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Backlash against “invasive” Samaritans Radar web app

Samaritans new web has received criticism on social media today for being "invasive", and essentially misconceived in its attempt to flag up friends at risk. You may have read in The Digest this morning about the new app aimed at helping those in need. It sounds pretty clever: Essentially you sign in with your Twitter…

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James O'MalleyBacklash against “invasive” Samaritans Radar web app
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OK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe

Last week an invite arrived in my inbox from Google to see a new... thing... the company had put together. It wasn't hugely specific, so I was intrigued - just what is Google doing in London? Today, I found out. At one o'clock I joined a tour of assembled hacks as we took a trip…

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James O'MalleyOK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe
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The Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Twitter increases users and sales but shares slide | BBC News "Twitter has reported a doubling in sales and a 23% increase in the number of active users of its micro-blogging site for the third quarter. The firm said it added 13 million monthly active users between July and September, meaning it now…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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Could retailers thwart Apple’s Apple Pay plans?

Apple Pay has recently launched in the United States, but the launch isn't going entirely smoothly: new details have emerged about retailers refusing to support the new payment system. According to BGR a number of big name US shops, including Walmart, Best Buy and CVS have withdrawn support for Apple Pay, despite initially supporting it.…

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James O'MalleyCould retailers thwart Apple’s Apple Pay plans?
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Carebnb imitates Airbnb to raise money for Ebola treatment

A clever fundraising campaign has taken its cues from accommodation sharing website Airbnb in a bid to raise cash to help stop Ebola. Take a look at Carebnb - whilst at first glance it may look like a website for a particularly depressing holiday, its actually pretty clever. Browse through the "listings" and find out…

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James O'MalleyCarebnb imitates Airbnb to raise money for Ebola treatment
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88-year-old woman forced to awkwardly tweet to avoid social embarrassment

An 88-year-old woman was forced to feign interest in Twitter today, as she was shown around a new exhibition on the information age by younger colleagues. The woman, who identified herself only as "Elizabeth R", is thought to be a victim of circumstances that have forced her to continue working - even well after she…

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James O'Malley88-year-old woman forced to awkwardly tweet to avoid social embarrassment
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Is Twitter about to launch direct video uploads?

Warning: Let's call this speculation. Actor and presenter Robert Llewellyn, who is known for playing Kryten in Red Dwarf and presenting several wildly successful YouTube series (like Carpool and Fully Charged) has just tweeted this intriguing thing: Oooh, exciting. I'm going to try uploading video direct to twitter later on today. New feature. New toys!…

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James O'MalleyIs Twitter about to launch direct video uploads?
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Google launches secure USB key for safer login

Worried about your password getting into the wrong hands? Google has just launched a USB stick that might put your mind at rest. According to ExtremeTech, Google is calling it Security Key, and uses the Universal Second Factor protocol, found in some makes of USB thumb drives. Basically, when it comes to login on Chrome,…

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James O'MalleyGoogle launches secure USB key for safer login
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Facebook adds Safety Check for when your friends are caught up in disaster areas

Have you ever seen a big disaster on the news, and worried that your family and friends might be in the middle of it? Brilliantly, Facebook has just added a new tool that will put minds at ease. Safety Check will activate when there's a disaster and Facebook knows that you're nearby - either through…

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James O'MalleyFacebook adds Safety Check for when your friends are caught up in disaster areas