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The  hashtag had a dramatic makeover today. Twitter and Sky have announced tweets containing the ‘#Watchonsky’ hashtag can be expanded to reveal Watch and Record icons that link directly to Sky’s mobile TV service Sky Go. As they put it, “a British broadcaster has created a service which lets users access live TV and set recordings via their Twitter timeline”.  Which means the humble hashtag has a whole new life ahead as a call to action beyond trending alone.  #WatchThisSpace.

TechRadar: Twitter gets its own ‘record’ button after sealing partnership with Sky

IEEE: Google Earth Engine Brings Big Data to Environmental Activism

ZDNet: Samsung’s marketing blitz vs. Apple: Effective, but big data would help

MIT: The Limits of Social Engineering: Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. 

CiteWorld: Microsoft’s vision of big data for everyone

NYT: The Future of Facebook May Not Say ‘Facebook’

FT: Google shares dip 5% as earnings disappoint

Economist: Status shift: Investors have unfriended some high-tech stars

CBS: Psychologist: Social Media Causing A ‘Distancing Phenomena’ To Take Place

Discovery: How Social Media Overload Can Lead to Break-Ups

BI: Rolls-Royce’s New $300,000 Ghost Is Absolutely Loaded With Technology

TwinCities: Workstations shrink with new technology

HuffingtonPost: Can Technology Save Itself From Itself?

Bloomberg: Technology Slump Fuels Concern Startup Values May Follow

Guardian: Heartbleed: 95% of detection tools ‘flawed’, claim researchers

MIT: Stem-Cell Treatment for Blindness Moving Through Patient Testing

Scientific American: It’s the end of fundamental physics. Again.

And finally…nothing to do with technology but pretty cool anyway. Battle of the beasts: Epic river stand-off between hippo herd and 100 crocodiles caught on camera

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