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Bringing the world to our desktops

Traditional travel agencies are changing as ecommerce grows. Not long ago, booking a holiday meant thumbing through brochures in an office, while the travel agent banged through the possible combinations. Increasingly those brochures have been replaced by websites, with travellers logging on to find their perfect trip.

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How drones, satellites and balloons could connect billions

As if 1.2 billion Facebook members weren’t enough, Mark Zuckerberg has announced his latest plans to get more of the world connected.

The entrepreneur’s Connectivity Lab is working on new technology to bring the internet (and social networking) to the two-thirds of the world who currently lack it.

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The social influence on movies, arts, and business

He’s best known for movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, and 500 Days of Summer. But Joseph Gordon-Levitt was talking about social technology when he spoke at the opening of IBM Connect in Florida. His website, www.hitrecord.org, allows artists, musicians and filmmakers to collaborate with each other, wherever they are in the world.

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