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Gartner predicts that blogging will peak next year

Gartner yesterday released its ten key predictions for business and IT in 2007 and beyond. These included forecasts that PC prices will halve by 2010, and that Vista will be the last major Windows release.

Another prediction caught the eye though - that the blogging phenomenon will peak next year and level out thereafter.

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New York Times allows user comments - on third party sites

The New York Times announced on Monday that it will allow its stories to be commented upon, yet it stops short of embracing user-generated content by allowing comments only through third party sites (Digg, Facebook and Newsvine).

It is the first time the newspaper's online site has added a news-sharing tool, which will allow users to discuss its stories on social news sites, though in truth users can do this anyway...

Nevertheless, the paper has embedded links to all three sites onto many of its online stories.

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Are PR firms paying Digg users?

Calacanis-flavoured rumours doing the rounds in the blogosphere suggest that some of Digg's top posters have been paid, or offered payment, by PR firms.

He may have resigned from his position at Netscape, but Jason Calacanis is still keeping an eye on events surrounding Digg. He reports in his blog that a number of Digg's top 50 users are on the payroll of a leading (unnamed, of course) PR firm.

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Skype founders' Venice Project now in beta

The Venice Project, the internet TV project from Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, has gone into public beta testing.

The Venice Project will stream TV to its users’ PCs, thereby avoiding the long download times of other internet TV services like Channel 4's recently launched on Demand service.

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Le Web 3: Mainstream bloggers sometimes need prompting

One in 10 posts on new blogging service Vox are the result of prompts from owner Six Apart.

Mena Trott, co-founder of the blogging software provider best known for Movable Type, told the Le Web 3 conference here in Paris that the new service's Question of the Day feature encouraged users to write blog posts when their creativity was running on empty.

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Wikia launches free wiki tools

Wikia , the commercial offshoot of Wikipedia, has launched a range of free tools for bloggers and publishers that want to build collaborative features into their sites.

The service, called OpenServing, will offer free software, content and hosting to its subscribers, who can also keep all of the advertising revenues they generate from the apps they develop.

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Web 2.0 company Xing raises €35.7 million in IPO

Business social networking service OpenBC, a Teutonic version of LinkedIn, has announced that it has raised €35.7 million in an IPO. Its market cap is about €157 million.

OpenBC, which is rebranding as Xing, has around 1.5 million members, and was able to boost its revenues year-on-year from €1.6 million to just under €6 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

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XFM to launch personalised internet radio station

GCap Media -owned indie music station XFM is preparing to launch an interactive online radio player which will allow listeners to build personalised playlists from its music library.

Mi-Xfm, as it is called, will feature four different music genres; Chill, Loud, X-list and Hits; and will be sponsored by Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

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User Generated Content "Build it and they will come"

2006 has been a great year for 'web 2.0' with the continued rise of blogs, podcasts and social networks becoming more mainstream.

The rise of 'user generated content' has been seen by many companies, brands and marketers as a great opportunity to grow a site from nothing into a world beating website.

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Reevoo seeks first round funding to expand

Revvoo seeks dosh Social shopping start-up Reevoo  is in the process of securing Series-A funding to help it expand internationally and into new vertical sectors.

The London-based company, which provides ‘real-world’ reviews to technology etailers such as Comet and Jessops, has recruited First Capital to advise it on the new financing round.

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Bloggers react to Yahoo!'s management shake-up

Yahoo! has announced a major re-organisation of its management in a bid to simplify its structure and take on Google.

After the company’s dissapointing performance this year, as well as the leaked ‘peanut butter’ memo last month, the news doesn't come as a big shock. But many in the blogosphere are surprised that under-fire CEO Terry Semel has retained his position.

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Is the web as important to internet users as the real world?

For some internet users, online communities are so important in their lives that they value their online experiences as much as the real world.

The 2007 Digital Future Project’s survey reveals that 43% of online social network members ‘feel as strongly’ about their virtual communities as their real lives.

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