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Nokia To Launch Music Service In The UK

Nokia said today that it is launching a new mobile phone music service in the UK, called Comes With Music.

Internet Addiction In The UK Leads To “Discomgooglation”
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The majority (76%) of Internet users in the UK admit they cannot live without the Web, according to research by YouGov.

Twitter Turns Off SMS Updates

I wasn’t going to give Twitter’s "we’re stopping SMS text messages in most countries" announcement much real estate today, then a single comment gave me pause for thought.

First, the background:

Online Ad Spend Surpasses TV In The UK
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Spending on online ads surpassed advertising on mainstream TV in the UK last year, increasing 40 percent to $5.3 billion and representing 19 percent of all advertising according to regulator Ofcom.

In its annual report Ofcom said Britons spent four times as much time on computers, averaging 24 minutes a day, and double as much time on mobile phones in 2007 as in 2002.

Average household spending on communication services declined slightly, due to bundled services and discount broadband prices. More consumers also switched providers to get better deals.

British Hacker Gets Extradition Delay
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The European Court of Human Rights has asked Britain to hold off on sending a computer hacker to the United States to face trial until it can review his request to stop his extradition.

The court said it needs to review Gary McKinnon’s complaint that he could face inhumane prison conditions if convicted in the United States.

Report: Online TV Growing Slowly In The UK

UK advertisers who are fond of broadcast television have nothing to fear from its online counterpart, according to a new report.  In fact, the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) found that traditional "commercial impacts" are up, and it seems to believe that any sort of switch is still a long ways off.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Report: Google

Not every search query goes through Google, but the company’s doing a pretty good job of getting to that point.  New comScore data indicates that more than 75 percent of all UK searches were performed with Google in June.

Facebook Catches eBay In The UK
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A fair number of WebProNews readers like Facebook.  Even more seem to have strong anti-eBay feelings.  Here’s some good news, then: in a certain region, Facebook’s beaten eBay UK in terms of monthly visits.

Google Street View Given Nod In UK

Any people wanting to explore Britain from the comfort of their office chairs are in luck; the Information Commissioner’s Office has concluded that Google Street View doesn’t create any real privacy problems.

Parliament Wants Better Screening For Video Sites
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Video sites that host user-generated content need to do more to screen videos in order to ensure they do not have material that is inappropriate for children, according to a UK parliamentary body.

Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee said without proper monitoring sites can accidentally publish pornography, child abuse or other illegal content, the group said in a report.

UK Hacker Loses Extradition Case
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A British man accused of hacking into the computer systems of the U.S. military and NASA lost his appeal today against extradition to the U.S. where he will stand trial.

Gary McKinnon, 42, attempted to appeal his transfer to the U.S. to be tried for what has been called "the biggest military hack of all time" by taking his case to Britain’s highest court, the House of Lords.

Frequent Texting Can Lead To Injuries

A UK based organization, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), is warning young people who are heavy text message users about text message injury.

The group found text message injuries are common among young people. In a recent survey of 177 people between the ages of 16 and 24 found that 34 percent send 20 or more text messages a day.

Sixteen percent of 16-24 year olds said they had experienced discomfort in their hands when they text and a small number have felt pain in their wrists, arms, neck, and shoulders.

BBC Editor Going To Google’s PR Department

Don’t be surprised if Google starts to get a lot of positive press overseas.  A man who’s something of a media expert – for four years, he served as editor of the BBC show Newsnight – will be joining the search giant as its head of communications and public affairs for the UK, Ireland, and Benelux regions.

UK Cracks Down On Internet Music Piracy
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Britain’s major online service providers have joined a government initiated plan to deal with the illegal downloading of music and films.

Internet service providers will send warning letters to users who are suspected of illegal file sharing. Around 6 million Britons are believed to have downloaded files illegally over the past year, costing the music and film industries millions in lost revenue.

Facebook’s Market Share Still Climbing In The UK

New Hitwise numbers regarding social networks in the UK are out, and from the looks of things, Facebook is on a very nice roll.  Top competitors MySpace and Bebo have been rather less fortunate.

Google Tops Superbrands List
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This week is off to a pretty ideal start for Google.  Aside from the odds of Microsoft and Yahoo ganging up on it now seeming miniscule, the search giant has been named the UK’s best "superbrand."

UK To Get First WordCamp Event

 This is an event I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while – WordCamp UK 2008, the first WordCamp in the UK, takes places in Birmingham during this weekend July 19-20.

Hitwise: Twitter Taking Off In The UK
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Twitter may be associated with itty bitty messages and terrible reliability, but somehow, it’s managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  New data shows that Twitter is actually quite popular in the UK.