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Spot inspections coming to a database near you?

The Information Commissioner may soon have the power to make spot checks of company databases, he told parliament yesterday.

The new capability would be used to ensure companies and other organisations are complying with responsibilities under the Data Protection Act.

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Digg users revolt

Users of news aggregator Digg have been flooding the site with articles about a single issue - an encryption key that can be used to get around the DRM on High Definition DVDs.

After users began posting the code on the site, Digg received a cease and desist notice and blocked the stories, but that only prompted the site's users to start flooding it with articles about the code.

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Q&A: ASOS' Nick Robertson speaks out on 'Grubbygate'

ASOS CEO Nick Robertson was at the centre of a firestorm six weeks ago when he labelled affiliates 'grubby'.

In this interview, his first since 'Grubbygate', Nick explains the reasons behind his decision to close down the ASOS affiliate programme. The etailer certainly doesn't seem to have been hampered by its decision...

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“Traditional” Ad Networks vs. the Digital Agencies – the big debate

For years now the debate has rumbled on – should brands be choosing the ‘traditional’ ad networks to handle all their media planning and buying, with digital integrated in that, or do they need to go the digital specialists for their digital needs?

Again the debate has raged in the trade press recently. What are my thoughts…?

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Boo.com comes back from the dead

Infamous fashion brand Boo.com has made a return to the web today, but this time as a vertical search engine and social networking site focusing on travel.

The domain – which has already seen the demise of two etailing ventures - is now owned by Dublin-based holiday booking company Web Reservations International.

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Google to fight Viacom's copyright lawsuit

Google plans to fight the $1bn lawsuit brought against it by Viacom over the alleged use of copyrighted content on YouTube.

The lawsuit, filed by Viacom in March this year, accused YouTube/Google of 'massive intentional copyright infringement' due to the number of Viacom's clips which had been uploaded to the video site.

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Yell.com redesigns homepage

Yell.com has today unveiled a new look for its homepage, and has opted for a cleaner, more streamlined version.

This is how it looks:

New Yell homepage 

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iGoogle offers individual homepage, gadget advertising

Google has rebranded its personalised homepage offering "iGoogle" and launched a series of new features.

Along with the renaming, the search site is giving laypeople the ability to create their own "gadget" content quickly and easily.

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eBay launches widgets for syndicated selling

eBay has launched a Flash widget applet that allows sellers to embed their auctions on sites around the web.

The auction site has billed the move as "a fun and easy way for you to share the interesting things you've discovered on eBay and personalise your blog, social networking page or website".

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BBC's on-demand plans given the green light

The BBC Trust has approved plans by the corporation to make its programming available for download on an on-demand basis.

The on-demand proposals are the first to be subject to a Public Value Test (PVT), in which 10,500 individuals and organisations were consulted over the BBC's plans.

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Online sales to hit £78bn by 2010 - IMRG

The IMRG's annual statement says etail is growing faster than ever before, and predicts online sales in the UK will reach £78bn a year by 2010.

The group says £42bn will be spent online by UK shoppers in 2007, up from £30.2bn last year, while worldwide online sales will hit £250bn this year.

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Channel 4 on demand service gets 1m viewers

Channel 4's TV on-demand service 4OD has attracted over 1m viewers since its launch in December, in a boost to the hopes of broadband TV providers.

Speaking to the FT, 4's video on demand head Sarah Rose said 20m programmes had been viewed through the service, but wouldn't reveal how much usage was taking place over the net, rather than through Virgin Media or BT Vision set top boxes.

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