Posts Tagged ‘The Telegraph’, anyone??

May 29, 2009

I’ve just read a fascinating piece about the Britain’s Got Talent ‘stars’ having their domain names registered unofficially, by cheeky web users wanting to cash in on their new found fame.SUBO

The Telegraph reports that ‘thirty-three of the 40 semi-final talent show contestants have had their names registered by internet users, otherwise known as cybersquatters, hoping to make money from the global interest in the show.’

This could be brilliant news for all the Susan Boyle lovers out there, or maybe those who are more fans of the superb Flawless dance crew, as it lets them get even more info on the contestants than what’s already been reported in the papers.

Cybersquatting, however, is nothing new. Previous serious cases of this occurring date back to 2003, when Marks & Spencer had their domain name unofficially registered, which resulted in a court case.  In 2008, cybersquatting hit an all time high, according to Reuters, of 2,329 separate cases.

Cybersquatting is actually relatively easy – it costs from as little as $12 to register a domain name. That’s why ‘unofficial’ sites pop up around big events, or in this case, the Britain’s Got Talent final, as it’s easy to set up a temporary site and cash in on other people’s new found fame.

However, this does pose a threat to the contestants, as Stephen Waddington (@wadds, thanks Twitter) of Speed Communications suggests – about ‘potentially explicit material that may be damaging to their reputations’ being posted.

A week when you could bank on a good headline…

September 19, 2008

With all the problems in the financial markets this week, the national newspapers seem to have gone into pun overdrive. The collapse of Lehman Brothers and the HBOS takeover certainly provided plenty of column inch material.


The Mirror opened with “Hellifax”, whilst The Telegraph offered “Meltdown Monday”. The ever-reliable team at The Sun came up with “Crash, Bang, Wallop” and The Metro lumped for “Sack Monday” in a reference to 1992’s Black Wednesday. The Independent remained resoundingly onomatopoeic with “Crash!”


Meanwhile, The Daily Star kept their finger on the pulse and led with “BB Jen bedded me for cash!”.

No news is good news

No news is good news





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