heads the European operations of HP.com, as well as the tech giant’s regional preferred online partner programme – an interesting case study in how to incentivise resellers via the web and drive sales through third parties.

We spoke to him recently about the challenges of running and managing the programme, as well as future plans for improvements.

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Google's mobile buy turns pear-shaped for founders

The joys of being acquired by Google, the search behemoth and all-round cash mountain, have worn off quickly for the founders of Dodgeball, the location-based mobile alerts service.

Both Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert bailed out of Google less than two years after the search giant paid an undisclosed sum to buy their startup.

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Xing's B2B social network surpasses 2m users

The impressive growth of German-based business network Xing is continuing, with the company announcing that its membership has now passed the 2m mark.

Xing recently recorded massive user growth in its end of year results for 2006, achieving membership growth of 149% last year, from 680,000 to around 1.6m members.

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Airline launches women-only site

In a move designed to woo more female flyers, American Airlines has launched a new website section for women only.

Women Travelers Connected offers tips on safety, information from fellow travellers and advice on saving travel time.

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