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Unsympathetic Shoreditch “Tech City” workers campaign against “colonisation”

For the longest time, Shoreditch – the part of London just north of the City financial district – was run down and underdeveloped. It was perhaps one of the few places in central London that normal, working class people, might live. But then in the 1990s and continuing through the first decade of this millennium the population changed considerably: the …

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James O'MalleyUnsympathetic Shoreditch “Tech City” workers campaign against “colonisation”
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Twitter CEO wants to boost messaging

Speaking in a call to investors, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has revealed that he’d like to see the platform improve its messaging capabilities. According to Business Insider, Costolo described the following potential enhancement: “Specifically, being able to take a public conversation and being able to migrate it to a private channel. So, taking a public tweet, and being able to …

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James O'MalleyTwitter CEO wants to boost messaging
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Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?

Twitter is the greatest thing to happen to celebrities since… well… ever. No longer do those in the public gaze have to rely on an unreliable media to shape their public image, and have journalists mediate the interaction between the well known and the great unwashed. Twitter provides a direction connection between celebrity and fans – and allows the celebrity …

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James O'MalleyAre there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?
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Dating site OkCupid also experiments on its users

To paraphrase the Smashing Pumpkins, despite all our rage we are still just rats in a cage… In June, Facebook disclosed that it had tested to see if emotions were contagious, deliberately manipulating the emotional content of the news feeds for 700,000 people. Now it seems that Facebook is not the only website that conducts experiments on its users. According …

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Stuart O'ConnorDating site OkCupid also experiments on its users
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Labour Party crowdsourcing digital policy ideas

We’re less than a year away from the next general election and if we know anything, it is that politicians are pretty much uniformly completely out of touch with technology and how it should be used. Luckily – you might be able to help. Labour Digital, a group of Labour Party bigwigs have created a website to crowdsource policy ideas …

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James O'MalleyLabour Party crowdsourcing digital policy ideas
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Greenpeace and Amazon in war of words over clean power

Greenpeace does not appear to be a big fan of Amazon, or its Amazon Web Services In a recent Green Internet report, Greenpeace praised companies such as Microsoft, Google¬† and Apple for their green credentials, while claiming that AWS had the “dirtiest” cloud. “AWS has dropped further and further behind its competitors in building an internet that runs on renewable …

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Stuart O'ConnorGreenpeace and Amazon in war of words over clean power
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London will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson

Most of us still struggle to get a decent 3G signal in London, and 4G has barely begun to have an impact (or be affordable). But London mayor Boris Badenov … sorry, Johnson … reckons that London will have a 5G mobile network by 2020. Yes, that’s right, Just six years away. Talk about an optimist. Johnson told The Daily …

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Stuart O'ConnorLondon will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson
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The Pirate Bay launches mobile site

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” So said Jedi-master Obi-Wan Kenobi as he fought Darth Vader at the end of Star Wars. The same could be said of torrent site The Pirate Bay, which simply refuses to lay down and die despite the efforts of various authorities to put it to …

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Pirate Bay launches mobile site
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Britons don’t want web filters, says Ofcom

UK web users must really like their porn. Either that, or they just don’t like the government telling them what they can and cannot look at online. A new report from Ofcom shows that broadband customers in the UK are overwhelmingly choosing not to use parental-control systems foisted on ISPs by the government – with take-up in the single digits …

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons don’t want web filters, says Ofcom
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Netflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double

Streaming video may not have supplanted broadcast TV, DVD or Blu-ray quite yet, but it appears to be well on its way. Online TV and movie streaming service Netflix announced this week that it now had more than 50 million subscribers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Releasing its results for the second quarter of 2014 on Monday, Netflix also …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double