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On sale now: First laptops certified to ‘Respect Your Freedom’

Gluglug X60 Laptop now certified to Respect Your Freedom
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to Gluglug X60 laptops. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF’s standards in regard to users’ freedom, control over the product, and privacy. This is the first laptop to receive RYF [...]

New Governor of the Bank of England announced

Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mark Carney as Governor of the Bank of England from 1 July 2013. He will succeed Sir Mervyn King.
Welcoming the appointment, the Governor, Sir Mervyn King, said:
I am delighted to welcome Mark Carney as my successor. He represents a new generation of [...]

Tricked - The Story of Two Fatt Guitars

This is the story about how some creative folk saw an idea floating about in the 1990’s and grabbed it for the benefit of all.
One of the most ingenious examples of a company capitalising on a meme is the story of how the 1990’s dance music classic “Two Fatt Guitars” came to be. I remember the story because I [...]

A brief glance at the meme industry

To the average user of Facebook or Twitter, memes are those jokey images or videos that get shared across social media like wildfire. But, memes are more than that.
First, a little bit of ideology
To loosely quote Wikipedia:
The word meme was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for explaining the [...]

Would you like to start your own bank?

Over the last few years, the big banks have been taking a bashing from all sides yet have shown little change in their behavior and attitude.The Government is trying to encourage more competition in the banking industry and welcomes more challenger banks.
If we want more banks,  we need people to set them up.  So, how do you set [...]

Tesco’s UK chief steps down

As a consequence of Philip Clarke’s decision to take a much closer involvement in the UK business Tesco plc announces today that Richard Brasher has decided to step down from the Board with immediate effect and to leave the Company in July once he has effected a smooth transition of the UK business to Philip.
Philip [...]

Inventor seeks investors to help usher in new ice age that cuts carbon emissions

An Irish inventor has developed a product which can help large supermarket retailers cut carbon emmissions and save money.
Tom Glynn, 55,  from Galway Ireland, first spotted the opportunity when he noticed that the retail of ice, the type used to cool drinks at parties and celebrations, was a major problem for the €30m turnover [...]

Kodak Enters into Agreement for Proposed Sale of Gallery Photo Services Site to Shutterfly

Shutterfly to provide stalking horse bid in court-supervised auction process
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 01 —

Eastman Kodak Company has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Shutterfly, a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, for the proposed sale of certain assets of its KODAK Gallery on-line photo services business for $23.8 million. [...]

Serial entrepreneur sells 3 year old company for $80m

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) announced, today, that it has acquired Mykonos Software, the leading provider of Intrusion Deception Systems that protect websites and web applications. Under the terms of the agreement, Juniper acquired Mykonos Software for a cash purchase price of approximately $80 million.
Mykonos Software is a private company that was [...]

Prince’s Trust calls upon businesses to help grow new Job Ambassador scheme

HRH The Prince of Wales will visit the headquarters of his youth charity The Prince’s Trust today to announce 100 new jobs for unemployed young people - who will then help a further 100,000 young people to find work.
The new scheme will see young people, who have faced long-term unemployment and transformed their lives with [...]

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