Author: Robert Andrews

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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.

Le Web 3: Web 2.0 stronger but vulnerable, Skype founder says

Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom has said the 'Web 2.0' phenomenon is built on more solid foundations than the first dotcom explosion - but a crash could be on the way.

Speaking to delegates at the Le Web 3 conference here in Paris today, Zennstrom said: "The big difference this time from six years ago is that we have the infrastructure built out now - in 2000, very few people had computers."

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Tories weed out inner tosser with budget web spot

The UK's Conservative party has launched an online campaign against consumer debt, featuring an odious overspending character they dub "the inner tosser".

Created by Karmarama, the Sort-it website includes money-saving tips and a mini manifesto on fiscal responsibility. A short video features a flash, suited American encouraging an English shopper to overspend on consumer items from shoes to a sports car.

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BK markets flamers to gamers

Fast-food chain Burger King has begun selling BK-branded video games along with its burgers and fries, in an effort to build customer loyalty through digital entertainment.

Three titles for Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles will sell for $3.99 each with Value Meals purchased at US restaurants.

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YouTube views boost CBS ratings

US TV network CBS has attributed a boost in viewing figures to a content-sharing joint venture with YouTube.

The broadcaster announced its Late Show with David Letterman had added 200,000 new viewers (5%) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson was up by 100,000 (7%) since it launched the CBS Brand Channel on the video website in mid-October.

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Yahoo! APIs 'could reduce peanut butter effect'

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Please give credit as James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media. Gifting its underlying infrastructure to web users could help focus a flailing Yahoo!, according to one of the portal's lead developers.

According to an internal memo, aimed at counteracting its listing fortunes but leaked this weekend, company senior vice president Brad Garlinghouse likened the search giant's one-stop shop approach to "peanut butter" - "a thin layer of investment spread across everything we do and thus we focus on nothing in particular".

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Pink is the new black, search stats say

http://www.outblush.com/women/images/2006/06/pink-nintendo-ds-lite.jpgPink technologies for girl gadget lovers are set to be hot-ticket gift items this Christmas, dominating a growing number of consumers' web searches for the colour.

Online marketing tracker Hitwise UK found mobile phones, games machines and handheld consoles were amongst the most searched-for pink products in November, with the pink version of LG's newly colourful range of Chocolate phones leading the pack.

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Greenpeace delivers campaign message by moblog

Greenpeace protesters gave web users a bird's eye view of their latest online communications campaign when they used a moblog to capture an effort to shut down a power station in Oxfordshire.

Environmental campaigners stopped the flow of coal into the facility at Didcot before dawn on Thursday, then scaled a 600ft chimney in protest against the use of coal-fired stations.

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Mobile video entrant aims to rock US vote

First-time voters at next week's US mid-term elections are being urged to become election observers for the day by posting video from poll scenes to the web using mobile phones.

With over 500 seats being contested across the country, youth social action movement YouthNoise has partnered with new video sharing website Veeker to solicit "veeks", or "video peeks", via email over MMS from polling stations, rallies, protests and parties.

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Utube sues YouTube, seeking pay-out

uTube sues YouTubeAn American tubes and pipes manufacturer whose website is registered at utube.com is suing YouTube after being deluged with traffic from millions of users mistakenly seeking the video sharing network.

Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Corporation said the cost of hosting utube.com had skyrocketed in the last couple of months thanks to the word-of-mouth popularity of youtube.com.

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Google's noun-sense falls on deaf ears

Tough guidelines issued by Google to those who persist in using the company's name as a verb have provoked an angry reaction from users.

The search giant first got riled by the passing of its brand into common lexicon back in 2003, when it issued Word Spy proprietor Paul McFedries with a cease-and-desist letter commanding his removal of the word "google" from his site.

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ITV swells crew to chase online ads

ITV has hired three new online sales managers in a bid to add some digital lustre to its flagging fortunes.

The struggling broadcaster reportedly appoined Rob Hicks, Alexis James and Fiona Stedman to a team led by online sales controller Vanessa Kent, who took to her newly created post in July.

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Digg "turns down" Murdoch's takeover offer

Digg turns down Murdoch?Social news bookmarking web start-up Digg has reportedly been in acquisition talks with several suitors - but instead opted to continue operating independently for now.

The San Francisco-based site, started by former TechTV host Kevin Rose and cohort Jay Adelson, has been talking with "a number of companies, including News Corp., according to multiple sources close to the negotiations", TechCrunch reports.

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