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Online gambling sector in crisis after US ban

Shockwaves have been sent through the online gaming industry after the unexpected approval of anti-gambling legislation late on Friday in the US.

The laws – the first in the States to deal specifically with internet gaming - ban banks and credit card companies from processing payments for bets placed over the web.

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Big brands fail in a world without www

I often browse the web by grabbing text and dragging it into my Google Toolbar, which will open a new search page. It will open up a website for me, in the event that I drag a domain name into the search window.

I don’t expect I’m alone in exhibiting this kind of search behaviour, but there is a problem. Many firms, including some big brands, do not cater for a www-less version of their domain name.

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Local search gains momentum, says study

A study by ComScore , focusing on the US, has shown an increase of over 40% in the number of users performing local searches online in the last year.

According to the research, 63% of US internet users (around 109 million people) performed a local search during July, a 43% increase over the same month in 2005.

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Mike Rundle throws stones at Luddite VCs, Arrington and Godin

Mike Rundle has written a post called The Catch-22 of Web 2.0 in which he says he feels like “the only person seeing certain things happen – like watching a train wreck in slow motion”.

Mike is a top web designer who makes some cynical points that don’t make too much sense from where I’m sitting.

So let’s go through them one by one…

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Operators in talks over ‘Mobile Bebo’

Bebo is in discussions with mobile operators over the launch of a range of text messaging services in the first quarter of next year.

The companies plan to use SMS to extend Bebo’s functionality onto mobiles, unlike the WAP-based services being developed by some of its rivals.

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Mark Cuban: only a 'moron' would buy YouTube

Dotcom billionaire Mark Cuban is one person that can be ruled out of the bidding for YouTube  – he has reportedly said that only a “moron” would purchase the video-sharing site.

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Hitwise: the web helps measure offline ads

Some new research from Hitwise has given an interesting insight into how an online component in media campaigns can be used to measure the effectiveness of offline ad spend.

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Currys to launch online movie and music sales

Currys has announced plans to launch a low-cost online DVD and CD store aimed at undercutting major offline and online retailers. 

The electrical goods firm said it would offer around 180,000 CDs and 40,000 DVDs for purchase online, with free delivery and chart and new releases priced from £8.99 and £12.99 respectively.

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Myspace value "could rise to $15bn"

Myspace could be worth $15bn within three years, according to one Wall Street analyst.

In a research note quoted by Reuters, RBC Capital analyst Jordan Rohan said he had come out of a meeting with Fox Interactive enthused about the site’s experienced management, "massive" global appeal and potential to become "an intellectual property distribution powerhouse".

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David Miliband on wikis and UGC

This summer saw David Miliband, secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, launching the government’s first experiment with wikis, only for the move to be scrapped after the “accidental or malicious editing or removal of material” by pranksters.

But the wiki is now open again, albeit with tighter moderation and registration policies, and Miliband has promised to continue testing new ways to engage with the public via the web.

We talked to him to find out more...

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Are Social Conferences the 2.0 of conferencing?

A social conference is a physical embodiment of the web 2.0 world and like the web itself presents a unique and invigorating opportunity to communicate and connect. Is this the future of conferencing?

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Online casino shuts down as gaming crisis deepens

The Ritz Hotel's online casino has been shut down amid growing fears over the crackdown on internet gambling in the US and Europe.

"In light of the current confusion and inconsistency in online gaming legislation worldwide, the owners of The Ritz Club London Online have, regretfully, decided to close the site to new customers with immediate effect," the firm said in a statement on the site.

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