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

20 Nov 2015

Irish software superstars, Eir eyes Setanta; and Facebook's new break-up tools.

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Irish software superstars, Eir eyes Setanta, and Facebook’s new break-up tools.

 1. Feast your eyes on a constellation of 21 Irish software superstars

Ireland’s software leading lights have impacted the industry, inspired the next generation, made incredible gains around the world and even taken their ideas to space.

2. Eir in talks to acquire TV broadcaster Setanta Sports

Telecoms operator Eir is understood to be in talks with Setanta Sports with a view to acquiring the Dublin-based pay-TV broadcaster.

 3. Great news for Cork as Voxpro announces 400 new jobs

Cork received a major jobs boost thanks, once again, to Voxpro’s expansion plans, with the multilingual customer support company expanding its workforce by 400 – 50 positions will be based in Dublin.

 4. Irish girl Niamh Scanlon up for European Digital Girl of the Year

13-year-old coder Niamh Scanlon has been named a finalist for the European Digital Girl of the Year award, with the regular Siliconrepublic.com columnist down to the final two.

 5. Did Square and Match IPOs hit the right notes?

Both Square and Match debuted on the market with IPOs that should be of interest to pretty much everyone at the moment. But how did they do?

 6. UCD 2015 start-up award winner Phision has eyes on $3.5bn market

Early-stage life sciences venture Phision Therapeutics has been named overall winner of this year’s UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme. The company is behind a revolutionary new treatment for vision loss.

7. Get nostalgic with Microsoft Windows boot-up sounds on 30th birthday

Microsoft Windows is celebrating a major milestone in its history – as of today it is 30 years old – and boy, do many of us remember its iconic sounds, which bring back instant nostalgia.

8. Sony brings PlayStation 2 backward compatibility to PlayStation 4 at light speed

Games from a galaxy far, far away and from a long time ago are about to reappear on the PlayStation 4 as it has emerged a new Star Wars Battlefront games bundle will include old PS2 game titles.

9. TIF chair Anne O’Leary warns that planning bottlenecks will hurt broadband

The lack of a joined-up approach to planning in Ireland is one of the main reasons communities across the country are still being deprived of broadband, the new chair of the IBEC-based Telecoms and Internet Federation (TIF), and Vodafone Ireland CEO, Anne O’Leary said.

10. Breaking up no longer hard to do thanks to new Facebook tools

Facebook is testing new tools it claims will improve the experience when relationships end and allow people to keep a distance from former flames.

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