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Lexus teams with IBM for AI scripted ad

Lexus has teamed up with IBM Watson, an Oscar-winning director and London agencies to create the world’s first car advert scripted by artificial intelligence (AI). The latest advert for the luxury car maker’s ES executive sedan was developed by feeding data from multiple sources, including award-winning luxury adverts from the past 15 years and research on human emotional responses into IBM’s Watson AI engine to generate a script.

Vision Direct customers’ data exposed in hack

The personal and credit card details of thousands of customers of Vision Direct have been exposed following a major hack on the online contact delivery service.Vision Direct confirmed that customers entering their details onto its website between 3 and 8 November could have had their credit card numbers, expiration dates and CVV codes stolen, with 16,300 customers potentially affected.

Heathrow to introduce automation and self-healing technologies

The UK’s largest and busiest airport has signed an outsourcing agreement with IT company SITA to transform the management of the airport’s vast communication network into a smarter, automated service.

Equinix to build £90m UK data centre

Data infrastructure firm Equinix is pumping £90 million into an upgrade of its data centre in London to keep up with demand from the UK’s digital economy. The new International Business Exchange Centre will be built at Equinix’s existing London Slough campus. Equinix said the new centre will provide the increasing data infrastructure needed by City firms to support IT transformation initiatives and increasing adoption of cloud-based technologies.

France-IX adds three new sellers

Expereo, HOPUS and Net1C join the French internet peering service provider to also bring a European industry first, to nearly 400 France-IX members. The new sellers, which have been selected for their added value and innovation, are managed Internet network provider, Expereo, partial transit service provider, HOPUS and telecoms carrier, Net1C.

Action needed on 'devastating' cyber threat: report

The government is failing to move quickly enough to counter the threat of a “potentially devastating” cyber attack on the UK’s critical national infrastructure, a parliamentary committee has warned. A report published today by the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy has warned of the potential consequences of a major cyber hack on key sectors including energy, health services, transport and water that could pose a threat to national security.

BlackBerry and Oracle make acquisitions

BlackBerry has agreed to buy Cylance, an AI software specialist, for $1.4 billion in cash. Meanwhile, Oracle buys an SD-WAN provider.

Costa joins Barclaycard for ‘contactless cup’

Costa Coffee has partnered with Barclaycard to launch the UK’s first reusable contactless coffee cup.Available in Costa Coffee stores later this month, the ‘Clever Cup’ is powered by bPay by Barclaycard technology, letting users track their spending, top up their balance and take control to block or cancel the contactless payment element online or using the dedicated bPay app.

Data flow alignment under PM's Brexit deal

Financial services providers can expect free movement of capital and payments along with alignment in data flows after Brexit under an outline deal put forward by Theresa May, which has prompted a cautiously optimistic response from The City. The details of plans for financial services set out in the government’s proposed Brexit withdrawal agreement last night include a ‘political declaration’ highlighting the importance of the financial sector to the UK economy and outlines close alignment and equivalence arrangements when it comes to regulation and data flows between the UK and EU after Brexit.

Telefonica embraces blockchain

Spanish operator Telefonica has teamed IBM on a project to use blockchain technology to streamline the telco's business processes. The application of blockchain will initially focus on improving the reliability and transparency of information collected by different networks when routing international calls. Beyond voice, Telefonica believes the technology can be applied to many other areas of its activity, helping to build a "trustworthy network of peers" that are involved in the delivery of various services.

EE names first UK cities to get 5G

London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester will be the first UK cities to receive a 5G network by the middle of 2019, deployed by mobile operator EE. After years of trials, the next generation network is finally becoming a reality, after regulator Ofcom announced the winners of 5G spectrum in March – an auction which made £1.4 billion for the government.

IMF says central banks could issue digital money

The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has raised the prospect of central banks around the world issuing their own digital currencies.Speaking at an event in Singapore this morning, the BBC reported that Ms Lagarde addressed concerns raised by regulators over the growth of digital currencies such as Bitcoin, which allows for unregulated and anonymous transfers of value between digital wallets, leaving the door open to criminal uses.