Weekend takeaway: 10 tech stories you need to read right now

23 Oct 2015

Tasty morsels for the weekend, including: Collison brothers earn their stripes; TalkTalk gagged by breach; and Facebook the iPhone battery killer.

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Collison brothers reign supreme; TalkTalk gagged by breach and Facebook the iPhone battery killer.

1. TalkTalk hit by ‘significant and sustained’ data breach

A criminal investigation is already underway into a “significant and sustained cyberattack” on TalkTalk, with personal details of users potentially in the breach.

2. 10 innovative organisations pushing the boundaries of fintech

A fintech revolution is underway and Ireland is in the eye of the storm, with organisations across the country investing in data analytics and cutting-edge R&D to bring you the fintech products of the future.

3. Stripe’s Collison brothers win top EY entrepreneurial award

Patrick and John Collison, the Tipperary brothers who sold their first company for $5m when they were teens and now run a Silicon Valley payments giant called Stripe valued at $5bn, have won this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

4. Meet Ireland’s new Open Data Governance Board and its chair, Emer Coleman

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has announced the establishment of an Open Data Governance Board with Inspirefest 2016 speaker Emer Coleman at its helm.

5. Ford’s Scott Lyons: carmaker wants app creators to be a driving force

If there is one thing Ford’s European apps chief Scott Lyons is emphatic about – ahead of a €75,000 Europe-wide developer challenge in Dublin next month – it is that developing apps for cars is not the same as developing apps for smartphones.

6. NASA’s drone chief: Space agency is getting serious about drones

While everyone thinks of NASA as being all about rockets and space exploration, the US space agency is also pretty serious about drones and autonomous aviation, explains Parimal Kopardekar.

7. 130 pharma jobs in Dublin and Cork with Pfizer investment

Pfizer is bringing 130 new jobs to sites across Dublin and Cork, which will bring its total employee base in the country to well over 3,300.

8. Hailo just dominated the Irish Rail strike around Dublin

Commuting around Ireland has proven quite difficult amid today’s Irish rail strike, but Hailo has managed to turn this into a major win for the taxi service.

9. Facebook has been killing your iPhone — promises a fix

If, like me, you are trying to eke as much battery life out of an ageing Apple iPhone as possible, then Facebook’s iOS app hasn’t been helping matters much. A CPU spin in the code is the culprit and Facebook will release an update to resolve the matter today (23 October).

10. Instagram Boomerang, the moment between a photo and a gif

Instagram’s latest tweak to its already burgeoning offering sees the introduction of Boomerang, letting you take a burst of photos to make a micro, recurring video.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years