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User generated content becomes a hit in UK

The popularity of sites featuring user-generated content (UGC) has increased dramatically in the UK over the last year, according to research by comScore.

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Facebook relents in privacy row

Facebook, the second most popular US social networking site, has backed down in a privacy row with its users, adding controls to two new services that allowed them to track their friends’ activities online.

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Beeb eyes social networking space

BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, is apparently looking for an acquisition to compete with Rupert Murdoch’s Myspace, according to the Mail on Sunday.

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Smoking ban to boost bingo sites

The public smoking ban could see bingo players moving en masse to the web, according to research by white label gaming firm St. Minver.

The company found 60% of the 2667 British internet bingo players it interviewed smoke, well above the national average of 29%. But mobile companies aren't set to cash in on the ban, with 95% of respondents saying they aren't interested in playing games on their phones.

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Amazon launches TV and film service

Amazon has launched its long-anticipated video downloading service, marking its entrance into the online TV and movie business.

Dubbed Amazon Unbox, the service will offer TV programmes from a wide range of broadcasters including MTV, the BBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and The History Channel.

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eBay protestors demand CEO's head, plan new strike

In less than a week’s time, eBay faces another boycott from its customers and store partners over fee hikes, changes to search listings and a growing number of rogue sellers.

But even before the protest kicks off, its organisers have serious doubts about whether their demands will be met.

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TechCrunch launches UK site

I’ve just returned from holiday where I did my best to stay completely away from any technology other than my camera (for good reason), and am getting back into the swing of things nicely.

One of the pleasant not-so surprises on returning was the recent launch of a UK TechCrunch site which is focused on UK Web 2.0 and mobile startups.

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Sportingbet chairman detained in US

Sportingbet's Peter DIcks Sportingbet has announced its chairman has been detained in the US while travelling on non-company business.

The British online gambling firm did not say whether Peter Dicks had been arrested, but immediately asked for its shares to be suspended "pending clarification of the situation".

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Danny Sullivan to leave Search Engine Watch

Well I got in the office early this morning to read that Danny Sullivan, the guy that set up Search Engine Watch back in 1996, has decided to leave both Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies.

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Kiko buyer revealed to be Tucows

The mysterious buyer of online calendar Kiko has stepped out of the shadows, revealing himself to be Elliot Noss, the CEO of Tucows.

Tucows, a software and applications aggregator, paid about a quarter of a million dollars to pick up Kiko, which was offloaded via eBay after the founders became distracted and started working on new projects (ok, Google Calendar had something to do with this too).

So why did they buy it?

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Classified ads rise in popularity

Traffic to the largest classified advertising websites has grown by almost 50% in the last year, according to new research.

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Business development strategies for digital agencies

Later this month we'll be hosting an event aimed at helping digital agencies to figure out how to win those projects that are worthwhile from a strategic perspective.

Why is this necessary? Well in these busy times there needs to be a little more thought involved in the business development cycle - it isn't 2002, when agencies were foraging for any sort of work.

On the face of it, digital / interactive agencies have never had it so good, but there are underlying reasons for pitching for Project X but declining to get involved with Project Y...

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