Now here's a recipe for success: Take a brand that your parent company's been on the verge of abandoning for the last four years. Slap it on a new music download store for mobile phones. Encrust all the tracks with DRM, even though the rest of the music download industry is finally moving away from DRM. Make sure that the downloads are tethered to the user's handset, so they can't keep them when they upgrade phones in a year or two. Charge more than the competition. Then, when questioned what the heck you could possibly have … Read more
User-generated business reviews site Yelp has officially launched a U.K. edition, meaning that no business in England, Scotland, or Wales is safe any longer from the wrath of notoriously opinionated Yelpers.
Yelp had already gained a following in the U.K., the company said, because travelers bound for the U.S. use it to look up hotels, restaurants, bars, and the like. More than 100,000 of its visitors in the past month came from the U.K.
San Francisco-based Yelp, which accepts reviews of any business in the U.S. but also clusters businesses into subdirectories by city, … Read more
The next time you feel your boss is driving you like a heartless task master, you might want to ponder the alleged plight of some poor lads in England.
Temporary workers at Amazon.com's U.K. fulfillment centers risk being terminated if they call in sick and are required to work seven days a week, according to a report published Sunday in The Times of London. Employees reportedly get only two short breaks for an eight-hour shift and must request permission to use the toilet. The temporary employees hired to handle the seasonal increase in business earn the equivalent … Read more
A United Kingdom-led mission to put a satellite in orbit around the moon, potentially enabling lunar colonists to use mobile phones to communicate with each other, has inched a step closer to blastoff.
The British National Space Centre has announced that it will undertake a technical-feasibility study of the MoonLITE, or Moon Lightweight Interior and Telecom Experiment, mission, which Lord Drayson, the U.K. minister of state for science and innovation, said could help answer fundamental questions about the composition of the moon.
The study will report with a full mission schedule and costs late next year. It is expected … Read more
The DNA records of about 850,000 people could be wiped from the U.K.'s national database after the European Union ruled it breached human rights.
The European Court of Human Rights decision on Thursday means that the DNA details and possibly fingerprints of people suspected of a crime, but later cleared, could be removed.
The court found that in keeping the DNA details of people suspected of a crime the "state had overstepped any acceptable margin of appreciation."
The case was brought by two Britons, Michael Marper and "S", who were cleared of crimes … Read more
A British woman has reportedly been kicked off a jury for posting a "note" on Facebook asking her friends what they thought of the trial.
She was given the boot after the court received a tip about the posting.
The original source of the story is the U.K. tabloid The Sun, which is better known for trashy stories about Prince Harry's partying habits than for sound news about social networking.
Regardless, spilling court case details on the Web certainly sounds like pretty good grounds for getting the boot.
The Sun explains: "It was thought she … Read more
A pilot program of the U.K.'s national identity card plan will be compulsory at one of the two participating airports.
Workers will be required to enroll in the program at London city airport, the Home Office said Thursday. The move comes despite repeated assurances from the Home Office that U.K. citizens will not be compelled to have an ID card or enter their biometric details onto the National Identity Register.
Also on Thursday, the government said that retailers, post offices, and … Read more
European users of Twitter can no longer receive text message updates on their cell phones, in a temporary move designed to keep the start-up's telecom bills down.
Twitterers can still use its U.K. number, +44 762 480 1423, to send updates to the site. But that number will no longer deliver text-message updates back to users, and recommends that they use the Twitter mobile site or a third-party client like TwitterBerry, Twitterrific, TwitterMail, or Cellity.
"When you send one message to Twitter and we send it to ten followers, you aren't charged ten times--that's because … Read more
According to a U.K. report, some 150,000 motorists a year disregard color coding and signage to pump their vehicles full of the wrong type of gas. The result is expensive repairs and probably a Homer Simpson-like "doh!"--or worse. Thus, the aptly named Fuel Checker was born.
The European gadget made its appearance at the London 2008 Motor Show last week. According to the company, it can be permanently affixed to the inside of a car's fuel door or it can be held in hand. The device comes in petrol (regular gasoline) and diesel, and … Read more
When Glam Media raised $84.6 million in February, international expansion was on its radar, and now we're seeing the results: the women's-focused ad network announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Monetise, a London-based digital-ad sales start-up.
(Yes, that's British spelling.)
All Monetise employees will become part of Glam under the deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed.
"The acquisition of Monetise speeds our entry into the important U.K. display ad market," Glam Chairman and CEO Samir Arora said in a release. "Monetise has strong relationships with London advertising agencies and … Read more