Russia News Agency Interfax Launches New Website

Posted on August 23, 2012
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We’re very proud to be the designers and developers of the new Interfax News Wire website which launched today.

Interfax News

Interfax is the most cited Russian news agency both within Russia and around the globe for news, announcements and events covering Russia and the CIS, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China and Central Asia and related regions including the Commonwealth Independent States (or Former Soviet Union). The Interfax Group has a global operational network, with over 1000 staff daily turning out over 3000 stories from over 70 bureaus worldwide, providing critical breaking news, data and information on a vast range of topics, Interfax is a world leader in news and media.

Breaking News Bulletins

The new websites serves to provide subscribers with breaking news articles from their active news wires minute by minute, every day of the year. The real time breaking news service is utilised by the diverse and urgent needs of investors, corporations, financial professionals, the media and news service providers around the world.

Interfax is the original source in news reports surrounding Russia, China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and emerging markets of Eurasia.

We are the sole devlopers and designers in this new website under our parent site, we’ll be providing full website and server management over the long term as well.

Asda Smart Price and Tesco Value Bottled Water is Tap Water

Posted on August 17, 2012
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Supermarket cheap Bottled Water is actually tap water

According to what we have just heard on Sky News’ News Paper Review, The Mail is publishing a feature article tomorrow which claims that Asda’s Smart Price Bottled Water and Tesco’s Value Bottled Water are simply bottled tap water.

According to some, Asda states on the bottle that it is simply still water, no mention is made of spring water whilst Tesco quote the ‘Ingredients’ as (… wait for it …) water, perhaps it is not actually lying about the content?

Asda Smart Price Still Water and Tesco Everyday Value Still Water are both available in 2 litre bottles at just 17pence seems a very good deal but when you consider the costs of tap water it does seem like an incredible profit is being made by the supermarkets. One water supplier quotes “We each use 160 litres of water per day for an average cost of just 56 pence. Less than the cost of just one litre of bottled water.“. Pretty astounding actually because that is about 0.35pence per litre, still less than 1 pence for 2 litres. Maybe we are in the wrong business!

Google Search Algorithm Update to Target Piracy Sites

Posted on August 11, 2012
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Google® Inc announced yesterday that they have incorporated an update into their algorithm which will aim to penalise sites that have (in their own words) “valid copyright removal notices”.

Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results ….. we won’t be removing any pages from search results unless we receive a valid copyright removal notice from the rights owner.

The new algorithm will take into account the number of these copyright notices and aim to push the offending site down the rankings and potentially out of the index entirely. The system which Google offers to copyright holders to notify them of copyright infringing material/sites within their index has been receiving an increasing number of notices since they introduced it in 2009. According to their Transparency Report, copyright removal notices are at an all time high, the graph does indeed show a worrying trend.

Current Statistics..

URLs Requested to be Removed 4,415,284
Specified Domains 29,006
Copyright Owners 1,636
Reporting Organizations 1,265


One of the most striking thing about these statistics is the notices received from ‘Reporting Organisations’ which seems to fuel a trend in copyright enforcement company growth. It must be a big business now. Topping the list of reporting organisations within the last month is The multimedia copyright protection company – Degban Ltd and their number of notices follows the recent trend closely, putting them at the forefront of copyright owner representation. However, topping the list since Google starting reporting the statistics is Marketly llc who surprisingly only represents 2 Copyright Holders (reporting 2,972,512 URLs within 21,745 domains, compared with Degban’s 92 clients, reporting 2,403,531 URLs within 8,639 domains. The BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Ltd comes at number three for the top reporting organisations, showing the recent trends in music piracy online, representing an impressive 270 copyright holders reporting 1,904,995 URLs within 262 different domains.

The recent trend in music piracy online is further proved when looking at the top copyright holders in the reports. First is the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. which represents EMI Music North America, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and their associated record labels. The RIAA has had notices served against 1,565,247 URLs (at an average rate of 7,387 per week). The top 5 domains reported for infringement by the RIAA (does it seem remarkable that Youtube is not featured in this list?) …
91,218 91,118 87,673


All Time Top 10 Copyright Infringement Reported Domains on Google


Domain Copyright Owners Reporting Organizations URLs Reported

Nationwide Bank Website Down

Posted on August 1, 2012
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Nationwide’s online banking site has been suffering multiple outages today

The website is intermittently available or offline, the outages are not even accompanied by any error message indicating a server blackout or DNS issue.

The bank has tweeted in response to Twitter users, indicating that there had been an issue but the site should be back up.




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