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Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’ — Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer - namely a touchscreen display. So, in other words, get ready for DIY 'Pi Pads'.

Wonga Investors Still Won’t Comment On Censured Payday Loans Firm — A panel of Europe's top investors has publicly declined to comment on what went wrong at payday loans company Wonga, in the wake of a £220 million write down earlier this month. The investors were taking part in a discussion about the European investment ecosystem at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe here in London.

Europe’s Sign2Pay Launches To Simplify Mobile Debit Payments And Oil The Wheels Of M-Commerce — Mobile payments startup Sign2Pay, launching today here in London at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, is aiming to improve low conversion rates on mobile devices by simplifying and streamlining the payment process for debit card transactions. By, for instance, removing the need for bank issued hardware devices to authenticate the buyer's identity via a one-time challenge code.

CosmEthics Is An App To Analyze The Make Up Of Your Make-Up — The cosmetics industry is massive. It's also massively secretive when it comes to the ingredients contained in its expensive lotions and potions. That's something CosmEthics - a startup launching its app today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe - is determined to change.

European Entrepreneurs Must Screw Their Courage To The Sticking Place, Says Neelie Kroes — The European Commission's Neelie Kroes has urged those with "interesting business ideas" burning a hole in their brain to "apply, apply, apply" for research funding from the EC - despite conceding that the application process can be a "jungle" to fight through.

Newsly Hack Is Tinder For News Articles — Tinder's interface for quickly filtering people you might like to date from those you definitely don't is being applied to all sorts of other sorting tasks. We've had multiple Tinders for shopping, for instance. And here at the Disrupt Europe 2014 hackathon in London we've just seen a Tinder for news stories, called Newsly, presented on stage.

#Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms — If #Gamergate teaches us anything - beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) - it's that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed.

Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further — Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher - to give users of Google's mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer.

Google’s Schmidt Stands Firm On Not Applying Europe’s Search De-Listing To Google.Com — Google's Eric Schmidt has held the line against extending European search de-listing requests to Google's .com domain. As it stands successful requests made by private individuals under the ruling for information to be de-indexed by Google in a search associated with their name are only implemented by Google on European sub domains, such as or, not on

Messaging App Line Finally Launches An iPad App — Asian messaging giant Line, which has built a substantial business selling stickers and in-app games purchases to an engaged multi-million strong user-base of its free core app, has finally released a dedicated iPad app. It already had a desktop client, and multiple smartphone apps.
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @MikeConnollyMA: #Snowden to #lessig: "The role of the press is to challenge the government for control of information."

Oct 20, 2014

RT @romaindillet: I found a startup that is Uber for coffee delivery at #tcdisrupt. It’s called @alex.

Oct 20, 2014

@tankflykev @TechCrunch I did tell them they should have called it Cat2Pay. Doesn't have to be a signature to sign; can be anything

Oct 20, 2014

@tankflykev @TechCrunch It's another type of biometric, which can circumvent dedicated hardware. Arguably signing is familiar for users

Oct 19, 2014

RT @StKonrath: Now standard feature: Twitter is putting Tweets in your timeline from people you don't follow/ @StuartDredge…

Oct 19, 2014

RT @violetblue: If you're not following the Whisper-Guardian controversy, you should. We're in an era where apps/startups think they can do anything to us.

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