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Webby Awards announced

The Webby Awards, the digital industry’s version of The Oscars, were announced on Tuesday. British talent triumphed in the competition: the BBC News website was given two awards, while national broadsheet The Guardian scooped three prizes, including the coveted best newspaper website honour. Other notable winners were The New York Times and Twitter.

The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a body made up of 550 leading web experts, business individuals and celebrities. The actual ceremony will take place in New York on 8 June, 2009.

Blocked bloggers

Online restrictions are tightest in Burma, a new report has revealed. A survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists has compiled a list of the 10 worst countries in which to be a blogger.

The report focused on the restrictions enforced on bloggers in a number of countries. It also highlighted numerous cases of censorship, internet monitoring and repression. Iran, Saudi Arabia and China were also featured on the list.

The heart of MySpace

The University of Wolverhampton has conducted a study investigating the use emotion on social networking sites such as Facebook. The study analysed thousands of MySpace comments in order to examine how users convey feelings online.

Early findings from the study suggested that women may be more in touch with their online feelings – the majority of female members send and receive more emotional comments than men.

The study also found that over 41 per cent of users used typographic slang or abbreviations such as ‘lol’ (laugh out loud), ‘bbs’ (be back soon), or ‘nsfw’ (not safe for work).

Written by Tom Mason

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