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Words words words: Tech journalist, geek, poet*, feminist**, Recovering Radio4 addict. Owns cats, asks awkward questions. *part-time **full-time

Europe To End Mobile Roaming Charges By 2017 — The European Union has agreed a preliminary deal to scrap mobile roaming charges across the region by June 2017. The European Parliament previously voted to scrap roaming fees by the end of this year - but the European Council pushed to keep them in place until the end of 2018.

Amazon Opens Its Prime Now One-Hour Delivery Service In Central London — Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service for Prime members to parts of central London. An update to the Prime Now app notes the services is now "available in selected London postcodes". The coverage area appears to be limited to zone 1 - or parts of zone 1 - at this stage.

Everledger Is Using Blockchain To Combat Fraud, Starting With Diamonds — The wild valuation swings of Bitcoin are something of a sideshow when compared with the potential of the underlying blockchain engine. Focusing on the utility of this distributed, consensus-based technology is exactly what London-based startup Everledger is doing.

YC-Backed Cymmetria Uses Virtual Machines To Decoy And Detect Hackers — YC-backed Cymmetria, which is uncloaking from stealth now after around a year working its cyber security startup business, wants to tilt the traditional security odds so it's hackers who are left feeling vulnerable and on their guard - by giving the businesses whose systems are under attack a 'home advantage'.

Meerkat Outs An Embeddable Player, Hooks Discovery Channel’s Shark Week — Livestreaming app Meerkat has launched an embeddable player so that content being broadcast to the app can be embedded into and viewed on other digital services. The first implementation of the player is with the Discovery Channel, for its annual Shark Week multi-platform event - which begins July 5.

Teach Kids Tech And Life With A Pi-Powered DIY Camera Trap — There's no shortage of products purporting to help teach kids coding these days, whether it's Kano's DIY computer kit, or the Robot Turtles board game, or any one of the many programmable robots. Toys with a STEM twist that aim to keep kids tinkering and learning indoors are all the rage.

U.K. MPs Debate Judicial Authorization For Intercept Warrants — The U.K. parliament is today debating issues around the forthcoming new Investigatory Powers Bill, ahead of a draft bill being introduced this autumn. "We know that communications data is used in 95 per cent of serious and organized crime investigations handled by the Crown Prosecution Service.

U.K. Push For Better Broadband For Startups — U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has called for more to be done to improve broadband services for startups and SMEs, publishing a report assessing the problem and setting out an action plan to improve broadband provision for businesses with under 250 employees.

Report Ranks New York, London, Helsinki Top Cities For Pro-Startup Policymaking — A study of the quality of policymaking in 40 cities around the world, considering how supportive city governments are to entrepreneurs and tech startups, has ranked New York at the top of its 'innovation friendly' index, followed by London, Helsinki, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Google Among Top Lobbyists Of Senior EC Officials — How many meetings has Google gained with top European Commission officials since December? According to data compiled by anti-corruption advocacy organization Transparency International's EU office, the figure is 29 - making the company second only to the pro-business BusinessEurope European lobby group, which obtained 43 meetings over this period.
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Jul 01, 2015

@IamStan I'll collect vermut bar recommendations for your autumnal visitation

Jul 01, 2015

@IamStan You're not in Barcelona this month are you? I already have local vermut bars to recommend

Jul 01, 2015

Cracking takedown by @juliapowles of BBC publishing rtbf URLs & wider dangers of the Internet's "perpetual present"…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @jimwaterson: They've just abolished tickets on the Athens Metro system since no one's got any cash. So public transport network is being run for free.

Jun 27, 2015

RT @tsipras_eu: We will be holding the #referendum next Sunday, honoring the sovereignty of our people and our future. #Greece #vouli

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