Interview: We7 founder Steve Purdham

Not content with a huge windfall from the sale of filtering company SurfControl, Steve Purdham has linked up with former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel to launch a new music downloading venture.

We7, as it is called, allows fans to download music for free, as long as they are prepared to listen to 10-second ads attached to each song. The tracks then become ad-free after four weeks.

We caught up with Steve to ask about his plans for the service, and what interest he has managed to generate from labels and advertisers.

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Coke to launch mobile networking site

Coca-Cola has moved further into the realm of mobile marketing with the launch of a social networking site for young cellphone users.

Dubbed Sprite Yard, the site will allow members to create profiles, upload pictures and meet friends, and will initially target China and the US.


Amazon extends 1-Click patent to gifts

Amazon has extended its controversial patent on "1-Click" shopping to include items bought as gifts for others.

The original 1999 patent allowed customers to purchase products with just one click after entering their address and credit card details for upfront storage. but drew fire including a boycott when Amazon sued rival Barnes & Noble for using a similar method.

0 comments pioneer to lead Dixons group

The businessman who pioneered UK online grocery shopping is moving on to head up the Dixons group.

John Browett was formerly chief executive at, which was launched in 1996 and has probably become the world's most successful online groceries retail operation.

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Analytics still widely misunderstood - report

Many organisations are wasting money on web analytics deployments because they are ill-equipped to make the most out of data, according to new research.

The global survey (pdf) of attitudes among analytics providers and end-users, billed as the largest so far, found that analytics was still misunderstood by the vast majority of firms.

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US online ad revenues near $5bn in Q1

More good news from the online ad sector across the Atlantic – internet ad revenues grew to a record of $4.9bn (£2.5bn) in the first three months of this year, according to new research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

The figure represents a 26% increase year on year and a 2% jump from the last quarter of 2006.


Email wind-up offers M&S vouchers

Security experts have issued warnings over a bogus chain email claiming to offer hundreds of pounds in M&S vouchers. 

The message, seeking to exploit the success of viral campaigns such as Threshers’ last year, promises the vouchers to recipients that forward it on to at least eight people.

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Google widens ban on gambling ads

Google has extended a ban on online gambling providers' use of AdWords to include even services that are free to consumers.

Both Yahoo! and Google outlawed ads for internet casinos and poker services back in 2004, drawing ire from the industry, which many say benefits from online advertising more than others.


Olympics logo causes fits, but defended

The London 2012 Olympics effort has attracted international ridicule after it was forced to remove an animated version of its controversial new logo because it was causing epileptic seizures.

The dayglo, nu rave-style jigsaw images have drawn derision - and several attempts to do better - since their unveiling on Monday. But the online animation fuelled the matter further after Epilepsy Action requested its removal following complaints from sufferers.


Telegraph launches RSS reader

The Telegraph has added a new feature to its MyTelegraph section - an RSS reader that gives the paper's online readers a chance to read other news sources without having to leave the site.



Ticket reseller Seatwave attracts $8m in funding

Seatwave, a UK website which provides a marketplace for fans to buy and sell second hand tickets for concerts. theatre and sports events, has received $8m (£4m) in Series B funding.

The funding was led by Mangrove, and managing Partner Mark Tluszcz will join the Seatwave board. Also investing were German entrepreneur Oliver Jung and Atlas Venture, which had previously invested $3m (£1.5m) in a first round of funding last year.

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Pricerunner partners with Vodafone for mobile site

Price comparison website Pricerunner has struck a deal with Vodafone to offer a mobile version of its website for the mobile operator's customers.

Vodafone today relaunched its mobile portal, announcing partnerships with Pricerunner and other major internet brands.