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Apple to buy on-demand video giant Hulu?

Apple is reportedly considering making a bid for Hulu, the on-demand TV show and movie streaming service, according to Bloomberg. Bloomberg quote two people "who weren't authorized to speak publicly" that Apple are in early talks with Hulu, and may eventually make an offer for the video giant.
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Twitter’s latest DM scam; How to protect yourself and followers

Another scam has become rampant on Twitter over the past few days, with a spat of direct messages being unlawfully sent via hi-jacked Twitter accounts. The majority of messages read "guaranteed. make $3,000 to $8,000 a month from home" or similar, and it's well advised that follow-through links within not be clicked.
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Netflix planning European launch in early 2012

On-demand internet video streaming service Netflix has plans to expand to Europe, according to a Variety report. Variety quote "leading European film distributors" confirming Netflix's plans to introduce its service in both Spain and the UK as early as spring 2012.
Dublin Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave
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October’s Dublin Web Summit to be attended by Asia’s technology leaders

Officially launching October’s Dublin Web Summit at the Clarence Hotel this morning, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, announced that some of Asia’s leading technology entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors will be attending autumn’s web summit, as well as the invite-only networking event F.ounders, both of which take place in Dublin towards the end of October.
Two members of The Script commit suicide
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Sony Music Ireland website hacked, claims two members of The Script commit suicide

Sony Music Ireland’s website appears to have been hacked earlier this morning after three unlikely stories were published on the news section of the website. One story claimed that Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan from The Script committed suicide after their gig at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, while another claimed scientists have proved that watching the X Factor decreases one’s “Intelligence Quote (sic)”.
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How to get the new look Gmail now

As part of Google’s intensified efforts over the past week to unify user experience across it’s products, as we’ve seen with user interface (UI) updates to Google Search, Google Calendar and the introduction of Google+ this week, Google will roll-out a new unified interface update to Gmail in the coming months.
Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt. Credit: dsearls on Flickr
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Even Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt is complaining about Irish broadband

While the current state of broadband infrastructure in Ireland in nothing short of disgraceful, it’s a relief somewhat to hear that a person held in such regard as Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt thinks so too. Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Schmidt stated how Ireland is “behind” on the roll-out of acceptable broadband and that Irish taxpayer’s money would be better invested in broadband “that serves the citizens”.
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