Wonga bags £3m for online loans service

UK startup Wonga has received £3m in funding for its upcoming quickfire online loans service.

The soon-to-be-launched UK site says it will give decisions on whether to loan money to borrowers within 30 minutes, faster than any other loan provider.

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Google encourages gadget developers

Google has launched a pilot programme that will provide funding to developers using its gadget API to develop their own applications.

Under the scheme, developers can apply for a grant if their app is in Google's gadgets directory and has at least 250,000 weekly page views.


Silver surfers are biggest home PC users

A survey of the UK's home computing habits has revealed that over-55s are the most frequent home PC users in the UK.

The Microsoft survey of 1,000 UK PC users found that 95% of those aged 55 and over used the internet on a daily basis, compared with 85% of 16-24 year olds. Seventy seven percent of the group go online more than once a day, compared with 72% of 16-24s.

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MySpace feels heat from UK rivals, jumps shark?

Alarm bells will be ringing at MySpace UK after the News Corp-owned site posted a 300,000 drop in visitors last month, according to new stats from Nielsen//NetRatings.

The month saw MySpace’s unique visitors from Britain falling from 6.8m to 6.5m in May – only the second monthly drop it has experienced since November 2005.

With Facebook in the ascendancy, has MySpace finally jumped the shark?


Google Earth launches charity outreach

Google Earth las launched an outreach programme designed to give charities and other non-profits tools to best use the 3D landscape environment.

The company will give organisations access to tutorials, guides, case studies, forums and software to produce data layers with which they can add rich, location-based information to the environment.

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IBM serves up Second Life Wimbledon

Imagine a Wimbledon where rain never stops play. IBM has recreated the tennis event inside Second Life.

photo: Ian Hughes/Snapzilla


YouTube rival MySpace TV launches

MySpace has launched a dedicated video site, MySpace TV, in a bid to compete with YouTube.



Nielsen buys mobile monitoring firm

Measurement group Nielsen has boosted its ability to track consumers’ use of mobile services with the purchase of market research firm Telephia.

The deal, expected to close by the third quarter, follows closely after Nielsen’s launch of a unit focusing on people’s use of mobile content services and the sector’s impact on established media behaviour.


Social Commerce Survey - free report on offer

E-consultancy is offering a free copy of a research report to those who take part in our social commerce research survey.


Google explains DoubleClick deal

Google gives some background behind its recent acquisition of advertising group DoubleClick on its official blog today.

The move has been controversial, with competitors and privacy groups raising their concerns over the deal, and the dominance it gives Google over the online ad market.


Trinity Mirror revamps local news sites

Trinity Mirror has started a major revamp of its regional news websites with the relaunch of its online properties for Liverpool. 

Liverpool Daily Post


Accessibility Best Practice - Switch Off to Get On?

After the high profile that accessibility was given 18 months ago following the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act, have things really changed?