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Words words words: Tech journalist, geek, poet*, feminist**, Radio 4 addict. Owns cats, asks awkward questions. *part-time **full-time

U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market — The telco industry has resisted change for years. That anti-innovation attitude, coupled with the rise of smartphones and fast data networks, provided ample opportunities for over-the-top startups to circumvent moribund and expensive telco offerings with VoIP and messaging apps that were both less expensive and more feature rich.

Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages — Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium - gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away.

Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage — Reminder: there's no such thing as a free lunch. Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely - claiming it's not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs Terms of Service abusers.

German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight — A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers - who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so.

U.K. Government Keeping An Open Mind On Bitcoin, Says Digital Economy Minister — Ed Vaizey, the U.K.'s minister for the Digital Economy, has said the government is keeping an open mind about digital currencies as it continues a review of Bitcoin and its ilk which kicked off this summer. The minister was speaking during a wide-ranging on-stage interview with TechCrunch's Mike Butcher, taking place yesterday at Disrupt Europe.

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.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @femfreq: Here @Newsweek analyzes the data, finds GamerGate is actually about harassing women not “ethics in games journalism”…

Oct 24, 2014

"While one is loth to judge a man by the company he keeps, one can judge a man by his lack of judgment."

Oct 24, 2014

RT @PaulLewis: Russell Brand is torn to shreds here by @HadleyFreeman. If he really is Jesus then she's in trouble:…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @NateXAnderson: "The NSA is currently hiring technical professionals who can bring innovation and surprise to cloud computing." Surprise!

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