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  • BBC’s iPlayer The Latest To Join Microsoft’s Xbox Platform, Free And UK-Only For Now

    BBC’s iPlayer The Latest To Join Microsoft’s Xbox Platform, Free And UK-Only For Now

    Another big content partner for Microsoft and its Xbox Live Platform, and another win for those in favor of all TV eventually going over-the-top rather than through a pay-TV provider: the BBC has now made its popular catch-up/on-demand TV and radio service, iPlayer, accessible via the Xbox console, free of charge. Although we’ve seen the BBC make some moves to offer iPlayer in… Read More

  • Allez Les Books: France Suggests Amazon Tax To Help Independent Bookstores

    Allez Les Books: France Suggests Amazon Tax To Help Independent Bookstores

    France has developed something of a reputation in trying to tax larger companies on the Internet to use the funds to help out smaller players. The latest development in that scheme: a proposal to tax large booksellers to help French independent bookstores impacted by the rise of online giants like Amazon. This is a development on a model that has seen proposals to tax online ads from the likes… Read More

  • UK Researchers Plan Mobile Real-Time Sign Language Translation App

    UK Researchers Plan Mobile Real-Time Sign Language Translation App

    With real-time translation of text common on the web and instantaneous speech-to-text gaining popularity, it seems that transliteration is cool again. But less obvious, and more difficult, methods of input are yet to be implemented. Case in point: sign language. The complicated and often contextual gestures form a vast visual vocabulary that isn’t easily captured or interpreted. A team… Read More

  • Why You Need To Back Young Rewired State Right Now

    Why You Need To Back Young Rewired State Right Now

    Even as the UK government seems keener than ever to promote the technology sector as an engine of much needed growth – especially startups – there’s a programme right under its nose which has been running for years which needs help, and now. Young Rewired State has been running annually on very low funding for a while. The philanthropic arm of Rewired State, YRS is a network… Read More

  • Learn About LLustre's Online Home Design

    TechCrunch Cribs Visits Llustre — A Better Gilt For Home Decor?

    I must admit I didn’t immediately get Llustre. It looked like another ecommerce play, super-focused on curation and editorial – where was the potential for scale? I looked again. They’d raised £750,000 (just over $1 million) from a host of experienced angel investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. There must be more to it than meets the eye? Perhaps it was the latest… Read More

  • Songkick Secures Sequoia’s First Ever UK Investment With A $10M B Round

    Songkick Secures Sequoia’s First Ever UK Investment With A $10M B Round

    Songkick – which allows users to follow music artists, their live music events and book tickets – has raised a $10 million B round of financing from Sequoia Capital. This is Sequoia’s first ever investment in a U.K.-headquartered start-up. The round takes Songkick’s total funding to date to around the $17 million mark. Previous backers include Y Combinator, SoftTech… Read More

  • Planvine Reserves You Those Tickets You Wanted — Invites For TC Readers

    Planvine Reserves You Those Tickets You Wanted — Invites For TC Readers

    In recent times we’ve seen the rise of many businesses predicated on the idea that a user subscribes to an ecommerce service instead of buying a la carte. Thus, BirchBox delivers beauty product samples every month. Stylistpick sends fashion, Shoedazzle sends shoes. The list goes on. But what if you had a similar service but there was no need for shipping items in the post, plus it had… Read More

  • Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere

    Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere

    Android has become the most popular platform in smartphone sales, and that domination is slowly but surely making itself felt in other aspects of the mobile experience — just as Google would have wanted it to be. Some figures out from the number-crunchers at StatCounter have found that Android’s native browser has finally overtaken Opera to become the world’s most popular… Read More

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    When it comes to fashion, women have embraced products that were originally designed for men. Flip through any J.Crew catalog and you’ll encounter the Boyfriend Jean, Boyfriend Blazer, unisex ankle boots, and of course the classic men’s shirt paired with skinny jeans. When it comes to tech? Not so much. In the predominantly male tech world, products are usually, by default, designed… Read More

  • London’s Conference Drought Ends As Le Web, LWS and Digital London Turn Up

    London’s Conference Drought Ends As Le Web, LWS and Digital London Turn Up

    There’s an old saying in London. You wait an hour for a bus and then three come along at once. Thus, for the last few years people have been asking me when London would get a large technology conference which catered for startups. Admittedly I had a good go with GeeknRolla, which has now been replaced by the London Web Summit on March 19. But now London is being spoiled by yet another… Read More