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Study: Facebook is now the UK’s biggest social network

Facebook has overtaken MySpace for the first time in the UK in terms of unique visitors, according to new stats from Nielsen//NetRatings.

The social network, which has been experiencing phenomenal growth recently and is reportedly a target for investment by Microsoft, had 6.5m unique visitors last month compared to 6.4m for its News Corp–owned rival.

At the start of the year, its audience was just a fifth of the size of MySpace’s, and even in May, Facebook had just 3.2m unique vistors compared to its rival’s 6.5m.

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Q&A: Capital One's Justin Basini

Capital One's European head of brand marketing Justin Basini talks about the challenges of resourcing and measuring multi-channel campaigns, as well as ways in which the web has affected how consumers research and buy financial services.

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Glam Media launches Distributed Media Platform

Online fashion and lifestyle publisher Glam Media has launched a number of new features and widgets to make its network of blogs and websites easier to navigate.

Glam's platform is designed to distribute media content across its network of more than 400 sites and partners, with the aim of increasing the network's traffic and page views.

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US online ad spend rises by 23%

US ad spending fell by 0.5% in the first half of this year, but internet ad spend continues to rise, growing by 23.6%, according to new data from Nielsen.

TNS Media Intelligence paints a similar picture, with its figures putting total US online ad spend at $5.5bn (£2.7bn) for the first six months of the year, up 17.7% from $4.69bn (£2.3bn) in the same period last year. 

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Consumers say no to mobile TV, will get it anyway

Just a few months after predicting the adoption of mobile TV as a mainstream service by 2010, a new survey of mobile consumers by Gartner has found little consumer enthusiasm for the medium in Europe.

Earlier in the year Gartner predicted that mobile TV would provide an additional revenue stream for operators, with the market growing from 38m users in 2007 to 356m in 2010.

But a new survey by the same firm has found that only 5% of Europeans are likely to watch mobile TV in the next 12 months.

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Blyk launches free mobile network for The Kids

Blyk, a new mobile network aimed at the 16-24 age group, launched in the UK today. It will offer free text messages and airtime in return for sending ads to customers' handsets.

Blyk will work on an invitiation only basis, and use of its network will be restricted to 16-24 year olds. It will offer a fairly-arbitrary 217 texts and 43 minutes every month to its users.

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Beware the Flickr brain police

Flickr, the supercool photo-sharing site, has started a storm in a user-generated teacup by deleting a picture of a child smoker.

The Yahoo-owned company has a blanket policy about children and cigarettes – the two shouldn’t mix and as such it doesn’t allow pictures of nicotine-addled kids on its site.

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WPP puts more cash into Online PR firm

Online reputation monitoring firm Visible Technologies has secured another round of financing, with ad giant WPP putting more money into the business.

The US company said it would use the $12m in Series B funding to "better serve its expanding customer base" and develop its existing TruCast and TruView products.

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Google launches bookmark sharing feature

Google has launched its own version of Del.icio.us; a social bookmarking service called Google Shared Stuff that allows users to share their favourite links with friends.

By adding a button to your browser, you can bookmark any web page you like, label it, then display it on your Shared Stuff page.

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Sky Sports redesign - has it affected usability?

Sky launched a new version of its Sky Sports website last month, adding a range of blogs and podcasts, and redesigning the website’s navigation.

The new site design certainly looks good, but has the site’s usability suffered, as this article suggests?

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Warner Music Group launches comedy video site

ComedyBox is a new online video venture from Warner Music Group, containing sketches, classic clips, and stand up routines from an impressive line up of comic talent.

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Google's agency subsidy - how badly will it be missed?

Here in Europe, agencies have enjoyed funding from Google. It was there to encourage training and innovation. It's going.

Google has closed the purse strings and I thought I'd write down what this means to me.

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