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Silent Circle Buys Geeksphone Out Of Blackphone Joint-Venture — Encrypted comms company Silent Circle, one half of the SGP Technologies joint venture behind the pro-privacy Android smartphone Blackphone, has just announced it's reached an agreement to buy out its hardware partner, Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone. It's expecting to close the buy out this week.

Google Merges European Operations To Square Up To Regulators And Rivals — United we stand, divided we fall. So goes the old saying that search and mobile giant Google is now taking to heart in Europe, as it faces off with regulators and rivals in the region.

Kaspersky Labs Launches Online Bootcamp To Eye Security Startups — More signs that security is rising up the investment agenda: another security-focused accelerator program has launched, hoping to put a clutch of security startups through their paces - this one with backing from veteran security firm Kaspersky Labs, via its educational arm Kaspersky Academy.

Pan-European Rail Travel Startup Loco2 Adds Italy’s Trenitalia — No one is going to take an Uber from London to Naples. And, fortunately, they don't have to. U.K.-based pan-European train travel startup Loco2 has integrated its sixth European rail booking system, signing up the Italian national rail operator Trenitalia. The integration will go public on March 3 but registered users of Loco2 can book tickets from today.

Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe — Facebook is facing fresh criticism in Europe over data protection and the myriad smoke-and-mirrors methods it uses to obfuscate its gathering and processing of user data. A report commissioned by Belgium's data protection authority has found Facebook's revised privacy policy, last updated in January, violates European consumer protection law in a number of ways.

Beam Is An App-Controlled Pico-Projector To Liven Up Your Light Sockets — Pico projectors have found their way into smartphones before now (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy Beam), but mostly as an gimmicky add on. And one that's fizzled out, rather than becoming a standard issue feature - like, say, the LED flash on the back of your handset which doubles as a torch.

Apple Expands Editorial Focus With Music Hires — Apple is sharpening its focus on editorial content by looking to hire people with a background in music and pop culture commentary. It's currently advertising for an editorial producer role, based in London, and the job ad specifies it's looking for an individual with "a specific expertise in music journalism" who is a "seasoned writer with broad pop culture background" (as spotted via Music Ally).

Social Location App FacesIn Pivots To Future Whereabouts — Portugal Ventures-backed company Wizi knows a thing or two about social geolocation services, having made a business in recent years building Foursquare-like apps for carriers, including Telefonica and Vodafone. One example being Vodafone Radar - an app which it says garnered around half a million downloads.

Reach Combines Anonymous Chat With Keyword Self-Tagging For Context — Make way for another hyper local anonymous chat app. Reach, which has just launched on iOS, has been built by an Israeli-based startup, using $250,000 in pre-seed money from friends and family to cover their development costs. The team is looking to raise a seed round as it seeks to gain traction with its spin on anon.

Geeksphone Is Getting Into Wearables - With A Sex Tracker — Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone, perhaps best know for its partnership with Silent Circle over the pro-privacy Android fork Blackphone, is expanding from handsets into fitness wearables. The company has today teased a forthcoming fitness tracker bracelet (its first such device), called GeeksMe, which will have a circular, monochrome OLED display with 12 bi-color LEDS around it.
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Feb 26, 2015

Mark Rylance. A face that says so much, with such economy. Mesmerising

Feb 26, 2015

RT @KURDISTAN_ARMY: #ISIS destroy and burn the #Mosul #Museum, and destroys the oldest historic statues. Dating back to 10,000 years BC

Feb 26, 2015

RT @aral: In case you needed any more evidence that we’re living a modern-day Dr. Strangelove… Ht @Hyperion_HQ

Feb 26, 2015

RT @arstechnica: Surveillance-based manipulation: How Facebook or Google could tilt elections

Feb 24, 2015

RT @umairh: The Green Party head blanked on the...cost of housing. Scandal! Forget about corrupt politicians, bankers, wars, climate change.

Feb 24, 2015

@tom_watson @pmrleahy @xtophercook There's only so much time in a teenager's life. And sexting requires less effect than actual sex

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