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BT Openreach says ‘we’ll do better – promise’

BT Openreach – the phone and broadband company that we all love to hate – is promising to do better. Back in June, the UK telecoms giant was told by watchdog Ofcom that it could face fines if it did not meet new targets to repair its extensive UK telephone and broadband network. Under new rules, BT’s Openreach infrastructure division …

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Stuart O'ConnorBT Openreach says ‘we’ll do better – promise’
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IFTTT adds support for Android Wear, Nike+, Yo and others

Great news for users of the internet’s biggest open secret, IFTTT: The company has added support for nine more channels. If you’ve not used “If This, Then That” – or IFTTT – before, then you should really sort that out as it could change your life. Essentially, what the clever service does is link together other services so that you …

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James O'MalleyIFTTT adds support for Android Wear, Nike+, Yo and others
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Twitter buys “deep learning” company Madbits

Does Twitter know everything? It soon might thanks to its acquisition of intelligence technology firm Madbits. Twitter users often joke about asking the “hive-mind” questions, but could Twitter soon have an actual hive-mind? (Umm, probably not). The company has built software that will analyse tweets to extract meaning and detail – meaning that Twitter will know even more about your …

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James O'MalleyTwitter buys “deep learning” company Madbits
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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