The Week in Technology

McAfee has appointed Hotwire to handle its UK PR. The software security firm parted with eight-year incumbent The Red Consultancy, which won the PR account of rival Symantec in September.

Tripadvisor is on the lookout for a new PR agency to work across its European markets. The remit is thought to include a focus on raising the profile of the site among both consumers and industry influencers.

Waggener Edstrom has snapped up senior BT comms executive Chantal Bowman-Boyles to head its UK tech practice. She joins the agency from her role as head of employee and change comms at BT's Operate division and will report to UK GM Shaun Wootton. Bowman-Boyles will take charge of the tech practice and work on accounts for the agency's recent Xerox win and for clients Microsoft, Texas Instruments and Intermec.

Clairmail, the American mobile banking and payment systems firm, has appointed Chameleon to handle its UK PR as it looks to expand into Europe. It is the first European PR appointment for the company, which delivers mobile banking services for a third of the top 50 North American banks. In its b2b remit Chameleon will target Europe's top 50 retail banks, emphasising the industry's need for mobile banking.

AFC Energy, the fuel cell technology company, has drafted in Say Communications to handle b2b comms, after parting with Life Size Media. Say Communications' remit is to raise the company's profile, educate stakeholders and generate positive awareness of alkaline fuel cells within the energy sector.

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