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Xing inks partnership with ZoomInfo

German based business network Xing has formed a partnership with  ZoomInfo, a US-based business information search engine, in a deal which could potentially give it a larger network than LinkedIn.

It also marks a move into the English speaking world for Xing, and gives its members access to profiles of nearly 36m business people and 3.8m companies.

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BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to partner for web TV?

BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are in talks about partnering to launch an on-demand broadband TV service, according to The Guardian.

A source told the paper that the new service would "do for broadband what Freeview did for digital television". It has been dubbed 'Project Kangaroo'.

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Usability market to grow 20% in 2007 - new report

The UK market for usability and accessibility will grow by 20% in 2007 to a value of around £180 million, according to a new report published this week by E-consultancy.

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Mahalo to pay for search results

Mahalo, the human-edited search engine founded by Jason Calacanis, is asking for part time guides to help produce its search results.

The search engine, which launched in alpha last month, aims to better Google's by having a team of editors filter out spam and irrelevant content and handcraft its results.

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eBay spoils Google's Checkout party - literally

Google has cancelled a party planned around its Checkout online payment system after pressure from eBay.

The search giant on Monday announced the bash would be held this evening on the fringes of eBay's own Live event in Boston.

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Widget use growing, says comScore

Just over a fifth of global internet users are now using widgets, but Europe is lagging behind North America in their adoption, according to new figures.

Web measurement firm comScore’s new ‘Widget Metrix’ reveals that 21% of internet users viewed one in April.

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US media to benefit from online local ad growth

Local online advertising in the US is set to increase by almost a third on last year, according to a new report.

Borrell Associates' What Local Media Web Sites Earn: 2007 Survey, which polled over 2,800 local media sites, showed the market is forecast to reach $7.5bn this year.

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OpenAds nets $5m in VC funding

Open source adserving company OpenAds has taken on $5m in Series-A funding from a range of VCs to further its challenge to established online ad systems.

The financing round was led by Index Ventures, and also involved First Round Capital, Mangrove Capital Partners and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures.

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Blockhunter matches homebuyers and sellers

Blockhunter is a recently launched property site that, instead of listing a range of properties for sale, reverses the process and helps sellers find buyers looking for a home in a selected area.

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New rewards scheme launches in the UK

Webloyalty, a US company which provides online discount and rewards schemes, has moved to the UK and signed its first UK client, Interflora.

With the deal, Interflora's customers can opt into Webloyalty’s Shopper Discounts and Rewards scheme, which offers cashback discounts of up to 40% off online purchases.

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New search engine focuses on Paypal merchants

Shopping search engine Thefind.com has launched a new service for consumers to browse products exclusively from merchants that accept PayPal payments.

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Apple looks to tap Bebo for music downloads

Apple is looking to tap into social networking sites as an e-commerce channel after striking a deal to distribute music with Bebo.

From today, Apple’s iTunes service will be embedded into the Bebo website – allowing its users to buy music from artists that have a Bebo profile and whose music is available via iTunes.

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