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Writer and reporter @venturebeat, formerly @thenextweb. A misfit among misfits. I hate tpyos. Email me: Paul(at)

Google responds to WSJ allegations: Microsoft visited the White House more than us — Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published a critique of Google's close-ties with the White House. Today, Google responded to some of the allegations in the piece, taking the time to clarify some of the points, as well as pointing the finger at other companies.

Vine bumps video quality from 480p to 720p HD — One day after launching its new live video-streaming app Periscope, Twitter has given its other video-focused app some lovin' - Vine now supports publishing animited GIFs in 720p HD. This is a significant bump up from its usual 480p, and the difference is immediately apparent when watching a video in the mobile app or on the web.

The joy of specs: Sony's $840 augmented-reality glasses are now on sale in 10 countries — Two months after Sony first revealed its dorky augmented-reality (AR) glasses, the technology giant has made the $840 spectacles available for sale in 10 countries.

Hailo protests against driverless cars by projecting cabbies' faces onto London landmarks — Driverless cars will undoubtedly have a big part to play in the future of personal transport, with the likes of Google making big moves and Uber planning its own automated car research center. But the taxi industry isn't happy about this, which is why e-transport company Hailo is aligning itself with the people who power what is one of London's most famous industries.

Amazon Cloud Drive goes unlimited: $11.99/year for photos and $59.99/year for everything — Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only -- apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! Amazon has announced two new unlimited storage plans for its cloud-based storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive.

13M users on, EyeEm launches a marketplace to let you turn your photos into cash — Photography community EyeEm has lifted the lid on an all-new marketplace where its users can sell their own images. EyeEm Market launches today after an extended beta period, and the Berlin-based company is emulating other photo-centric companies by letting those who perhaps hadn't considered making money from their snaps to, well, make money from their snaps.

Lyft is launching new profiles feature to help drivers and ride-sharers break the ice — Ridesharing platform Lyft has teased a new upcoming feature in its mobile apps that will let passengers and drivers "share fun facts about themselves and discover mutual friends and interests." Huh, say wha'?

Twitter launches its live video-streaming app Periscope for iPhone, here's how it works — Less than two weeks after Twitter confirmed its acquisition of live video-streaming company Periscope, the social network has introduced the first fruits of this deal, kicking off with an iOS app. Periscope, which is optimized for iPhone, is all about letting you broadcast in real-time to your followers.

The Pebble smartwatch gets a $20 mini charging cable that attaches to your keyring — Nomad has already built a reputation for its mini versions of charging cables for gadgets, including micro USB cables that fit on your keyring, and a version for Apple's Lightning connector. Now, the company is introducing one specifically for the Pebble smartwatch.

Europe plans to ease online trade with a digital single market — The formation of the European Union (E.U.) has brought residents and businesses many benefits, such as the freedom to pass from country-to-country without visas, and the free movement of goods, services, and capital. But there are still many barriers in place, especially relating to digital goods and services - and this is something the European Commission is looking to fix.
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Mar 29, 2015

@EPro Terrible way to not win the game though, you must be gutted.

Mar 29, 2015

@EPro This keeps things a little more tight at the top... :)

Mar 29, 2015

RT @bendreyfuss: Is Amanda Knox protected by double jeopardy? Could she publish a book and be like, “I did do it! lol"

Mar 29, 2015

RT @biscuitahoy: Your date turns up in these Do you: set fire to them set fire to yourself play it safe and set fire to to everything

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