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A new app will let you order taxi through your beer mat

A London tech firm is working with taxi giant Uber to create digital beer mats that will let you order a taxi without leaving your seat. Tamoco are usuing 'proximity technology' that allows messages to be sent to mobiles via beacons. Tapping your phone on your beer mat to open the Uber app. The company now has digital beer mats in more than 100 pubs and bars across London.

"Devices which use near-field communication technology are growing in popularity across bars and shops. It's fun for consumers and interesting for brands as people can interact with things in a natural way, without having to do anything out of the ordinary. "The ability to get instant messages with vouchers is a neat way to engage people and there's obviously an important safety aspect of swaying people away from driving home after a night at the pub."

– Sam Amrani, founder of Tamoco

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Protests in London today against healthcare deal that could threaten the NHS

Protests are planned across London today to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the EU and USA. There is concern that the deal David Cameron is pushing for will bring increased privatisation to the NHS.

36% of Londoners said that private healthcare providers have too much influence over the NHS according to a YouGov poll. Campaigners will be asking people who are worried about this to write to their local MEPs against the TTIP. The deal is said to force the NHS open to competition from American private healthcare providers.

OpenCo Festival returns to the city

Google is among the companies opening their doors for the OpenCo festival. Credit: Press Association images.

Some of London's top technology businesses will be opening up their doors to the public today.

The OpenCo festival returns for the second year and will offer a behind-the-scenes look at companies including Spotify, YouTube and Google.

Similar events have taken place all over the world and attracted thousands of visitors.

Workers supplement income with creative talents

Workers are using their creative talents, like baking, to make more money at home. Credit: Press Association.

Nearly half of all London workers are using their creative talents to supplement their income, according to new figures out today.

Research by a London-based design company has found 49 per cent are making money out of hobbies including baking, gardening, photography and embroidery.

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£120,000 copper theft in Essex

The copper in six-ton coils Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have released a photograph of a truck they want to trace in connection with the theft of £120,000 of copper from a dock at Purfleet.

The vehicle in the picture is believed to have been used to tow away the 27-ton load of copper rod at Purfleet Thames Terminal.

The copper, in six-ton coils and loaded on a box trailer, should have been delivered to a company on the South Coast but it failed to arrive.

Police want to trace this Renault Premium tractor unit Credit: Essex Police
Box trailer of vehicle Credit: Essex Police

Anyone with information should contact Pc Watts at Grays police station on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Hospitality industry to create 3,000 jobs for young workers

London's hospitality industry will today announce the creation of 3,000 new jobs aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds in a bid to help reduce youth employment.

The scheme will be launched at the Big Hospitality Conversation event at City Hall.

Representatives of brands including Premier Inn, Wagamama, Café Rouge and McDonald's will join Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise Kit Malthouse at the conference to make the announcement.

They will also discuss opportunities available to young people and offer on-the-spot jobs to people in the audience.

Millionaire London developer donates profits to charity

A developer in London is causing a stir in the property market with an unusual business plan - she builds properties, sells them, and gives all the profits away.

Charlotte Grobien has already raised a million pounds, and has a target of a half a million more by Christmas.

Ruth Zorko went to meet her and representatives of two of her chosen charities, Whizz-Kidz and The Eikon Charity.

London to hold its first connectivity summit

London will hold its first ever 'connectivity summit' today- in a bid to make the capital the best connected city in Europe. London's Mayor Boris Johnson will meet with the city's biggest internet providers to discuss how to improve super-fast broadband. He also wants to eliminate 'not'spots' in London, where internet speeds run ten times slower than average.

London summit to improve capital's connectivity Credit: PA
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