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YouTube readies experiment with paid rentals

When Google purchased YouTube for $1.65bn in 2006, many questioned whether it could turn YouTube's popularity into a big business.

Just over three years later, the answer appears to be 'maybe'. Google has made a lot of progress building an ad-supported business model for YouTube, but that alone might not be enough if YouTube is to realize its full potential.

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UK, Sir Tim team up to free UK government data

Following in the footsteps of the US government, which launched data.gov last year, the UK government has teamed up with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the 'inventor of the internet', to launch data.gov.uk.

As the domain suggests, data.gov.uk is an online repository for data the government has in its virtual vaults and wants to make more accessible to citizens. From the economy to education, data.gov.uk currently offers just under 3,000 datasets - nearly triple what's available across the pond on data.gov.

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Sky News wants its staff to embrace social media

Most news organizations get that social media is important. And while many are embracing it, in a lot of cases social media is still kept in a silo.

But Sky News is looking to change that. It plans to install the popular Twitter client Tweetdeck on all of its journalists' computers in an effort to encourage them to incorporate social media into their news gathering efforts.

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Is AOL's Seed.com doomed to fail?

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has a big goal for his newly-independent company: revitalize AOL by turning it into a bona fide content company.

A big part of his plan is Seed.com, AOL's recently-launched content platform. Seed.com essentially employs the same model as Demand Media, which relies on freelance writers and editors to create SEO-friendly content on a mass scale.

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Five markets to watch in 2010

2010 is here. Plenty have made specific predictions about what you can expect this year. Predictions are fun, but sometimes knowing which markets to look at is a better approach.

With that in mind, here are five of the markets you might want to track in 2010.

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ESPN looks to score with 3D

Avatar, the sci-fi blockbuster that has already grossed more than $1bn globally at the box office, has rekindled interest in 3D entertainment.

That's because a lot of the buzz around the movie, which can be viewed in a 3D flavor, can be attributed to the 3D experience.

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Will Google Wave be the stand-out collaboration success of 2010?

Hot on the heels of my previous post on knowledge management, I thought it would be interesting to take a more detailed look at Google Wave.  Of all the announcements in the social media/collaboration space that I’ve had chance to digest this year, Wave has the greatest resonance.

Here I’ll tell you why and hopefully it will encourage a debate from those who are better placed than me to voice an opinion...

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Five things you need to do online in 2010

If sorting out the corporate website is your ambition for 2010, it can be pretty difficult to know where to start and what to prioritise. After all, you’re bound to have a budget to stick to. So where should you start?

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A man walks into a bar

A Martini, you would think buying one would be simple.If your Business to Business website were a bar, what sort of bar would it be? After the festivities of the past two weeks, here's a suitably alcohol-related story about how B2B websites frequently serve the needs of the organisation over the needs of the visitor, and how you can change this for your company.

So, a man walks into a bar, and asks the Bartender for a Martini...

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Stop, collaborate and listen: knowledge management has a brand new adventure

Business has always faced the challenge of managing knowledge so that it can add value and support internal teams as well as collaboration, both internally and between different organisations. How you create, share and manage knowledge plays a vital role in the efficiency of your business and therefore can impact profitability.

Whilst there has been a lot of focus on how emerging technology can be used to drive e-commerce and customer engagement, less is written about how it is transforming internal business process and knowledge management.

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The canonical link element gets cross-domain support

The canonical link element is a great tool for dealing with duplicate content issues. That's good for website owners, particularly in certain industries where duplicate content can be a real pain, such as ecommerce.

But up until now, the canonical link element didn't have much utility in addressing duplicate content issues across multiple domains. But Google is changing that thanks to its newfound support for cross-domain canonical link elements.

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Is there really anything wrong with fast food content?

Talk to many displaced old media types and hear an earful about blogs: they lack standards, don't deliver quality content and they pay their writers far less than what they're worth.

But as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, it looks like bloggers may have a go at crying rivers. Thanks to the rise of companies like Demand Media, which specialize what some argue is large-scale 'content farming', bloggers are now leveling some of the same charges that have been leveled at them.

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