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Nokia snaps up Loudeye in mobile music expansion

Nokia has agreed to buy Loudeye for US$60 million (£31 million) in a bid to expand its presence in the music downloading market.

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Viacom fancies coy Bebo, and with good reason

This week’s Bebo acquisition rumour comes in the shape of Viacom, the also-rans in the MySpace courtship battle. With Bebo in no rush to sell, we don’t anticipate this latest industry gossip will become a reality anytime soon.

It is plainly obvious that Big Media Companies are now scrambling all of their M&A jets in search of social networking sites to buy. This was previously something that seemed a little bit like bandwagon jumping a few months ago, but now there is a real reason for it.

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Why asking 'why' is never a silly question

So I am now officially a blogger.  Indeed, I am an expert blogger.  At this point, I’d like to forget that ex- means ‘has been’ and ‘spurt’ is a ‘drip under pressure’.  But back to the point, once again my capacity for inaccurate prediction has struck gold. 

In my mind, blogging was always for other people – people with nothing better to do than fill the ether with their ramblings.  Not for people like me with valuable contributions to make to the digital world.  And yet here I am blogging away (on a late train home from work, in fact).

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AOL admits ‘screw up’ over user privacy

AOL has apologised after “mistakenly” releasing the search histories of around 650,000 users onto the web.

The internet giant has come under fire in the past week after its research division made public around 20 million keyword searches performed by its subscribers. Although the information didn’t include users’ names, the move has attracted widespread criticism that the company had breached their privacy and left them open to ID theft.

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Is Google News on holiday?

What's happened to Google News today? Is Newsbot on vacation? We noticed that stories stopped being indexed at about midday GMT, and other publishers are reporting similar issues.

Highly unusual...

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Why isn’t ebookers top of Google for a search on ‘ebookers’?

While doing some project-based research last week I noticed that ebookers isn’t on the first page in Google for a search on its own brand name. Ouch.

The travel group is currently paying Google for an Adwords ad, to achieve the brand visibility it needs, but it is puzzling as to why an established dotcom with many thousands of inbound links is failing to capture the number one spot for its own brand.

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Mobile internet not catching on

Three quarters of UK consumers don't use their mobiles to access the web, according to research.

The survey of 1,500 people, commissioned by hosting firm Hostway, found that 38% of mobile internet users are annoyed pages load too slowly, while over 25% find sites too hard to navigate on small screens.

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Boo two hit with fines

Two accountants at KPMG were fined £2,000 last week for their role in failed dotcom Boo.com.

As reported by Accountancy Age, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) tribunal also ordered Philip Wallace and Michael McLoughlin to pay £40,000 each in costs.

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Online gambling could fund terrorists, says US attorney

An influential anti-gambling campaigner has claimed that online bets could be used to fund terrorist attacks on the US unless regulations are tightened.

In an interview with The Guardian, Missouri's US attorney Catherine Hanaway said the government should keep tabs on where money from US bets end up.

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Google issues malware warnings

Google has begun issuing warnings to users if they are about to access a site containing harmful code.

Forming part of the 'Stop Badware' initiative, the alerts appear if users click on a link to a page known to host spyware or other malicious programmes.

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Windows Live Spaces launch hits problems

The launch of Microsoft's revamped blogging and social networking service has got off to a bad start after a flood of user complaints.

The Windows Live Spaces service, an updated version of blogging site MSN Spaces, was hit by problems with the statistics page and emoticons, as well as issues with email publishing, Friends Explorer and Firefox.

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Brand associations on both sides of the Atlantic

Online measurement company Hitwise has run a comparison of search terms associated with Yahoo!, MSN and Google in the US and UK, highlighting some differences in consumers' attitudes to the three portals on different sides of the Atlantic.

The study found that US consumers, for example, largely associate MSN with its portal content while in the UK, the brand is better known for communications tools Messenger and Hotmail.

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