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Author: Robert Andrews


Robert is a journalist and publisher focusing on technology, culture, media and business communications.

Having helped set up some of the UK's earliest content sites, he spent four years at BBC News Online and bagged a regional "internet journalist of the year" commendation.

Robert has written for Wired News, New Media Investor, PC Plus, New Musical Express and more, and has appeared in Time magazines, Los Angeles Business Journal and on BBC radio.

Yahoo! searchers suggest fix to buggy new feature

Yahoo! engineers had to start fixing a bug in a new live search feature, just a day after announcing the addition.

Yahoo! Search's Kevin Lee introduced the new Search Suggest function, which offers suggestions on search terms as a user types.


Google bans ads for controversial drug

Google has announced it will ban online advertisements for an appetite suppressant that has come under fire in medical circles.

The search giant contacted some advertisers to inform them it would stop taking ads for ephedrine-based products "in the coming weeks".

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E-marketing read rates decline, Wednesday still rules

Fewer people are reading marketing emails, according to a new survey.

The study, conducted by agency eROI concluded: "We continue to see a decline in read rates across the board as more and more email clients are adopting the 'images off' default setting."


Google adds developers' Mapplets to maps

Google Maps has launched an on-site applets platform that could do for the mapping tool what Apps have done for Facebook.

Mapplets are mini web applications that can be bolted on to extend a user's Google Maps experience with a range of new functions, from petrol prices to Manchester's Metro system.


Women find net indispensable part of life

The internet is becoming increasingly indispensable for women, with over two thirds (66.1 percent) saying their lives would be disrupted if they had to go without the web for a week.

Burst Media's study of 1,800 women aged 25 and over found four out of five females go online between 7am and midnight.


Nielsen/NetRatings drops page views metric

Web traffic measurement agency Nielsen/NetRatings will reportedly scrap the "page views" metric in response to the growing challenge posed by dynamic websites.

Ajax websites and web-based videos mean content can be loaded with no web page reloading, so the firm will begin instead reporting the length of time users spend at audited sites.


Pot Noodle launches UGC ad campaign on YouTube

Pot Noodle has launched a user-generated advertising campaign hosted on YouTube.

Owner Unilever has invited users to submit videos of themselves eating the snack in unusual places - for each video submitted, the company will send out 12 Pot Noodles.


Six million .uk domains live, Nominet reports

Nominet has registered its six millionth .uk domain name, with the national country code attracting a growing number of domestic companies.

The registry said a YouGov survey of 2,324 internet users showed people were six times more likely to enter a .uk domain name than a .com address when using a search engine.

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Cash prize for anti-Microsoft XML lobbyists

The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), a software rights advocacy group, has offered a EUR 2,500 prize to whoever can devise the best campaign against Microsoft's attempts to seek standardisation for its Office file formats.

The FFII objects to the Redmond, Washington, software giant's attempts to gain International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) approval for its Office OpenXML file format.


New PM boosts Downing Street YouTube traffic

Downing Street's YouTube channel has achieved a "milestone" one million video views since it was launched back in May.

Weekend visits by the new prime minister to a hospital and a children's centre took the site, a brand partnership with the Google-owned video sharing network, passed the seven-figure mark.


FeedBurner drops charges for pro services

RSS feed management service FeedBurner is abolishing charges for two of its premium features, now that it is owned by Google.

TotalStats and MyBrand, which give users extended data and on-site feed URLs, were previously available under FeedBurner's PRO package at a cost of between $3 and $14.


Potter finale sets Amazon pre-order record

The forthcoming final Harry Potter book has become Amazon's most ever pre-ordered item - and the pre-ordering isn't finished yet.

Online orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows passed the previous 1.5m mark set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday.