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Yahoo and Reuters team up on user-generated video

In a bid to turn the general public into amateur reporters, Yahoo! and Reuters have teamed up allow users to upload their photos and videos for use on their news sites.

From tomorrow, user-generated photos and videos will be displayed alongside news items on Yahoo! News and Reuters.com.

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ValueClick buys Shopping.net

Online marketing outfit ValueClick has bought UK-based shopping comparison network Shopping.net in a £6.7m deal.

The move follows ValueClick’s acquisition of comparison shopping site PriceRunner.com two years ago and will see Shopping.net positioned alongside ValueClick Europe’s other online marketing services.

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BT lines up content deal with Warner Bros

BT is close to a major content deal with Warner Brothers in advance of the launch of its combined television and broadband service, BT Vision.

The deal will allow users of BT Vision to access the Hollywood studio giant’s catalogue of movies and TV shows.  

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Threshers discount offer gets out of control

A discount voucher intended only for Threshers' suppliers and their friends and family has been downloaded by millions of people, unintentionally proving the power of viral marketing.

The voucher is valid until December 10, and offers a very generous 40% off all wine and champagne at Threshers’ 2,000 UK stores, including Wine Rack, Bottoms Up, Haddows and The Local chains. 

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Busy day for etailers today

UK shoppers are expected to spend some £180m online today, making it the busiest day of the year for UK etailers.

The IMRG predicts today will see the most ever goods sold online in a single day, with etailers generating 40% more sales than last year's high of £131m.

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Xmas is coming, Google is getting fat and it's minus 30!

Call me a cynic but why is it that every time Christmas comes round, Google starts to do something out of the ordinary with its organic and PPC algorithms?!

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Alex Tew launches Million Dollar Homepage 2

Keep an eye out for next week’s launch of Pixelotto, which is Alex ‘milliondollarhomepage’ Tew’s second internet venture.

Tew famously created a website where he sold 1m pixels at $1 a piece to try to cover the costs of becoming a student. The site was a massive viral hit, with word of mouth and all kinds of press and TV appearances driving a sell-out within months.

He therefore made his million dollars and promptly deferred university. Smart move. So what of his follow-up venture?

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Bigmouthmedia agrees EU 60m merger

Steve Leach The search marketing firm Bigmouthmedia has been acquired by Germany’s Global Media, in a move aimed at creating a real search superpower, capable of managing SEO and PPC campaigns on a global basis.

I caught up with Steve Leach, Bigmouth founder, to find out more…

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Yell.com redesigns website

Yell.com has unveiled a major redesign of its site, incorporating enhanced search and mapping features.

The new mapping features allow users to plot a selection of local information onto any chosen location within the UK. For instance, if you have searched for a shop, Yell will display near-by cashpoints and parking spots.

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Reports: Hitwise up for sale with £180m price tag

Internet monitoring group Hitwise has declined to comment on reports it has put itself up for sale for a whopping £180m.

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Uvine directors face government probe

The directors of defunct online wine exchange Uvine are facing a government investigation following its Web 1.0-style collapse in September.

Solicitors Howes Percival have been appointed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to look into the conduct of the company, which entered administration with debts to its members totalling around £1.5m.

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Security concerns cost etailers £2bn

Security concerns are proving a major barrier to the growth of e-commerce, according to a study by Gartner.

Gartner estimates that online sales to the value of $2bn were lost in 2006 because of concerns about malware and the theft of personal and credit card information.

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