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Webwag enters customisable start page tussle

Webwag, the latest creation of ex-Google France chief Franck Poisson, is set to go live at the end of this month, adding more competition to the 'customisable start page' arena.

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Myspace is ‘hotbed for spyware’

Online communities such as Myspace are becoming a major target for spyware creators, security company Webroot has warned.

The group says spyware infection rates have returned to 2004 peak levels as cyber criminals focus on new distribution channels such as social networking sites.

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Apple shows transparency in China iPod factory audit

In a smart move by Apple, the company has released details of an audit done on an iPod factory in China. The audit came in response to accusations of "sweatshop" conditions by the Mail on Sunday.

According to the audit the supplier was “in compliance in the majority of the areas audited. However, we did find violations to our Code of Conduct, as well as other areas for improvement that we are working with the supplier to address.” What follows in the report is a breakdown of the audit methodology and selected results.

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New website targets ticket touts

Viagogo.com , a new website aiming to muscle in on touts' earnings from football matches, has gone live in the UK.

Backed by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and David Katz, head of Yahoo’s sports and entertainment unit, the site provides an online exchange for fans to buy and sell unused tickets to games.

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Travelhiker launches community site for travellers

A new social networking site has gone live, providing user-generated information for holidaymakers and UK commuters.

Travelhiker launches

Founded by 27 year old Oxford grad James Holmes, Travelhiker.com allows members to share photos, diaries and reviews, as well as to find companions for trips.

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Games sites see increase in traffic

Over 7.5 million Britons visited online games sites during June, according to a report by Nielsen/Net Ratings.

The research group says the UK’s online gaming audience has grown 16% in the last year, largely thanks to demand from teenagers, with Miniclip being the most popular site.

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Newspapers in $20bn hole, says report

US newspaper groups could face a US$20 billion shortfall in the next five years as readers and advertisers shift to the web, according to researchers .

Analyst group Outsell said a ‘perfect storm’ of declining circulation, pressure on print advertising and rapid growth of online news media would lead to a huge revenue gap for the newspaper industry by 2010.

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Window shopping gets literal on the high street

I've been watching this story about Polo Ralph Lauren's ever-so-literal 'window shopping' for the past week, wondering if most people were thinking just what I was thinking.

Supposedly inspired by Spielberg's film adaption of Minority Report, Ralph Lauren has come up with a hybrid touch-screen shop window, where passers-by can shop by touching the window and selecting the items they see in the window.

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WPP buys into social media firm

WPP has made its second foray in a month into the social media space with the purchase of a stake in reputation monitoring company Visible Technologies.

The ad giant said it had agreed to buy a quarter of the Seattle-based firm and entered into an option to acquire a further 26%.

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Group calls for AOL search data probe

A consumer rights campaign group has called for a US government investigation into AOL's recent release of customer search data.

Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said AOL should be ordered to reveal more details about its publication of 650,000 users' search queries on the web.

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Netvibes gets new cash injection

In another indication of growing interest among VCs in Web 2.0 outfits, Netvibes has raised US$15 million in a round of financing led by existing backer Index Ventures.

The Paris and London-based start-up, which claims to have recruited five million users of its customisable Ajax home page, plans to use the funding to help it take on rivals such as Microsoft's Live.com and Pageflakes.

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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.

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