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A string of offensive hashtag memes in France has spurred the government to announce a consultation on hate speech with Twitter. It could mark a watershed for the country’s approach to social media — but it’s not just Paris that has a problem. We all do.

Why being late to 4G could help – not hinder – the UK

Britain’s 4G rollout is woefully delayed, and the announcement that a spectrum auction won’t take place until next year is hardly speeding things up. But is there a chance that this unconnected cloud could have a silver lining?

Brits say text beats talk – but data is going crazy

A study by the British media regulator Ofcom says that people are more likely to use their handsets to text rather than talk — but the real revolution is happening in mobile data, which has doubled in the last 18 months.

Behold the Yammer effect: Teamly gets angel funding

It’s only been a few weeks since Microsoft’s $1.2bn deal to buy Yammer was confirmed, but already the company’s influence seems to be spreading: productivity startup Teamly has scored investment from one of Yammer’s early team members and developed a deeper integration with the service.

A victory for science as Britain opens research up

The controversial world of paywalled academic publishing has been hit by a major shift, with the British government saying it will make open access to scientific research a condition of public funding by 2014.

Why is £1m startup contest keeping its terms secret?

A new competition is trying to tempt more startups to London with a £1m booty. But it turns out the “prize” is actually a cash-for-equity investment on terms that are yet to be decided — and from an individual whose identity is being kept secret.

Kasabi shuts down, says data marketplace ‘too slow’

Kasabi, a platform that hosted and published linked data, is closing down after owners Talis Systems said the market was growing too slowly to be sustainable — saying that ‘it’s time to admit that Kasabi is not getting the traction we thought it would’

Thought of the Day: Endurance

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“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
— Winston Churchill

The man who won, lost and won again, the seat of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (1940-1945; 1951-1955) knew a thing or two about “carrying on, with vigor,” as he so eloquently urged his people to do. A dark time in history, Churchill told his people during the air war over Britain, could be instead, “our finest hour.” And so it was.

So take a word of advice from Sir Winston: Embrace your failures, they’re taking you someplace.

If you’d like more inspiration, and haven’t read any of Winston Churchill’s writing, we’d suggest his six volume series called The Second World War. Churchill won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953 (while a sitting PM).

If you have less time read this instead, Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches

And for one of the best biographies, read William Manchester’s The Last Lion.