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Rapper sues over internet ad

Online ad firm Traffix is being sued by 50 Cent over a promotional game called Shoot the Rapper.

The musician, himself a shooting victim, alleges that the game illegally uses his image and encourages users to target him.

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AJAX and accessibility - Jaws to the rescue?

RIAs like Ajax often have an accessibility weak spot since they need to work with JavaScript off to meet the basic accessibility guidelines.

Rumour has it that the next version of the popular screen reader Jaws may be able to handle Ajax interfaces. 

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Spock - a people search engine

Currently in private beta, Spock is a new search engine that aims to become the leading method for finding information about people on the internet.

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Click fraud rates rise again - report

The latest Click Fraud Index from Click Forensics is out today, and the company says that the problem is getting worse.

The index, which gathers data from 4,000 online advertisers and agencies, reports that the overall industry average click fraud rate rose to 15.8% for the second quarter of the year.

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Google counts cost of spending spree

Google's Q2 earnings have disappointed investors, with lower than expected profits leading to a drop in the web giant's share price.

The company's revenue rose by 58% to $3.87bn (£1.88bn), but its profits increased by a more modest 28%, to $925m (£450m). 

It has spent heavily on acquisitions so far this year, as well as increasing its headcount as it develops new products and enters new markets.

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EU funds German search engine scheme

The European Union (EU) has approved funding worth €120m (£80m) for a German search engine project to be developed by firms including Bertelsmann, Siemens and Deutsche Thomson.

The Theseus project aims to develop the world's most advanced multimedia search engine, creating a set of tools for indexing images, sound and text.

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Facebook makes first acquisition

Social networking site Facebook has made the first acquisition in its three year history – a small start-up called Parakey whose software is still in development.

The purchase looks set to boost its recently launched open source strategy – Parakey is run by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, two techies best known for helping to create the Firefox web browser.

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M-commerce sites 'failing to satisfy users'

Mobile customers are "profoundly dissatisfied" by m-commerce sites that don't allow them to make purchases, according to a new survey.

The report, by Strategy Analytics, found mobile users didn't like being limited to research and pre-purchase evaluation and considered m-commerce sites to be vastly inferior to their fixed internet counterparts.

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Photoways Group raises €10m in funding

European photo sharing and printing website Photobox has raised €10m (£6.7m) in financing led by HarbourVest Partners.

Index Ventures and Highland Capital Partners also participated in the funding round, which the company will use to launch new sites and products, as well as expanding its current capacity.

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Neteller cuts deal with US authorities

Online payment processor Neteller has struck a deal with US authorities that will see the firm forfeit $136m (£66m) to avoid a prosecution related to its handling of online gambling proceeds.

The two founders of Neteller, Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre, were charged with conspiracy back in January as it was being used by US citizens to place bets through foreign-based internet gambling sites.

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TechCrunch buys beta invite site

Internet news blog TechCrunch has announced it has bought InviteShare; an app that makes it possible for users to share invitations to private betas.

The idea behind the service, which only launched last month, is very simple - users register for the beta invites they want and share spare ones with others.

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Nickelodeon to invest in kids' online games

Children's TV network Nickelodeon is to increase its investment in online games for kids - what is fast becoming a valuable market online.

The firm says it will invest $100m (£49m) over the next two years in improving and adding to its current online offering, including new subscription services, multiplayer games and virtual worlds.

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