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Google buys YouTube – conference call extracts

So we know that YouTube is being bought by Google, for a whopping $1.65bn, but what did the Google founders have to say about the YouTube acquisition?

Read choice snippets from today's conference call after the jump...

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Google to buy YouTube for $1.65bn in web video push

Google buys YouTube for $1.65bn Google is to acquire YouTube for $1.65bn in an all-stock deal, in a move that may spark a flurry of M&A activity across the internet sector.

YouTube will remain a distinct, standalone brand, with the founders and all 67 employees remaining with the company.

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WPP's Martin Sorrell on Google, China and the internet

Sir Martin Sorrell talks to E-consultancy Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP has made a series of investments in the online space this year, most recently the purchase of a 10% stake in Spot Runner, the US-based online ad agency which had also attracted the attention of Google.

He told us why...

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Ebay launches new UK shopping service

Auction website eBay has today launched the UK version of its new online shopping service, eBay Express. The site will sell both new and used goods at fixed prices. 

All of the sellers on the site have been signed up to a professional code of conduct by eBay, to ensure that they all offer returns policies and guaranteed delivery dates.

The company hopes that the site will attract those shoppers who prefer a more more conventional e-commerce shopping experience.

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Telecoms companies criticised for poor online customer service

New research has shown that online companies need to dramatically improve their customer service and offer more help to customers on their sites. Telecoms providers came off worst in the survey, with banking websites the best performers.

The survey, by eService provider Transversal, has revealed that customers often face waits of up to 2-3 days for their emails to be answered, a situation which is exacerbated by the lack of online help offered by some websites. Some 60% of customer emails are generated by the lack of available information on websites.

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Google blog hoax uncovered, Click-to-Call test 'on schedule'

This weekend Google discovered the hard way that Blogger had an undiscovered bug, after a hoaxer managed to publish an announcement on the official Google Blog.

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World Gaming suspends shares

The fallout from the US' move to ban online gambling has continued with the news that shares in World Gaming have been suspended.

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Yahoo! links up with homepage provider

Former Google France boss Franck Poisson has hooked up with Yahoo!, which will provide advertising and search services on Webwag, his new customisable homepage venture.

The deal will see Webwag displaying sponsored links from Yahoo!, as well as launching what it claims is the sector’s first ‘personal wide web’ search feature – through which users can sift through their chosen content as well as the web as a whole.

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Chinese bloggers reach 17 million mark

The number of bloggers in China has now topped the 17 million mark, and 34 million have signed up for blog accounts, according to a recent survey.

The research, by the China Internet Network Information Centre, also revealed that 75 million people read blogs on a regular basis in China, more than half of the 123 million internet users in the country.

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Internet crime feared more than burglary in the UK

A recent government study has shown that many people are put off from using the internet because they are wary of being targeted by hackers and identity thieves. 

The government’s Get Safe Online study has revealed that more people are afraid of becoming the victims of cyber crime than they are of being burgled or mugged. 

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Digg disables pay-per-vote service

Digg has clamped down on a new service which claims to allow publishers to manipulate ratings on the social bookmarking site.

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Web overtakes print media consumption in Europe

European consumers are now spending more time online than reading newspapers and magazines, according to a new study.

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