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BBC bows to iPlayer pressure

The BBC has said it will begin to stream iPlayer content through its website by the end of the year, having concluded a deal with Adobe to use its Flash software.

The move follows heavy criticism of the Beeb over its decision to limit access to the service to users of Windows XP.

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Is the NYT's comment policy up with the times?

The New York Times has been making changes to its UGC policy recently -enabling users to make comments directly on its blog pages but stopping short of allowing them on all articles.

Until the end of last year, it had no system for user participation, but has since started to add links to news sharing sites Newsvine and Digg so that comments could at least be left on these sites.

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Game revamps website

UK retailer Game has unveiled a revamped website that provides customers with recommendations based on previous site usage, as well as customer reviews.

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Future looks bleak for mobile TV

It seems that mobile TV is not about to go mainstream anytime soon, and some analysts are doubtful that broadcast TV delivered over mobile networks will ever become a viable option.

There has been little enthusiasm among consumers for mobile TV, with just 1.2m people subscribing in some shape or form to a mobile TV 'product' over the past two years, according to Tim Farrar, president of Telecom Media and Finance Associates.

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Retailers call for harsher fraud punishments

Online retailers want the government to introduce stiffer penalties for convicted online fraudsters, according to a new study.

Two thirds of retailers questioned in the survey, carried out by prepaid voucher provider 3V and the IMRG, said that harsher punishments would be the single most effective way to combat internet fraud.

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Tesco 'to persevere with web property plans'

Tesco is apparently planning to launch a fully fledged online estate agency after having its property exchange venture scuppered by regulators a fortnight ago.

A spokeswoman told The Times that the retailer was reviewing its options with a view to launching "a new and exciting online estate agency service”.

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LinkedIn to avoid 'API free for all'

LinkedIn will open up to application developers but in a much more limited way than its rival Facebook, according to CEO Dan Nye.

The business-focused social network announced plans to create an open platform for developers earlier this year, but Nye said LinkedIn wanted to avoid some of the more frivolous applications that have been created through Facebook's API.

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92% of mobile users find ads irritating - study

A new survey by Nielsen/NetRatings has found that the vast majority of mobile users are annoyed by ads they receive on their phones, though people are more open to adverising online and on TV.

Ninety two percent of the 2,000 US respondents to the survey said that receiving advertising on their mobile phones would be irritiating. Seventy three percent of web users also felt they were over-exposed to advertising.

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Postal strike could harm online Xmas sales - IMRG

The continuing postal dispute could have a serious impact on online sales this Christmas, as customer confidence in delivery is damaged by the uncertainty.

James Roper of IMRG told The Telegraph that online retailers are already concerned about the strikes, and that customers will quickly lose confidence in buying online if the strikes continue.

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Guardian has the largest online audience - Nielsen

The Guardian remains the most popular UK newspaper website, according to the latest stats from Nielsen//NetRatings. The newspaper has now held the top spot for the last 12 months.

The Telegraph has taken over second spot from The Sun, while The Times, and the Daily Mirror are fourth and fifth respectively. In addition, all of the top ten newspapers in the list have managed to increase their online audiences so far this year.

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Mixx launches Digg rival in public beta

Mixx, a social news startup, launched in public beta yesterday. It is a rival to the likes of Digg and Reddit, and more ways to customise the news to fit your own  preferences.

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Ten ways to improve online checkouts

Recent figures indicate that around half of all potential customers bail out  during the checkout process.

While there are several reasons for this, including uncontrollable ones like users checking delivery charges or comparison shopping, usabilty problems at the checkout are also partly to blame.

We list ten ways to make the checkout process smoother and reduce abandonment after the jump:

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