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Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins — It's taken a while, but the UK is now primarily cashless. No, it's not all-digital, but for the first time, consumers and businesses are making more payments with cards, smartphones and online banking than standard notes and coins.

Amazon's one-hour delivery service now features local stores — When it's not busy sending its delivery personnel on the New York subway, Amazon has quietly been working to expand its one-hour delivery service. From today, customers in Manhattan, the company's first Prime Now location, can shop at a number of local businesses and have fresh food delivered within 60 minutes.

Adblock Plus gets its own Android browser — Whatever your views are on online advertising, it's here to stay. But that doesn't mean that companies aren't doing all they can to strip the web of ads on your behalf. Perhaps the most notable is Adblock Plus, which has made a name for itself by delivering browser extensions that are so good that Google and Microsoft have paid to be whitelisted.

Uber clashes with London mayor over cap on minicab numbers — While the city's black cab drivers wait for the High Court to decide whether Uber's operation in London is legal, they may soon be given a helping by mayor Boris Johnson.The Financial Times reports that the recently-elected MP has backed proposals limit the number of minicabs operating in the capital effectively blocking Uber's expansion plans.

YouTube gamers are getting their own 'Minecraft'-inspired figures — If you head down to your local toy store today, you'll likely find that the shelves are dominated by video game packs and figurines. Franchises like , Disney Infinity and Skylanders mostlydominate proceedings, but their popularity also encourages rivals to cash in on the latest craze.

Tom Cruise once helped NASA redesign its website — In the early 2000s, Tom Cruise was working on movies like Mission Impossible II, Minority Report and The Last Samurai. However, when he wasn't busy playing a lead role, he also had a penchant for telling the world's biggest space agency how it could make its website better.

UK to put space seeds in the hands of schoolkids — If we're ever to inhabit other planets in our solar system, we must first make sure that we can grow our own food in order to survive. While space scientists have been experimenting with this for decades, the UK Space Agency, with help from the Royal Horticultural Society, is calling on Britain's kids to help it understand more about growing food on different worlds.

Amazon's riding the New York subway to speed up deliveries — Despite its incredible reach, Amazon has always had to play catch-up with brick and mortar retailers when it comes to getting products in customers' hands. If you're in a pinch, you can normally visit a local store and walk out with exactly what you need.

Amazon UK drops the price of the Fire Phone to £99, again — Remember Amazon's Fire Phone? It hasn't even celebrated its first birthday yet but you'd be forgiven for never giving the retailer's first smartphone a second thought. In a bid to rectify the device's original sky-high pricing, the company took a hit and dropped the cost of the Fire Phone to £99 back in January.

European carriers could block internet ads for their own benefit — While advertising has become a necessary evil, some companies have become specialists in helping you rid yourself of it. If you live in Europe, you could soon find help from an unlikely ally, after a Financial Times report noted that some operators are ready to block ads from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo on your smartphone.
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May 22, 2015

@BenedictEvans @thegovier @IanMaude Lots of younger consumers buying streaming Android boxes to get free films/sport and Netflix app.

May 22, 2015

@thatmatsmith @nisummers Floating people with sticks and balls are creeping me the fuck out.

May 22, 2015

@nisummers I hope that Spurs guy whacked the ball really hard with the stick and made you cry.

May 22, 2015

Are EE's own-brand Harrier and Harrier Mini phones worth a look? Yes and no.

May 22, 2015

Also has a distinct Handbags and Gladrags feel to it at the start.

May 22, 2015

Chris Martin’s farewell song for Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton is as Coldplay as you can possibly get.…

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