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Freelance technology journalist; The Guardian's Technology editor 2009-14. Author Digital Wars, on Apple v Google v Microsoft. Speaker, moderator.

Start up: tablet slowdown, find that toilet!, does live music pay?, BlackBerry’s iPhone offer, and more — "Finally, I got my iPad" by juehuayin on Flickr A selection of 10 links for you. Use them wisely. Worldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014 along with first year of iPad decline >> IDCThe worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to...

Facebook thought to be tech firm at the heart of Lee Rigby accusations — Facebook is the internet company accused by the intelligence and security committee of failing to pass on information which could have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby, the Guardian understands.

Lee Rigby: internet firms providing safe haven for terrorists, says PM — Internet companies are allowing their networks to be used to plot "murder and mayhem", David Cameron has said in response to the official inquiry into the intelligence agencies' actions ahead of the killing of Lee Rigby.

Lee Rigby report: the main findings — The inquiry was set up to investigate whether the British intelligence agencies could have prevented the murder by two Islamist jihadis Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. It basically clears the domestic agency MI5, the overseas spy agency MI6 and the surveillance agency GCHQ.

The Lee Rigby murder doesn’t justify an extension of internet snooping powers — The killing of Lee Rigby in May 2013 was the result of a catalogue of missed opportunities by the intelligence services. As the just-published ISC report explains, one of the killers, Michael Adebolajo, had been known to MI5 since 2008.

Start up: Uber’s vanishing blog, Samsung’s shrinking S5 sales, Google’s secret car, and more — What the Google self-driving car "sees". Photo by Matt Chan on Flickr. A selection of 10 links for you. Don't worry, be happy. The unknown startup that built Google's first self-driving car >> IEEE SpectrumMark Harris: one of Google's most strategic acquisitions has mysteriously been actively blocked from public view.

Start up: Uber debated, iPhone ruining Christmas?, Amazon Echo reviewed, (more) Android clipboard malware — Uber driver parked in the bike lane. Photo from Flickr. A selection of 11 links for you. Use them wisely. How to get away with Uber >> Matter on MediumBobbie Johnson (with whom I used to work, long ago, at The Guardian): Raw, pure, unbridled ambition is an uncomfortable thing to look at.

Google responds to European commission's antitrust chief — Google has scraped in under the deadline to respond to the European commission's antitrust chief Joaquín Almunia, who is seeking to change the way it presents search results in Europe. It delivered its suggestions on Thursday 31 January, the final day of the period set by Almunia earlier this month for its suggestions to avoid swingeing fines for abusing its search monopoly.

How Gresham’s Law explains why news sites are turning off comments — Re/Code is turning off comments. This comes after Reuters turned off comments, and many other sites have dialled back on allowing comments - Popular Science, the Chicago Sun-Times, and so on. Huffington Post stopped "anonymous" (actually pseudonymous) comments in August 2013.

Start up: Apple and Samsung split $300bn, Shazam v music biz, Lookout: Android malware!, sapphire tales and more — Defective sapphire boules from GTAT's furnaces - from pictures sent by Apple to GTAT creditors. Source: Wall Street Journal. A selection of 10 links for you. Dogs must be carried on escalator. The $300bn smartphone industry >> Counterpoint TechnologyNeil Shah: Apple alone will contribute to roughly a third of the smartphone industry revenues in 2014, As...
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Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson I don't care about Miliband. I'm done with this, thanks.

Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson arrayed against that: Mellor (where we started) *was* rude, and was hypocritical.

Nov 26, 2014

@getwired I think they got cornered into that, for reasons well beyond their control. See: Apple, 2007,.

Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson I simply don't care about the childish reputational nonsense that passes for political coverage from bloggers.

Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson That's not what I said. I said that right-wing observers were quick to call it that. Miliband then reacted to them.

Nov 26, 2014

@getwired isn't that the culture Amazon wants to create, though?

Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson I didn't see the explicit reason for her sacking. Right-wing observers were quick to call it "sneering". Evidence absent to me.

Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson but you don't know what her tweet meant, unless you've spoken to her. Have you?

Nov 26, 2014

@johndwilson were those the campaign themes? Do you live there? As for what she was trying to convey, I don't know - nobody asked, it seems.

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