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Miva calls it a day in France

Abondance reports that Miva has announced the closure of its French operation. The service will cease on the 28th April and all publishers are to be paid their due fees. Advertisers will also be reimbursed any unspent fees.

"10 years of internet growth ahead," says ShopWiki's Kevin P. Ryan, AdTech Paris

“The easy money in keyword advertising is gone,” says Ryan, but there are “Clearly 10 years of growth ahead for the internet” and no “The bubble is not back!” he says. Gone are the days when the biggest question he faced was “When will you start to make money” Now he believes the internet is “under-hyped” simply because the typical US exit route for founders is by acquisition rather than IPO. This lack of IPOs gives the sector less publicity oxygen than it deserves. “Whether it’s e-commerce, advertising or publishing, the web is working very well!” he states confidently.
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European telecoms operators threaten US search hegemony

Europe’s largest telecoms operators – with one American firm – are planning to launch a mobile phone search engine to rival Google and Yahoo. The companies concerned include Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and US firm Cingular. Combined, they have a user base of 600 million people – with some 20% in the UK expected to have broadband speed mobile phone access by the end of 2007.
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