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Your monthly review of new research and trends in digital marketing
August 2011

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Who says August's the quiet month for news? Here in the UK, riots revealed the worst and best of social media: large-scale looting was organised at least in part via secure Blackberry Messenger, while large-scale clean-ups were enabled through Twitter hashtags. Watching criminals exploit the privacy of BBM was as depressing as the relief felt from watching the publicly spirited clean-up. All a strong reminder that social activism through social media and messenger tools will be a permanent feature of society from now on whether in Libya or London.

Digital media battle lines continue to shift, as Google became a fully-fledged mobile maker after the Motorola acquisition, and a fully-fledged TV platform with the UK announcement of Google TV. Facebook got serious about location, dropping 'Places' for a universal location tagging system, adding mobile messaging in its bid to stifle Twitter and FourSquare, and ramping up its privacy along the way.

On a sad note, Apple lost its 'rock star nerd', as Steve Jobs stepped away from the helm. Jobs is a true digital revolutionary who pioneered game-changers like the iPod, iPhone and iPad - a real icon of our times who has materially affected all of us. While Apple's strategy looks confident to continue, we're still unconvinced by the shock moves at heavyweight tech firm Hewlett-Packard to ditch mobiles, tablets and PCs to become a standalone software maker.

Also in this month's edition, some eye-opening stats we think you'll enjoy: Amazon accounts for 1 in 5 of all web visits, the UK's Daily Mail became the second most read news site in the world. Which paper came first? You'll have to read on...

Full stories at the end of the clicks, along with the archives.


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Doctor Skype? NHS mulls online GP consultations
UK citizens may soon be able to have examinations via their PCs and mobiles, according to a newspaper report. Speaking to The Times, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the NHS, said he was looking at using online services such as Skype to make the NHS more convenient for users. The health expert told the newspaper that IT will "completely change the way we deliver medicine" making access to GPs at any time a reality and giving patients the ability to talk to specialists anywhere in the country.
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31/08/2011

Top 50 US websites: Ticket sites on the rise
Ticket sites were popular in July as Americans looked for summer entertainment at concerts and sporting events, while back-to-school shopping created a flurry of activity at Consumer Goods and Apparel sites, according to new data. comScore's released monthly analysis of U.S. web activity at the top online properties for July 2011 showed Google sites remain the most visited in the US, ahead of Yahoo and Microsoft-owned sites. Facebook, AOL and Amazon also feature in the top 6.
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24/08/2011

Top 30 web properties in Europe
Google still leads Europe as the most visited site, but travel sites including Priceline, Expedia and Trip Advisor saw some of the highest gains this month, according to new research. The study, from comScore, indicates that Google Sites ranked as the top European web property in June with 335.4 million unique visitors (up 6 percent from a year ago), reaching 91.0 percent of the total European Internet audience.
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19/08/2011

Top 18 European countries by web use
Germany still leads the way in terms of number of web users in Europe, but the Netherlands and the UK spend most time online, according to new data. comScore has released an overview of Internet usage in Europe, showing 368.6 million unique visitors went online in June 2011 for an average of 26.1 hours per person. This release highlights Internet usage in 49 European markets aggregated under the European region and provides individual reporting on 18 markets.
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19/08/2011

Ofcom forces BT to cut rural broadband charges for competitors
BT is being forced by industry regulator Ofcom to drop its wholesale price by 12% each year until 2014, meaning many rural broadband customers could see their bills lowered. The price slash relates to the amount BT charges other ISPs like Sky, TalkTalk and O2 for using its network. It's hoped the move, which came into effect this week, will lead to stronger competition from those ISPs and therefore lower prices in those areas.
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18/08/2011

Nearly half of all German web users access online games
In June 2011 a total of 25.2 million German have visited online gaming sites, marking an 8% rise on last year, according to new research. The data, from comScore, represents how online gaming has now reached 46 percent of German Internet users. In addition, 14.1 million mobile phone users and played at least one game on their mobile device, comScore found.
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16/08/2011

Top 5 UK search engines: Bing gains nearly 1% on Google
July was a good month for Microsoft in the UK search market, but was not so strong for the market leader Google, according to new research. The data, from Hitwise, found Microsoft Sites reclaimed the number two spot in the search engine rankings list having dropped to third last month for the first time this year. Microsoft Sites, led by the Bing search engine, accounted for 3.84% of all UK Internet searches conducted in July 2011.
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09/08/2011

Setback for news aggregators as UK court confirms online newspapers copyright protection
The UK's Court of Appeal has ruled newspapers should be paid by news monitoring agencies that use their online content, upholding a previous ruling against news aggregator Meltwater that said users of the service would require a Newspaper Licensing Authority license. Lord Justice Jackson upheld a previous ruling against news aggregator Meltwater, which said users of the service would require a licence from the Newspaper Licensing Authority (NLA).
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Over 50s flock to social networking sites
One-third of Baby Boomers use social networking sites compared with 20% a year ago, according to new data. The report released, from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, found that while nearly two-thirds of adult online users in the US use social networks, there is growing interest among the elderly in sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
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31/08/2011

Facebook ditches 'Deals' scheme after four months
Facebook has ended its Deals program just four months after launch, but is keeping its 'check-in' deals scheme, the company has announced. Facebook Deals was launched in April and offered online bargains based on group buying over a short time period, in a similar manner to Groupon and LivingSocial.
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30/08/2011

Google shuts down Slide one year after acquisition
Google is shutting down Slide, the social app maker it bought for $200m last year, after its products failed to catch on. The move will see all but one of Slide's apps, including Superpoke Pets, Pool Party, Video Inbox and Photovine, shut down over the next few months. The lone exception is Prizes.org, which is still being developed by the Slide team in China for Google. Slide founder and Google VP Max Levchin will also be leaving, having previously co-founded PayPal.
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30/08/2011

Google takes on Facebook 'Likes': Links +1 button to Google+
Google has linked its +1 button on third-party websites to Google+, letting users share content through the social network launched by the company in late June. Before, the +1 button was simply a way of telling Google that content was good enough to be considered a good search result. Now, the +1 button also acts in a similar way to Facebook's 'Like' button, letting users share content on the web with their social network.
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26/08/2011

UK riots: Government meets social networks
The UK's Home Secretary Theresa May and police have met social media firms, including Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry, to discuss how to stop people using their platforms to plot the type of violence witnessed in this month's riots. According a Government spokesman, the talks were designed to help the government "determine how law enforcement and the networks can work better together."
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26/08/2011

Facebook drops 'Places' for universal location tagging
Facebook is phasing out its 'Places' feature in its iPhone and Android apps, as the social network expands it location tool to photos, wall posts and more. The move will see Facebook Places removed as a standalone feature in the company's iPhone and Android apps. When it launched last year, the feature was presented as a potential Foursquare-killer, bringing the idea of mobile check-ins to Facebook's several hundred million users.
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25/08/2011

Facebook takes on Google+ with major privacy revamp
Facebook has once again overhauled its privacy settings to give users easier and more precise control over who views their posts, photos and other contents on the popular social networking site. The move comes after Google's new social network, Google+ won plaudits for its privacy controls when it was launched less than two months ago. The revamped privacy settings will enable users to review a photo in which they have been tagged before it appears online.
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25/08/2011

Unilever rewards customer feedback with 'VIP' Facebook page
FMCG giant Unilever has launched a Facebook page to engage directly its consumers and get instant feedback on initiatives with key brands such as Walls, PG Tips and Persil. Participants will be rewarded through exclusive access to new products, money-off vouchers and invitations to Unilever VIP events.
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25/08/2011

Facebook to stream Miramax films
UK Facebook users will soon be able to watch films and TV via the site, following a deal with Hollywood studio Miramax.
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24/08/2011

Budweiser to sponsor Facebook's first-ever live football match
Budweiser is to broadcast the FA Cup first round match between Ascot United and Wembley FC on its Facebook fan page, marking the first live broadcast of any sport on the social network. The move will put the non-league sides in front of a potential audience of 700 million this Friday night.
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18/08/2011

Poll: Only 6% of UK advertisers 'fully on board' with Facebook ads
Over two fifths (41%) of UK advertisers have experimented with Facebook ads, but only 6% have well developed ad campaigns on the social network, according to a new survey. Recently, Marin Software conducted a poll of advertisers in the UK regarding their use of Facebook Ads. Nearly 400 advertisers of various company sizes across a number of vertical sectors responded to the poll and of the respondents 6% indicated they have "well developed" ad campaigns up and running on Facebook.
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16/08/2011

Google+ adds social gaming, undercuts Facebook's commission by 25%
Google has made 16 games available for its new social network Google+, including Angry Birds and Bejewelled. In a promotional move aimed squarely at Facebook's own gaming services, for a limited time Google is only taking a 5% commission from each developer's ad revenue, compared to Facebook's 30%. Google has yet to decide what the final commission will be. Google debuted its social networking site in June, signing up more than over 25 million users since launch.
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15/08/2011

Twitter takes on Facebook with new activity feeds
Twitter is giving users the option to filter their interactions with other users more effectively, designed to provide more information on account activity akin to the Facebook feed. The first update will see the @mentions column change to @'yourname' to include information about @ replies and updates that the user has posted which have been 'favourited', as well as retweets of messages and recent new followers.
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12/08/2011

Facebook takes on Blackberry with mobile messaging platform
Facebook is launching an instant-messaging application for smartphone users, as the social network looks to take on Blackberry maker Research In Motion. and Apple in the growing mobile communications market.
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11/08/2011

Top 10 UK social media sites: Facebook use down 3.6% this month
Facebook has seen a month-by-month decline of 3.58% in user visits, but still accounts for over half of all social media traffic in the UK, according to new data from Hitwise. The research, from Hitwise, also found that YouTube accounts for 1 in every 35 UK Internet visits and remains the fastest growing social media site in terms of visits. YouTube now accounts for 22.54% of all visits to social networks, its highest market share of the UK social landscape recorded to date.
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09/08/2011

Google+ to become second biggest social network?
Google+ could attract 22% of the US web audience within a year, overtaking Twitter and LinkedIn to be the second- most-used social site after Facebook, a survey found. According to a survey from Bloomberg and YouGov, Google+ has signed up 13 percent of U.S. adults and will add 9 percent over the next year.
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08/08/2011

Knocked up? Facebook adds 'pregnant' status for expectant mothers
Facebook has added a new tool to its Family Tree feature, letting expectant parents add unborn children to the "Friends and Family" section of their profiles by selecting "Expected: Child" on the drop-down list. The extra demographic information from users could be a gold mine for Facebook's targeted ads, and the social network has been expanding the ways profiles can be categorised.
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05/08/2011

Google to restart Realtime search... without Twitter?
Google is aiming to resurrect its Realtime search feature, a month after its contract with Twitter ended. Realtime Search used relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services to deliver search results in real time.
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05/08/2011

Zynga expands to China without Facebook
Zynga is to create a Chinese version of its CityVille game, despite its platform of choice, Facebook, being blocked in the territory. The game will be played via internet portal Tencent instead of Facebook, where most of its games are played, but which is blocked in China.
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Android 'to be top global mobile ad OS by the end of 2011'
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility this month will strengthen Android's ambitions to lead the global ad market by the end of the year, according to new data. Mobile ad network InMobi has released its Mobile Insights Report: Global Edition, Quarter Ending July 2011. Part of an ongoing series to analyse quarterly data trends on InMobi's network, the report projects that Android will be the top global mobile ad platform by the end of the year.
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22/08/2011

App developer survey: Android army catching Apple
Although iOS development remains strong that the Android army is catching on fast, with developer interest in Android and Windows 7 growing at the expense of iOS, according to a new poll. GetJar, a free mobile apps store, has just completed its latest App Meter Developer Poll, surveying 300 developers across its network in collaboration with several of its ecosystem partners including Inmobi, Urban Airship, Device Anywhere and SV Android Meet-up. Although iOS development remains strong (80% currently developing for iPhone and 59% developing for iPad) that the Android army is catching on fast.
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17/08/2011

Google becomes phone maker - buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn
Google has bought Motorola Mobility, the devices arm of communications giant Motorola, for $12.5bn (£7.7bn), giving a significant technology boost to the Android platform in the increasingly competitive smartphone and tablets market. Google stands to gain a large number of patents with the purchase, which will aid it in the on-going litigation that Android faces. Despite Google's promises of keeping Android an open platform, the move could cause conflicts with Google's partners, such as HTC and Samsung.
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15/08/2011

eBay boosts mobile payments with Zong buy
eBay has bought start-up Zong for an undisclosed sum, as the Online marketplace looks to boost its mobile payments services. Zong focuses on "frictionless" mobile payments that go directly to mobile carrier billing statements.
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15/08/2011

UK riots: Blackberry hit by hackers after helping police
Blackberry phone maker Research in Motion is cooperating with UK police following the riots in UK, and is facing threats from a hacking group as a result. The move has seen the Canadian firm's Inside BlackBerry blog hacked by a group called Team Poison, which claimed responsibility for posting its logo and a statement condemning RIM's cooperation with police. Police believe Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was used by the rioters because the messages are private.
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11/08/2011

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Google AdWords phone numbers become clickable and trackable
Google has updated its paid search tool AdWords to make all advertiser's mobile numbers clickable and trackable. Google has been offering a click-to-call feature for AdWords since January 2010. Previously, AdWords users who placed a phone number in their ad copy could only get a call if the searcher entered the number manually. Now, the phone numbers inside the creative are clickable by default.
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31/08/2011

Digital marketing salaries 'rise up to 70% in 3 years'
UK salaries have risen for those involved in digital marketing at all levels over the last three years, according to new data. The study, from business and technology staffing agency ReThink Recruitment, has found that although pay rises have been apparent at all levels of digital and social media specialists, the largest increase in pay has been seen at the more senior level.
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30/08/2011

Google fined $500m for illegal pharmacy ads on AdWords
Google has been forced to pay $500m in fines to the US Department of Justice, after taking ads from rogue online Canadian pharmacies in violation of federal law. The forfeiture, one of the largest ever in the United States, represents the gross revenue received by Google as a result of Canadian pharmacies advertising through Google's AdWords program, plus gross revenue made by Canadian pharmacies from their sales to US consumers.
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26/08/2011

Digital accounts for 27% of WPP's revenues
Ad giant WPP has seen first-half revenues rise 6% to £4.7bn, with digital sales accounting for 27% of that figure.
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25/08/2011

IgnitionOne buys ad exchange AdJug
Digital marketing technology firm IgnitionOne has acquired AdJug, a display advertising exchange for unsold premium inventory. The two companies will integrate their technologies to provide marketers with a sophisticated solution that simplifies the buying, targeting and measurement of online advertising. Display advertising is growing rapidly, fuelled in part by the transparent buying environment offered by advertising exchanges such as AdJug.
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17/08/2011

Internet advertising measurement - Nielsen launches GRPs and shows where online media planning fails
Ever run an online display advertising campaign and been nervous about the audience? You're not alone. Online media planning has the scope to target brilliantly, but too few agencies apply enough of the right techniques to ensure this happens all the times, resulting in under-performing campaigns and web ads not delivering the real ROI they could. Now audience research measurement specialists Nielsen are launching an online display advertising measurement tool that uses Facebook data to give their flavour of gross rating points (GRPs) to advertisers.
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Top 10 global retail sites: Amazon accounts for 1 in 5 of all web visits
In terms of retailers, Amazon sites reached the largest global audience with more than 282 million visitors in June, or 20.4% of the worldwide Internet population, according to new research. The study, from comScore, found other top brands included eBay, which reached 16.2 percent of global Internet visitors, China's Alibaba.com Corporation (11.3 percent reach), Apple.com Worldwide Sites (9.7 percent reach) and Japan's Rakuten Inc. (4.2 percent reach).
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22/08/2011

Online retail: UK sees slowest sales growth in 18 months
The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed a slowdown in the performance of the online sales market, with year-on-year growth at its lowest level since January 2010. British shoppers spent £5.58bn online in July; 5% up on the previous month - a modest growth which has been hampered by poor online sales in the travel sector. The slowing growth comes as better weather saw more shoppers hitting retail parks and the high street rather than staying indoors to do their shopping.
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18/08/2011

Top 50 online retailers in the UK
Clothing store Next was the highest riser amongst UK online retailers during July, according to the latest 'Hot Shops List' from Hitwise and IMRG. Travel websites bounced back this quarter with all of the major travel brands rising up the rankings since May 2011. One in five websites in the Hot Shops List this quarter came from the travel sector.
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16/08/2011

US ecommerce revenues worth $37.5bn, up 14%
Online retail spending in the US reached $37.5 billion for the quarter, up 14 percent versus year ago, according to new research. The findings, from comScore, represented the seventh consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates.
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10/08/2011

Ebay tops shopping results searches for Google UK
Ebay.co.uk is the online retail site most likely to feature in shopping results displayed within Google's UK search engine listings according to a study by search analytics software firm Searchmetrics.
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4oD app coming to iPhone as C4 takes on iPlayer
Channel 4 is launching an iPhone version of its 4OD application, as the broadcaster ramps up its online and mobile services. The app, which has been available on the iPad since April, will be released for the iPhone and iPod touch in September to mark the launch of a revamped 4OD service. Users will have 30-day access to Channel 4 broadcasts, as well as archived episodes from shows such as The Inbetweeners and The IT Crowd.
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31/08/2011

Google's searchable web TV coming to UK 'within six months'
Google is set to bring its web TV service to the UK before February next year, the company has announced. Launched earlier this year in the US, Google TV lets viewers switch between television and the web on the same set. UK viewers will have to buy a Google TV set top box, or special TVs with the service built in. Viewers can watch material from catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on their main TV screen.
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26/08/2011

Channel 4 woos advertisers with online audience targeting scheme
Channel 4 is ramping up its audience targeting capabilities in a bid to attract more advertisers to its websites. The broadcaster is enticing viewers to enter their preferences in exchange for exclusive online shows, with the data added to a central database for managing viewer information. Steve Forde, a digital marketing specialist at Channel 4, is moving to become head of viewer relationship management.
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25/08/2011

BBC iPlayer for iPad debuts in Europe for €6.99 a month
BBC Worldwide, the BBC's commercial arm, is launching a global BBC iPlayer app in Europe, with a global roll out planned later in the year. This video on demand subscription service, launching first in Western Europe, will deliver BBC shows to viewers in 11 markets.
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Blackberry tests cloud-based social music service
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has launched a beta test of its cloud-based social music service BBM Music, backed by the four major music labels. BBM Music will feature select music from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI. A closed beta trial of the BBM Music service is starting on Thursday in Canada, the United States and the UK, the company said.
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31/08/2011

Pandora 'making more ad revenues per hour than traditional radio stations'
US online radio station Pandora has revealed its advertising is now generating more revenue per 1,000 hours of airtime than traditional radio is doing right now. Pandora posted revenues of $67m for the second quarter; more than double 2010's figures. This comes from its desktop version, and its mobile service has more room for growth. Analysts have pointed out that its ratio of revenues per hour are higher than that of traditional radio stations.
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30/08/2011

UK music single downloads break 100m barrier
Digital singles are set for a record year in the UK after breaking through the 100 million sales barrier in record time, according to new figures. The data, from Official Charts Company, indicates that sales of the year's top 10-selling tracks have risen by 38.5 per cent compared to their equivalents last year. However, the singles market revival has not prevented the continuing downturn in album sales, down 1% cent in 2011.
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26/08/2011

Boost for cloud music services as EMI loses copyright case
In a landmark ruling, a US federal judge has backed the music storage-locker business model, ruling that companies may develop services that store their customers' songs in the cloud. MP3tunes, a federal judge ruled that for the most part, cloud music lockers do not violate copyrights. The ruling is a victory for MP3tunes, which allows people to build online collections of music, mixing songs they have bought with those that have been offered for free on the internet.
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24/08/2011

UK riots: Music fans urged to download albums as 150 labels lose CD stock in warehouse fire
Albums by artists including Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Charlie Simpson have reportedly been destroyed after rioters in London set fire to a stock warehouse on Monday. The fire resulted in stock from over 150 record labels being lost, and music fans are now being urged to support independent labels by buying digital downloads of albums. The Sony DADC building in Enfield, north London was torched by thugs causing chaos across the British capital, which has seen widespread violence and looting since Saturday.
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12/08/2011

UK cracks down on ripping CDs and DVDs
The UK Government has announced new measures to update copyright laws for ripping audio and video into new formats - a move likely to affect the media consumption habits of millions of citizens. On Wednesday, Vince Cable, the UK Business Secretary announced intentions to update what he called "archaic" British copyright laws.
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Nokia developer network hacked
Nokia's online app developer community has been hacked, and members personal details may have been stolen, the phone maker has announced. The company warned that members' personal information, including dates of birth and email addresses may have been stolen. Nokia's developer forums have been temporarily shut down while the security breach is investigated.
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30/08/2011

Yandex buys social media news startup
Russian search giant Yandex has bought The Tweeted Times a startup venture, which allows individuals to create custom online 'newspapers" from their Twitter accounts. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed but according to Yandex they will continue offering a social news network and the team from The Tweeted Times will be joining the search engine.
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30/08/2011

Money talks: Google to charge for new Translate tools
Google has launched a paid version of the Google Translate API which will translate between more than 50 languages, and can be used in commercial products. In May, Google announced it was phasing out the Translate API, shutting it down completely by December this year. However, Google later reversed its decision, saying it would instead provide a paid-for version of the Translate API.
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26/08/2011

Steve Jobs steps down as Apple CEO
Steve Jobs, the creative force behind Apple, has stepped down as CEO at the company he co-founded 34 years ago. The move has been expected as Jobs has battled with lingering health issues in the aftermath of a 2003 battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs took leave from the company in 2009 and again in 2011. He underwent a liver transplant during his first leave of absence.
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25/08/2011

Primark dampens 'transactional website' rumours
Discount fashion giant Primark has denied reports that it is planning to launch a transactional website. Marketing magazine reported yesterday that the retailer had put out a tender for a digital agency to build its first ecommerce site, which would launch in 2012. However, a Primark spokesman said it had no plans to launch a transactional website and no tender had gone out.
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24/08/2011

Skype boosts conference call tools with GroupMe buy
Skype has bought US start-up Group Me for $80m, as the Microsoft-owned firm looks to boost its conference call tools. GroupMe was founded last year and its app allows friends or colleagues to communicate in private groups on their mobile phones. The service currently sends around 100 million messages per month.
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23/08/2011

Daily Mail most popular news site in Europe
In June 2011, a total of 167.2 million unique visitors went to Newspaper properties in Europe, up 11% from a year ago, with the UK's Daily Mail leading the way, according to new research. The data, from comScore, found European users spent 40.5 minutes on average during the month. The most visited Newspaper property in Europe was the British Daily Mail, drawing 17.2 million unique visitors who each spent an average of 25.9 minutes on the site.
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22/08/2011

Hewlett-Packard buys Autonomy, ditches mobiles and PCs to become software maker
In a dramatic move, Hewlett-Packard plans to discontinue its tablet computer and smartphone products, and to sell or spin-off its PC arm, as the US firm buys software giant Autonomy for £7.1bn. HP said the move would be a "full or partial separation", and CEO Leo Apotheker said the company intends to focus on software. HP later confirmed it would discontinue support for webOS devices, including the TouchPad tablet.
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22/08/2011

Cadbury chocolate bars turned into augmented reality games
Blippar, a free smart phone app that converts real world images into virtual experiences, has launched in partnership with Cadbury UK and Ireland. blippar's technology has allowed Cadbury to create an augmented reality game that anyone with a smart phone can play using its product.
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18/08/2011

Horrible Histories gets virtual world
The popular Horrible Histories books and TV series have been brought to life in a new virtual world, created for Scholastic by social media agency, Yomego. Horrible Histories World - the first virtual world launched on the new platform from Yomego's sister company, HuzuTech - opened on 1 August, with a full launch planned in September.
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11/08/2011

Yahoo switches to Bing search results in Europe
Yahoo! has migrated organic search results to Bing across Europe, as the two firms cement the landmark search alliance deal stuck two years ago. The move means searches on Yahoo! UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, will generate results powered by Microsoft's search engine, Bing.
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08/08/2011

Zoopla debuts house price 'heatmaps' for UK
Property search and information website Zoopla.co.uk has launched heatmaps which show the average current value of homes across the UK in a visual format. The new heatmaps can be found on all maps across the Zoopla website and may be viewed at varying zoom levels include down to individual postcodes. In addition to the new heatmaps, Zoopla has also added a variety of other local property information that provides an essential research tool for potential house hunters.
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08/08/2011

Virgin Media offers free Wi-Fi in London
Virgin Media has announced plans to introduce a free Wi-Fi network in London to allow the city's population and commuters unlimited access to the Internet at no cost. The network will allow anyone who needs to get online the ability to browse the web and check their emails at a speed of 0.5MB, while subscribers to Virgin Media's broadband packages will be able to log in and boost their connection to 10MB.
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