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Twitter valuation 100 times expected revenues

America's top social media analyst said Twitter's $8bn-$10bn valuation is more than justified despite others baulking at a valuation 100 times the company's expected revenues this year.

Gray left behind by Sky's goal of diffusing their 'blokey' image

Channel keen to stamp out changing room culture which has defined football coverage

ITV appeals to MPs for lifting of ad rules

ITV appealed today to be released from advertising sale restrictions it says have locked it into a "ratings rat race" at the expense of quality programmes.

Google

A leader on 26 October suggested that Google collected private data to better sell targeted advertising, and that it had admitted doing so to link users to local advertisers. Google wants to make it clear that its collection of payload data was a mistake and completely unconnected to selling advertising.

'Sheridan stayed at affair claim woman's house', court is told

Tommy Sheridan visited the home of a woman who claims to have had an affair with him, a court was told today.

Online radioplayer set for December launch

An online system which will bring together dozens of UK radio stations will begin its launch in December, it was announced today.

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The little tweets that could mean big money

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Looks are everything for Twitter as it goes in search of profits

More than 190 million visitors per month isn't bad for a web phenomenon that is widely criticised for being inconsequential, ephemeral and narcissistic. But despite the huge popularity of Twitter, which scores 370,000 new users every day, making money out of its customers has proved more of a challenge – until yesterday, when the social network unveiled a new look that will have advertisers salivating.

Guy Parker: The avenger with truth on his side

The advertising watchdog tells Martin Hickman why firms which make false claims about products should be afraid

Business Diary: A knighthood in the pipeline?

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Queen of US shock jocks quits the airwaves after damaging race row

Dr Laura doesn't do tea and sympathy. For 30 years, she has been dispensing tough love to tens of thousands of listeners who call her radio talk show each day, seeking blunt, provocative and unashamedly conservative advice on how to cope with their most pressing personal problems.

The feral beast: Coren will need an Ap for that

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Hey big spenders: Media companies need to be creative to keep the advertising revenue rolling in

It's often said that advertising is the canary in the economic coalmine, turning sickly well before the rest of the country catches a whiff of recession. But if the ad business is often first in to a downturn, history suggests it's also first out. When marketers start spending again it's a sure and early signal that the economy is picking up.

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