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SMS reminds immigrants to go home

The UK government could turn to mobile marketing technologies in an effort to get on top of immigration control.

Among measures proposed by the Home Office, visitors to the country would receive a text message reminding them when their visa is due to expire.

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RIAA plots royalty fee hikes

Royalty rates for music played via internet radio services could be set to triple, if the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gets its way.

The US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has endorsed a plan by the RIAA to retroactively raise the fees Internet radio broadcasters must pay to stream music.

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Interview with TripAdvisor's European MD

TripAdvisor is proof that Web 2.0 isn't particularly new - the seven-year old travel website is based around user-generated content and has a thriving community.

We sat down with Marc Charron, TripAdvisor's European managing director, to discuss the company's past, present and future.

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Silver surfers' social site nets $22m

Eons, which bills itself as a social network for the over-50s, has raised $22m (£11.4m) in its second round of funding.

The Boston-based firm has raised the cash from an investor group led by Charles River Ventures. Also involved were new investors Intel Capital and Humana, along General Catalyst Partners and Sequoia Capital, which had invested previously.

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Retail Week review: Targets miss the multi-channel point

Last week at the Retail Week Conference , I was so pleased I wasn’t in the corrugated roofing business, because no-one was talking about it. Everyone, on the other hand, was talking about multi-channel retailing - and it was great.

From the opening remarks to the close, a gruelling 33 hours later, e-commerce, its impact on retailers and on the high street was the main talk of the auditorium, the breakout sessions and the coffee queue.

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How to search on Google

Dharmesh Shah at Small Business Hub has pulled together some handy tips on how to search Google like a pro.

Rather than simply typing in a couple of keywords and refining them to find what you're looking for, he points to a number of ways to search Google more accurately.

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Mpire launches visual shopping site

Mpire, a shopping comparison site which searches for best deals from Amazon, eBay, Yahoo and other sites, has launched an 'experimental' visual shopping site.  

Shopwave is the first project from Mpire Labs, which Mpire calls its 'little work area for experimenting with new ideas' , and is a Flash based application for browsing through goods.

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Xing posts results, reports massive user growth

Open Business Club AG, which operates German business social network Xing , has announced its preliminary results for 2006.

Back in December, Xing became the first web 2.0 company to go public, and its results for the past year show some pretty impressive growth.

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Microsoft attacks Google's 'cavalier' ad billions

Microsoft is expected to publicly criticise rival Google's "cavalier" approach to copyright in a speech to the publishing industry today.

According to an advance copy of an address due to be delivered by associate general counsel Thomas Rubin to the American Association of Publishers, and obtained by the Financial Times, Rubin will say: "Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people's content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue and IPOs.

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Netscape launches ad-free personalised homepage

Netscape, which last year remodeled itself as a Digg-like user-organised news portal, will today roll out a NetVibes-like personalised start page service.

The new site, My.Netscape, will include around 100 modules that add news, weather and more from destinations around the web, and will allow users to create modules consisting of custom RSS feeds.

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BBC partners with IBM for video search technology

The BBC has announced that it is partnering with IBM to develop a range of new technologies across its departments, starting with a video search system for its CBeebies and CBBC programming.

Under the deal, the BBC will introduce an IBM system called Marvel, which has the ability to analyse images and video and categorise the content based on appearance.

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Police limit online fraud investigations

With the high levels of online fraud, the police are unable to investigate every complaint they receive about instances of online crime and, in some cases they are unable to investigate.

Cases where individuals have been defrauded to the amount of a few hundred pounds are being pushed to the back of the queue, as police do not have the resources to cope with the problem.

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