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Super-investor Peter Thiel didn't mince his words when speaking on stage with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt at an Aspen event this week, accusing Schmidt of being "minister of propaganda" for the search giant, while claiming that Amazon was the only tech titan re-investing its billions in a sustainable manner.

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and darling of the US tech press - Marissa Mayer has been nabbed by Yahoo to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years. 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The average Brit now sends around 200 texts a month and is now the most-used method of staying in touch with mates and family members.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Tech week in quotes, google, thiel google out of ideas, google thiel, google peter thiel, feels like 1995 again, feels like '95 again, feels like 95 steve ballmer, feels like 95 ballmer, windows 8 release date, marissa mayer, marissa mayer quotePhone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Phone calls less popular than SMS in UK(©Adam King, Asus)Street View visits the AntarcticGoogle has sent its Street View cameras to the Antarctic to take millions of photos of the trail and the huts of legendary explorers Scott and Shackleton, which is likely to be the only way the vast majority of the world's population ever get to visit the southernmost continent. topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Tech week in quotes, google, thiel google out of ideas, google thiel, google peter thiel, feels like 1995 again, feels like '95 again, feels like 95 steve ballmer, feels like 95 ballmer, windows 8 release date, marissa mayer, marissa mayer quoteStreet View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Street View visits the Antarctic(©Google.com)Microsoft reveals Office 2013Microsoft took the wraps off the latest version of Office this week, revealing a touch-screen and cloud-computing friendly version of its flagship product with some interesting additions including Skype and Yammer. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer - never one to shy from hyperbole! - characteristically described it as: "The most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that we've ever done".topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Tech week in quotes, google, thiel google out of ideas, google thiel, google peter thiel, feels like 1995 again, feels like '95 again, feels like 95 steve ballmer, feels like 95 ballmer, windows 8 release date, marissa mayer, marissa mayer quoteMicrosoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)Microsoft reveals Office 2013(©MSN)IM-barrassment – Skype hit by message bugMicrosoft-owned internet video-calling service Skype hit the headlines this week due to an embarrassing bug that sent some users' instant messages to unintended recipients. 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