Is this the moment e-sports comes of age?

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Image caption Team Dignitas competes at League of Legends among other video games

It is a deal that could mark the moment e-sports enters the big league. The US owners of a famous basketball franchise and investors in Premier League club Crystal Palace have snapped up two of the leading e-sports teams.

The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Team Dignitas and Apex, and will merge them into what the NBA franchise hopes will prove to be a new powerhouse in the booming, yet still commercially undeveloped, e-sports industry.

Josh Harris and David Blitzer, already owners of the 76ers and an ice hockey franchise, bought a substantial stake in Crystal Palace last November. This deal will be on a much smaller scale but it seems the pair have big plans.

"The e-sports industry is primed for incredible growth," says Harris. "And we are thrilled to become an owner of such a storied franchise as Team Dignitas."

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Image caption The Philadelphia 76ers' chief executive says he wants to create "the most respected and dominant franchise in the e-sports space"

The owner and manager of Team Dignitas, Michael 'Odee' O'Dell, will stay on to run the combined operation, which will include Apex's very successful League of Legends team.

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Meeting Cellebrite - Israel's master phone crackers

Media captionSmartphone locks cracked by Israel's Cellebrite

It's an Israeli company that helps police forces gain access to data on the mobile phones of suspected criminals.

Cellebrite was in the headlines earlier this year when it was rumoured to have helped the FBI to crack an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter.

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Berlin’s bid for London’s tech talent

Media captionRory Cellan-Jones reports: "Suddenly technology incubators like The Factory are springing up [in Berlin], housing all sorts of ambitious new tech firms"

London and Berlin - two great European cities with much to offer technology companies.

But now the German capital sees a chance to steal a march on its rival and perhaps take over as Europe's leading technology cluster.

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Has the UK got Tech Talent?

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Across BBC News outlets this week, under the banner Tech Talent, we are asking whether the UK can compete in the global technology industry - and why we haven't produced a tech giant on the scale of Google or Apple. Here are my thoughts on those questions.

In the last ten days I've met the founder of a British games company which is still independent after a quarter of a century, and about to launch one of Sony's first virtual reality titles.

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Three calls for curb on BT’s mobile ambitions

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Image caption Spectrum previously used by the Ministry of Defence and sports broadcasters will soon be auctioned off

BT is already in the firing line over its dominant position in the broadband market, with pressure on the regulator, Ofcom, to be tougher in policing it. Now, there is a call for the telecoms giant's wings to be clipped in its new role - as the UK's most powerful mobile operator.

When the year began, it looked as though we would soon have just three giant players slugging it out in the mobile market. BT's merger with EE, and Three's takeover of O2 would leave them battling Vodafone for supremacy.

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Amazon Dash - who wants to live in a push-button world?

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Amazon's UK customers can now push a button when they run out of toilet rolls or washing powder - and within 24 hours a package will arrive at the front door.

You can see the launch of the Dash service in two ways. It's either another miraculous piece of innovation from the e-commerce giant that will make our lives simpler, or a scary sign that lazy consumers are yet again handing far too much power to a US technology firm.

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EU takes on Apple, Ireland and the United States

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Image caption The European Commission says Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes

How should we tax giant technology companies that are able to move money, operations, and often digital goods across borders with increasing ease?

That is at the heart of today's European ruling.

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Signing up the e-sports stars

Media captionMeet the Premier League's first e-sports player

I've been spending time this week off my usual beat with one of West Ham United's summer signings. Even diehard fans of the Premier League club may however be unfamiliar with Sean Allen. That's because Sean - also known as Dragonn - has made his name not as the new striker the Hammers need but as a champion player of the Fifa video game.

In May, West Ham became the first Premier League club to sign an e-sports player, followed in July by Manchester City who signed up Kieran "Kez" Brown. Both clubs believe that e-sports are about to take off in a big way and this kind of move will show their fans and the gaming community that they are serious about getting involved.

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Can podcasts turn a profit?

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For most of its short history, podcasting has been a largely amateur business, with few signs that it might become a mass medium that would prove attractive either to advertisers or subscribers. Then Serial changed all that.

The true-life crime series about a murder and a possible miscarriage of justice attracted hundreds of millions of downloads - and transformed the way advertisers saw podcasting.

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Can a computer copy your handwriting?

Media captionWATCH: Could a computer copy your handwriting?

Researchers at University College London have taught a computer to imitate anyone's handwriting.

They have created an algorithm that can take a sample of handwritten text, examine its qualities, and then write any text in the same style.

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