• UK Ad Spend Was Up 2.7% Last Year, Says AA Campaign

    The Advertising Association says the figure for 2011 rose to GBP16.1 billion. Of that, online advertising, including search, display and video, accounted for the lion's share, 29.7%, up early 17% to GBP4.78 billion. Advertising growth is expected to continue in 2012, with new AA forecasts tracking a 3.8% increase, fuelled by 8.9% lift for the internet, while out-of-home is expected to climb 5% as the biggest beneficiary of the London 2012 Olympics.

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  • EU Eyes Spread Of Internet To Ever-More Devices BBC

    Currently, the commission says, the average person living within the 27-nation bloc has at least two devices connected to the web, a computer and a smartphone. It expects the figure to rise to seven by 2015, with a total of 25 billion wirelessly connected to the net worldwide. By the end of the decade it says that could climb to 50 billion. The regulator is launching a consultation over controls of the way information is gathered, stored and processed, saying it wants to "ensure the rights of the individual."

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  • Austrian Students Not Appeased With More Facebook Data GigaOm

    "Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history," a note on Facebook's somewhat-obscure European public policy blog stated on Thursday. But a small group of law students called Europe v Facebook aren't satisfied. They say Facebook holds way more information about its users than it generally lets on, and they remain convinced that its refusal to cough up is illegal in Europe. The groups is urging people to complain directly to the European Commission.

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  • Monterosa Launches Tools To Make TV More Interactive The Guardian

    Although invitation-only for now, the tools are aimed at broadcasters, producers and brands and will help them make their own second-screen apps and websites designed to be used while viewers watch their shows. The British firm has struck a deal with social TV startup Zeebox to allow companies using its platform to make their content available through its apps as well. The new set of tools could be used to create synchronised quizzes, audience polling and other interactive features, with the key point being that the TV firms will be creating them.

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  • LoveThis App Puts Friends' Recommendations In One Place TechCrunch

    This UK-based social service is out with an iOS app to let friends recommend across 10 categories, from books and films to places to eat. But unlike apps like Amen or Foursquare that rely on people using the app to suggest or tag things, this one says it will also take into account recommendations made by contacts elsewhere, such as Facebook and email, who do not have to be signed up to LoveThis to put their two cents into the mix.

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  • Ex-Freemantle CEO To Oversee Yummi Media Expansion The Drum

    Simon Spalding will lead the international expansion at Yummi Media Group, wherein a new game format proposition will be rolled out. It makes real contributors of audiences to on-screen action by interacting with a mobile app while the show is being broadcast. This is made possible by Yummi's in-house technology platform which integrates mobile, social gaming and live broadcast events. During his tenure at Fremantle Spalding worked on a range of TV franchises including Idol, The Price is Right and Baywatch.

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  • Google Currents Launches In UK Metro

    The new smartphone and table app Currents, which helps readers explore newspaper and web content more easily, is now available for download in the UK. It was launched in the U.S. in December but has now been given a significant upgrade in line with its global release. The streamlined news service has added 400 new publishers and over 14,000 self-published editions to its line-up, as well as quicker syncing. Google expects the updated app to rival current market leader Flipboard.

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