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Viacom close to licensing deal with Joost

Joost, the P2P internet TV service, is said to be close to securing a content deal with Viacom,  the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central.

Two weeks ago, Viacom demanded the removal of 100,000 of its clips from YouTube, after failing to reach an agreement with the video sharing site over use of its content.

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Podcast suite Odeo goes up for sale

Web-based podcasting application Odeo has been put up for sale, just months after founder Evan Williams led a management buy-out of the project from investors.

Williams wrote: "We've put too much into Odeo to want to see it fade away. And it still has tons of potential. But we're not improving it fast enough."

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Second Life comes to Brighton

Second Life creator Linden Lab is looking for staff to fill vacancies at its new British base in sunny Brighton.

Linden developer Jim Purbrick revealed the new location to web hackers gathered at  BarCampLondon2 this weekend. Now the virtual world is hiring software developers.

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Vidmeter tracks videos across 23 sites

Vidmeter Tracker is a new tool, launched yesterday, which tracks the most popular videos across a variety of video-sharing and social network sites.

As well as putting together a list of the Top 100 video clips from YouTube, MySpace, Google Video and more, Vidmeter's Tracker enables video creators to track the popularity of their own clips.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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