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Website taps into Irish roots

A NOVEL social networking site has been set up for the 80 million people worldwide claiming to have an Irish heritage.

RendezVous353 has been set up to provide a resource for Irish people all over the world to stay connected with each other.

The site has 5,000 members but a new version is being launched to tap into the Irish diaspora and encourage stronger business links between Irish people at home and abroad.

Founded by Galway man Terry McLoughlin, the site is now being referred to as the 'Irish Facebook'.

ITV faces uphill survival battle

THE future of Britain's free-to-air commercial broadcaster ITV, is in serious doubt.

The broadcaster said its long-term outlook was highly uncertain after the election, although the World Cup would boost ad revenue in the second quarter by 22pc.

The share of viewing for its flagship ITV1 channel against commercial rivals fell 5pc for the year to April 26, with the ITV family, which includes digital channels, staying flat.

Men-only site pulls them in

AN Irish website targeting only men has increased its membership to a whopping 45,000 after a targeted marketing campaign.

Joe.ie is a unique site for men only which has seen its membership rocket since its launch on April 20.

The site is designed to interest men aged from 18 to 44. Backers include rugby star Jerry Flannery, who is also a columnist. GAA star Sean Og O'hAilpin contributes another weekly column.

Iron Man 2 tops box office

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, went to the top of the US box office but did not earn a place in the record books.

Iron Man 2, the sequel starring Robert Downey Jr as the gadget-happy billionaire superhero, earned $133m domestically on its opening weekend, according to Paramount Pictures.

The opening rocketed past the original $98m debut in 2008 and landed the record as the fifth-biggest opening weekend.