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Beware the online behemoths?

There comes a time in every startup's life when you ask whether your bright idea will be stolen / pillaged / destroyed by a much larger 800–pound gorilla – where all you have effectively done is illustrate the potential of a market, enough at least for the gorilla to decide that he wants to eat, shoot and then possibly leave.

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Ipwalk study shows more .eu domain irregularities

More evidence of irregularities in the registration of .eu domain names has been uncovered in a study by internet monitoring group Ipwalk.

The research, which comes after the suspension of over 70,000 names by the .eu watchdog, shows a "very high" number of registrations in certain countries with smaller populations and lower internet uptake.

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Kids to get online ID card

Manufacturers have launched a virtual ID card aimed at protecting children on the web.

Its makers hope the NetIDme system, which will cost £9.99-a-year, will reduce opportunities for paedophiles to hide their age when online.

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Study sheds light on complex Search conversion paths

Research by 360i and SearchIgnite will make interesting reading for search marketers who want to build their understanding of how consumers are interacting with organic and paid search listings before converting.

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Wippit hits back over Apple's Coke deal

Coke’s announcement of a partnership with Apple’s iTunes yesterday has received a show of support from one unlikely source: Wippit, the UK’s second largest music download site.

An email sent out by the firm said it welcomed the Coke and iTunes promotion, arguing that it will drive more people to its service.

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T-Mobile offers mobile internet access for £1 per day

T-Mobile has started offering its pre-pay customers web access from their mobiles for a maximum of £1 a day.

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Search engines to form anti-click fraud alliance

Search engines including Google, Yahoo and MSN have teamed up with The US’ Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) to develop ways of better measuring click fraud, according to the Associated Press .

Set to be announced later today, the initiative will attempt to develop guidelines that would introduce more accountability into PPC advertising.

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Supermarkets make it hard for disabled users

Four of the five major UK supermarkets are falling below minimum accessibility standards for disabled users, according to a report published today.

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Online card payments rise in UK

More than 50% of UK adults made an online purchase with their credit or debit cards last year, according to new  research .

Payments association Apacs says 25 million adults (52% of all adults and 74% of internet users) bought goods online during 2005, an 11% rise over the previous year.

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Technorati boss gives blogging tips

Technorati founder David L. Sifry has provided some tips for bloggers aiming to crack the search engine’s Top 100 list.

The Wired article also includes pointers from MySpace Hacks’ Matthew Price on how to increase your traffic on the community site.

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YouTube overtakes Myspace

YouTube has overtaken Myspace and risen to the top of the community website league, according to new research.

The study, compiled by internet analysts Alexa and covered in The Guardian, shows that the video-sharing portal has taken a 3.9% share of global internet visits a day, compared with 3.35% for News Corp’s social networking site.

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Ex-BetonSports boss pleads not guilty

Former BetonSports chief executive David Carruthers pleaded not guilty in his illegal gambling trial yesterday.

The 48-year-old, arrested two weeks ago in Texas and subsequently fired by the web gaming firm, is now being held in custody until negotiations over his bail arrangements are complete.

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