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Carphone Warehouse buys AOL's UK unit

Carphone Warehouse has announced an agreement to purchase AOL’s UK internet access business for £370m.

The retailer is believed to have fought off competition from BSkyB for the ISP, whose sale forms part of AOL’s refocus from subscriptions onto ad revenues.


SEMPO's Gord Hotchkiss predicts 'search showdown'

Gord Hotchkiss, chair of search marketing association SEMPO, is bullish about the industry's prospects, saying 2007 will be a "watershed year" for localised advertising and that various other revenue channels will drive growth.

But in an exclusive interview, he also points to challenges facing the sector, including the lack of transparency over click fraud and an upcoming "showdown" between consumers and advertisers over search data.


Yahoo! launches PPC mobile ads

Yahoo! has started a beta trial of paid-for search results on its mobile internet service in the UK and US.

The launch, starting with a group of just under 100 advertisers, forms part of the portal’s plan to extend pay per click services to mobiles.


Operators in talks over ‘Mobile Bebo’

Bebo is in discussions with mobile operators over the launch of a range of text messaging services in the first quarter of next year.

The companies plan to use SMS to extend Bebo’s functionality onto mobiles, unlike the WAP-based services being developed by some of its rivals.

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Myspace value "could rise to $15bn"

Myspace could be worth $15bn within three years, according to one Wall Street analyst.

In a research note quoted by Reuters, RBC Capital analyst Jordan Rohan said he had come out of a meeting with Fox Interactive enthused about the site’s experienced management, "massive" global appeal and potential to become "an intellectual property distribution powerhouse".

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EU plans are threat to new media firms, says Ofcom

Ofcom has warned that the EU’s proposed Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) directive could force new media companies to relocate outside Europe.

The UK media regulator said research it had commissioned from RAND Europe showed the proposals could “significantly increase regulatory costs and uncertainty” for multimedia firms.


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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Yahoo and Orange link up on mobile search

The Guardian reports that Yahoo is close to a deal with Orange to provide search services to the mobile operator’s subscribers.

The agreement, following a similar deal with 3, would be a boost for the portal in its battle for mobile search users against Google.

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Myspace to sell Fox video content

Twentieth Century Fox is planning to use Myspace and other News Corporation websites to sell its movies and TV shows.

The move will see Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation, marketing its content on the gaming download site Direct2Drive from October.


Disney pulls UK mobile service for families

Disney has delayed the launch of a ‘family-friendly’ mobile service in the UK, according to The Sunday Telegraph .

The media giant announced in April that it would launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) using capacity on O2’s network, similar to its existing service in the US.

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We don't need no television

Britain’s youth is driving a ‘radical shift in media consumption’ away from TV, radio and newspapers and onto the web, according to industry regulator Ofcom.

Ofcom’s Communications Market Report for 2005 shows declining interest in TV among 16-24 year olds, who watched one hour of TV less per day than the average viewer last year.


Virgin Atlantic launches text messaging service

Virgin Atlantic is preparing to launch an in-flight text messaging service which will allow passengers to have their questions answered at 35,000 feet.

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