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The Drum’s top ten tech disruptions of the week - Zuckerberg vetoes Facebook dislike button, Google News pulls out of Spain & Brand faces Twitter ban


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

December 12, 2014 | 3 min read

It’s been a busy week in technology. Here The Drum has rounded up ten of the top tech innovations that have been touted this week as capable of disrupting the world as we know it.

Zuckerberg doesn't feel the dislike button would be a force of social good

1. Mark Zuckerberg admitted he is against introducing a dislike button on Facebook but did not rule out creating new features to help users express their emotions more easily.

2. Google announced it will close its Spanish news service next week ahead of a new policy being introduced which will allow the country's publisher to charge the internet giant for displaying their content.

3. Russell Brand faced expulsion from Twitter for tweeting the contact number and email address of a Daily Mail reporter investigating the comedian's tax arrangements.

4. Uber faced one of the worst weeks in its history as it was banned in Spain and India and facing multiple lawsuits in the US.

5. Twitter announced that the Fifa World Cup 2014 was the most ever tweeted about event.

6. Swedish police dealt a blow to file-sharers all over the world raiding and taking down the Pirate Bay, seizing servers from its Stockholm headquarters.

7. Instagram overtook Twitter, now boasting over 300 million users worldwide.

8. Blackphone announced plans to launch a privacy-focused app store in 2015.

9. Forrester research found that consumers are most looking forward to wrist-mounted wearables in 2015 - smartglasses like Google Glass were the least popular.

10. SapientNitro’s experience design director Daniel Harvey discussed the cracks emerging in Spotify's 'freemium' model after its Taylor Swift dispute.

Speaking of disrupting the status quo with technology, Dave Birss, head of Drum TV, launched the first episode of the 'Day Before Tomorrow' documentary looking into how innovation is changing the world at an exponential rate.

Catch the series below or check out the Disruption Day webpage.

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