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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.

Exalead surges in French search

French search engine Exalead is now growing its user base faster than Google or any of its rivals.

The site grew its share 16.1% between April and May, while Google grew 0.4%, Yahoo! fell 7.1% and MSN was down 5.6%, according to XiTi Monitor.


Neutrogena sponsors Lonelygirl15 'branded character'

Skincare products line Neutrogena will sponsor a whole character in the popular internet video drama Lonelygirl15.

The Johnson & Johnson company has inked a two-month deal that will add to the plot a 22-year-old Neutrogena scientist who helps lead character Bree develop a serum to defeat an evil organisation known as The Order.


Google Maps adds reviews and ratings

Google Maps has created a facility that allows users to add reviews and ratings for listed businesses.

The search giant's maps site has long aggregated consumer views from reviews sites around the web, but now allows users to add their own views directly on the map.


Shoppers 'miss millions in online savings'

Britons who refuse to shop online due to security fears could be missing out on annual savings of £175m to £375m, according to a government study.

The Office of Fair Trading's Internet Shopping study (pdf) found a high level of worry among consumers about risks involved in using credit cards to make web payments - but it's worry that is often unnecessary.


Google plugs in green car initiative

Google has announced a philanthropic initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions by popularising electric-powered cars.

Part of the google.org philanthropy project, RechargeIT is offering $1m to think-tanks looking at ways to drive up use of electric and hybrid vehicles.


Italian tourism crippled by malicious web bug

Italy's online tourism industry was thrown into chaos when thousands of tourism websites were shut down by a software infection that takes over users' computers.

Nicknamed 'The Italian Job' by security experts, the attack began last week and claimed around 10,000 sites by Monday morning.

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Txt msg T-shirt alerts marketers

A new T-shirt innovation that spreads messages via mobile SMS is piquing the interest of many marketers.

Reactee is a T-shirt on which companies and organisations can print a message including a unique text code.


PartyGaming takes ads to offset US gaming ban

London-listed online casino operator PartyGaming is to run web advertisements to make up for the impact of recently-introduced US anti-gambling laws.

The company has signed with the Traffic Marketplace advertising network to place ads on PartyPoker.com and PartyPoker.net in the US.


Altoids, Yahoo! go gay for virtual branding

Altoids, the mint, is embarking on a Second Life branding campaign with a difference - it is sponsoring Gay Pride Month inside the virtual world.


Fifth of Father's Day shoppers go online

Around a fifth of American shoppers will go online to buy their dad a gift this Father's Day, according to new research.

The National Retail Federation found 18.7% of people will turn to an e-commerce store to buy a gift for the occasion, which is marked this weekend.

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eBay spoils Google's Checkout party - literally

Google has cancelled a party planned around its Checkout online payment system after pressure from eBay.

The search giant on Monday announced the bash would be held this evening on the fringes of eBay's own Live event in Boston.


US media to benefit from online local ad growth

Local online advertising in the US is set to increase by almost a third on last year, according to a new report.

Borrell Associates' What Local Media Web Sites Earn: 2007 Survey, which polled over 2,800 local media sites, showed the market is forecast to reach $7.5bn this year.