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Police arrested six children for allegedly using a social networking website to organise gang fights.

Briton banks a fortune from his $850m Bebo sale

For one of the leading social networking entrepreneurs, Michael Birch's introduction to his future wife, Xochi, happened in an endearingly old-fashioned physical way, in the bar of Imperial College in London.

AOL to buy Bebo social network site

AOL, the internet arm of Time Warner, said today it will pay $850m (£417m) in cash to acquire social media network Bebo, which has total global membership of more than 40 million.

TV ad revenues set to rise despite slowdown

Global television advertising revenues are expected to grow by nearly 6 per cent to $123bn (£61bn) this year, despite fears of an economic downturn.

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