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The digipuppeteers pulling the strings of cybernewsreader Ananova are in a tizz trying to decide what her first words should be. Ananova will make its first newscast next week and those promoting the pixel person want it to say something apt in honour of such an occasion. That's why Net users are being urged to e-mail their suggestions to come up with an "immortal phrase that will enter the history books". Ananova's creators cite other such moments in communications history to add weight to their appeal: Samuel B Morse, for example, tapped out: "What hath God wrought?" in his first telegram. Phone inventor lexander Graham Bell said: "Mr Watson, come here - I want you." And Ray Tomlinson, who sent the first e-mail, wrote: "qwertyuiop." Well, here are a few suggestions to get started. What about "Your efficiency impresses me", "Here is the news", or "Don't you even think about fantasising about me, I'm only a computer generated image, go get a life, you adolescent geek." Other suggestions can be sent to firstwords@ananova. And if your suggestion is used you get a prize. Ananova is owned by the Press Association. It will replace its NewsCentre with ananova.com next week. ®

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