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Red Hat develops open source widget-based portal

Linux software maker Red Hat is quietly developing an open source portal that aggregates applications from mainstream sites such as Flickr and Rhapsody, reports Internet Financial News . 

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Myspace for parents goes live

Minti , an international networking site for parents, has officially launched after completing the public beta programme it started in March.

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Microsoft inks ad deal with Facebook

After losing out to Google in the race to sign up Myspace as an advertising client, Microsoft has landed a deal with the US' second largest social networking site Facebook.

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Brits trust old media over new

The British public still consider traditional media brands to be far more trustworthy than blogs, according to a survey commissioned by interactive marketing company Telecom Express .

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Friendster receives VC boost

Troubled social networking site Friendster is set to announce some $10 million in VC funding to help it regain ground on its rivals, according to the Wall Street Journal .

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Webwag enters customisable start page tussle

Webwag, the latest creation of ex-Google France chief Franck Poisson, is set to go live at the end of this month, adding more competition to the 'customisable start page' arena.

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Myspace is ‘hotbed for spyware’

Online communities such as Myspace are becoming a major target for spyware creators, security company Webroot has warned.

The group says spyware infection rates have returned to 2004 peak levels as cyber criminals focus on new distribution channels such as social networking sites.

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Apple shows transparency in China iPod factory audit

In a smart move by Apple, the company has released details of an audit done on an iPod factory in China. The audit came in response to accusations of "sweatshop" conditions by the Mail on Sunday.

According to the audit the supplier was “in compliance in the majority of the areas audited. However, we did find violations to our Code of Conduct, as well as other areas for improvement that we are working with the supplier to address.” What follows in the report is a breakdown of the audit methodology and selected results.

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New website targets ticket touts

Viagogo.com , a new website aiming to muscle in on touts' earnings from football matches, has gone live in the UK.

Backed by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and David Katz, head of Yahoo’s sports and entertainment unit, the site provides an online exchange for fans to buy and sell unused tickets to games.

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Travelhiker launches community site for travellers

A new social networking site has gone live, providing user-generated information for holidaymakers and UK commuters.

Travelhiker launches

Founded by 27 year old Oxford grad James Holmes, Travelhiker.com allows members to share photos, diaries and reviews, as well as to find companions for trips.

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Games sites see increase in traffic

Over 7.5 million Britons visited online games sites during June, according to a report by Nielsen/Net Ratings.

The research group says the UK’s online gaming audience has grown 16% in the last year, largely thanks to demand from teenagers, with Miniclip being the most popular site.

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Newspapers in $20bn hole, says report

US newspaper groups could face a US$20 billion shortfall in the next five years as readers and advertisers shift to the web, according to researchers .

Analyst group Outsell said a ‘perfect storm’ of declining circulation, pressure on print advertising and rapid growth of online news media would lead to a huge revenue gap for the newspaper industry by 2010.

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