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

Ecommerce warehouse distribution conveyor belt

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