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Viacom fancies coy Bebo, and with good reason

This week’s Bebo acquisition rumour comes in the shape of Viacom, the also-rans in the MySpace courtship battle. With Bebo in no rush to sell, we don’t anticipate this latest industry gossip will become a reality anytime soon.

It is plainly obvious that Big Media Companies are now scrambling all of their M&A jets in search of social networking sites to buy. This was previously something that seemed a little bit like bandwagon jumping a few months ago, but now there is a real reason for it.

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AOL admits ‘screw up’ over user privacy

AOL has apologised after “mistakenly” releasing the search histories of around 650,000 users onto the web.

The internet giant has come under fire in the past week after its research division made public around 20 million keyword searches performed by its subscribers. Although the information didn’t include users’ names, the move has attracted widespread criticism that the company had breached their privacy and left them open to ID theft.

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Windows Live Spaces launch hits problems

The launch of Microsoft's revamped blogging and social networking service has got off to a bad start after a flood of user complaints.

The Windows Live Spaces service, an updated version of blogging site MSN Spaces, was hit by problems with the statistics page and emoticons, as well as issues with email publishing, Friends Explorer and Firefox.

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Yahoo! launches corporate blog

Do you fancy getting to know the boys and girls over at Yahoo! a bit better? If you do then good news. Yahoo! has launched its own corporate blog Yodel Anecdotal aimed at providing users with insights into Yahoo! and the faces behind the company.

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Beware the online behemoths?

There comes a time in every startup's life when you ask whether your bright idea will be stolen / pillaged / destroyed by a much larger 800–pound gorilla – where all you have effectively done is illustrate the potential of a market, enough at least for the gorilla to decide that he wants to eat, shoot and then possibly leave.

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Kids to get online ID card

Manufacturers have launched a virtual ID card aimed at protecting children on the web.

Its makers hope the NetIDme system, which will cost £9.99-a-year, will reduce opportunities for paedophiles to hide their age when online.

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Wippit hits back over Apple's Coke deal

Coke’s announcement of a partnership with Apple’s iTunes yesterday has received a show of support from one unlikely source: Wippit, the UK’s second largest music download site.

An email sent out by the firm said it welcomed the Coke and iTunes promotion, arguing that it will drive more people to its service.

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Technorati boss gives blogging tips

Technorati founder David L. Sifry has provided some tips for bloggers aiming to crack the search engine’s Top 100 list.

The Wired article also includes pointers from MySpace Hacks’ Matthew Price on how to increase your traffic on the community site.

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YouTube overtakes Myspace

YouTube has overtaken Myspace and risen to the top of the community website league, according to new research.

The study, compiled by internet analysts Alexa and covered in The Guardian, shows that the video-sharing portal has taken a 3.9% share of global internet visits a day, compared with 3.35% for News Corp’s social networking site.

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Bebo weighs into online music war

Bebo has added to a big week for the online music sector with the launch of a free music uploading service .

Dubbed 'Bebo Bands', the service is being seen as a challenge to the social networking site’s rival Myspace, which has emerged as a big player in the web music space.

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Monster founder launches site for oldies

Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor is set to unveil his latest web venture later today; a portal for the over 50s.

The site, eons.com, will attempt to mimic the social networking success of youth-oriented sites such as Myspace, as well as including a search engine called ‘cranky’. 

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Netscape cracked, presumably by Digg fan

The Netscape vs Digg war has escalated to new heights over the past few days and is reaching some sort of crescendo today after a Netscape security hole was spotted by – presumably – a Digg fan, who promptly inserted a pop-up with the message:Hi to all you Diggers out there ;  ).

For those of you not following this sometimes hilarious battle of wits, the conflict escalated after Jason ‘mad dog’ Calacanis offered $1,000 to the top Digg contributors to migrate to Netscape, which is widely viewed as a clone of Digg.

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