Media

BT’s £30m pay-TV football bid is crushed by Sky

The UK’s BT, formerly the monopoly phone provider British Telecom, has been trying to build its pay-TV business for years and looked like it had scored a rare winner against market leader Sky when it persuaded industry regulator Ofcom to ...

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Facebook blasts through $1bn ad barrier, MySpace left trailing

The mighty Facebook is set to blast through the $1bn ad barrier this year with researcher eMarketer predicting ad revenue of $1.38bn, way ahead of News Corporation’s struggling MySpace on $347m. Next year Facebook should exceed Yahoo’s $1.6bn while MySpace ...

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Twitter launches own tweet button, offers new deal to TweetMeme

In its short life Twitter has been a remarkably generous company, seemingly happy to allow other companies to use its existence and data to build their own businesses. One such is TweetMeme whose retweet button, in effect a way of ...

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UK’s Advertising Standards Authority produces definitive ruling on f**k

Namely that everybody knows what you mean so you can’t use the disguised version in an untargeted mailing (or presumably any other paid-for communication) as everyone knows what it means (clearly true) and some people might find it ‘irrelevant, gratuitous ...

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Apple disappoints Playboy fans

Playboy magazine enthusiasts who have excitedly signed up for its new premium-priced iPad app have been bitterly disappointed by the absence of certain fundamental content traditional to the magazine. The online tech and media forums have been full of complaints ...

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Is Google running out of (its own) ideas?

The company’s hardly on its uppers of course with about $30bn available to spend but Google, like other tech giants before it including Microsoft and Yahoo, is hitting problems trying to diversify out of its core area of search. Its ...

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Dawn Airey’s on her way already as Richard Desmond moves in at Five

We questioned yesterday if the combination of Five boss Dawn Airey and new owner Richard Desmond would be a marriage made in heaven, which shows that you shouldn’t pose questions to which you already have the answer. Airey, who’s been ...

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Dawn Airey and Richard Desmond – a Five marriage made in heaven?

Richard Desmond, the owner of Express Newspapers and now the new owner of UK terrestrial television channel Five, is due to address the troops tomorrow about his plans for the combined business. We don’t know what he’s going to say ...

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Google and Verizon announce internet carve-up plans, world blows raspberry

Google and US ISP Verizon have made a right hash of their scheme to carve up the internet, publishing a set of proposals supposedly guaranteeing open access but with some significant holes. The first is that they exclude mobile internet, ...

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