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October 2011

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This month’s research roundup gives more proof about the speed of mobile growth and rising social use. Worldwide mobile access is outpacing fixed-line internet access, and as India's new $40 tablet shows, the economic barriers to technology are tumbling. Global ad revenues from social media are exploding, set to surpass $5bn this year, and doubling to $10bn in 2013. In the UK, web adspend overtook TV - forcing many media agencies to rethink the weight of online vs TV in the mix for FMCG brands.

Below you’ll find how Google ramped up its analytics and encrypted user's searches by default and how Facebook beefed up its conversation management reporting, helping demystify that elusive return on social media investment. Microsoft finalised its own big social media play by securing the Skype acquisition, while Yahoo’s recovery looks unclear - lacking the budgets to acquire.

This month’s loss of Steve Jobs touched us all and united the digital industry. As chief architect of ground-breakers like Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, Jobs had a knack for knowing what consumers wanted, before they did. He leaves a huge void not just in Apple, but in digital innovation.


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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of US technology giant Apple, has died at the age of 56, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs will be remembered as a true digital pioneer, who had a knack for taking niche technologies- such as the mouse and the graphical window-based interface - and making them popular with the masses.
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06/10/2011

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Top 18 European countries for web use: UK takes lead for engagement
Brits have overtaken the Dutch as the biggest internet addicts in Europe, spending the most time online per person, according to new research. The study showed that 372.1 million unique visitors went online in August 2011 for an average of 25.4 hours per person. The research looks at internet usage in 49 European markets aggregated under the European region and provides individual reporting on 18 markets.
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26/10/2011

Top 10 websites in Malaysia: Social networking and online video soars
Social Networking accounted for one third of all time spent online in Malaysia in August 2011, ranking as the top online activity for the market, according to new research. The report, from comScore, also found that online video viewing continues to grow in Malaysia with the viewing audience climbing 8 percent in the past year, while average viewing minutes increased 19 percent, representing an additional hour of monthly viewing time.
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26/10/2011

Infographic: Online gaming soars in Russia
Russia has a total internet population of 46 million, 82% of which are is gaming, according to new data. According to research conducted by New Zoo, the total number of hours spent online gaming is 64 million. Over a third (69%) of the total gaming time is spent online and mobile devices.
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11/10/2011

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Trends
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Teenagers now prefer mobile and internet to TVs - survey
Teenagers would be more willing to give up watching TV than to stop using their mobiles or the internet, according to new research. The study, from UK communications watchdog Ofcom, found that more than a quarter of 12 to 15-year-olds interviewed said they would miss their phones (28%) and one in four (25%) said they would miss internet access compared to fewer than one in five (18%) for TV.
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26/10/2011

Illegal file-sharers to be issued '3 strikes' warning letters by 2013
Ofcom expects the first file-sharing notification letters to be sent in late Spring 2013, as the UK communications watchdog looks to crack-down on internet piracy. The plan proposed by Ofcom will have notification letters sent to the alleged file sharers, which will contain information regarding the allegations levied against them and also have directions on how the broadband network can be protected if there is suspicion that some third party is using the network to download contents which are illegal.
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24/10/2011

Rise of the media multitaskers: 2 in 5 tablet and Smartphone owners use them while watching TV every day
American consumers are increasingly multitasking when it comes to multimedia, with around 40% of tablet and smartphone owners in the US using their devices daily while watching TV, according to new research. The study, from Nielson Online also found that only 14 percent of eReader owners said they watched TV while using their device every day.
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19/10/2011

20% of US accessing web via connected TVs
More than 42 million homes in the US and Europe are now streaming television shows and movies via the web on their TVs, according to new research. Connected TV usage is twice as popular in the US thanks to the popularity of online services including Netflix and Hulu. The study, from market intelligence firm Strategy Analytics, found that 20% of people in the US reported watching internet content on their TV in the last month.
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19/10/2011

Just 10 days for brands to register or block .XXX domains
The final date is approaching for trademark holders to apply for 'adult content' .XXX domains, ahead of the 'landrush' period. ICM Registry, the company behind the .XXX top-level domain (TLD), is advising brands and IP holders that they have ten days remaining of the .XXX Sunrise Period, the unique window available to trademark holders inside and outside of the adult industry to apply to register or exempt themselves from .XXX, ending on 28th October 2011.
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18/10/2011

Smartphones and tablets 'drive nearly 7%' of US web traffic
iPhones and tabet use in the US is soaring, with Apples's iPad and iPhones accounting for the largest share of Non-Computer Traffic according to new research. The study, from comScore,entitled "Digital Omnivores" looks at how tablets, smartphones and 'connected devices' are changing US digital media consumption habits. The report analyses how cross-platform consumption has created a vastly different landscape as consumers utilize a growing number of devices to consume digital content.
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12/10/2011

World's cheapest tablet: India debuts £40 tablet for students
India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just 3,000 rupees (approx £40). Aimed at the country's student population, the subsidised Aakash (meaning sky) supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports. However, questions remain over how it will perform.
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07/10/2011

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Social
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Social networking usage and engagement: Global
In June 2011, Asia Pacific, home to the largest online audience of the five global regions, contributed 32.% of worldwide visitors to social networking sites. However, the region accounted for just 16.5% of all social networking minutes, lagging behind Europe (38.1%) and North America (21.4%).

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Top 10 social networking and forum sites
In the week ending 24th September 2011, Google+ went from 'invitation only' to 'open access', and increased their ranking from the 54th most visited site in the Experian Hitwise 'Social Networking and Forums' category to 8th place.

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Top 10 markets for Facebook by % reach of visitors
Five of the top 10 markets for Facebook penetration are in Latin America. Facebook reached 90.9% of all online users in Chile, ranking as the third most highly penetrated market globally behind Philippines and Turkey.

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Average time spent on social networking sites: Europe
During April 2011, females spent significantly more time on social networks than males across all age groups. females aged between 15-24 were the most engaged audience (8.4hours), followed by those aged between 45-54 (5.5 hours).

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Google+ to be linked to new music store - report
Google is planning on integrating its forthcoming online music store with Google+, as the internet giant looks to integrate its services, according to a news report.
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26/10/2011

Facebook denies building shadow profiles of non-users
Facebook has denied accusations that it is gradually building "shadow profiles" of non-users of the social networking site. Irish privacy watchdog, the Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) claims that users are encouraged to give out non-user's personal details, like names, phone numbers and email addresses, which Facebook uses to create "shadow profiles" of those people.
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25/10/2011

Global social media revenue 'to reach $10.3bn this year'
Worldwide social media revenue is to reach $10.3bn in 2011, up 41% on last year, with ads and games as the key drivers for growth, according to a new report. The study, from Gartner, predicts that worldwide social media revenue is forecast for consistent growth with 2012 revenue totalling $14.9 billion, and the market is projected to reach $29.1 billion in 2015. Advertising revenue is, and will remain, the largest contributor to overall social media revenue. Social media advertising revenue is forecast to total $5.5 billion in 2011, and grow to $8.2 billion in 2012.
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24/10/2011

Rise of the Facebook Mums: Two-thirds of US online mothers use Facebook
By 2013, nearly a fifth (16.1%) of all US Facebook users will be mothers with children in the home, according to a new report. The study, from eMarketer, found that privacy concerns and increasing competition that the social networking site Facebook is facing do not seem to impact mothers from signing up. According to eMarketer estimates, 23 million US mums are on Facebook this year.
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24/10/2011

Number of Facebook friends linked to brain size
The number of Facebook friends has been linked to the part of the brain that controls social skills, according to researchers at University College London. Previous tests have shown that people with lots of real-life friends tend to have a more developed amygdala, which is the part of the brain associated with emotional response. But the latest study has found that an enlarged amygdala is also common in people with lots of Facebook friends.
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20/10/2011

Deezer expands music streaming to 100 countries after Facebook pact
French music streaming service Deezer is set to launch in over 100 countries by the end of the year, following its partnership with Facebook. Speaking to Reuters, Chief Executive Axel Dauchez said that Deezer's approach differed from its rivals, such as U.S.-based Pandora and Sweden's Spotify, because it had decided to avoid the US market because of the high costs and intense competition involved.
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20/10/2011

Google and Twitter reach stalemate in Realtime search talks
Twitter and Google have so far failed to reach an agreement on integrating their real-time search tools, according to a news report. Reporting from the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, The Daily Telegraph spoke to Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo, who revealed that negotiations with Google on renewing the partnership had failed so far.
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19/10/2011

Infographic: Twitter and Flickr activity mapped across the world
People tweet most in North America, Britain, the Netherlands and Japan, while scenic areas such as Iceland, Scotland, New Zealand and the game reserves in Africa see more photographic activity on Flikr, according to this visually stunning infographic.
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19/10/2011

Google axes Buzz network to focus on Google+
Google is to ditch its controversial Buzz social networking tool in favour of its more successful Google+ online community. Google launched Buzz in February 2010, automatically turning Gmail contacts into public friends on the network- causing a flood of privacy complaints and trouble with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Under a settlement announced by the FTC, Google was required to implement a comprehensive privacy program and undergo independent privacy audits every two years for 20 years.
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18/10/2011

Top 10 UK social media sites: Facebook extends lead over YouTube
Facebook increased its share of UK social network visits during September, accounting for over half of all traffic during the month, according to new research. The data, released October 12 by digital market analysts Experian Hitwise, reveals the popularity of various social networking sites in terms of their market share of UK visitors to such sites.
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14/10/2011

Google buys Twitter analytics firm SocialGrapple
Google has bought social analytics startup SocialGrapple for an undisclosed sum, as the internet giant looks to increase its focus on social media after the launch of Google+. Launched a year ago by Andrey Petrov, SocialGrapple is a Twitter analytics tool that tracks changes in a user's social graph and sends users interactive charts and email reports reflecting the data. The small US-based firms lets users track a detailed list of anyone who mentions their brand in the Twitter ecosystem.
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13/10/2011

Social media ad revenues to surpass 5bn this year
Worldwide social media ad revenues will reach $5.54bn this year, with just under half ($2.74bn) coming from the US, according to a new study. The report, from eMarketer, went on to predict that social media ad revenues will surpass $8bn next year and almost $10bn in 2013 with around 52% of that coming from outside the US. eMarkerer says that the majority of these social network ad dollars will go to Facebook with a much smaller share will going to Twitter, which is estimated will hit $139m in ad revenues this year.
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13/10/2011

Marketers increase Facebook ad spend by 25%, cost-per-click up 54% - study
UK advertisers spent 25% more on Facebook during the third quarter of 2011, while cost-per-click adspend rose by 54% according to new research. The data, from performance marketing company, Efficient Frontier indicates that the cost of advertising on Facebook has also increased, while search spend has increased by 16 percent year-on-year in the UK (20% in the US).
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13/10/2011

Facebook finally debuts iPad app after music spat
Facebook has launched its first app dedicated to Apple's increasingly popular iPad tablet, following delays over clashes with Apple's own music services. The new free download, available from Apple's App Store, was described on the company's blog as more "immersive" than its previous offerings, and offers an improved interface for touchscreens. Previous attempts by Facebook to launch an iPad app had become mired in negotiations with Apple, which has its own music social network called Ping.
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12/10/2011

Top 10 'most social' display advertisers and brands: US
AT&T is the top US display advertiser for social formats, while Mars is the top brand for producing socially enabled ads, according to new data. The findings come from comScore's new Ad Metrix Social measurement tool, that provides greater visibility into display ads appearing on social networking sites and socially-enabled display ads appearing across the web.
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11/10/2011

Rightmove launches 'seller of the month' Facebook competition
Rightmove have launched a major new Facebook contest, as the UK leading property website looks to encourage sales in the turbulent property market. The 'Seller of the Month' app allows vendors to put forward their property on Rightmove's Facebook page and describe what's great about the home they are selling. Facebook users can then review the list of entrants and vote for their favourite property.
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07/10/2011

Facebook UK revenues 'up 54% to £15.3m'- report
Facebook's registered UK division posted revenues of £15.3m back in 2010, up 54% on 2009, according to a recent news report. As a privately held company, Facebook does not officially disclose figures on its financial performance. However, figures obtained by Media Week from the UK Government's registrar of companies, Companies House give an indication of Facebook's soaring growth in Britain.
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06/10/2011

Infographic: What makes people follow a brand on social media... and what happens after
Most people follow a brand on social media platforms to receive special deals, but many are also looking for entertaining content, according to research. As this infographic from social media agency Get Satisfaction demonstrates, the mains reasons to follow a brand are because they are a current customer of the brand, or to receive special offers or deals, especially on Twitter.
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06/10/2011

Facebook debuts new ad format, updates analytics tools
The latest advertiser tool from Facebook starts to tackle conversation management reporting. 'People Talking About This' is one of the social media metrics released in the latest toolkit from the market shaping social network. Facebook analytics helps marketers with Facebook brand pages looking to track effectiveness, and find ways to quantify that return on social media investment...
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04/10/2011

Social Media Infograpic: Top brands, people and places on Facebook and Twitter
Top brands on Facebook include Coca Cola, Disney, Starbucks, Red bull and Oreo, according to the data from Social bakers. The data, from Socialbakers, has been released as an infographic offering insights into the the top people, brands and places on social media. Meanwhile, top places checked into in the UK include the O2 Arena in London and London Heathrow airport.
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03/10/2011

Infographic: Social media in India
Social media is booming in India, with Facebook and Yahoo leading the way, according to new data. The study, from Burson - Marsteller, indicates that Facebook and Yahoo are the top two sites in India with nearly 52% reach. The findings indicate that social media is the online destination of choice in India, ahead of news and sports sites.
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03/10/2011

Growth of Twitter - International HQ set-up
Twitter is establishing an international HQ in Dublin, following other digital groups including Google and Facebook. A spokeswoman for Twitter said: "The Twitter office in Dublin, our third location outside of the US, is a great next step in the company's global expansion. "Ireland is attractive to multinationals because of its 12.5% corporate tax rate, but even more attractive because of "transfer pricing".
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03/10/2011

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Video: MC Hammer Vs. Google? Rapper launches vertical search engine
Rapper and technology enthusiast MC Hammer has launched his own internet search engine, WireDoo, with the slogan, 'search once and see what's related.' The rapper, best known for his 80's hit 'You Can't Touch This', launched his search engine at this week's Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Although he seems an unlikely digital entrepreneur, Hammer has been involved in several hi-tech ventures in the past few years.
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21/10/2011

US ad spend up 23%: Search still driving success
Online advertising in the US continues to break new ground, growing to a record $14.9 billion in revenues during the first half of 2011, according to new data. The latest Internet Advertising Revenue Report study, from the IAB, found that search advertising lead the way, generating $7.3bn in revenue during the first half of the year.
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Mobile helps eBay sales jump 32%
Online marketplace eBay has increased its profits and sales year-on-year after continued growth in its Paypal business and mobile commerce channels. In its third quarter financial results ending 30th September 2011, the company reported a 32% increase in sales to $3bn compared to $2bn in 2010. Profits increased 14% from $432m in 2010 to $491m at the end of the quarter.
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21/10/2011

Mobile web access 'outpacing fixed-line internet access'
Mobile is increasingly the primary platform for internet access, with 18% no longer using fixed-line to access the Internet at all, according to a new global survey. The Global Consumer Survey (GCS) report from MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, found that security fears are the biggest barrier to take-up of mobile web access.
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18/10/2011

Apple reveals iPhone 4S, but no iPhone 5 yet
Apple has unveiled the latest version of its iPhone range, with a faster processing chip, new camera and voice-command capability, but there was no sign of the widely rumoured iPhone 5. Rumours abounded that Apple would launch two new models, an iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, after comments made at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in South Africa by former US vice-president Al Gore, who is a member of Apple's board of directors. Although the new phone is just an upgrade of the existing iPhone 4, which was launched 15 months ago, Apple said that updates to iOS meant the phone would boast some "200 new features".
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05/10/2011

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Affiliate marketing report: Google's affiliate aspirations?
Digital Window remains the most popular affiliate network, followed by Tradedoubler and Commission Junction, while many in the industry believe Google has designs to become the largest affiliate network, according to a new report. The survey, from digital marketing company bigmouthmedia took in the views and opinions of affiliate marketers throughout the UK to reveal insights on how this market is performing and indicates key technology and operational trends on where it is going.
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18/10/2011

ASA deals with over 5,000 complaints about UK websites
The ASA has received far more complaints then expected since extending its remit to cover advertising on web and social media sites earlier this year. Marketing Magazine reports that the ASA has received 5,531 complaints about brands' online marketing communications in the seven months since March 2011. As a result, the UK Regulatory authority has had to increase its staff 10%.
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14/10/2011

Email marketing campaigns 'becoming more engaging' - survey
Email marketing campaigns are becoming more effective in engaging recipients, largely due to improved data segmentation and more targeted content, according to new research. The study, published by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), indicated that the number of consumers reporting that 50% or more of the marketing emails they receive are of interest to them has increased over the past 12 months from one in ten (9%) in 2010, to one in three (30%) in 2011.
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14/10/2011

Top online media owners in the UK: Specific Media leads way for agency service
UK agencies have voted Specific Media, owner of MySpace, as the best media owner to deal with, while Facebook has risen to the sixth spot, according to a new poll. The survey, carried out by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), is designed to measure the levels of service media owners provide to ad agencies, in order to outline where improvements can be made.
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06/10/2011

Video: The Future of UK advertising- Top industry experts give their predictions
What does the future hold for advertising in the UK? This clip from video ad firm Vindico features predictions from key figures in the UK online ad industry, including Guy Philipson at the IAB, Oli Newton at Starcom Mediavest and Hugo Drayton at Inskin.
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06/10/2011

UK advertisers 'now spending more on web than TV' - IAB
UK advertisers spent more on online advertising than on TV in the first half of 2011, with the Web accounting for 27% of the total adspend, compared to TV's 26.1% share, according to new research. The surge in growth offset a slowdown in other forms of advertising, but the total advertising market still only grew by 1.4% to £8.27bn. The data, from the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), attributed much of the web's growth to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies turning to the internet to boost sales.
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05/10/2011

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Brits now spending £1 in every £10 online
British shoppers are now spending one pound in every ten online, as consumers' switch their budgets from shops to sites, according to new official retail figures. According to the Office for National Statistics, Britons spent an average of £539.4m online each week in September, out of £5613.9m total sales. This 9.6% share is the biggest on record, and is more than three times bigger than the 3% share back in early 2007.
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21/10/2011

Online grocery shopping sales 'to double in 5 years'
UK online grocery sales are set to more than double to £11.2bn in the next five years, as consumers switch their weekly shop from the high street to online, according to new research. The study, from food and grocery analysts IGD says the sharp rise from the £5.9bn expected to be spent in 2011 will take the online share of the grocery market to 6% in 2016 from 3.8% this year.
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19/10/2011

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Netflix to take on LoveFilm with 2012 UK launch
The world's biggest internet TV and film streaming service, Netflix is to launch in the UK early next year. The news comes days after Google announced a movie rental service for UK Android users, and Sony announced the launch of its Entertainment Network, offering streaming and downloading services.
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25/10/2011

Hulu not for sale - video site focuses on ads and subscriptions
US-based online video site Hulu has ended take-over talks with Google, Yahoo and Dish Network after its owners decided to focus on building the site's ad and subscription revenues instead. The three owners of Hulu, News Corp., the Walt Disney Co. and Providence Equity Partners has been hoping to to fetch $2bn out of a potential sale of the company. However, last Thursday, the three firms issued a statement saying they saw more value in retaining the popular 3-year-old service than in selling it off.
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17/10/2011

Top 10 video sites in terms of ad impressions: US
Amongst US online video sites, Hulu generated the most video ad impressions, according to new research. The study, from comScore, showed that Americans viewed more than 5.6 billion video ads in August, with Hulu generating the highest number of video ad impressions at 996 million. Tremor Video ranked second overall (and highest among video ad exchanges/networks) with 764 million ad views, followed by Adap.tv (720 million) and BrightRoll Video Network (603 million).
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10/10/2011

Google 'paying $100m for YouTube content' - report
Google is taking aim at the cable industry by putting up $100 million to develop original content for dozens of new YouTube channels, according to a news report. According to the Wall Street Journal, YouTube hopes to roll out the new channels next year. The paper cited unidentified people 'familiar with the matter' saying that the Web giant is near deals or has already reached agreements with skateboarder Tony Hawk and media companies Warner Bros. and News Corp.'s ShineReveille, the company that produces "The Office" and "Ugly Betty."
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10/10/2011

YouTube to offer film rentals in the UK
YouTube has started a movie rental service in the UK, providing about 1,000 films for the rental service. Video site YouTube Blockbusters such as The Dark Knight and classics including The Birds can be watched via the site. In total, about 1,000 movies have been made available. New releases will cost £3.49 to rent and library titles £2.49. Users have 30 days to begin watching a film, and 48 hours to finish it once they start. The UK is the third territory to get the movie rental service after the US and Canada.
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10/10/2011

Top 10 video sites in US
YouTube still dominates the US online video market, followed by VEVO and Facebook, according to new research. The study, from Comscore, ranked the top 10 video sites in terms of unique viewers. Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in August with 162 million unique viewers, while VEVO ranked second with 62.3 million.
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10/10/2011

Top 10 YouTube brand channels: US
For the first time, comScore has revealed YouTube's top 10 video partner channels in terms of unique viewers, with VEVO, Warner Music and gaming channel Machinima topping the list. The data from the comScore Video Metrix service showed that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in August for an average of 18 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions.
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07/10/2011

Xbox seals 40 TV content deals: UK gamers get iPlayer, 40D and LoveFilm
Microsoft has struck deals with nearly 40 TV content providers to provide programming over Xbox Live, with upcoming deals with providers in the UK including BBC, 40D and LoveFilm. Gamers won't require a Gold (paid-for) Xbox Live account to use any of the new services, which are due to be up and running before Christmas.
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07/10/2011

'Yahoo Screen' takes on Hulu with revamped video site
Yahoo has updated and rebranded its online video site, as the online media firm looks to take on Hulu and YouTube in the video-on-demand market. Yahoo Screen functions as a hub where users can watch thousands of original and licensed video clips that used to be scattered across Yahoo's content network. A group of human editors is hand-culling the material into distinct channels that include both snippets as well as complete television shows, like Modern Family and CSI, and shows from over 70 online sites, like Funny or Die and Break Media.
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05/10/2011

YouTube launches Google AdWords for Video
YouTube is set to launch Google AdWords for video in beta on Wednesday, an auction-based platform for online video ad campaigns. The platform, built on top of AdWords technology, uses the same pipeline to serve ads, only presenting video first. Advertisers will have an option to create one campaign from a selection of video assets and pay only for video views, rather than impressions, using a series of four 'TrueView' video ads.
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03/10/2011

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WPP buys stake in Chinese digital ad firm
Global marketing giant WPP has taken a minority stake in Leading Smart Holdings, the British Virgin Islands-based parent company of Moment Systems, a digital advertising measurement firm in China. The move marks WPP's second investment in a Chinese digital firm this month.
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26/10/2011

Google mulling bid for Yahoo?
Google has weighed in to the potential auction of rival Yahoo, allying with private equity players to explore a joint bid for the ailing internet giant, according to a news report. The Wall Street Journal cites a 'person familiar with the matter' saying that two private-equity firms and Google are interested in purchasing the "core business" of its rival Yahoo--a move that could put it up against other tech giant, Microsoft, in its bid for the company.
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25/10/2011

News Corp adds paywall to The Australian
Newspaper The Australian has launched its digital subscription service this week with a three month free trial offer for all readers, as owner News Corp continues its paid content digital strategy. To coincide with the launch, the paper will launch a redesigned website and a new 'm-site', a site specifically designed for mobile phones. The Australian will use a 'freemium' subscription model, offering a mix of free and subscription-only content across its digital properties.
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25/10/2011

Groupon lowers IPO expectations
Online daily-deals firm Groupon has lowered expectations for its initial public offering (IPO), saying in a regulatory filing Friday that it now aims to raise up to $621m. In contrast, the firm had said in early June that it would seek as much as $750 million via its then-eagerly-anticipated IPO. Since June, however, equity markets have been very volatile, rocked by worries about the sovereign debt crisis gripping the eurozone, Washington's fiscal woes and the possibility of the US economy slipping into another recession.
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24/10/2011

Microsoft posts record profits: Sees Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud as growth areas
Microsoft has announced record quarterly revenue of $17.37bn for its first fiscal quarter, with its Windows Phone, Xbox and cloud services earmarked for future growth. Revenue is up by seven per cent against the same time last year, and the firm reported moves in the positive direction for its operating income, net income and diluted earnings too.
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24/10/2011

LinkedIn expands to Asia with Japan launch
LinkedIn has launched its online professional networking service in Japanese, the first Asian language platform for the rapidly growing company as it pushes to expand in the region. LinkedIn also established a small Tokyo office, following the opening of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore in May.
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21/10/2011

Google planning download music store 'with a twist'
Google is reportedly planning to launch a music download store, which it describes as having "a little twist" to the concept as the search giant continues to challenge Apple and Amazon. Speaking to technology blog AllThingsD, Android boss Andy Rubin said the upcoming music service will not only have the support of the record labels but "will have a little twist ... a little Google in it. It won't just be selling 99 cent tracks."
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20/10/2011

BBC to fund digital radio roll out to UK
The BBC will pay for the rollout of the UK's digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio infrastructure to reach 97% of the population. Tim Davie, the corporation's director of audio and music, said that the BBC would fund the expansion of the national DAB platform from its current coverage level of over 90%. In a speech to the Drive to Digital conference at the BBC's Broadcasting House in central London this week, Davie said the priority was securing "solid coverage" in the UK's top 25 cities.
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20/10/2011

Dropbox gets $250m funding boost
Dropbox has raised $250m in Series B funding, as the firm looks to expand its file-sharing services. San Francisco-based startup Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. The firm specialises in transporting and sharing documents, photos and videos. The new capital brings the company's total raised to date to $257.2m. The fresh money will be used for acquisitions, strategic partnerships and the recruitment of new people, the company said in a statement.
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19/10/2011

British Library criticised for linking to Amazon
The British Library has come under fire by booksellers for linking to Amazon on its public online catalogue. The catalogue lists more than 13 million of the library's items along with a link to buy the item from the online retailer. Waterstones said the library was "driving readers away from local libraries and high street bookshops".
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18/10/2011

Findaproperty and Zoopla merge to take on Rightmove
Daily Mail and General Trust is to planning to merge the online property firms FindaProperty.com and Primelocation.com with property startup Zoopla. The move will provide a powerful competitor to Rightmove, which leads the UK online property market. Under the proposed merger, A&N Media (the consumer arm of DMGT) will retain a 55% interest in the newly merged entity.
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17/10/2011

Microsoft $8.5bn Skype takeover confirmed
Microsoft has secured its $8.5bn acquisition of internet telephony firm Skype, after getting approval from both the European Commission (EC) and the US Federal Trade Commission. The deal, was first announced in May this year, marks the introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.
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17/10/2011

Playstation network hit by new data theft attacks
Sony has confirmed that its PlayStation Network, as well as the Sony Entertainment Network and Sonly Online Entertainment, has for the second time been a victim of a cyber attack. Sony said the attacks are much smaller than the high-profile breach that forced the closure of the network earlier this year, the company says that around 93,000 accounts were compromised in this latest incident. Sony has confirmed that no credit card data was stolen and that it will reimburse anyone who found credit debited from their account following this new breach.
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12/10/2011

Sainsbury's expands into online downloads, buys Global Media Vault for £1m
Sainsbury's has bought online entertainment company Global Media Vault from MBL Group for £1 million, as the UK's third largest supermarket chain looks to offer film, game and music downloads. The acquisition will support the retailer's drive into the growing online and digital entertainment market, following the launch of the Sainsbury's Entertainment website in November 2010.
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12/10/2011

Netflix axes DVD spin off 'Qwikster' after customer outrage
Netflix has ditched plans to spin off its DVD rental business from its online streaming operations, following a flood of complaints from customers. Less than a month ago, the Netflix said it would split the DVD rental business off on a new website, to be called Qwikster. The company said that customers who want streaming movies and DVDs will have to pay for them separately.
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11/10/2011

Kelkoo plans to retake online shopping crown with revamp
Kelkoo has revamped its shopping and travel comparison site with a raft of new partners as it looks to become 'the best shopping and travel comparison site in Europe'. The move follows consumer research and a site re-design which will be completed across all markets by the end of October. Both the travel and shopping brands have undergone an overhaul with the shopping website recently adding brands such as very.co.uk, Isme.co.uk and Gameplay.co.uk.
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11/10/2011

Ladbrookes might lose bid for Sportingbet - report
Ladbrokes may pull out of its potential takeover of online bookmaker Sportingbet even if Sportingbet removes a perceived stumbling block to the deal by selling its Turkish business, according to a news report.
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10/10/2011

Yahoo could sell Japan operations - report
Yahoo is reportedly planning to sell its 35 % stake in Yahoo Japan, ahead of the conclusion of its broader strategic review, possibly within weeks, according to a news report. The Financial Times cited people familiar with the matter saying that Yahoo's stake in the Japanese business is seen as an asset the company could dispose of relatively quickly, simplifying its strategic alternatives.
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07/10/2011

Yahoo for sale? Microsoft, News Corp, Alibaba, Silver Lake and Digital Sky named as possible bidders
Rumours of a Yahoo sale have intensified this week, with Microsoft, News Corp and an international conglomerate of Silver Lake, Chinese Alibaba and Russia's Digital Sky considering bids for the embattled internet media firm, according to news reports. Reuters quotes sources saying that Microsoft is considering a fresh attempt to take control of Yahoo, more than three years after its first bid for the internet business failed.
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06/10/2011

Napster to shut down: Rhapsody buys ailing online music firm from Best Buy
Best Buy has sold its struggling Napster online music service to competitor Rhapsody in exchange for a minority stake in the combined company. Napster will now be shut down, with its subscribers being migrated to Rhapsody. The deal comes three years after Best Buy paid $121m to buy Napster, a formerly popular source of Internet piracy that morphed into a legitimate paid music service. The deal will give Rhapsody a boost to its technology and scale to compete against digital music upstarts such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio.
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05/10/2011

We7 transforms from free music streaming to personalised online radio firm
Ad-supported on-demand music service We7 has transformed into a personalised radio station, as the UK-based free music pioneer struggles to keep pace with rival Spotify. Users will now have to register their details with the site if they want access the 50 on demand tracks a month every free user is eligible to request. We7 users can now type in a song, genre or artist to have a personalised radio experience created for them in a similar vein to Last.fm and Pandora. The company says higher supply costs are a factor: Music Licensing body the PRS charges 0.065p per play for an internet radio service, versus 0.085p per play for an on-demand service.
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04/10/2011

Google offers real-time and paid analytics
Google has revamped its analytics tools, with free real-time data and a new system for enterprise customers called GA Premium, charging $150,000 a year. Until now, Google's free analytics tool had a lag of at least an hour or so before most data would show, and a 24-hour lag on full data reporting.
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03/10/2011

AOL Europe boss Kate Burns steps down
Kate Burns has stepped down as head of AOL Europe, and has been replaced by Goviral chairman and co-founder Jimmy Maymann. Goviral is a unit of AOL's Advertising.com and has been a bright spot in its ad business. Goviral's CEO René Rechtman will now serve as the new head of the European Advertising.com Group.
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