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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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Europeans spend over 11 hours per week online

It seems that internet usage across Europe is continuing to rise, with a European Interactive Advertising Association survey revealing that time spent on the internet has increased since last year.

The EIAA Mediascope Survey interviewed over 7,000 people in 10 mainly Western European countries. As well as time spent online, the report revealed an increase in broadband use and the rise of social networks.

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Sling Media to form interactive division

Sling Media has hired two former MTV Networks executives to launch interactive services for users of its place-shifting devices, according to various media reports.

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Press watchdog demands blogging code

Press Complaints Commission director Tim Toumlin has called for a voluntary code of practice to be introduced for bloggers, according to a report on the BBC website . 

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Travel site nets £5.7m from VCs

Fast growing social travel site WAYN has raised £5.7m in a funding round led by Esprit Capital Partners.

The move has also seen co-founder of Lastminute.com Brent Hoberman, one of the investors, becoming the site's non-executive chairman.

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Digg uses moderators as users fail to police

Digg uses moderatorsPhilip Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped has an interesting / outrageous article about Digg’s use of moderators – it seems that Digg has them, but is rather coy about admitting it.

Contrary to the approach favoured by Jason Calcanis at Netscape, Digg has always prided itself on being entirely user-driven, claiming that everything on the site is submitted and managed by the community.

Yet this is not remotely accurate...

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Internet social lending 'may threaten banks'

A new study has claimed that the social networking boom could eventually threaten the dominance of traditional lenders.

A study by the Social Futures Observatory think-tank found that many consumers would consider borrowing through online ‘social lending’ communities rather than high street banks and other traditional lenders.

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Tories weed out inner tosser with budget web spot

The UK's Conservative party has launched an online campaign against consumer debt, featuring an odious overspending character they dub "the inner tosser".

Created by Karmarama, the Sort-it website includes money-saving tips and a mini manifesto on fiscal responsibility. A short video features a flash, suited American encouraging an English shopper to overspend on consumer items from shoes to a sports car.

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BK markets flamers to gamers

Fast-food chain Burger King has begun selling BK-branded video games along with its burgers and fries, in an effort to build customer loyalty through digital entertainment.

Three titles for Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles will sell for $3.99 each with Value Meals purchased at US restaurants.

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Yahoo signs ad-sharing deal with US newspaper groups

Yahoo has signed a deal with US newspaper groups in which they will share online advertising, content and technology.

In return for Yahoo publishing local classified ads on its network of sites, the newspapers will supply local news content. This deal should boost Yahoo’s local reach while providing local papers with national exposure for their classifieds.

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AGLOCO – AllAdvantage team launches new(ish) business

AGLOCO is a new startup from the founders of AllAdvantage, a site PC World placed at number five in its list of ’25 worst web sites’.

By all appearances, AGLOCO is essentially AllAdvantage 2.0, as the idea behind it seems to be exactly the same – users are paid to surf the net as long as they subject themselves to watching all manner of advertising.

We didn't care much for that business model first time around, but is AGLOCO a different beast?

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MySpace sued for copyright by Universal

Universal Music has launched a legal challenge against MySpace, the first time  Rupert Murdoch’s social network site has been challenged for copyright infringement.

Universal is suing MySpace for unauthorised use of the music and music videos of its artists, citing the availability on the site of material from Jay-Z’s as yet unreleased album as an example of this.

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