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Fears over Facebook’s new listening feature becoming ‘yet another spying tool’

Facebook has unveiled a new feature for its smartphone application that’ll enable it to “listen” to user’s music and TV shows, which has raised concerns that it could allow the app to be used for unauthorised surveillance. According to Facebook, the feature is designed to make it “quicker and easier” for those using Apple or Android smartphones to share a ... Read More »

Lenient EU Google antitrust decision ‘fatally flawed’

The European Commission’s ruling in the Google antitrust case contains “fatal flaws” that will result in “catastrophic consequences” if extra concessions aren’t applied. That’s according to Adam and Shivaun Raff, co-founders of and, who argue that the antitrust ruling doesn’t do enough to safeguard Google’s smaller competitors from going out of business. They expressed their concerns in an ... Read More »

Facebook profits soar as mobile advertising grows to 62 per cent of revenues

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Google fights back against News Corp accusation that it’s ‘a platform for piracy’

Google has rejected claims made by Rupert Murdoch and News Corp in an open letter to The European Commission that it’s a “platform for piracy”. The web firm, which was accused by News Corp of, among other things, ignoring “unlawful and unsavoury content that surfaces after the simplest of searches” and making it hard for people “access information independently and ... Read More »

Why mobile is a must for Mothercare

Mobile technology including apps and a responsive website have enabled Mothercare, the UK retailer of products for young children and expectant parents, to offer an improved experience to its customers. That’s what Harpinder Singh, mobile commerce manager for Mothercare and Early Learning Centre, told the audience during a session on the subject of driving strategic growth using mobile commerce at ... Read More »

No regrets over leaving the Amazon cloud, says Marks & Spencer

In 2012, under previous CIO Darrell Stein, retailer Marks Spencer (MS) removed the e-commerce side of its business from the Amazon cloud, on which it had been hosted since 2007, and brought it back in house as part of a major development known as the Multi-channel Foundation Programme. The broad strategic aim of this programme was to expand the company’s ... Read More »

Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo as default search tool

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Foxtons selects Six Degrees Group cloud infrastructure to underpin website operations

Foxtons estate agents has deployed Six Degrees Group’s (6DG) scalable private cloud to underpin operations across its virtual services and 51 offices in the London and Surrey area. The deployment follows Bestival music festival in also opting to use Six Degrees Group to underpin its website infrastructure. For Foxtons and its clients, the website is often the first point of ... Read More »

European Parliament votes in favour of breaking up Google

Crown Prosecution Service fined £200,000 for losing unencrypted laptops holding video interviews with victims Read More »

MPs call for social media firms to simplify terms and conditions on data use as Twitter reveals plans to track users’ apps

Users of social media sites may not be aware of how their data is being used – and potentially abused – by the likes of Facebook and Twitter because their terms and conditions are too complicated, a committee of MPs has warned. In a report called Responsible Use of Data, the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee slams the terms and agreements set ... Read More »

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