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Email wind-up offers M&S vouchers

Security experts have issued warnings over a bogus chain email claiming to offer hundreds of pounds in M&S vouchers. 

The message, seeking to exploit the success of viral campaigns such as Threshers’ last year, promises the vouchers to recipients that forward it on to at least eight people.

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Google widens ban on gambling ads

Google has extended a ban on online gambling providers' use of AdWords to include even services that are free to consumers.

Both Yahoo! and Google outlawed ads for internet casinos and poker services back in 2004, drawing ire from the industry, which many say benefits from online advertising more than others.

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Olympics logo causes fits, but defended

The London 2012 Olympics effort has attracted international ridicule after it was forced to remove an animated version of its controversial new logo because it was causing epileptic seizures.

The dayglo, nu rave-style jigsaw images have drawn derision - and several attempts to do better - since their unveiling on Monday. But the online animation fuelled the matter further after Epilepsy Action requested its removal following complaints from sufferers.

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Telegraph launches RSS reader

The Telegraph has added a new feature to its MyTelegraph section - an RSS reader that gives the paper's online readers a chance to read other news sources without having to leave the site.

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Ticket reseller Seatwave attracts $8m in funding

Seatwave, a UK website which provides a marketplace for fans to buy and sell second hand tickets for concerts. theatre and sports events, has received $8m (£4m) in Series B funding.

The funding was led by Mangrove, and managing Partner Mark Tluszcz will join the Seatwave board. Also investing were German entrepreneur Oliver Jung and Atlas Venture, which had previously invested $3m (£1.5m) in a first round of funding last year.

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Pricerunner partners with Vodafone for mobile site

Price comparison website Pricerunner has struck a deal with Vodafone to offer a mobile version of its website for the mobile operator's customers.

Vodafone today relaunched its mobile portal, announcing partnerships with Pricerunner and other major internet brands.

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Baidu to launch in Europe?

Baidu, China's biggest search engine, is reportedly planning to take on rival Google in the European market, with the company expected to launch a European version of its search engine.

Baidu has so far held off competition from Google to remain the biggest search player in China - it has 58% market share, compared with Google's 17%.

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Shopping traffic from Google, MySpace balloons

An increasing amount of traffic to e-commerce sites is coming from Google, according to new stats.

The proportion of visits shopping and classifieds sites received from the search engine almost doubled from 8.7% in May 2006 to 15.55% last month, Hitwise US reported.

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Etsy stages crafty e-commerce classes

Etsy, a website that turns painters, seamstresses and cushion-makers into online retail mavens, is holding e-commerce classes with a difference - they're all in the real world.

Launched in 2005, the site allows members to buy and sell handmade items from individual storefronts and has become regarded as an eBay of sorts for the crafts world.

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Lala launches free streaming music service

Silicon Valley startup Lala.com has just gone live with an alternative plan to encourage music downloads. 

It is offering free, on-demand streamed music through its site in the hope that enough users will buy CDs and download tracks to make it profitable.

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eBay to auction radio ads

eBay has launched another foray into the ad market – this time as a broker of airtime on over 2,000 radio stations in the US.

The move expands on an existing venture by the auction giant into cable TV ad sales.

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Interview: Paul Cook, CEO of PositiveFeedback

Paul Cook is CEO of PositiveFeedback, a firm that provides targeting tools for online retailers and for ad agencies.

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