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German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight — A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers - who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so.

U.K. Government Keeping An Open Mind On Bitcoin, Says Digital Economy Minister — Ed Vaizey, the U.K.'s minister for the Digital Economy, has said the government is keeping an open mind about digital currencies as it continues a review of Bitcoin and its ilk which kicked off this summer. The minister was speaking during a wide-ranging on-stage interview with TechCrunch's Mike Butcher, taking place yesterday at Disrupt Europe.

Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’ — Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that's likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer - namely a touchscreen display. So, in other words, get ready for DIY 'Pi Pads'.

Wonga Investors Still Won’t Comment On Censured Payday Loans Firm — A panel of Europe's top investors has publicly declined to comment on what went wrong at payday loans company Wonga, in the wake of a £220 million write down earlier this month. The investors were taking part in a discussion about the European investment ecosystem at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe here in London.

Europe’s Sign2Pay Launches To Simplify Mobile Debit Payments And Oil The Wheels Of M-Commerce — Mobile payments startup Sign2Pay, launching today here in London at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, is aiming to improve low conversion rates on mobile devices by simplifying and streamlining the payment process for debit card transactions. By, for instance, removing the need for bank issued hardware devices to authenticate the buyer's identity via a one-time challenge code.

CosmEthics Is An App To Analyze The Make Up Of Your Make-Up — The cosmetics industry is massive. It's also massively secretive when it comes to the ingredients contained in its expensive lotions and potions. That's something CosmEthics - a startup launching its app today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe - is determined to change.

European Entrepreneurs Must Screw Their Courage To The Sticking Place, Says Neelie Kroes — The European Commission's Neelie Kroes has urged those with "interesting business ideas" burning a hole in their brain to "apply, apply, apply" for research funding from the EC - despite conceding that the application process can be a "jungle" to fight through.

Newsly Hack Is Tinder For News Articles — Tinder's interface for quickly filtering people you might like to date from those you definitely don't is being applied to all sorts of other sorting tasks. We've had multiple Tinders for shopping, for instance. And here at the Disrupt Europe 2014 hackathon in London we've just seen a Tinder for news stories, called Newsly, presented on stage.

#Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms — If #Gamergate teaches us anything - beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) - it's that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed.

Jolla Does Angry Birds Themed Android Launcher To Fling Its Sailfish OS Further — Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher - to give users of Google's mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer.
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Oct 23, 2014

@m4tt Could also be people are buying more fresh produce, less tinned etc? cc @hwallop

Oct 23, 2014

@superglaze @TomDavenport @charlesarthur What about a toaster that burns the news headlines or weather onto your morning toast?

Oct 23, 2014

@TomDavenport @superglaze @charlesarthur Plus current connected tech can be pitifully bad. Devices not working while they update for example

Oct 23, 2014

@TomDavenport @superglaze @charlesarthur The point is we have yet to see hugely compelling use-cases for consumers to mass adopt this stuff

Oct 23, 2014

@TomDavenport @superglaze @charlesarthur Lots of barriers in the short term. Cost, privacy, usability. Pure autonomy required but w/ control

Oct 23, 2014

@charlesarthur @superglaze Right. No one wants to have to interface with their smart sweater

Oct 23, 2014

@superglaze That's kinda silly though. Repeat of competing with Apple

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