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BBC partners with IBM for video search technology

The BBC has announced that it is partnering with IBM to develop a range of new technologies across its departments, starting with a video search system for its CBeebies and CBBC programming.

Under the deal, the BBC will introduce an IBM system called Marvel, which has the ability to analyse images and video and categorise the content based on appearance.

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Police limit online fraud investigations

With the high levels of online fraud, the police are unable to investigate every complaint they receive about instances of online crime and, in some cases they are unable to investigate.

Cases where individuals have been defrauded to the amount of a few hundred pounds are being pushed to the back of the queue, as police do not have the resources to cope with the problem.

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Marketer wins damages for mailing list spam

A Scottish court has ordered an internet service provider to pay £750 plus expenses and interest to a man it "spammed" by sending a single e-mail obtained via a discussion list.

Gordon Dick took Transcom Internet Services to court in Edinburgh after receiving a marketing message apparently via an email group operated by UK domain registry Nominet. Both parties belonged to the group.

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Does paid search affect organic search engine rankings?

Even if your search engine optimisation strategy is successful it is still important to promote your brand using paid search, according to Susan Minniear at the Official Google CPG Blog.

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Google embeds YouTube videos in AdSense

Google is testing a version of AdSense that includes YouTube video ads, hinting at the next step in the search giant's efforts to monetise the $1.65bn video network.

A new Flash-based 300x250 AdSense unit includes text links as well as a 250x200 embedded YouTube video. The test ad is "Gmail Theatre" - a low-budget video spot that is hosted on YouTube and trails Google's own email service, which dropped its invite-only barrier last month.

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YouTube woos BBC, ad-supported channels planned

Google-owned YouTube has inked one of its most significant content deals by agreeing a partnership with the BBC.

YouTube will create three BBC branded channels, two for ‘short-form’ video content and a third for BBC News clips. All should prove highly popular, but two will host advertising.

The BBC signed up to the deal on a non-exclusive basis as part of its remit to “secure commercial revenue via BBC Worldwide, to supplement the licence fee”.

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Babelgum launches to rival Joost in IPTV battle

Babelgum is a new internet TV service, using P2P technology to stream video to your PC at near -TV resolution, very much like Joost.

Like Joost, Babelgum has plenty of financial backing. While Joost's founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis raised around £1.3bn from the sale of Skype, Babelgum founder Silvio Scaglia has just sold a quarter of his stake in Italian broadband firm Fastweb for £148m. 

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Zooppa gives cash for consumers' ads

A new website invites users to make their own video ads for big-name brands, and get paid along with the deal.

Zooppa harnesses the trend in consumer-generated ad campaigns that has been increasingly in vogue.

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Google ads 'wake up' Microsoft

The speed with which Google was able to earn revenue from pay-per-click ads was "a wake-up call within Microsoft", according to the company's CTO, Ray Ozzie.

Microsoft trails Google and Yahoo! in the web advertising market, with the Redmond-based desktop software maker seen as playing catch-up in web innovations.

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Why Ceefax and Teletext rule

Chris Averill takes a look at why 'more advanced' interactive TV services haven't been a bigger hit with viewers.

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France cracking down on online gambling?

The Guardian is reporting today that online gambling group PartyGaming has closed its French website, without notifying investors.  One shareholder has offloaded around £50m of stock in the firm.

Meanwhile, John Anderson, the former chief executive of 888 Holdings, has been summoned for interview by the French authorities, prompting speculation that French authorities are about to crackdown on online gambling.

This in itself is prompting speculation that the French and American governments actually agree on something.

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Topshop traffic from MySpace grows

MySpace is giving a big boost to British fashion retailers, with the proportion of their traffic driven from the social networking site growing fast in the last year.

Referrals from MySpace accounted for 5% of visits to Topshop.co.uk - far less than searches from either MSN or Yahoo!, according to Hitwise data.

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