A round-up of the top stories to pique my interest over the last seven days:

Data transfer records smashed as researchers create a single strand of glass that can transmit the entire internet

Interesting to see that Microsoft has made its Office software available for free on all Apple and Android devices – further evidence of the tech giant’s shift in strategy

This year’s John Lewis Christmas campaign  to employ innovative in-store technology experiences

A recent survey shows that Londoners are the UK’s most comfortable when it comes to sharing location data with brands

Forecasts from Verdict suggests that Christmas spending will increase by 2.6% this year.

IBM and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) team up to create a Big Data innovation hub

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