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U.K. Telco BT Sets Out ‘500Mbps’ Broadband Plan By 2025 — As the U.K.'s political parties sweat their policy wonks to come up with voter-friendly manifestos ahead of the General Election in May, incumbent telco BT has dropped a reminder that broadband upgrades will never be big enough nor fast enough for digital's cutting edge unless politicians find the willpower and public money to chuck at future-proofing the problem.

AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER — AnalyticsMD, which is launching out of Y Combinator 's latest batch, is a startup tackling a difficult but very worthwhile problem: how to boost the operational efficiency of hospitals and improve patient care by helping staff make better choices about how resources are allocated.

Amazon’s Fire Phone Gets Another Drastic Price Cut: £99/$150 Off Contract In U.K. — Amazon continues to try to shift unsold inventory of its unpopular smartphone, the Fire Phone, by slashing the price-tag. It's currently discounting a U.K. version of the device that's locked to the O2 carrier's network to £99 ($150), down from £399. The handset launched as an O2 exclusive in the U.K.

Hey, User! Do You Know What Your Apps Are Up To? — It's International Data Privacy Day, not that most people would likely know that - or, some would argue, care. And therein lies the rub. Privacy, we are constantly told by those with their hands on the levers of power, is not something users are bothered about.

Europe Gets A Cyber Security Incubator — London's - and Europe's - crowded startup accelerator scene is getting a new addition. Not fintech-related, this time. Rather the focus is cyber security. The Cyber London (CyLon for short) 12-week program, has been co-founded by Alex van Someren of VC firm Amadeus Capital Partners, who previously founded U.K.

UK Regulator Sets Out Priorities For Growing The Internet Of Things — The U.K.'s telecoms regulator Ofcom has identified four areas it plans to prioritize in order to support the development of the Internet of Things, after taking input from various industry "stakeholders" last year. "Ofcom's plan is to ensure the U.K.

Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights, Says European Report — A 32-page report into mass surveillance by a top European rights body has warned that digital dragnets set up by U.S. government intelligence agencies, and some of the U.S.' allies in Europe and elsewhere, are endangering fundamental human rights - such as the right to privacy, to freedom of information and expression, to freedom of religion, and to the right to a fair trial.

OftenType’s iOS 8 Keyboard App Wants To Save You Some Taps — Tired of retyping stuff like your name, email and physical address when using iOS devices? A new keyboard app for iOS, called OftenType, has a quick fix for this type of personal data-related typing fatigue: it's added custom shortcut keys to the standard iOS keyboard to save you some of the taps.

The BBC’s First Film Commission For iPlayer Is A Digital Manifesto For A New Media Order — On Sunday the BBC released the first film commissioned for its on-demand iPlayer: a feature-length documentary about Afghanistan, called Bitter Lake, by experimental British filmmaker Adam Curtis. (If you live in the U.K. you can watch it here for the next 29 days.)

What Happens To Privacy When The Internet Is In Everything? — This week Google's Eric Schmidt was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he suggested that the future Internet will be, in one sense, invisible - because it will be embedded into everything we interact with. "The Internet will disappear," he predicted (via The Hollywood Reporter).
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Jan 31, 2015

Ephemeral culture RT @verge: Snapchat's new original series, Literally Can't Even, premieres tonight

Jan 31, 2015

Ignore all this nonsense about 'weaponising' the NHS; it's misdirection to distract attention from gov'ts fundamentally dismantling the NHS

Jan 31, 2015

@duncangeere @alexhern Heard a pretty tepid review on, I think, Front Row. Along the lines of it retreading well-worn themes

Jan 31, 2015

RT @juliapowles: Here's my take on security overreach and opportunism post-Charlie Hebdo:… Links the best takedown of Apple you'll read

Jan 31, 2015

RT @iRowan: No, @washingtonpost, UK govt did not "turn London into Europe’s Silicon Valley". Let's kill the political mythmaking.…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @EricHolthaus: Exactly zero inches (0.00") of rain fell in SF this month. That's never happened before.…

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