eBay Nutcase of the Week: Man launches "ObamaAuctions.com" to help fund Barack's push


Your old Nokia 3310 could help Barack Obama become president of the United States of America. We bet you never thought that would happen when taking out the contract in 2001, did you?

That’s the idea behind the alarmingly short-sighted ObamaAuctions.com, a site where users can sell their stuff and pledge a proportion of the funds to the Obama campaign. You could, if you want, buy this anti-cellulite cream – and relax in the knowledge that 75% of the cash raised will go to support Barack’s bid to move into a very nice house in Washington for at least the next four years…

Google still trying to monetise YouTube, adds "click to buy" links on videos


Google has long admitted that it’s having trouble making any money from its purchase of YouTube. The latest wheeze is to add clickable “Buy this now!” links on videos of buyable stuff. I’d love to show you you a less-grainy picture, but it only works in the USA so far. Check out the Amazon and iTunes links below the video.

The Goog is promising to expand the program internationally, as well as expanding the range of things it advertises next to. This scheme might also placate content owners, who will be happier to learn that there are now “Buy this” links next to the content that they own, but didn’t upload themselves…

Web 2.0 companies aren't making money, say investors


A large number of Web 2.0 companies aren’t making any money, or at least no revenue, despite being popular, according to entrepreneurs and financiers in the know.

Many sites offering social networking, providing space for user-generated content, and offering other cool online services, just aren’t successful when it comes to bringing in the cash. Some observers are predicting that the myriad of startup companies currently trying to get noticed will be gone in the next couple of years, leaving just a handful of financial successes…

Social networks need to be more useful, so stop poking me and get a job!


After last week’s cry from those with the cash that there are too many social networks, more voices are calling for social networks to become more useful.

That follows comments from Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, saying that they hadn’t yet found the best way to advertise and monetise social networks, and statistics which suggest that the popularity of social networks are declining a little…

Microsoft maybe borrowing money to pay for Yahoo? Yahoo! maybe joining Google? Eh?

money-in-bag%282%29.jpgThe temperature in Microsoft HQ is rising dramatically, with news that the company may end up borrowing money if they do indeed purchase Yahoo for $44.6billion.

Microsoft is reportedly considering shelling out $21billion of its own money, however doesn’t want to dip into any more of their cash resources, so has revealed they plan on borrowing the remaining money in the form of debt…

NOT CES 2008: Mobile music revenues to hit a staggering $18 billion by 2012

sony-ericsson-W380-happy-days.jpgAnd it’s all to the hottest and coolest new “thing” in the music world – paid for subscriptions, says telecoms analysts Juniper Research.

Mobile-friendly services like Universal’s Total Music, where you pay a set fee every month and get to listen to EVERY record it’s produced/churned out, will fuel this cash-mad boom, with iTunes obviously mopping up the rest of everyone’s money…

eBay overpaid for Skype (says Skype founder as he's flying his personal jet)

skype-box.jpgeBay may have acquired Skype in October of 2005, but it’s taken several years for stories to emerge that the $4.3 billion in stock and cash they paid for the VoIP company may’ve been a little too high.

And you’ll never guess who admitted to it – Niklas Zennstrom, co-founder of Skype. That’s it, Niklas, gloat two years later, once you’ve banked all the cash, atta boy. Apparently eBay feel they haven’t earned quite…

Survey shows people so attached to mobile phones, a million quid wouldn't make them give up

According to the latest installment of the Carphone Warehouse's "Mobile Life" research, the Great British public are so attached to their mobile phones that they wouldn't give them up – even for a million pounds.

The results come out of depriving 24 pour souls out of their mobile phones for a week, in order to understand how they shape our behaviour.

One in three people said they wouldn't give up their phone for a million pounds. 76% said they believed it was a social requirement to have a mobile phone, while 85% think that having a mobile phone is vital to maintaining their quality of life.