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G8 commitment to open data is good news for start-ups

The news that G8 leaders have signed an Open Data Charter, pledging to “establish an expectation that all government data be published openly by default,” will be music to the ears of many entrepreneurs. At the G8 summit in Northern...

Tags: cabinet office, david cameron, hm revenue & customs, nigel shadbolt, open data, open data institute, open government partnership, tim berners-lee

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IBM gives tech entrepreneurs a leg-up

Pressure is mounting on large technology vendors with offices in the UK to extend a helping hand to start-ups and small businesses that are struggling to navigate the current economic landscape. With limited resources, entrepreneurs need help finding new talent,...

Tags: business, dublin, ibm, london, russ shaw, skype, startup company, telefónica

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Small IT companies still struggling to win public contracts

Despite all the government's rhetoric about supporting start-ups and small businesses with tax breaks and funding schemes, there appears to have been precious little progress when it comes to public sector procurement. If SMEs are the lifeblood of the economy...

Tags: business, business and economy, government, public sector, royal academy of engineering, small and medium enterprises, small business, subject-matter expert

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UK tech industry's biggest barrier to growth is the City

The biggest barrier to the growth of the UK's technology sector is the City, according to Saul Klein, serial investor and partner at Index Ventures, because fund managers at big corporates simply do not understand the internet economy.Speaking at the...

Tags: boston consulting group, city, glaxosmithkline, index ventures, london, russ shaw, saul klein, small and medium enterprises

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Should start-ups be worried about the Snooping Charter?

In the face of continued opposition, the Home Office appears to be pressing ahead with it’s controversial Communications Data Bill, widely known as the “snooping charter,” which aims to give security services new powers to monitor internet activity.The second draft...

Tags: big brother watch, bill, coadec, communications data bill, digital economy, hm revenue and customs, home office, joint committee, open rights group

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Does the UK really need a technology hub?

The Tech City project has been met with a mixture of pride and disdain from the IT industry. Some welcome the government's acknowledgement of the technology sector's role in Britain's economic recovery, while others dismiss the London-centric view as biased...

Tags: east london tech city, information technology, london, manchester, old street roundabout, outer hebrides, silicon valley, silicon wadi

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Summly buyout is wake-up call for the UK IT industry

The news this week that a 17-year-old British school boy has sold his app company to the Internet giant Yahoo for an estimated $30 million (£20m) should come as a massive wake-up call for the IT industry. Nick D'Aloisio...

Tags: aloisio, app store, apple, facebook, financial times, horizon ventures, iphone, summly, yahoo

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Technology-light budget holds hope for IT start-ups

Yesterday's budget was met with general disappointment from the IT industry, which bemoaned the fact that technology did not feature more prominently in the Chancellor's speech. But a closer look at the full budget report reveals a number of measures...

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IC tomorrow proves government's Tech City claims are not entirely phony

The government gets a lot of stick for jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to Tech City, and there's no doubt that it has taken a fair bit of credit for the growth of a digital cluster that was...

Tags: east london tech city, ipad, iphone, royal national institute of blind people, tech city, technology strategy board, tsb, virgin media

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UK start-ups look beyond the 'Tech City' hype

Ever since November 2010, when Prime Minister David Cameron announced the government's ambition to create a world-leading technology hub in London's East End, the spotlight has been firmly focused on Silicon Roundabout.But London is not the be-all and end-all of...

Tags: bbc, david cameron, east london tech city, london, milton keynes, netapp, old street roundabout, technology strategy board

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