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iGoogle offers individual homepage, gadget advertising

Google has rebranded its personalised homepage offering "iGoogle" and launched a series of new features.

Along with the renaming, the search site is giving laypeople the ability to create their own "gadget" content quickly and easily.

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eBay launches widgets for syndicated selling

eBay has launched a Flash widget applet that allows sellers to embed their auctions on sites around the web.

The auction site has billed the move as "a fun and easy way for you to share the interesting things you've discovered on eBay and personalise your blog, social networking page or website".

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BBC's on-demand plans given the green light

The BBC Trust has approved plans by the corporation to make its programming available for download on an on-demand basis.

The on-demand proposals are the first to be subject to a Public Value Test (PVT), in which 10,500 individuals and organisations were consulted over the BBC's plans.

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Online sales to hit £78bn by 2010 - IMRG

The IMRG's annual statement says etail is growing faster than ever before, and predicts online sales in the UK will reach £78bn a year by 2010.

The group says £42bn will be spent online by UK shoppers in 2007, up from £30.2bn last year, while worldwide online sales will hit £250bn this year.

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Channel 4 on demand service gets 1m viewers

Channel 4's TV on-demand service 4OD has attracted over 1m viewers since its launch in December, in a boost to the hopes of broadband TV providers.

Speaking to the FT, 4's video on demand head Sarah Rose said 20m programmes had been viewed through the service, but wouldn't reveal how much usage was taking place over the net, rather than through Virgin Media or BT Vision set top boxes.

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Google inks partnership for better govt. info access

Google is working with US state governments to make online information more easily accessible to citizens.

The search site partnered with Arizona, Utah, California and Virginia so that "information that previously did not appear in a casual Google search will now appear when searching for results on relevant topics ranging from education to health to property records or regulations", Reuters reported and Google announced.

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Google ads used in spyware phishing scam

Unscrupulous advertisers have used Google AdWords banners in an attempt to obtain internet users' bank account details.

Exploit Prevention Labs, an internet security firm, found ads had been purchased against keyword search results like "betterbusinessbureau" that linked through to a spyware applet that would dupe users into entering account details into fake online banking pages.

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Yahoo! buys online ad exchange Right Media

Yahoo! has followed in the footsteps of Google with the purchase of an online ad exchange, taking control of US-based Right Media in a whopping $680m (£340m) deal.

Yahoo! made a strategic investment of 20% in Right Media in October last year, and today’s announcement will see it buying the rest of the firm.

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IT departments 'struggling with Web 2.0'

Senior executives have become aware of the potential business benefits of 'Web 2.0', but many IT departments often lack the resources and expertise to create more interactive web applications.

These are the findings of an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey of over 400 senior execs on corporate adoption of Web 2.0.

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Democrat aims to revoke US gambling ban

A bill has been introduced in the US Congress which aims to legalise online betting run by licensed operators.

Democrat Barney Frank yesterday introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act 2007, though he will face quite a struggle to get the bill through Congress.

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On-site Search – is it only about search?

Your on-site search tool should act like a human, not like an advanced search engine, writes Tal Rubenczyk.

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Google confirms YouTube ad plan

Google has confirmed it is in the process of testing ad formats for video sharing site YouTube with the aim of introducing them in the summer.

Chief marketing officer Suzie Reider told the ad:tech conference in San Francisco the site was testing pre-roll and post-roll bumper ads, before and after video clips.

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