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Ever feel there is a great party happening and you're not invited?

Google out of the traps in pay service race

Search engine Google has launched its payment service Google Checkout in the UK.

Football pair out to score big

Entrepreneurs Michael Nesbitt and David Hills - who made a small fortune selling an album inspired by football terrace anthems - have notched up early successes from a new software design that could prove to be even more lucrative money-maker.

Laurel and Hardy act of Labour politics

It was hilarious to read in The Journal of April 10 the marvellous letter written by Paul Dixon of Stakeford regarding the amusing account of his Army life.

50p salary for Google chiefs

Search engine giant Google only paid its top three executives salaries of 50p in 2006, accounts show.

Tech notes

Last week, I had the pleasure of representing the North- East at Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) 2007 in California - an annual conference billed as a "group of remarkable people that gather to exchange ideas of incalculable value".

Click fraud is big threat to economy of the internet

There has been a strong recovery in high street trading this year, but this has been outstripped by the rapid rise in online sales.

In my view

Rarely these days are the words, bank charges, bank profits, credit and debt out of the headlines.

Winning was a fantastic boost to staff morale at YooNoo. Sayu no more!

A new internet-based company has been spun out of Stokesley-based YooNoo.

Tech notes

It's traditional at this time of year for us technology columnists to offer our "wise" predictions.

Google fast forwards for video downloads

Last week saw a significant development in the online video distribution industry, as search giant Google acquired online video sharing site YouTube in a share swap valued by analysts at over $1.6bn.

Google buys YouTube website

Google is buying video-sharing website YouTube for £883m in shares after a weekend of speculation that a deal was in the offing.

Ramsay at Bhs

Retail entrepreneur Sir Philip Green has signed up celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to help with a revamp of more than 100 in-store restaurants at Bhs, it was reported yesterday.

Ling gives car mart a rocket

What's the best way to promote your car leasing business? With a wonderfully nutty website, a nuclear rocket truck, and a Routemaster bus, of course.

Stephen has us looking up North

It's an image seen by billions across the world - and thanks to a talented five-year-old it could show off the famous landmarks of the North-East.

Top trio to speak at Wynyard

A pioneer in the new communications technologies and a serial entrepreneur who helped to mastermind one of the best new food brand launches of the past 30 years will both be sharing their knowledge and experience with delegates on Teesside.

Bid to restrict web searches

Newspaper and book publishers have launched a global initiative to regain the control increasingly being surrendered to internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo.

Broadening horizons

The recent worldwide explosion in broadband coverage and take-up means the next eBay or YouTube could easily come from the North-East, believes Herb Kim.

A glimpse of Hollywood

What does it take to make it in Hollywood? Wendall Thomas has been giving North-East wannabes some tips, as David Whetstone reports.

RTC North - Competing for tomorrow, not just today

For nearly 20 years, technology and innovation specialists at RTC North have been working with North-East companies on commercialising new products.

French in red

French Connection sank into the red for the first time in 14 years today after its FCUK logo and marketing campaign featuring a lesbian kiss turned off shoppers.

Digital dynamos spell out the reasons why

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Big names from the world of digital marketing, advertising and innovation are being lined up for a high-profile conference.

Google and eBay give the markets lots to talk about

Two of the internet's best known names have joined forces.

World at its fingertips

North technology company TH_NK is looking to break the £4m turnover barrier as it joins forces with some of the world's biggest hi-tech players shaping the future of the internet.

Putting a name to the subject

People need to watch their language when it comes to the world of big business.

Danger of successful trademarks becoming `generic'

Brands can be valuable. Big names such as Google and Apple are frequently valued by industry analysts at billions of dollars.

Website drugs warning

Eye doctors in the region warned of the dangers of website medicines yesterday after operating on a woman who almost lost her sight because she self-diagnosed herself with steroids bought over the internet.

Tech notes

There's a world of difference between the North-East and Silicon Valley, USA - or so you'd probably think.

S&N a winner at half time

Brewer Scottish & Newcastle raised a glass to the football World Cup and sparkling summer weather as it reported a 12% boost in first-half profits.

Google in new links

Google said today it will provide search and advertising on and other websites owned by News Corporation's Fox Interactive Media arm.

Airport's revamped website takes off

A new website has been launched by Newcastle International Airport to promote the business and the North-East to travellers flying to the region.

Sales plummet at HMV stores

Music store and bookshop owner HMV reported plummeting sales yesterday as it continued to struggle to compete with supermarkets and the internet.

Apple code of conduct proves a real asset

The popular idea that life at companies like Apple Computer, Google and Yahoo!

Where in the world are we?

Jane Hall logs on to Google Earth for an amazing bird's-eye view of not only our region - but some of the world's most amazing landmarks and natural features.

City news

Higher interest rates in the US and a poor earnings report from Internet giant Google cast a shadow over world markets today.

Tech notes

If you're not familiar with the blogging phenomenon, you simply need to know that it's a new communication medium enabling writers, journalists, politicians, marketers and many others to reach new and existing audiences around the world.

UK economy in slowdown

The UK economy is growing at its slowest rate for more than a decade as consumer confidence ebbs and spending slows, official data showed yesterday.

Clampdown on private e-mails

New research suggests that UK companies are clamping down on the use of personal e-mail.


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