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

4 Mar 2016

Great reads for the weekend, including: 24 female founders crashing the tech party; Facebook's move to the UK; and can Oculus run on Macs?

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: 24 female founders crashing the tech party; Facebook moves UK ad sales to the UK for tax transparency; and Oculus founder challenges Apple to make a better Mac.

1. 24 phenomenal founders crashing the tech party

The tech scene is the place to be in business these days, and these female founders refuse to be left out in the cold.

2. Groupon CEO Rich Williams interview: ‘we win if local businesses win’

The CEO of $3.2bn a year daily deals site Groupon Rich Williams says the company is at its heart a data-driven business focused on empowering local businesses all over the world to win new customers through a combination of mobile, location and context.

3. Facebook to shift millions in sales back to UK from Ireland

Following intense pressure from the UK government, Facebook’s operations in the country is to stop routing its biggest advertising clients through Ireland, therefore keeping millions of pounds within the UK’s coffers.

4. Female entrepreneurs wanted for €55,000 accelerator

The NDRC Female Founders programme is open for applications, with €55,000 worth of investment up for grabs.

5. What do Irish mammies watch on YouTube? (Infographic)

Our poor long-suffering mothers are up for their annual day of appreciation this Sunday (6 March), when Mother’s Day dawns, which will see bunches of flowers and badly-cooked breakfasts being presented to mothers all over the country.

6. Does kryptonite really exist? Superman can rest easy, for now

Kryptonite might not prove as fictional as you once thought, with a new theory put forth to create the only thing known to down Superman.

7. Hubble just destroyed the cosmic distance record

NASA’s imperious Hubble Telescope has just destroyed the cosmic distance record, successfully measuring the farthest-away galaxy ever seen in the universe.

8. Oculus: We’ll support VR on Mac, if Apple builds a good computer

Throwing a particularly barbed comment towards Apple, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has said the virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Rift, won’t work on Mac until Apple releases “a good computer”.

9. New nanoscale thermometer will open up unseen world

IBM scientists have finally cracked the code to creating an efficient means of measuring temperature at the smallest possible scale, promising big things for future computing and scientific research.

10. Diversity in Gaming event to play out in Dogpatch Labs

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, some of the leading women within the Irish gaming industry will come together at DogPatch Labs in Dublin to highlight what women are bringing to the table in game development.

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