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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

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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?

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Widgets driving traffic to photo websites

Hitwise UK has some interesting figures showing how effective widgets can be in driving traffic to websites from social networks.

Slide.com and RockYou, two providers of photo-sharing widgets, have moved rapidly up the rankings in the photography websites category, according to Heather Hopkins.

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AOL offers shoppers Shortcuts coupons

AOL is set to launch an coupons programme allowing users to save money on online purchases with selected etailers.

Dubbed AOL Shortcuts, the project will mimic real-world coupons promotions, but will instead ask consumers to click web ads in order to receive offers.

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Bank tests mobile Visa payments

US bank Wells Fargo is to begin testing Visa's mobile payments system with 50 of its own employees.

Introduced earlier this year, the system allows customers to buy goods using mobiles equipped with special chips that can be swiped over retail scanners.

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Lijit nets funding for blog search widget

Lijit has has received $3.3m (£1.65m) in Series B funding for its blog search and stats tools. The round was led by Boulder Ventures and brings the total raised by the firm to $4.2m (£2.1m).

Lijit  

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Canada web ad spend to grow fastest, forecast says

Online advertising spend will grow faster in Canada than anywhere in the world over the next four years, according to a heavyweight new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

PwC's Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, which looks at the international media industry between 2007 and 2011, forecast the amount of money advertisers spend online will grow to US$2.03bn (£1.02bn) by 2011.

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Facebook's popularity drive continues in UK

Facebook’s rapid rise in popularity among UK web users continued in May, according to measurement group comScore.

The figures show the social network had 4.8m visitors, 30% up from April and 2123% from May last year. It was the site's third consecutive month of 30%+ gains, comScore said.

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LinkedIn preparing for IPO?

Business network LinkedIn is reportedly gearing up for a possible IPO that would make it one of the first social networks to go public.

Reuters reports that the move could happen as early as next year, thanks to the company's rapid growth - its membership has doubled to almost 12m in the past nine months.

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iPlayer faces EC challenge

The BBC has been threatened with a complaint to the European Commission (EC) over its contoversial use of Microsoft technology in its upcoming iPlayer.

Advocacy group the Open Source Consortium (OSC) has attacked the online video service as anti-competitive as it will only initially work on Windows-based computers.

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Google introduces images to news search

Google has added an option to its news service that allows users to scroll through images in search of stories.

Google News Images

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Threadwatch to shut on Friday

Threadwatch, a web community dedicated to posting and discussing internet marketing news, will close on Friday, its proprietor said.

Aaron Wall explained that he did not have the time to take the site mainstream, counter competition from a growing number of blogs and keep contributors on the straight and narrow, thanks to new personal commitments.

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