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

Zendo Is My New Favorite Secure Messaging App — ssst. Can I tell you something? Something private? In complete confidence? This is Zendo, my new favorite messaging app. Now you might well ask who needs (yet) another way to ping, poke, prod or otherwise pester their friends? The answer is simple: anyone who cares about privacy.

Plen2 Is A 3D-Print-It-Yourself Humanoid Robot Kit — Meet Plen2, an adorably cute humanoid robot that's small enough to stand on your desk. This bot can bust a few moves, such as dancing, carrying small objects and even copying human movements (when used in conjunction with additional sensor suit tech).

Twitter Latest To Face Sex Discrimination Lawsuit — A former Twitter engineer has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against her ex-employer, alleging that promotion opportunities are denied to women because of arbitrary promotion policies within Twitter that unlawfully favor men.

#Katch For Meerkat Auto-Uploads Streams To YouTube With A Hashtag — Buzzy live streaming video app du jour Meerkat, which makes it super easy to live stream video to your Twitter followers (and has just pulled in $12M from Greylock at a $40M valuation), does include an option to save your video once you've killed the stream - but hey, in the slick environs of frictionless social broadcasting who has time for after-the-fact uploading?

YC-Backed Taskpipes Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms — If there was a neat label for startups whose raison d'être is to take the strain out of dealing with other startup services then Taskpipes would be wearing that badge proudly on its lapel. The YC-backed, U.K.

After 350,000+ Beta Sign-Ups, ProtonMail Takes $2M To Scale Its Encrypted Email — Swiss based encrypted email provider ProtonMail, which we covered last summer during a crowdfunding campaign where it was promising a "zero access architecture" fit for our post-Snowden paranoia, has taken in its first tranche of VC funding - announcing a $2 million round from Charles Rivers Ventures and Swiss not-for-profit incubator FONGIT.

¿Qué Es? Sentisis’ NLP SaaS Platform For Spanish Pulls In $1.3M — Three-year-old Sentisis is a natural language processing (NLP) startup whose founder spotted an opportunity to do technology-powered sentiment analysis of Spanish language conversations on social media, given the prevailing focus on data-mining online English had left Spanish speech relatively overlooked. Not a small opportunity either: some 500 million+ people speak Spanish globally.

U.K. Gov’t Aims Cash At Driverless Cars, Internet Of Things And Digital Currencies — Giving his final budget before the U.K. general election this May, and inevitable sales pitch to the U.K. electorate, Chancellor George Osborne has announced several tranches of cash for nascent technologies - including £100 million for driverless car technology; £40 million for research into the Internet of Things; and £10 million to go towards investigating the "future potential" of digital currency technology.

Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta — Germany based encrypted email startup, Tutanota, is taking its service out a beta next week - after a year of testing and almost 100,000 users signed up to send and receive secure email. Additional domains will also be offered in the new release, coming on Tuesday, including .com and .io options (in addition to the current .de option).

HaikuJam Is Not A Poem App — Don't be misled: HaikuJam is not a poem app. Sure this U.K. startup began, back in 2013, as an app for writing haiku collaboratively. For digitally penning one line apiece, between random strangers. But format has shifted function, driven by business intention and startup acceleration. This app no longer has poetry in its soul.
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Mar 24, 2015

RT @heyfeifer: So hey, this is gross: Coke, desperate from sliding sales, is paying nutritionists to pitch it as a healthy snack

Mar 23, 2015

I take my hat off to those caffeine Fi(e)nn(d)s... RT @mikko List of countries by coffee consumption per capita.…

Mar 23, 2015

@danielwcooper Well, tbf, the 'crApple' trolls complain. But anything is grist to their moaning mill

Mar 23, 2015

RT @danielwcooper: Lots of people giving HTC shit for not doing something new with the M9 design. It's gorgeous, shut up.

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