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#GE16 – The first real social media election here

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The votes have been cast, tallied and counted (well almost). The party enumerations, machinations and recriminations are underway. In the coming weeks, when the dust has settled, the candidates and parties will be reflecting on what went right, and in many cases wrong, with their campaigns. As part of that post mortem they will no doubt ponder what role was played by social media, who used it to maximum value and what could …

The A-Z on Google’s changeover to Alphabet

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It came as a surprise. But mostly a pleasant one investors say. Last night Google announced plans for a fairly major revamp of its corporate structures. The move will see the creation of a new parent company called Alphabet, which will be led by current Google CEO Larry Page. Within it will sit the myriad of other units that currently make up the Google stable. And what a range of businesses there now …

Why Amazon paid $970m for Twitch

  By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody The owners of Twitch must be feeling pretty smug this morning. Last night they sealed a deal which will see them sell their mere three year old streaming service for just shy of $1bn. But while the price tag may be surprising to many, the buyer is even more unexpected. Because until a few months ago Twitch was reportedly in talks with Google with a view to a prospective tie-up. So …