Flack: Honda robot, Google, dark arts defence, and email abuse!

At least one car maker is getting decent coverage. Honda's ASIMO robot was all over The Sun, The Times and News of the World last week. The reason? An insider tells us of News International boss James Murdoch's complete fascination with his new robot pal. So that's the way to a media mogul's cold heart...

Brands are flocking to Twitter, but Flack was surprised to learn Google, hailed as one of the world's most innovative companies, is itself a late adopter. 'We only started a Twitter account three or four days ago,' confessed Oliver Rickman, Google's head of comms for YouTube, last weekend...

PRWeek Communicator of the Year Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty gave her definition of PR to delegates at last week's CIPR Fifth Estate AGM. 'When the bad guys do PR, it's spin,' she explained. 'When we do it, it's "defence against the dark arts".' If you say so, Shami...

Finally, spare a thought for Peter Cassidy of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, who mistakenly issued a press release to his contacts without blind CC-ing. 'Why am I getting all of this email exchange?' demanded Internet Retailer's Mary Wagner. 'Can we all just drop this and stop responding?' responded Michelle M Masterson of Everything Channel. Finally, Ian Lamont of The Standard dropped the perfect pay-off: 'The irony...being overrun by mis-sent emails from an organisation dedicated to ending email abuse.' Bravo, Ian...

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