The struggling internet company AOL plans to sell or shut down the online community Bebo nearly two years after buying it for US$850 million (NZ$1.2 billion) in an expansion of its social-networking ambitions.

In an e-mail to employees Tuesday, Jon Brod, who runs AOL’s startup acquisition and investment unit, AOL Ventures, said Bebo would need a “significant investment” to remain competitive.

A Downing Street petition is calling for the UK government to drop Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and move to a more modern browser.

The petition says that IE6 has security flaws and uses outdated technology, creating a burden for developers.

The petition comes as the Department of Health advised the NHS to move away from the old browser.

Other government departments – and many firms – still use the software, which was first released in 2001.

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