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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

Google acquires Firebase Wednesday 22nd of October, 2014by Dan Moores Google has acquired Firebase, a cloud service company that allows developers to build web and mobile apps quickly and easily, as well as store and sync data in realtime.

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Microsoft devises new 'ubiquity' strategy for Bing Monday 27th of October, 2014by Dan Moores In an effort to increase Bing's market share, Microsoft executives have revised the strategy for the company's search engine and its paid ad services.

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Twitter withdraws Google Glass support Wednesday 29th of October, 2014by Andy Williams Twitter has quietly announced that it has pulled its app from Google Glass with immediate effect, although a third party developer could step in and fill the gap.

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theEweekly Wrap: 17 Oct Friday 17th of October, 2014by Dan Moores theEweekly Wrap: Google readies Android 5.0, HBO plans streaming service, and Bono says sorry.

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theEweekly Wrap: 24 Oct Friday 24th of October, 2014by Martin Lindley This week: Mediative researches search behaviour, Microsoft drops Nokia brand, and Tinder gets premium service.

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theEweekly Wrap: 31 Oct Friday 31st of October, 2014by Andy Williams This Week: Google steps up fight against privacy, Bing allows searching with emojis and Facebook announces new chatroom feature.

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