theEweekly Wrap 11 September 2009

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The next England World Cup qualifying game could be streamed live on a number of national newspapers' websites it has been reported.

The match, which sees England take on Ukraine, is rumoured to be screening online on a pay-per-view basis. It is thought that a deal between Kentaro, the company which holds the rights to screen the game, and a group of UK newspapers will be announced next week.

The news comes amid a debate over the future of journalism on the internet. Recently, Rupert Murdoch - owner of The Sun and The Times newspaper - said he would begin charging users for online content next year.

Facebook Diet

Social networking giant Facebook has launched the long-awaited slimmed down version of the site, optimised for users with slow internet connections. Facebook Lite was released in India and the United States on Friday.

The service is intended for use in countries where poor internet connections may prevent access to the main site. The Lite version allows individuals to write on other users' walls, post photographs and videos and browse other profiles.

Technology blog CNET praised the new service in a recent post:
"It appears, at a quick glance, to be a better site for Facebook newbie's or for anyone who finds the current site overwhelming and noisy."

Another blogger said:

"The simple site loads noticeably faster, is easier to navigate, and is much easier on the eyes thanks to the lack of people sending you "virtual booze" or asking you to join their "vampire fraternity. The new layout seems like a direct challenge to Twitter, which can attribute much of its success to is simplicity and portability."

Under Press-ure

Popular blogging site WordPress suffered an attack this week after hackers exploited a security flaw in older versions of the software. The virus began setting up hidden 'administrator accounts' on a number of sites.

Users running older versions of WordPress were asked to immediately download and install the latest upgrade.

News in 140 characters:

  • Micro-blogging service Twitter will begin generating revenue during the fourth quarter of 2009 according to reports.
  • Google altered its homepage & increased the length of its search bar. Some SEO debate as to whether this is encouraging long-tail searches.