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The great news aggregration thieving war appears to be over. Allegedly. The MD of 2b -- which was accused of swiping news and headlines from the aggregation service NewsNow -- has apologised publicly for doing it, claiming that he didn't even know it was happening. Seventeen-year-old Tim Dunton -- who makes several references in his publicity material to the fact that he was once described as Britain's answer to Bill Gates (Isn't that 'Sod off, you pathetic yank geek'? - Ed) -- said he will contact NewsNow either today or over the weekend to make a full apology. "I didn't even know our software was scouring the site and taking the stuff," said a contrite but still baffling Mr Dunton. "A freelancer wrote the software -- I didn't know any different until it was brought to my attention today." NewsNow sprung its trap at midday after claiming that 2b had been stealing its news collations for months. Anyone trying to access files at 2b's portal received at curt message saying where the news came from. Shortly afterwards 2b's news content seemed to have switched suddenly to alternative (and to be frank, rather sad) UK news provider silicon.com. Presumably Dunton wasn't entirely aware of this either. And in a bizarre twist late this afternoon Mr Dunton announced that he had struck a deal with another online news service, Newswatch, to supply 2b with news-ticker headlines and summaries of health, eco, defence, space, aviation and royal stories. "Newswatch is great because it fillets out all the boring stuff and gives our readers the news they're interested in," said Mr Dunton. "Editorial judgement is great, so all the stories they send us are a terrific read." As opposed to what he was running until noon today, presumably? ®

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