Shazam: from text-based service to $1bn app in 15 years

Call a company “Shazam”, and it needs to be doing something magical. Last week, the 15-year-old British business managed that, at least in part: a $30m (£19.9m) investment for just under 3% of its shares. That meant it became one of only half a dozen UK technology startups valued at $1bn or more – joining Powa, Wonga, Monitise, Zoopla and,

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Top 10 web trends shaping the future of sustainable business

Web 2.0, or the ability to share and manipulate information online through user collaboration, has had a disruptive effect on business. Customers now expect to participate in the corporate world, and place a greater value on transparency in return. This new environment, termed “wikinomics” by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams, is based on four principles: openness, peering, sharing and acting

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No more infuriating Captcha: Google simply asks ‘are you a robot?’

Google has begun simply asking users whether they are human or not, instead of making them spell out tricky words as a security measure. The new “No Captcha reCaptchas” are the latest in user analysis that allows Google and other websites to monitor user behaviour to figure out whether they are human and prevent robots from abusing the site. “For

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The internet of things – the next big challenge to our privacy

If there’s a depressing slogan for the early era of the commercial internet, it’s this: “Privacy is dead – get over it.” For most of us, the internet is complex and opaque. Some might be vaguely aware that their personal data are getting sucked, their search histories tracked, and their digital journeys scoured. But the current nature of online services

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