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UK audit office probes 4G auction results

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The UK’s National Audit Office is to look into the recent 4G spectrum auction, which pulled in £2.34 billion ($3.62 billion) against a government forecast of £3.5 billion. The news was first broken by The Guardian (see disclosure) on the weekend, and was subsequently confirmed to me by the National...
UK audit office probes 4G auction results

Google advertising under investigation in US

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US federal trade commission looking into allegations that company's DoubleClick has illegally promoted Google productsThe US federal trade commission is investigating whether Google's DoubleClick advertising subsidiary has illegally pushed customers to buy its other products, the Guardian has established.The regulator is understood to be looking at whether the display advertiser,...
Google advertising under investigation in US
Beamit changes name to Remitly

Q&A: Drakes Supermarkets CIO, Rod Koza

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Keeping IT one step ahead of expansion plans at independent grocery chain Drakes Supermarkets is CIO Rod Koza's remit for 2013....
Q&A: Drakes Supermarkets CIO, Rod Koza

Crothers appointed government chief procurement officer

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Remit of role broadened to cover commercial relationships as well as procurementBill Crothers has taken over from John Collington as the government's chief procurement officer, with an extended job specification covering a range of commercial as well as procurement responsibilities.The appointment, which follows Collington's departure for the private sector, has...
Crothers appointed government chief procurement officer

Amazon gets into hot water in UK over lewd Christmas card listing

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Welcome yet again to the collision between the virtual and real worlds. Amazon has been slapped down by the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a listing on Amazon.co.uk for a rude Christmas card. Although Amazon tried to claim that listings aren’t ads and shouldn’t be covered by the regulator,...
Amazon gets into hot water in UK over lewd Christmas card listing

Attorney general defends decision not to prosecute Joey Barton

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• Barton comments would not prejudice a fair hearing• Mr Grieve says: 'I think it is a matter of common sense'The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has defended his decision not to prosecute the footballer Joey Barton for a series of online comments about John Terry ahead of his trial, insisting...
Attorney general defends decision not to prosecute Joey Barton

Two men arrested on suspicion of computer hacking

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Scotland Yard says arrests of men aged 50 and 51 are not directly linked to any news organisationTwo men are being questioned as part of Scotland Yard's investigation into computer hacking.A 50-year-old, who was arrested at his home in Hertfordshire on Friday morning, and a 51-year-old, who detained in Surrey...
Two men arrested on suspicion of computer hacking

'Introverted' Evernote pairs with messaging app Kakao Talk (and its 90 million users)

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It's not all WhatsApp and LINE. If you're in Korea, then your messaging app of choice is most likely to be Kakao Talk, and Evernote hopes that allying with the app will expand its remit and boost its presence in Asia. The team-up looks set to bring Evernote's services...
'Introverted' Evernote pairs with messaging app Kakao Talk (and its 90 million users)

Tim Cook's Apple: More MBAs, more emphasis on execution

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How the company is changing in the post-Steve Jobs era FORTUNE -- Adam Lashinsky, whose 240-page book Inside Apple taught us more about how Apple (AAPL) works as a company than 656 pages of the Steve Jobs biography, has a 3,000-word piece in the current issue of Fortune about How Tim Cook Is...
Tim Cook's Apple: More MBAs, more emphasis on execution

iPlayer Shortcut (Not App) Heading To Windows Phone 7.5 & 8 In "Next Few Months" After Microsoft Inks Deal With BBC

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Windows Phone fans are still waiting for Instagram to land on their mobile platform of choice but there’s some good news for U.K. owners of Microsoft-powered smartphones: the BBC is bringing its TV-on-demand iPlayer service to the platform — albeit, via a live tile shortcut (not an app). iPlayer has...
iPlayer Shortcut (Not App) Heading To Windows Phone 7.5 & 8 In "Next Few Months" After Microsoft Inks Deal With BBC
Europe Takes Another Step Towards An Open Data Directive

LG patents RFID-labelled cookbook, attempts to offer more than just another place to spill sauce

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LG is no stranger to mixing together patents and white goods and this time its trying to bridge the gap between recipes and those all-too-often underwhelming results. One of its patents, granted today, outlines the idea of two RF tags that would offer food information and appliance specs, with...
LG patents RFID-labelled cookbook, attempts to offer more than just another place to spill sauce

All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now

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I am about to commit an act of meta-journalism. I’m sorry. I hate meta-journalism. I unfollowed GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram (a fine writer) on Twitter some time ago because I could not muster any more interest in articles about articles and blog posts about blogging. I believe that journalists (like people...
All Journalism Is Tech Journalism Now

Joey Barton says 'make me a martyr' following John Terry tweets

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• 'I will gladly go to jail for a month,' midfielder says on Twitter• Attorney General's office has examined tweets from BartonJoey Barton has invited the authorities to "make him a martyr" after the Attorney General's office said it was looking into his tweets over the impending John Terry trial."I...
Joey Barton says 'make me a martyr' following John Terry tweets
There's A Pretty Big Tension In How Larry Page Is Running Google (GOOG)

BBC Worldwide Will More Closely Align Digital Activites

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BBC Worldwide is aiming to more closely unify its various web brands, starting by giving its jet-setting digital EVP Dan Heaf a slightly different role. That job no longer exists. Heaf now becomes managing director of consumer digital services - “responsible for driving a unified global digital strategy and...
BBC Worldwide Will More Closely Align Digital Activites

Coding for the community: techie-style philanthropy comes to Manchester

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Good for Nothing and Madlab get together to give skills free to local groups. Arwa Aburawa reports - and flags up a second session in January"When you're having to find a home for someone so they don't spend the night on the streets, the last thing you think about is...
Coding for the community: techie-style philanthropy comes to Manchester

Channel 4 reveals TV and mobile app syncing plans

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Channel 4 has announced that it is looking into using new smart app technology to bolster its 'second screen' plans, revealing that we will soon be seeing apps that automatically switch on when certain shows are on television.Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum, with TechRadar in attendance, Dan Brook, marketing...
Channel 4 reveals TV and mobile app syncing plans

Netflix coming to HTML5 just as soon as the DRM ducks are in a row

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Netflix users on Windows and OS X currently depend on Microsoft's Silverlight plugin to watch videos. With Silverlight no longer under active development, the company is looking at alternative delivery systems for its app-free, browser-based video delivery. The answer it's picked is, unsurprisingly, HTML5, but as the company details...
Netflix coming to HTML5 just as soon as the DRM ducks are in a row
Opera Mobile Moves Into Music, With 'Unlimited Music' Soft Launching In Russia First

Reputation.com Buys Snail Mail Filtering App PaperKarma To Boost Its Mobile Privacy Management Business

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Reputation.com, the online identity and privacy startup, has bought PaperKarma, a mobile app built to help users identify and then stop spammy snail mail. In a letter to users (embedded below), PaperKarma’s founders Sean Mortazavi and Brendan Ribera say that the app will continue to work as before; but...
Reputation.com Buys Snail Mail Filtering App PaperKarma To Boost Its Mobile Privacy Management Business

Microsoft applies to patent gaze-tracking camera, wants to stare into your eyes

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See that complication of a line-drawing above? Well that's Microsoft describing how it would like to patent a function for a dual 3D and 2D camera setup that's able to process precisely where your eyes fall on a screen. While Kinect could fulfill that hardware component, the application goes...
Microsoft applies to patent gaze-tracking camera, wants to stare into your eyes

Groupon Streamlines Its Food Operations: Mike DeLuca Now VP Of Savored As Well As Breadcrumb

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Groupon got put through the meat-grinder last week as founder and CEO Andrew Mason defended himself and managed to hold onto his role after another terrible earnings quarter. Now Groupon is getting down to the business of streamlining: Mike DeLuca, the VP of sales for Groupon’s restaurant reservation system Savored (just...
Groupon Streamlines Its Food Operations: Mike DeLuca Now VP Of Savored As Well As Breadcrumb

Microsoft starts new London game studio for tablet apps

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Microsoft is forming a new game studio solely for Windows 8 tablet development. The London-based studio's remit will be based on "Entertainment as a Service," with the primary focus being creating games and applications for the RT version of Microsoft's incoming operating system, in the hope it will bolster the...
Microsoft starts new London game studio for tablet apps

WikiLeaks claims it submitted a 100-page dossier to UK Leveson Inquiry on media corruption

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Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has revealed that the UK’s public inquiry into the culture and ethics of the British media has requested a submission on corruption in the UK press, to which it has obliged by submitting a 100-page dossier. Just to recap, last July UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed...
WikiLeaks claims it submitted a 100-page dossier to UK Leveson Inquiry on media corruption

Japan's KDDI to open an office in Myanmar, marking its 100th site overseas

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Japan’s KDDI is the latest international telecoms company to jump into Myanmar after it announced that it will set up an office in the country, which has notably relaxed its political and social restrictions over the last six months. Myanmar’s journey away from isolation has opened up opportunities and telecoms...
Japan's KDDI to open an office in Myanmar, marking its 100th site overseas

Nokia Cuts 300 Jobs, Outsources Up To 820 More To HCL And Tata To 'Align IT With Its Business Focus'

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Here’s the cloud to Nokia’s silver lining statement the other day of better than expected handset sales: it is cutting 300 jobs, and outsourcing 850 more, all in its IT department. The news was announced this morning by the company as it gears up to report Q4 results. Nokia says...
Nokia Cuts 300 Jobs, Outsources Up To 820 More To HCL And Tata To 'Align IT With Its Business Focus'

Another Accelerator Sprouts Up In Europe: Eleven Launches With €12m Fund, First Startup Cohort

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Wasn’t it just a few days ago that I said that Europe had gone a little incubator crazy? Well, more news on that front, this time coming out of Sofia, Bulgaria, of all places: Eleven, backed by €12 million of European taxpayers’ money, gets its official unveiling today, along with...
Another Accelerator Sprouts Up In Europe: Eleven Launches With €12m Fund, First Startup Cohort

Matter, A For-Profit Media Accelerator Backed By KQED, Knight, Public Radio, Debuts First Class

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Public broadcasters continue to face a lot of pressure as going concerns in the face of bigger overall pressure for the media industry, and like all media companies, they are looking towards a new generation of entrepreneurs for innovation. Those two trends are coming together in a new accelerator, San...
Matter, A For-Profit Media Accelerator Backed By KQED, Knight, Public Radio, Debuts First Class
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