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Wikipedia's Google traffic balloons, search site 'should pay'

The amount of traffic sent from Google to Wikipedia has shot up 166% in the last year, according to data from Hitwise.

The open encyclopedia last month broke into the US' list of top 10 websites, up four places on the previous month. Now researcher LeeAnn Prescott has revealed that 70% of Wikipedia's hits come from search queries, and 50% from Google alone.


Are men's mags losing out to online competition?

Circulation figures released last week by ABC seem to paint a picture of decline in the men's glossy magazine market, as previously popular men's titles have seen circulations fall.

For instance, men's mag FHM, published by Emap, has seen its circulation figures fall 25.9% in the second half of 2006, to 371,263. In 1999, its figures were nearer 700,000.


Inventor challenges Slingbox on patent claim

A Texan inventor has launched an audacious court case against TV-shifting hardware maker Sling Media, claiming a patent infringement.

Stuart Mershon claims the Slingbox, which uses the internet to rebroadcast TV content from a user's lounge to a PC or mobile phone anywhere in the world, infringes on a system he invented to transmit home audio signals to a remote speaker over wireless telephone networks.


uSwitch - online to account for 40% of UK sales by 2020

Research by online shopping comparison service uSwitch has predicted that online retail will almost quadruple by 2020.

The web currently accounts for around 10% of total UK retail sales, with sales over the Christmas period reaching £3.7bn, a 50% increase on 2005. The report predicts that 15% of UK retail sales this year will be online.

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Google buys Adscape for $23m

Google has expanded its empire into the in-game ad market, with the acquisition of Adscape for $23m (£11.8m).

Adscape's technology allows advertisers to place ads within games, as well as giving marketers the ability to measure ad performance.

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Tripadvisor to syndicate content to travel sites

Tripadvisor has confirmed it is planning to syndicate content to other websites in a bid to expand its already massive online community.

The site, which houses over 5m reviews of destinations and hotels, said it has received numerous approaches from travel companies about content licensing deals.


BT inks on-demand deal with Universal Music

BT has struck a deal with Universal Music Group for the group's music videos to be made available on BT Vision's on demand service.

This follows recent content deals with companies like Sony BMG and Warner Brothers, which have helped BT to build up a catalogue of music, film and TV programming for its new TV service.


What will replace the page impression?

Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion has an interesting article where he speculates what will replace the page view metric, which he believes will be dead by 2010.

Page view or page impression figures are easy to manipulate and don’t give a true measure of a site’s popularity. For instance, merely splitting content over several pages can falsely inflate a site’s figures.


Saul Klein joins Index Ventures

Former Skype VP of marketing and Video Island founder Saul Klein has joined Index Ventures to help the VC firm’s hunt for new web investments.

The London-based company has just announced the closure of a EU350m fund – its fourth - to focus on European firms in IT, life sciences and clean tech.

Klein, who will be based in Index’s London office, will help spend the new cashpile as well as working on Index’s existing portfolio, which includes the likes of Betfair, Netvibes and Last.fm.


Pheedo launches 'FeedPowered' ads

Pheedo, an RSS ad network, has announced the launch of its FeedPowered ad platform, which enables marketers to use text and video RSS content within ad widgets.

FeedPowered ads are on-site advertisements which can present updated text, video or audio from any RSS feed.


888 sees revenues rise 7%

Online gambling firm 888 Holdings Plc has posted a 7% rise in profits for 2006, despite the loss of business which resulted from the recent US ban on online gambling.

888 Holdings lost just over half its sales and was forced to cut 25% of its workforce after shutting down its US operations when Congress banned internet gambling.


Banks to give out card readers to combat online fraud

Banks are planning to issue their customers with handheld credit card readers under a new pilot scheme to combat online fraud.

The project is being pioneered by APACS, the UK payments association, to give customers greater protection when shopping on the internet or the phone.