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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.

My Christmas IT wish for education

Prof Stephen Heppell

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

How to live with cryptocurrencies

Experts warn companies about the tax pitfalls of Bitcoin

Inside Tech

Maija Palmer
What lurks in the hidden part you cannot see?
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

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

goats can be donated to needy communities via the Oxfam website

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 payment ideas to catch on


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The contours of a more efficient health landscape are slowly coming into view

Philips’s wind-up foetal heart rate monitor

Outside companies are increasingly choosing to work with local partners to reflect local needs

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

Managers must become IT-savvy

New technologies demand a new breed of executive

Public need to trust online reviews

Sales may be lost if buyers lack faith in customers’ posts

Alibaba aims for ‘Singles’ day’ record

Student-created event has caught on in China

Chimp app aims to help beat addictions

Patients could be prescribed a computer game to help them fight long-term addictions