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Google is UK most loved brand

A survey conducted by research company Superbrands found out that Google still tops the list of UK's top 500 brands based on data collected from a sample of 1,500 professionals.

Ironically, BBC reports (opens in new tab) that Google replaced the Beeb - now at number three - at the apex and is the only 'teen' company in the top 50.

Surprisingly, given the lukewarm welcome to Windows Vista, Microsoft came second while uber cool Apple fell from eighth to eleventh, although they launched the iPhone, the MacBook air and a host of other applications.

There were only two technology-based companies within the top 10; Apple and Vodafone ranked 11th and 25th respectively with Nokia, IBM, HP, RIM, Cisco, Ebay and Intel amongst the others in the top 100.

Senior business leaders (opens in new tab) also contributed their views to the report whose conclusion (opens in new tab) was that companies should hold their nerves during those difficult times.

And anxiety was certainly in the air as British companies (opens in new tab) cut back their advertising budgets substantially as they brace up for a nervous 2008.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.