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Monty Munford has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile, digital media, web, social, journalism and entrepreneurship.

He returned to the UK in September 2010 after living in India for two years and acting as a Bollywood villain in two big-budget movies.

He writes a weekly tech column for UK broadsheet The Telegraph, writes about start-ups and tech hubs for Mashable and TechCrunch and write technology meets culture pieces for The Economist, Wired, MIT Tech Review and The Indian Express.

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23snaps.com Pulls Down the Shutters on Unwanted Image Attention

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 8:23 AM

My social media relationship with my 11-year-son is a very simple one. Once a year I post a returning-to-school picture of him on Facebook and he is the one who gives me permission to use it and who signs off that picture.

Five years previously when our family went to...

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Palringo Takes Games and Messaging to the Next Level

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:52 AM

This week I was at the Mobile Web Africa conference in Johannesburg moderating panels, meeting African startups and listening about where mobile is in Africa and the challenges that it presents.

While in my ways mobile in Africa is diametrically different to that in the West, not least...

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Beats' and Apple's Core Is Cooler Than Cool, Probably...

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 4:08 AM

It's difficult for anybody to scratch their head when they're wearing a pair of headphones, but a lot of people have been doing exactly that when trying to analyse the $3.2 billion that Apple are reportedly paying for Dr Dre's Beats.

Some would call such a deal a Rorschach Blot...

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Personal and Anonymous Social Networks Gain Ground on Facebook and Others

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 2:39 PM

The science of Dunbar's Number is one that most of us are unfamiliar with, but the number itself is one that people in social media know very well. That number of 150 alleges that these are the maximum number of people or friends that a person's brain can deal with....

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Topsy-turvy as the Trend Is Tech Talent Grabs, Not Land Grabs

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 7:15 AM

Last December's acquisition of Topsy Labs by Apple was unexpected and many in the tech industry raised their eyebrows at the reported £122 million price tag.

Topsy Labs is/was a social media analytics company that is one of select few that have access to Twitter's 'firehose' of more than 400...

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Expo 2020 Recognition Is Latest Step in Renewal of Russia's Yekaterinburg

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:54 AM

At the end of this month in Paris, one of four cities will be chosen to be the Capital of Expo 2020. The cities vying for this honour are Sao Paulo, Dubai, Izmir and Yekaterinburg and this is the final countdown to impress the 167 member voters.

Whoever wins, it...

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The MEF Brings Mobile to the Valley

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:08 AM

The etymology of the word gibberish is alleged to have originated from the Spanish/English language of Llanito spoken in Gibraltar.

Others say that it comes from the Irish word for mouth gab, as in gift of the gab, but whatever its origins, most people know that it is a synonym...

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Award Ceremonies Move on From Bad Comedians to Streams of Stories

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 9:35 AM

For football fans of a certain age who were brought up believing FA Cup Final day to be the height of human existence, it wasn't just about the game, it was about the 'build-up'.

This began shortly after waking up. The radio, the (fixed-line) phone calls,...

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Welcome to Spraffl, the Anti-Social and Anonymous Social Network

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 11:38 AM

The adage in social networks that Facebook is look at me while Twitter is look at that and LinkedIn is look at my CV may soon be challenged by the next level of social media.

Look locally and posted by an anonymous user is trending at a time that traditional...

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A Piece of Quiet Marks Some Hope in a Noisy, Noisy World

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:14 PM

I am writing this piece, like many writers before me, in a cafe. I've found a good space, I can watch people from an anonymous vantage point and the coffee is good. In the old days I would be smoking a cigarette as well, but times move on.

Unfortunately, I'm...

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Russia Opens Its Doors to Foreign Companies, Entrepreneurs and 800 Start-Ups

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 6:28 AM

Less than an hour's taxi drive through the clogged traffic from Red Square something big is happening in Moscow. Bulldozers, architects, city-planners, academics, start-ups, entrepreneurs and some of the world's biggest companies are part of the Skolkovo Park, a business park that some believe to be the biggest R&D project...

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Think It's Tough Winning an Olympic Medal? Try Being a Writer

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Whether it's less than ten seconds of sprinting, almost two hours of triathlon or two days of horse-riding, winning an Olympics medal takes dedication and discipline.

Training in all weathers, relentless driving by trainers who know exactly what it takes to succeed, watching their mates all going out and getting...

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Forget About the House Burglars, It's the Data Lifters You Should Be Worried About

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 11:13 AM

Shortly after the birth of my son nine years ago my house was burgled. Whether it was New-Baby-Fatigue or something else, a window was probably left open and I awoke to my wife's lamentations and a defiled house.

They didn't get away with much. They missed a Mont Blanc pen...

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Super Apps Spell the End for the Football Tournament Wall Chart

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Those with a love of football and of a certain age will remember the 1970 Esso World Cup Collection. These were coins of the England 1970 World Cup squad that were given away whenever a driver bought more than four gallons of petrol.

As a nine-year-old kid and raised on...

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The Future's Orange...The Future's Orange Business Services

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 7:14 AM

It's not every day that I am presented with a silk scarf, have to negotiate a terrestrial design of lotus flowers and have a bindi plastered to the middle of my forehead, but sometimes you just have to roll with it.

I was at the Delhi offices of Orange Business...

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What Happens at a Digital Bootcamp, Stays in a Digital Bootcamp

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 2:46 AM

The early morning mist was moving around my feet and eyes as I crossed the bridge to Sweden's Karlskrona military prison. It was difficult to see anything and I kept thinking of that horror movie by Martin Scorcese, Shutter Island.

Rather like Leonardo DiCaprio in that film, I was nervous...

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Brighton and Hove May Be a Digital City, but Where Are All the Members' Clubs?

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 4:11 PM

A man always know where he is in London, the best city in the world. In younger days he lived anywhere, he flitted across the city like an urban nomad. Continually skint, sometimes living North, sometimes down South, usually East... and if he really made it, across to the gilded...

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Shame About Steve Jobs, but he Was Hardly Bob Dylan

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 6:13 AM

The dust has settled, the iPad candles have tapered out and a-man-who-employed-more-creative-people-to-put-his-ideas-into-action has gone away; away to a most uncertain fate.

Yes, Steve Jobs is dead. He once called death a great invention. Hopefully he is still of that view, but none of us know. I...

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Retiring From International Football Is as Stupid as Refusing to Write for Free

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 7:00 PM

This is my first (proposed) piece for the Huffington Post and while I've been set up for a while, it's taken me some time to post.

Naturally, the bugbear is the whole 'writing for free' thing and whether I should sling my copyrighted content to a successful news organisation and...

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