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World Gaming enters administration, Bush to sign bill

Bad news for World Gaming shareholders as the company has just announced that it is to file for administration, a direct response to the US online gaming ban that looks all set to be passed later today.

World Gaming, based largely in Antigua, generated the vast majority of its revenues from the US. The company suspended its shares on 9 October, pending a decision on its future.

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Web searches to kill window-shopping?

Europe’s high streets could eventually be devoid of banks, travel agents and mobile phone shops as consumers turn to the web for research, according to ACNielsen.

A study by the analyst group found consumers used window-shopping less than the net when choosing their purchases, except when it came to clothing and accessories.

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Google may face YouTube copyright battle

After paying $1.6bn for the world's favourite video sharing site this week, Google could be facing copyright problems over some of the site's video content, as content owners take advantage of the search engine giant's deeper pockets.

Media group Time Warner has indicated that it will be pursuing its copyright claims against YouTube with its new owners, and other companies may well choose to follow suit.

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Are inbound links the best way to measure a blog’s influence?

An article in the FT this week attempted to cast some light on the most influential blogs in the UK and Europe, though the methodology used to calculate the blog rankings leaves a little to be desired.

The piece was based on a study conducted by blog search engine Technorati and Edelman, the PR firm, but instead of using traditional metrics such as reach and audience share, it used the number of inbound links to determine a blog’s ‘influence’.

So what’s wrong with that?

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BT pioneers new ‘spam-buster’ system

BT hopes to take a lead in the battle against the scourge of spam on the internet by introducing a new system designed to filter out spam before it reaches their customer’s PCs.

BT’s Content Forensics system, devised by StreamShield Networks, will scan millions of emails every day, alerting them to the location of spam related problems on its network.

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Ask.com debuts mobile search service

Ask.com has followed the likes of Google and Yahoo! with the launch of a specialised mobile search service – although it doesn’t yet support ads and the company’s not saying when it will be introduced in the UK. 

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Sportingbet gets $1 for US division

Sportingbet has offloaded its US business for $1 following the States’ ban on internet gambling.

The deal, with Antigua-based Jazette Enterprises, has allowed the firm to get rid of $13.2m in debt and save the $14m it would have cost to close the operations down.

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IE7 upgrade may cause problems for web developers

IE7 is coming...According to Microsoft’s IE Blog, the new version of the Internet Explorer browser will be ready this month, and some web developers are concerned about the new version’s compatibility with some websites.

IE7 will be available for download this month, with the new browser being delivered to Microsoft customers via automatic updates soon after.

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Marketers in the dark: Visitors vs Concurrent Users - Web Capacity and Load Testing

When your sales conversion is lower than expected - asking the tech team for web performance metrics may not help: visitors per hour is not enough, concurrent users is plain unhelpful.

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Murdoch to make peace with YouTube?

Various reports indicate that Myspace-owner Rupert Murdoch will meet up with Google later this week -- a sign that the media mogul no longer wants to destroy YouTube. At least for now. 

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Jakob Nielsen’s tips on increasing community participation

In his latest post, usability guru Jakob Nielsen talks about participation inequality and gives some tips on how websites can overcome this problem.

In any given online community, be it a discussion board or a site such as Amazon which uses customer reviews to help sell its products, the rule of thumb is that 90% of users (Nielsen calls them lurkers) will never contribute.

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Witty vs descriptive headlines - what works best?

The Google Pony Danny Sullivan has fired off a few rounds at the authors over at Google Blog, who habitually use non-descriptive headlines such as ‘Greetings, Earthlings!’ and, our favourite: ‘Yes, you can have a pony’.

As an expert in SEO you’d think Danny’s beef would be linked to a lack of keywords in titles, but this isn’t in fact the problem...

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