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A really tragic story today, of the loss of a 14-year-old boy, murdered by an evil person he thought was an "online friend."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10649667/City-traders-son-stabbed-to-death-after-meeting-man-online.html

I feel so sad for his parents, family and friends. But also for the people who work in social businesses online, who merely provide communication platforms, enjoyed by billions and abused by a minority. Reflecting on this awful story today, two tech stories I read last week have sprung to mind.

The 1st is about Facebook's ability to determine with the magic of big data, how predictive some behaviours are of lasting love or heartbreak city.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/14/facebook-love-data/

The 2nd is one, which reports that Canadian researchers confirm that Internet Trolls are sadists.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/online-trolls-are-psychopaths-and-sadists-psychologists-claim-9134396.html

Perhaps social businesses could work with these researchers and consider if it is possible to mine their data to provide early warnings of danger.

A real long shot, but worth considering to find ways to protect the vulnerable.

At the top of the Centre Point building, there is a great venue called Paramount, where the TechCrunch Europa Awards were held last Friday. It's only their 2nd year. There I was thinking I was late arriving onto the scene, but obviously not at all. I arrived into a room with a great vibe, mostly full of guys, with a few pioneering women, working with UK/European Start Ups. The evening progressed quite quickly through to the awards. I've been working as a Mentor this year, and I noted several Seedcamp winners in the Europa nominations/winners, (Erply/Brainient/PatientKnowsBest/Codility/Seedcamp itself too), but also many new businesses I was unaware of from other Investment stables like White Bear Yard (Flattr). Pleased that a UK company won the Grand Prix (Moshi Monsters/Mind Candy), because there is so much talented competition from elsewhere in Europe, well displayed by SoundCloud who won the music award, amongst others. In my own specialist sphere, digital marketing, CognitiveMatch scooped the advertising/marketing tech award. There was even an award for best service to Start Up's, won by Bootlaw, an award that I would like to be nominated for sometime ahead. Mike Butcher, Editor of TechCrunch, shows great leadership in his promotion of the UK/European Start Up/Entrepreneurial sector. I missed out on the food, but made some great new contacts. I enjoyed reviewing it all online yesterday, studying the companies involved further. It's a great way of assessing what's going on, and having immersed myself in by attending, I feel that I am more involved.

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