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The Apple Watch's biggest competitor has seen sales double (AAPL)

Pebble, the company behind one of the first smartwatches, has seen sales double after Apple released its Watch, according to CEO Eric Migicovsky

Migicovsky said in an interview with CNBC at Web Summit in Ireland that Apple's wearable product had had "no material impact" on the company. "In fact we're selling two [times] the amount this year than we were last year," he said.

Pebble is focused on being the mass market smartwatch, according to Migicovsky, while Apple is focused on "being the Rolex or the Tag [Heuer]" and so there is no overlap.

Pebble recently

A London startup CEO explained the way she steals top employees from companies like Bloomberg

The CEO of a healthcare startup claims she has come up with a formula to help her steal the most talented individuals from large corporates like Bloomberg and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Melissa Morris is the cofounder and CEO of Network Locum, which provides a platform to help self-employed locum doctors find work at GP practices and GP practices to find cover when they need it.

"This is what I’m doing to take your talented people," she told an audience of employees from firms such as Barclays, Google, and Shell at the FT Innovate conference in London on Tuesday.

Eight months ago Network Locum had 10 people at its office in Clerkenwell, London. Now it employs 30, with 50% of those coming from Oxbridge, according to Morris, who won

Researchers have found which apps share the most data with third party sites

Research has been published that shows which apps share the most information with online services.

"Our results show that many mobile apps share potentially sensitive user data with third parties, and that they do not need visible permission requests to access the data," the research states. 

The researchers looked at 110 apps in total — half Android, half iOS — on two separate dates, noting where the apps connected to. The majority of the data requests went to,, or while others went to anonymous sites, such as 

An ad blocker has taken out a punchy ad in the Financial Times to denounce the internet advertising industry

Shine, the Israeli ad blocking company, took out a provocative print ad in the Financial Times newspaper on Thursday to denounce the US advertising trade body the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

The ad, which features the famous image of Muhammad Ali knocking out Sonny Liston, reads "The @iab knew we could block. Now they know we can punch, too."

A URL in the ad leads to a page on Shine's website that lists three recent quotes from prominent ad industry executives.

"We need to be worried," said Google's ads boss Sridhar Ramaswamy last month.

"We messed up," said the IAB's SVP of technology and ad operations Scott Cunningham last month.

"Ad blocking represents consumer outrage,"

The 10 most important things in the world right now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know on Thursday.

1. Britain is temporarily suspending flights from Sinai airport after suggesting the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt on Saturday might have been brought down by an explosive device.

2. US intelligence reportedly points to a bomb planted by the terrorist group ISIS or an ISIS affiliate as the most likely culprit of the plane crash in Egypt last week.


There has been a big shake-up in management at troubled ad tech company Rocket Fuel (FUEL)

Ad tech company Rocket Fuel has announced a series of changes to its top management.

Randy Wootton, the company's sales boss since March, is the company's new CEO. Prior to joining Rocket Fuel, he was an executive at Salesforce and he also did a stint at Microsoft.

He replaces Monte Zweben, who has been acting chief executive since March.

Zweben is moving to the position of executive chairman, replacing co-founder and former CEO George John, who is leaving the company to join a VC firm as an entrepreneur in residence.

Also out is Rocket Fuel's CFO David Sankaran, who is leaving the company on November 30. He will be replaced in the interim by Cal Hoagland, who is a partner at board advisory firm FLG Partners.

The sweep of announcements came as Rocket Fuel announced its Q3 results. The company

10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, GPRO, EXPE, BOX)

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. The UK government has revealed how it wants to spy on citizens. Home Office Minister Theresa May unveiled a draft document known as the Investigatory Powers Bill, which outlines new snooping powers that could come into effect next year.