Author: Patricio Robles

Patricio Robles

I am a tech reporter and have been writing about technology, digital marketing and startups at Econsultancy since January 2009.

Best of both worlds? The age of the hybrid content model

Last week, we reported on Encyclopaedia Britannica's pending changes to Britannica.com that would enable users to contribute content to the Britannica's online entries.

The move was clearly designed to take a page out of the book of the user-generated online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which has come to dominate the online market.

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Is now a good time to buy a domain on the secondary market?

It's an experience many of us share: you think you've come up with the ideal domain name only to find that the domain name is already registered and the owner is only willing to sell it for a small fortune.

Savvy investors and speculators have made millions buying and selling domain names over the years.

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Report: Twitter raising more money at $250m valuation

Twitter, the popular microblogging service that has become a favorite social media marketing tool, has signed a term sheet to raise more venture capital money at a $250m valuation. That's according to a report published this weekend by TechCrunch.

Thus far, Twitter has raised approximately $20 million in funding. The dollar amount of the latest round is not yet known.

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Lawsuit could have big implications for online publishers

Is copying a headline and the lead sentences from a news story on a third party website you link to fair use or copyright infringement?

That's a question that a Massachusetts court will have to answer in a trial that has been scheduled to begin next week.

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Google AdWords used to distribute malware

Given how lucrative online crime can be, it probably isn't surprising that internet scammers continue to develop clever new ways of finding new victims.

One of the latest: Google AdWords.

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5 reasons Britannica.com is losing out online

With Encyclopedia Britannica gearing up to launch a new version of Britannica.com that will incorporate more community features, I decided it was a good time to take a look at Britannica.com.

Is it in a good position to compete with Wikipedia, the user-generated online 'encyclopedia' that eclipses Britannica.com in popularity, or will it have to do more? Here are 5 criticisms of Britannica.com that I believe it needs to address to be successful.

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Google profit drops but strong revenue helps it beat estimates

The results are in: investments in AOL and a company called Clearwire contributed to a 68% drop in Q4 profit for Google but an 18% increase in sales helped the beat analyst expectations.

All told, Google achieved net income of $382m on total revenue of $5.7bn. Sales, excluding commissions paid to partners, was $4.22bn, beating the consensus estimate of $4.12bn.

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Encyclopedia Britannica takes a page from Wikipedia

When it comes to online 'encyclopedias', chances are that Wikipedia springs to mind faster than the 241 year-old Encyclopedia Britannica.

Despite the virtues of an encyclopedia that is 100% edited by humans, Britannica's influence has waned in today's Wikipedia world.

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Report: YouTube to let content partners sell their own ads

When Google acquired YouTube for $1.65bn in October 2006, many expected that the popular video sharing website would eventually fall into a profitable business model.

More than two years later, Google is trying hard as ever to monetize YouTube. While it's come a long way, all indications are that it still has a long way to go.

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Microsoft joins the layoff party

It's not the type of party that one usually wants to attend but sometimes you have to make an appearance.

Microsoft today reported disappointing results for its fiscal second quarter. Those results included an anemic 2% revenue growth from the same period a year ago - $900m less than expected.

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The inauguration of Barack Obama by the numbers

The inauguration of Barack Obama was more than just another big media event.

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum and regardless of where you live, President Obama's inauguration was an historic moment for the internet.

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New York Times creates policies for reporters' social network use

Services like Facebook and Twitter are changing the ways we locate and share important news and information, and they have proven to be valuable additions to the field of journalism.

Yet their rise has created some thorny ethical questions for reporters and news organizations.

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