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

France Bans UberPop From January 1 — Another bend in the road for on-demand ride-hailing juggernaut Uber: the French government has announced that the peer-to-peer UberPop ride-sharing service will be banned in the country from January 1. The move comes just days after a French judge declined to ban the UberPop service, in a civil lawsuit brought by competitors who had argued it constituted unfair competition.

Blinq Tells You If Your Dating Matches Are In The Bar — Shove over Tinder. Swiss startup Blinq has come up with a new twist on the dating app. The startup is incorporating beacon proximity technology into the mix so singles can do more meeting IRL and less swiping - thanks to select venues being kitted out with Blinq's Estimote iBeacons.

Inkl Wants To Be ‘Spotify For News’ — Australian startup Inkl is hoping to fix journalism's broken strained business models with a 'Spotify for news' model that ditches the unwelcoming and irritating single publication paywall in favor of aggregated news content from multiple publishers which users access ad-free for a small (10c) per article fee.

Uber Facing Tougher Action In Brussels — Yet more trouble brewing for Uber in Europe. Brussels Minister of Mobility, Pascal Smet, is reportedly preparing to file a criminal complaint against the company, according to regional press reports, after failing to gain operational concessions through discussions.

Jolla Bags $12.4M Series B From Europe And Asia For Its Sailfish Mobile OS — Buoyed by a successful crowdfunding campaign to build an open source tablet running its Sailfish OS, Finnish mobile startup Jolla has also announced the closure of a Series B funding round. A Jolla spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch that the size of the round is €10 million ($12.4M) but said it's not disclosing who has invested.

Twitter Pushes Its Message-Any-Of-Your-Followers Feature With Annoying Promo Overlay — Twitter's push to expand its appeal and bump up usage of existing features often sees the company tweak its layout or shuffle feature furniture around in A/B tests. The latest bit of tweaking, currently appearing sporadically on a few TechCrunch users' Twitter accounts, is a promo that appears in the messages window on the Twitter desktop client, temporarily replacing any existing missives in your inbox.

Social Network Website Use Dips In U.K. And U.S. - Study — The use of social networking websites such as Facebook has dipped in the U.S and U.K., according to research conducted by U.K. telecoms regulator, Ofcom. Visits to 'traditional' social networks also fell in Japan and China between September 2013 and October 2014, it found.

Warning, This App Could Trash Your Phone — If the idea of throwing an expensive piece of consumer electronics up in the air and watching it spin around makes your palms clammy with sweat then this app is definitely not for you. You have been warned.

Blackphone Confirms Privacy-Focused App Store And Device Sandboxes Incoming — BlackPhone, the post-Snowden, pro-privacy Android smartphone joint venture between secure comms company Silent Circle and phone maker Geeksphone, has confirmed it will be adding an app store to its PrivatOS in an update early next year. The major update will also roll out another new feature called 'Spaces'.

U.K. Court Case Against Google Could Clarify Law On Private Data — The U.K. data protection watchdog, the ICO, has intervened in a court case brought against Google on privacy grounds by a group of U.K. Internet users because it is interested in how aspects of the case might help clarify questions around the jurisdiction of national data protection law vis-à-vis Internet giants, which are invariably based overseas.
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @nisummers: psyched RT @guardian: Philip Pullman returns to the world of Northern Lights in new short story

Dec 16, 2014

@counternotions Here in the Old World I think it generally comes in silver. There may be a black option for purists

Dec 16, 2014

RT @jonsnowC4: Come on you guys, start leaking! See why by reading my Snowblog:

Dec 16, 2014

RT @alexhern: I’m beginning to think every woman on every dating service is just a buzzfeed staffer mining it for content…

Dec 16, 2014

"I don't want to waste your time with explanations so I will kindly ask you to give it a try". Umm...

Dec 16, 2014

@sarahgrinch Damn, I listened to one track that sounded really awesome. But Spotify shuffle play means I can't now recall which. Or replay

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