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Online card payments rise in UK

More than 50% of UK adults made an online purchase with their credit or debit cards last year, according to new  research .

Payments association Apacs says 25 million adults (52% of all adults and 74% of internet users) bought goods online during 2005, an 11% rise over the previous year.

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Technorati boss gives blogging tips

Technorati founder David L. Sifry has provided some tips for bloggers aiming to crack the search engine’s Top 100 list.

The Wired article also includes pointers from MySpace Hacks’ Matthew Price on how to increase your traffic on the community site.

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YouTube overtakes Myspace

YouTube has overtaken Myspace and risen to the top of the community website league, according to new research.

The study, compiled by internet analysts Alexa and covered in The Guardian, shows that the video-sharing portal has taken a 3.9% share of global internet visits a day, compared with 3.35% for News Corp’s social networking site.

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Ex-BetonSports boss pleads not guilty

Former BetonSports chief executive David Carruthers pleaded not guilty in his illegal gambling trial yesterday.

The 48-year-old, arrested two weeks ago in Texas and subsequently fired by the web gaming firm, is now being held in custody until negotiations over his bail arrangements are complete.

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Blair gets lesson from Silicon Valley on innovation

Tony Blair took some time out from Middle Eastern politics on Sunday to pay a visit to Silicon Valley’s brightest and best.

Hopefully the PM will have left with some ideas about how to create an environment in which dotcom and tech start-ups can flourish here in the UK.

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Yahoo! Launches New Search Crawler (Slurp!)

Yahoo! recently announced the launch of a new faster, more efficient web crawler. The new crawler ( Yahoo! Slurp as it's known), is designed to navigate through the Web quicker than its predecessor and in the process uses 25% less bandwidth.

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Image spam continues to evade filters

More warnings have been issued over the spread of image-based spam, through which pictures are used to lure victims into downloading spyware or falling for scams.

While it seems surprising, to say the least, that supposedly best-in-breed filtering software is still being bypassed by image-based emails, Computer Weekly reports that attackers are increasingly using them to beat existing controls.

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Bebo weighs into online music war

Bebo has added to a big week for the online music sector with the launch of a free music uploading service .

Dubbed 'Bebo Bands', the service is being seen as a challenge to the social networking site’s rival Myspace, which has emerged as a big player in the web music space.

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French government censors Greenpeace's mashup

The French government has instructed Greenpeace to remove a webpage featuring a customised Google Map with details of the locations of Monsanto’s genetically-modified cornfields.

The ban, issued via a French court, flies in the face of EU law, which states that this sort of information should be made available to the public by governments.

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Monster founder launches site for oldies

Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor is set to unveil his latest web venture later today; a portal for the over 50s.

The site, eons.com, will attempt to mimic the social networking success of youth-oriented sites such as Myspace, as well as including a search engine called ‘cranky’. 

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Eureka! Google optimises its PPC Adwords quality algorithm

Will Google’s decision to introduce an algorithmic element into its Adwords ‘Quality Score’ spell the end for sponsored keyword arbitrage and add further pressure to affiliates to clean-up their act?

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10 reasons why I’ll swap my iPod for a Zune

I was given an iPod as a birthday gift a couple of years ago. Immediately, I fell in love with it, and it revolutionised my listening habits. It looks good, it is easy to use, and my particular model stored 5,000 songs, about half of my CD-based music collection.

But my love affair quickly turned sour. Over time, I have experienced various problems with the iPod and iTunes, some of which are listed after the jump.

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