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SEMPO's Gord Hotchkiss predicts 'search showdown'

Gord Hotchkiss, chair of search marketing association SEMPO, is bullish about the industry's prospects, saying 2007 will be a "watershed year" for localised advertising and that various other revenue channels will drive growth.

But in an exclusive interview, he also points to challenges facing the sector, including the lack of transparency over click fraud and an upcoming "showdown" between consumers and advertisers over search data.

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Myspace sees shift to over-35s

More than 50% of Myspace’s US visitors are now over 35 years of age, according to a report that shows the site’s appeal to older internet users is increasing as its mainstream popularity grows.

The research, by comScore Media Metrix, shows the site’s teenage visitors form a much lower percentage of its audience compared to last year, while over four in ten Myspace users are now between the ages of 35 and 54.

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Skype founders to compete with YouTube

Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom are working on a secretive project which will see them compete with YouTube in the online video market.

The website, currently under the working title of the Venice Project, will aim to combine the video sharing of YouTube with the added attraction of professionally produced TV and video content.

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Bebo closes gap on eBay in UK

Social networking site Bebo could be set to take over from eBay as the UK’s most searched for site, according to a study by Hitwise .

The analyst group says the number of UK web searches for 'Bebo' has tripled in the past six months and risen by 17.6% in the past quarter alone.

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Russians get eight years for online bookie attacks

Three Russian hackers accused of attacking British online casinos and bookies have been handed hefty prison sentences and fines, according to local news agency RIA Novosti.

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Google launches SearchMash.com

Google has recently released a new search site called SearchMash.com. Although there isn’t a Google logo in sight, a quick look at the privacy policy reveals that the site is well and truly owned by Google Inc.

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Affiliates raise bar as channel delivers £2bn plus in UK sales

One of the key trends identified in our just-published  2006 Affiliate Marketing Buyer's Guide  is the way that affiliates have raised their game to match increasingly sophisticated approaches by both merchants and affiliate networks. 

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Google boss warns politicians about power of the web

Google Inc boss Eric Schmidt says that politicians have yet to understand the true impact of the internet on voters' behaviour.

He believes that the internet will have the power to affect the outcome of elections, as voters increasingly use the resources offered by the online world to challenge statements made by their political leaders.

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Social networkers expose themselves to hackers

A new US study has shown the risks that surfers are taking when using social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

The study, conducted by enterprise IT management company CA and the National Cyber Security Alliance, reveals that users of such sites are vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves.

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UK online marketing exceeds 10% of advertising pie, bring on 20%

I wonder who will be bold enough to call the 'top' of the market. I have felt that online will easily reach a 15% share of advertising revenue for some time now, but it feels like we will surpass this figure even quicker than many anticipated.

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Should Web 2.0 startups seek venture capital?

Web 2.0 startups shouldn’t bother seeking VC money, according to Neil Sequeira of General Catalyst Partners, because “there have not yet been these type of exits that generated venture capital type returns”.

Neil is a VC who made these comments at the AjaxWorld Expo in California, but I’m not sure he’s entirely correct in his observations.

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Survey Shows Brits Spend £5,000 A Year On Gadgets

According to new research, over 60% of the UK population spends over £5,000 per year on gadgets and new technology.

The survey, released by Best of Stuff, claims that 30% of Brits own up to 15 gadgets, with mobile phones voted as 'top gadget' by 26% of respondents.

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