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Gates: internet will revolutionise TV

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has predicted that growing uptake of online video content and broadband TV will revolutionise viewing habits within the next five years.

The ability of web-based TV services to offer users what they want to watch, when they want to watch it, rather than being slaves to TV schedules, will make all the difference, Gates told the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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UK blog network bags $4.5m from new VC fund

Congratulations to Ashley Norris and Chris Price over at Shiny Media, who have sealed an investment of $4.5m from Dan Wagner’s newly-launched venture capital fund.

Wagner’s first move at Bright Station Ventures was to take 50% of the 22-strong UK-based blog network, which claims 3m readers each month. It is good news for Shiny and also a healthy development for the European blog sector.

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Yell.com signs classifieds deal with Oodle

Yell has announced a partnership with Oodle, a search engine for local classified adverts. The new service will allow users to add their own classified ads onto Yell's site.

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LinkedIn targets Europe after new funding round

Business social network LinkedIn has raised $12.8m (£6.5m) in a third round of funding, led by Bessemer and the European Founders Fund.

The move brings the total invested in LinkedIn to more than $26m (£13.2m), and valued the company at $250m (£127m).

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EU study predicts 400% growth in online content revenue

Revenues from online creative content across Europe will reach €8.3 billion (£5.5 billion) by 2010, according to an EU study. The spread of broadband, mobile and the adoption of digital gadgets will drive the growth.

The research, titled 'Interactive Content and Convergence: Implications for the information Society' assessed the outlook for the online content market, identifying growth areas and potential 'roadblocks' for the market.

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Customers want tougher online banking security

A poll conducted by RSA, the security division of EMC, suggests that online banking customers are becoming more concerned about security issues, and would like banks to take more steps to combat fraud.

RSA's Financial Institution Consumer Online Fraud Survey was conducted in December and polled 1,678 adults from the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Singapore and India.

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Strong Christmas performance from eBay

Online auction giant eBay enjoyed a good Christmas period, particularly in the UK and Germany, as fourth quarter earnings turned out to be higher than expected.

A rush to buy hard to find games consoles like the Wii and PS3 was one of the reasons given for the success, as total revenue for the last three months of 2006 reached $1.7bn, a 29% rise on the same period a year earlier.

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10 great ways to explain Affiliate Marketing

I've been pondering lately how it is that Affiliate Marketing, which helped to generate more than £2 billion in UK e-commerce revenues last year, has scarcely ever got a mention in the national mainstream press.

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Bubbl.us makes brainstorming / mindmapping easy

Bubbl.us is a site which provides users with an interactive and attractive interface with which to make brainstorm and organise your ideas online. 

Bubbl.us is the brainchild of Russian Kirill Edelman, a web designer who resides in the US. The site uses Flash and Ajax technology to help you organise your ideas simply and effectively.

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Wikio raises £2.7 million in VC funding

Wikio, a European social bookmarking site, has received almost £2.7 million in a Series A round of funding led by Lightspeed venture Partners and Gemini Israel Funds.

Wikio originally launched in France and Italy in June 2006, and claims to have had almost a million unique visitors per month since then. The company has since launched its site in Germany, Spain and the US, with a UK version planned for this year.

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Email trends - trust and frequency still key

The results of a consumer email survey suggest that, though many consumers rely on email for shopping news and ideas, consumers are becoming savvier in the management of their inboxes

Return Path’s third annual Holiday Email Survey looks into the responses of 2,400 US and Canadian consumers in November and December 2006.

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Find the Gap.com (oh, actually you can't)

After almost three years of weak sales Gap CEO Paul Pressler has stepped down to enjoy more than £7m worth of severance pay. Why is the 3,100-store company suffering? One look at Gap’s website tells you all you need to know.

With just 107 words of readable text on its homepage, the Gap site is far too fond of pretty pictures for its own good. Being image-heavy isn’t always such a big problem, especially in these broadband-enabled times, but Gap has failed to strike the right balance between pictures and prose.

The main consequence for Gap is rubbish search engine visibility. Is it any wonder that the firm sales are in freefall?

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