Politics

Google Verizon talks spark fears of paid-for premium internet

The internet is free (well mostly free) but ongoing talks between the mighty Google and US phone company and internet provider provider Verizon are sparking fears in some quarters that a paid-for internet may be on the horizon. The talks ...

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UK Government takes axe to COI – will anyone notice the difference?

Obviously the 287 people out of a head count of 705 in the Central Office of Information, the UK government’s advertising department, will do. So will media owners and agencies who’ve been happy to take the money from what last ...

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UK economy booms in second quarter – is it too good to last?

Almost certainly it is as growth of 1.1 per cent between April and June, the highest since 1999, would indicate an annual growth rate of 4.4 per cent, way ahead of even the most optimistic forecasts and one which would ...

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Is the BP brand really in such poor shape?

One hesitates to take issue with Mark Ritson, the esteemed marketing consultant and columnist on Marketing Week but he does seem a little confused in his latest fulminations about BP. According to Ritson the recent RBS “buy” notice on BP ...

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BP tries to plug Florida gusher – not oil but advertising money

Florida governor Charlie Crist and state agency Visit Florida are demanding another $50m from stricken oil giant BP to persuade potential tourists that it’s business as usual on his state’s white beaches. But BP, which has coughed up $25m already, ...

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Does BBC 6 Music reprieve mean curtains for radio boss Tim Davie?

There’s a bit of an insurrection going on at the moment at BBC 6 Music, the ‘specialist’ music station that BBC bosses, chiefly director-general Mark Thompson and head of music and audio Tim Davie wanted to can as part of ...

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Facebook and Twitter will be big players in the brave new TV world, says report

Two new developments this week demonstrate the remorseless onward march of social media network Facebook and its potential for having even more impact on business and social lives than Google. First of all, as mentioned in another story there’s David ...

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