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Seedcamp CEO plans fund for internet startups

Tech startups across Europe are currently preparing their entries for Seedcamp 2008, the annual contest that offers five or so winners the chance to secure early stage funding and advice from a panel of expert VCs (in return for a chunk of equity).

But any not making it may not have to wait for another twelve months to get their hands on the organisation’s cash.

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The Web Week in Review

Given my posts on Viacom's $1bn Google/YouTube lawsuit, it's no surprise that I was in a legal state of mind this week and that the news that caught my attention typically had some legal aspect to it.

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My security 'set-up'

As a consultant, I store a lot of sensitive data about my clients.

From website passwords to confidential business documents, my desktop computers and laptops contain data that could be damaging to my clients if it got in the hands of the wrong people.

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Site review: Deezer - free on-demand music

Formerly known as Blogmusik.net, Deezer offers free, on-demand music from record labels, including Universal, Warner and Sony BMG.

Deezer

Already popular in France, it has recently launched a version of its service in the UK. We have been taking a look... 

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Scoble freaks out over negative comments

Robert Scoble, the blogosphere’s historical cheerleader extraordinaire, seems to be in a bit of a state.

He’s published an overview of all the things he considers wrong with tech blogging, a list that includes negative reader comments, conflicts of interest, a lack of focus on writing follow-up articles, and so on. Poor chap: he’s quite the grump.

Scoble might be right about a number of things, but he’s got it a little bit wrong when it comes to ‘negative comments’. He blames, among other things, the various tools employed to stop spam, claiming these hurdles prevent mass interaction. There’s a bit more to it than that...

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How Google could lose the Viacom/YouTube lawsuit - Part II

In Part I of this two-part series addressing the Viacom/YouTube lawsuit, I detailed why I think there's a reasonable likelihood that Google will be found liable for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement.

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Is the downturn leading to greater use of e-commerce?

Evidence suggests that as more people are feeling the pinch of higher fuel and household bills, they are seeking savings online. 

Could greater use of e-commerce be a silver lining to the cloud of the Credit Crunch?

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Q&A: Barak Rabinowitz of Amuso

Amuso is a new website, which allows people to create their own online gameshows and invite others to participate.

We talked to the firm's COO Barak Rabinowitz about the site's plans, as well as interest from brands in sponsoring customised contests.

Amuso

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Site review: Telegraph.co.uk revamp

Telegraph.co.uk unveiled its new look website this week, with the stated aim of increasing the number of pages each visitor views on the site.

New Telegraph homepage

We've taken a look to see how it shapes up...

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How Google could lose the Viacom/YouTube lawsuit - Part I

My belief that Google should be held liable for copyright infringement in Viacom's $1bn YouTube lawsuit is no secret.

With the lawsuit making headlines recently, I figured it was an appropriate time to lay out in some detail why I feel the way I do in a two-part series.

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Affiliate managers speak out, need tools!

A majority of affiliate managers need to feel more recognized, and given more power, by their bosses. 

Eighty percent of you say bosses need a better understanding of (appreciation for) performance-based web marketing's raw power!  And 90% need better tools to do their job...

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Is the role of the SEO dead and should PRs own natural search?

I ask this controversial question for two reasons. Firstly, so many people now understand on-page SEO basics, and secondly, it has widely been accepted that PR, of the online variety, is key to building up links.

So where does this leave the SEO professional?

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