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eBay and Paypal split into separate companies – here’s why they’re consciously uncoupling

Intriguing corporate news today as eBay has announced that it is calling it quits with Paypal. The payment system, which was co-founded by electric cars and space tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is being spun off as a separate company. The split will see current eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig become the new CEO of a…

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James O'MalleyeBay and Paypal split into separate companies – here’s why they’re consciously uncoupling
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Is Microsoft killing Bing?

It looks like Microsoft is killing off the Bing brand name... and bringing back MSN right: MSN. In a brand strategy that seems to be increasingly randomly chosen, apparently the latest version of Windows Phone - 8.1 - sees the various Bing apps, such as Bing Finance being rebadged to remove the "Bing" name. The…

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Yahoo dump… umm, Yahoo

Yahoo has announced that it is to "sunset" (shutdown) three more of its services including, most intriguingly, Yahoo itself. When Yahoo launched a couple of decades ago it was designed to be a "directory" of websites - an early search engine in the days before everyone used Google. Now though, clearly realising that the company…

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James O'MalleyYahoo dump… umm, Yahoo
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Ad-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’

Blocking adverts on the internet is the equivalent of theft, according to the chief executive of PageFair. Sean Blanchfield, who is also the founder of the anti-adblocking company, described adblockers as “like the Napster of the advertising industry”. “[Adblocking] is really concentrated on exactly the kind of people that advertisers are targeting - millennials," he…

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Stuart O'ConnorAd-blocking software is ‘the Napster of the advertising industry’

Twitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets

Twitter is testing new functionality that could add "buy" buttons direct to tweets - making it easier to buy stuff over the network. At the moment, the links are only being tested with a handful of US users and a handful of retailers - but if successful could see it roll out to everyone. Here's…

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James O'MalleyTwitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets
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Twitter forcing Twitpic to shut down

Big news overnight from Twitpic, the original Twitter image sharing service - it has announced that it will be shutting down following legal threats from Twitter itself. Long time Twitter users will know Twitpic well: Long before Twitter itself supported uploading images with tweets, Twitpic was there fill the gap with a simple website that…

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Good news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked

Okay, so we're all pleased that the Ice Bucket Challenge is raising a lot of money for a good cause – but let's be honest... isn't it so last Thursday? Luckily, for those who have tired of it, Ice Bucket Fever appears to have peaked – with Google Trends showing downwards momentum from a peak on August…

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James O'MalleyGood news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked
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The internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.

Today is GCSE exam results day here in the UK, when teenagers across the country will be nervously open envelopes to learn how they did - after spending the past couple of years putting in all that effort. Here's the thing though: School's a bit of a boring way to learn. So here's some hi-tech…

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James O'MalleyThe internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.
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Greggs has a little Google problem

Poor Greggs. All the Newcastle embassy wants to do is have a presence online yet somehow Google's algorithm picked the following image to represent the companies: Someone at Google doesn't like sausage rolls. This is what you get when you search "Greggs": pic.twitter.com/B090HlUGuw— Rosie (@RosieLondoner) August 19, 2014 Yes, that reads "Providing shit to scum…

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James O'MalleyGreggs has a little Google problem