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BUSINESS communications specialist Pescado has pledged to grow to £10m turnover within three years.
The company, which provides businesses with telecoms, IT and cloud and hosted services, now has a turnover of £4m, but aims to more than double in size through acquisitions and organic growth.

EDUCATION technology firm Autology World has signed a deal with Microsoft it hopes will lead it to rapid growth.
Daresbury-based Autology has developed a software system for schools that brings together content from the web with digital versions of textbooks from leading publishers.
Now Microsoft has been chosen as a Microsoft Learning Suite partner, meaning a "lite" version of its software will be available on hundreds of thousands of PCs in schools across the UK. Other Learning Suite partners include Oxford University Press and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

IN VIDEO gaming, it's the small firms of today that will be the big successes of tomorrow.
That was the upbeat message from Develop Liverpool, the video games conference last week that shone a spotlight on the North West's video gaming sector.
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The main conference saw representatives from the biggest companies in software, from Sony to Electronic Arts, debate issues from mobile gaming to the physics of on-screen animation.
And, in the room next door, Develop's sister conference, Indie Dev Day, focused on how smaller studios can thrive in a market where anyone can make games and market them to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
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IF YOU think that smartphones are clever, then, in the words of the Alan Partridge-endorsed Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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Today's TEDx Liverpool event at FACT debated what the future would hold for mobile technology.
Not so long ago, mobile phones were clunky bricks that made phone calls. But today, smartphones are mini computers that are the gateway to the internet for tens of millions around the world.
We already use them to buy goods online and to play games. But soon, one TEDx speaker suggested, we will be able to use them to pay for goods on the high street, as replacement passports and even to check our health.

TEN Liverpool creative agencies will be throwing their doors open for a day as part of Liverpool Design Festival.
The agencies will be letting people into their offices on Friday, October 7, to showcase their work and to show graduates what life working in design is really like.
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THE organisers of "geek culture" showcase Ignite Liverpool are hunting speakers for the next event.
Ignite sees speakers give five- minute presentations on their passions. They are aided by a PowerPoint presentation that automatically advances every 15 seconds.

CHESHIRE web design agency Ucensis has been taken over by Manchester's Building Blocks.
Ucensis was founded in 2007 by Andy Thomas and has worked with businesses including BT, the Telegraph Media Group and Intel.

CREATIVE and digital freelancers who want to work in a different environment are welcome to attend the latest Jelly Liverpool event on Thursday, August 4.
The co-working event, organised by the Open Labs team from Liverpool John Moores University, aims to provide a friendly, wi-fi enabled space once a month where people can escape their usual working environment.

A WORKSPACE for the city's hi-tech community is holding an open day tomorrow (Friday, July 22).
DoES Liverpool has been created by a collective of entrepreneurs and freelancers as "a mixture of office and 21st-century workshop".

LIVERPOOL Chamber of Commerce has launched its own iPhone app.

Job cuts at Vision + Media

By Alistair Houghton on Feb 17, 11 05:53 PM

CREATIVE industries support agency Vision + Media has announced that it is to lose 40% of its staff through compulsory redundancies.
The announcement follows a two-month consultation period with staff at the Salford-based body, which supports the North West creative sector.

THE FOUNDER of podcast company Audioboo and the drummer with rockers The Bloodhound Gang will be discussing mobile apps at this year's Liverpool Sound City.
Sound City is this year offering an expanded conference for digital firms to focus on the way technology is transforming the music industry.

THERE aren't many events you can download to your phone and take away with you. Even fewer of those events feature swan pedalos. But then, social media types do like to do things differently.
Last week was Social Media in Liverpool Week, when dedicated members of the city's geek community put on a programme of events to spread the social media gospel.


LIVERPOOL'S self- proclaimed "geek community" is this week hosting a series of events showcasing the way social media services such as Twitter have changed the way we live and work.

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