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EU plans are threat to new media firms, says Ofcom

Ofcom has warned that the EU’s proposed Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) directive could force new media companies to relocate outside Europe.

The UK media regulator said research it had commissioned from RAND Europe showed the proposals could “significantly increase regulatory costs and uncertainty” for multimedia firms.

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Web venture aims to shake up film distribution

The makers of Scenes of A Sexual Nature, out in November, are not just hoping it’s a hit in the box office – they are also testing a new online distribution model which they say could help independent and low-budget films.

Ed Blum, the film’s director, and Suran Goonatilake, the investor behind Blum’s production firm Tinpanfilms, hope the system will reduce distributors’ control and give private investors more of a say in how movies are marketed and where revenues end up.

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Bebo's ad model: letting users decide what ads they see

Bebo are overhauling their advertising model in order to let its users choose what types of ads they see. The idea has caused quite a stir in the press and publishing community.

Is this idea misguided? Or is this the future of advertising? 

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Brave new internet world comes with a health warning

The rise of social networking sites and citizen journalism has been a wonderful  breath of fresh air, connecting people and ideas as well as shifting the balance of power away from established institutions back to individuals whose voices are now more likely to be heard .

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Web 2.0 needs to lose the social software thing, please

Following up from the d.Construct post yesterday, I wanted to talk about the apparent obsession with social software at the moment, and to ask for comments on why you think it’s so. Seriously, there are so many other things that can be done!

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Dogster gets $1 million in funding

The company behind pet-owners’ online communities dogster.com and catster.com has received $1m in funding from a syndicate of angel investors.

Dogster Inc., formed at the start of 2004, said the new cash would be used to expand the sites’ features and workforce, as well as to launch sites focusing on other animals.

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Google – the ultimate marketing tool?

With more 'toys' in the lab, Google could soon know what we listen to, as well as all the other information they can track (searches, clicks etc).

Will this become the ultimate marketing tool or the ultimate privacy nightmare?

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BT enters social networking space

BT has teamed up with American group Podshow to launch a UK version of the popular aggregation service for user generated content.

The site – an interesting link between social networking sites and traditional TV programming - provides a platform for individuals, record companies and media outlets to post and edit audio and visual content online.

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LiveWorld gets WPP cash injection

Ad giant WPP has continued its online spending spree, leading a $2m round of funding in internet marketing outfit LiveWorld.

The move comes after WPP and LiveWorld formed a joint venture in July, with both firms saying they have seen growing demand for marketing services focusing on online communities.

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Thoughts on d.Construct 2006 conference

If you’re watching the Web 2.0 scene in the UK then you might be interested in some thoughts on the annual d.Construct conference I attended last Friday.

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Digital music battle heats up

eMusic has announced plans to launch in all 25 EU countries in a bid to become Europe’s number two music downloading site behind iTunes.

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User generated content becomes a hit in UK

The popularity of sites featuring user-generated content (UGC) has increased dramatically in the UK over the last year, according to research by comScore.

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