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The Connected Business provides comment, news and analysis from across the FT about IT and how it is affecting the world of business. The latest print edition can be downloaded here.

Tech groups look for next big thing

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Techies challenged to invent breakout apps for internet of things

Hostage to fortune: cyber crime is becoming increasingly attractive to crooks

View: The top five IT threats of 2015

Businesses must develop the flexibility to withstand unexpected attacks

Robert Bond: 'What we need is guidance from regulators'

‘Big data needs big guidance’

EU rules increase risk of large fines in event of breaches

French researchers are tracking Adélie penguins to help them survive the effects of global warming

Technology keeps track of wildlife

Non-profits use off-the-shelf products to help species to survive

Inside Tech

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Streaming services such as Spotify are becoming increasingly popular
– Robert Cookson and Daniel Thomas
Prof Stephen Heppell

My Christmas IT wish for education

Even as technology allows pupils to accelerate, existing year and grade structures are encouraging disengagement

How to live with cryptocurrencies

Experts warn companies about the tax pitfalls of Bitcoin

Cyber threat: senior officers to understand how internet crime is affecting their communities

View: Police must face up to cyber threats

Survey finds UK forces lack skills and tools they need to fight crime on the internet

Future Technology for Business - Trends & Predictions

IT incumbents learn to love the cloud

Established groups are keen to show they are still relevant

Start-up founder: Nico Sell

Leaks boost privacy start-ups

The stolen pictures of a Hollywood star have raised the concerns of ordinary people

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Commercialisation of space is new final frontier

Investors reawaken dreams of intergalactic travel


London's Silicon Roundabout ©Bloomberg

Investment reflects confidence in UK capital but lags behind rivals such as Silicon Valley

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Newspaper wants to supply other news groups with in-house developed technology

Facebook’s latest rivals fight for attention

There is an opportunity for alternative platforms to flourish alongside the big names

Wearables and cars stimulate demand

App developers hope latest devices will boost demand

Web powers non-profits seeking donations

The internet is helping charities to find fresh support and raise funding for projects

Ease of use will decide ewallets’ fate

It can take a long time for new ideas to catch on in the payments world

Driverless cars wait for green light

Legal and technological hurdles have to be overcome

Smartphones will become our electronic assistants

Debate about the look of phones is giving way to thoughts of what they can do

How deep is the dark web?

What lurks in the part you cannot see?

View: ‘Social’ CEOs align the workforce

Harnessing community knowledge can improve internal communications

Cloud goes business class

Dropbox and Microsoft team up to woo mobile corporate users

View: China’s banks face disruption

Increasing online competition in the financal sector is shaking up traditionally staid business models around the world

Eco project takes urine seriously

Scheme funded by the Gates Foundation to provide ‘green’ phone-recharging could have wider uses

IT and retail

Competition in retail space heats up

Traditional retailers warm to technology as the sci-fi idea of robots helping us choose products becomes reality

Apps bring web shopping to life

Outlets turning to augmented reality in an effort to win more customers

Five ways to keep cyber crime at bay

Retailers’ boards need to focus on security

Cyber attacks can cost retailers dear

Your company has probably been hacked