It's almost reassuring to see a large company make basic mistakes like this - UK toy store [URL="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6500683/Hamleys-fails-to-renew-web-address.html"]Hamley's[/URL] (one of our best-known retailers, a tourist destination in its own right so I'm told although personally I find it looks a little dated) forgot to renew its domain for a few days. Inevitably it was infested with ads for a while. I do wonder what these companies think they're doing. It must be almost a decade since the satire site B3ta registered introducingmonday.co.uk - a consultancy was rebranding as Monday, put a lot of serious corporate stuff on introducingmonday.com but forgot …

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Jonathan Ive (there, I bet you thought the headline was a typo) is not as famous as perhaps he ought to be. Next to Steve Jobs he has been responsible for turning the Apple brand around, making it desirable again, chiefly by designing the iPod, the first eMacs and substantial amounts of iMacs so that they not only work but they look stunning in your hand or your home. A couple of brands, Apple being among them, have turned technology into a desirable object as well as something useful. So it's probably a bit depressing for him that someone has …

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Here's a worrying trend - people are pretending to be other people on the Internet and social networks. So far, so incredibly well-known, predictable and not at all surprising. What is perhaps more of a surprise is that when a fake is uncovered they tend to [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7929360.stm"]stick around[/URL]. They don't go away, no matter how much we might want them to. This has implications for Web marketeers - specifically that imitators are less easy to get rid of than you might have thought. This is bad news because it means the only way to be certain is through prevention. So …

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That was quick, but I suppose it would be. Readers might have heard that while America has had the Lehmann Brothers crisis, we've had our own little meltdown in the UK and two of our banks, HBOS and Lloyds, have decided to merge. And they've been [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7621647.stm"]Cybersquatted[/URL]. Now, this can be a mightily funny thing. A few years ago, consultancy PriceWaterhouseCoopers decided to rename part of its operation as 'Monday'. It therefore registered the domain 'Introducingmonday.com' - and forgot to acquire 'Introducingmonday.co.uk'. The people who bought it (a satire group called B3ta) did a fine job of putting a stupid …

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It’s bad enough, as an individual, to discover that the domain name you wanted has been snapped up by some corporate pirate looking to make a mighty profit by sitting on it and selling it on. It is even worse when these cyber-squatters snap up a domain you had been using but somehow managed to let lapse by not renewing the registration in time. However, the problem gets a whole lot more complicated when you are a corporate whose brand and business is being devalued by a typo-squatter. Type-squatting is, as the name suggests, the practice of using the misspelling …

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Here we go with the mobile phone beat-down again: Cingular Wireless, in a move boiling over with distasteful corporate hubris, has had the unmitigated effrontery to announce that they are going to charge folks with "older phones" an additional five bucks a month (OK, $4.99, but who's splitting hairs here?) Now, it's not really the older phones they are targeting, but rather those based on the old, analog TDMA technology. Their reasoning for this is that they want to phase out their older, analog network, which isn't a problem in and of itself, but why beat down the customer in …

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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Association committed acts of browser discrimination by only allowing people with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer 6.0 to file electronic claims in response to Hurricane Katrina. This means that if I was an affected citizen of the US, and had my Mac laptop with me and a valid internet connection, I could not file a claim. Nor could my friend running Linux who uses Firefox, or perhaps Konquerer. According to FEMA's website, at [url]http://www.fema.gov/help/registration_faq.shtm[/url] the minimum computer is a Windows unit with IE 6. No other OS / browser combination will be supported / available. …

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The End.