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MySpace confirms API move

MySpace will be launching a platform for outside application developers in the 'next couple of months', according to Rupert Murdoch and MySpace chief executive Chris DeWolfe.

As predicted, Murdoch announced the plans during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, saying MySpace would begin by offering a directory of widgets that have been created for the site.

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Bring retail marketing experience online for on-site uplift

Online retailers should remember their heritage in order to ensure they stay ahead of the competition.

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TripAdvisor revamps website

Holiday user review website TripAdvisor is relaunching its website, with the revamped version now live in the UK and the US version to follow by the end of the year.  

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Google adds copyright tool to YouTube

Google has introduced the beta version of its YouTube Video Identification tool, which aims to help copyright owners identify their content on the video sharing site.

The web giant has been promising to introduce anti-piracy technology for some time now, though this new solution still places the burden on copyright holders to take steps to identify their content.

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Yahoo! Q3 figures please investors

Yahoo! gave some cheer to fickle stock market investors after announcing better-than-expected third quarter figures last night.

The web company’s shares jumped 10% after it posted a 12% increase in revenues to $1.77bn and had some good news to report from both its search and display ad businesses.

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Hotel Chocolat’s Chris Bishop on affiliate marketing

Hotel Chocolat online marketing manager Chris Bishop is in a good position to discuss both the risks and rewards of affiliate marketing programmes.

Affiliates helped Hotel Chocolat grow its internet business by over 30% last year, but the retailer was also recently forced to crack down on sites breaking its PPC terms and conditions.

We asked Chris for his thoughts on how to get the most out of affiliate strategies - including his 'Love and Respect' theories. Read on for more...

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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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