Alex Austin (left), chief executive of Branch Metrics, which is trying to create a universal web address that would work across apps as well as the web. Across Silicon Valley, companies from tiny start-ups to titans such as Google and Facebook are bringing the same simplicity of the web browser to smartphones by teaching apps to talk to one another.

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Silicon Valley 50: at the  event this week were (from left) president of ITLG John Hartnett; ITLG chairman Craig Barrett; Rob Leslie of Sedicii Innovations, receiving the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award; and John Stanton, president of Silicon Valley Global Partners. Photograph: Chris Ryan, Views of the World Silicon Valley 50:  (from left) president of ITLG John Hartnett, ITLG chairman Craig Barrett, Rob Leslie of Sedicii Innovations, receiving the ITLG/Irish Times Innovation Award, and John Stanton, president of Silicon Valley Global Partners. Photograph: Chris Ryan, Views of the World

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James Whelton, co-founder of CoderDojo, talks to  pupils at Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

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