Picked up a few interesting tit-bits in my usual very quick scan of the Sunday papers, Twitter, blog feeds and so on that I thought might be of interest:

The big news of the week was the announcement of the winner of the IQ prize. Robin Blandford won the  €10,000 prize for his project Decisions for Heroes, a piece of software that helps emergency service crews’ decision-making.

Online advertising spend will grow by 7% per annum until 2013 with Internet access growing by 13%. Overall ad spend by 2013 will be back up at the levels of spend we saw in 2005/2006. This is going to be a tough year, but there is light at the end of the tunnel according to PwC’s Bartley O’Connor.

Coke do social media; blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook the lot. Sure who doesn’t at this stage? (rhetorical question)

42% of all Americans now watch video on the Internet for an average of about three hours each per month – that’s 131 million of them. 13.4 million of them watch video on their mobile phones, according to Nielsen Research.

1800hotels.ie got 1,500 fans on their new Facebook page in just 4 weeks, mostly generated through Facebook’s own pay-per-click ads. There’s 1,510 of them there today anyway.

The nice people over at Thinkhouse PR will be doing the pr for  Heineken for the next while. Does that mean that they’ll be offering a choice of tea or beer the next I visit them at the Barry’s Teapot?

Gradpool.ie is a new website for, yes you’ve guessed it, grads where they can upload their profile, cv, video clips and podcasts. Presumably not video clips of their summer hols.

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for funding (and you didn’t win the IQ prize) cmypitch.ie might be the place to go. This is a new website that allows you to upload video pitches for investors to see.

Take a 2 minute survey on Social Media use in Ireland and you’ll be helping out Simply Zesty’s Niall Harbison.

Lynx is spending €345k on an outdoor campaign to let people know about a beach party in the POD on July 22nd.  Online would have been cheaper with greater affect. The billboards are a bit of a driving hazzard as I discovered today so check out their website and save some lives.

If you’re looking for some more artistic photos, check out Pix.ie’s photo of the day. Some lovely one’s there over the past few days.  Don’t think I can bring any photos to you here as they’re not licenced under creative commons – it’d be nice if they were. Head over to the website but beware  as you’re liable to spend hours on the site and not get those shirts ironed for the week ahead.