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Brands fail to bag Myspace domain extensions

Have you bothered to register a personalised URL for your company on Myspace? If not, you’re not on your own.

Major brands such as McDonalds, Cingular, Nike and Pepsi – as well as Myspace itself – appear to have been too slow after the site allowed users to create their own extensions to Myspace.com.

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Warner calls on moblog for movie promo

British user-generated content network moblogUK will provide the backend to a promotional website for the forthcoming Warner Pictures movie, The Science of Sleep.

The Michel Gondry film will ask people to people to capture their dreams in video, audio or still image, and post them to a moblog (mobile phone photo weblog) used to support the release. DreamBlog.co.uk is linked to from the movie's official website.

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Vodafone to offer MySpace on its mobiles

Vodafone has cut a deal with News Corporation's MySpace to allow users of its mobile network to access the social network via their mobiles.

The service will launch first in the UK, followed by other major European markets, believed to be France, Italy and Germany.

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Bebo embraces European Safer Internet Day

Bebo has announced that it is conducting a series of workshops to raise understanding among teachers and schools staff about social networks and the internet.

These 'Knowledge Transfer Workshops' are part of the campaign to highlight the risks of internet use, and coincide with today's European Safer Internet Day.

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Location networking startup Plazes raises £1.8m

Plazes, a social networking site based in Berlin, has announced that it has raised £1.8m in a first round of founding led by Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.

Plazes is a social network site with the added dimension of location tracking. Plazes automatically detects your location and connects you with people or places nearby.

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Q&A: Six Apart's Anil Dash on business blogs

Anil Dash is the chief evangelist at Six Apart , the company behind popular blog platforms Movable Type, Vox and Typepad.

With many businesses still to recognise the potential benefits of blogging for SEO, internal communications and customer relations, we asked him how more converts can be won over in the enterprise space.

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Blog and User Generated Content monitoring services

With the rise of user-generated content ('UGC') and blogging, there is a growing need to be able to monitor, engage with, and respond to what is being said about you, your brand, product or service online.

But what tools, products or services are out there to help you track, analyse and report on all this activity?

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UK blog network bags $4.5m from new VC fund

Congratulations to Ashley Norris and Chris Price over at Shiny Media, who have sealed an investment of $4.5m from Dan Wagner’s newly-launched venture capital fund.

Wagner’s first move at Bright Station Ventures was to take 50% of the 22-strong UK-based blog network, which claims 3m readers each month. It is good news for Shiny and also a healthy development for the European blog sector.

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LinkedIn targets Europe after new funding round

Business social network LinkedIn has raised $12.8m (£6.5m) in a third round of funding, led by Bessemer and the European Founders Fund.

The move brings the total invested in LinkedIn to more than $26m (£13.2m), and valued the company at $250m (£127m).

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Teen girl site adopts self-service ad strategy

Flip, Condé Nast’s upcoming social networking site for teen girls, is to follow in the footsteps of Bebo  and allow its members to influence the ads they receive.

Media Week reports that users of the site, due to launch in early February, will be able to select which brands’ ads they will see, while also being offered the option to include ad-supported content in their pages.

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Q&A: Snipperoo’s Ivan Pope on brand widgets

Ivan Pope is the CEO of Snipperoo, based in Brighton. Launched last year, it aggregates widgets for end-users to place in their blogs, social networking pages and other websites. It is also planning to launch an API which it hopes will ease the large-scale distribution of widgets for content producers.

With some expecting 2007 to be the 'Year of the Widget', we asked Ivan what online retailers and advertisers can do to get in on the act.

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The split in companies' attitudes to social media

Another week goes by and another study is released which highlights the strength of social media.

Last week, a survey by Ann Majchrzak, Christian Wagner and Dave Yates illustrated  that corporate internal wikis really make a difference within an organisation. It can be accessed here, and a take on it is provided by Hemma of Headshift.

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