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Week in Web

Weird Wide Web: Steve Jobs back from the dead, smart tree lights and Zoella tops Harry Potter

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Troll targeting tool of the week

Twitter is now making it easier for people to report abuse and block people. Watch out trolls…

Call4beach Call4beach

Sleep aid of the week

Are your neighbours inconsiderate and loud? Does the person sleeping next to you snore like a bear during hibernation? These smart earplugs could be the answer to ALL (probably not all) of your problems.

Hush / YouTube

Tech Christmas decoration of the week

If you’re totally obsessed with tech gadgets, these Christmas decorations will light up your life (sorry). They are the first ever wirelessly powered Christmas lights controlled by your smartphone. One problem: The creators are looking for funding on Kickstarter so they won’t deliver your decorations until October NEXT year.

Aura Aura

From the grave testimony of the week

Bloomberg News / YouTube

Three years after his death, Steve Jobs held a federal courtroom transfixed on Friday, as attorneys played a video of his testimony in a class-action lawsuit against Apple.

Jobs was pale and hoarse during the deposition given a few months before his death in 2011, but defended Apple against allegations they were inflating iPod prices by locking music lovers into using its players.

Print versus online tanking of the week

Zoella / YouTube

A British vlogger has sold more than 78,000 copies of her first book in a week, beating established authors like JK Rowling and Dan Brown.

“Girl Online” by 24-year-old Zoe Sugg set a record for sales of a debut novel in the UK. Sugg, better known as Zoella has more than 6.6 million followers on Youtube.

- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy

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