The UK should introduce a code to ensure BigTech provides adequate compensation to news publishers, said the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The news comes after Australia won a longstanding legal battle to make BigTech pay local publishers for news, which saw Facebook block 25 million Australian users from viewing news content on the platform.
Trackable wristband firm Buddi is preparing for a floatation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), at a valuation reported to around £500 million. The firm, founded in 2005 by Sara Murray, makes wristbands for vulnerable people, which can detect falls and allow them to contact assistance if needed.
A new update on the NHS Covid-19 mobile app has been paused after Apple and Google blocked it from their stores over privacy breaches. The NHS’ Test and Trace app was due for the update on 8 April in time for the easing of restrictions.
Republican Josh Hawley has put forward a bill that would stop BigTech companies worth more than $100 billion from buying or merging with other businesses. The proposed legislation would impact the US’ five biggest technology companies: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
Mastercard has partnered with Swedish FinTech Doconomy to release a new carbon calculator.
The payments giant said the solution can give consumers a snapshot of the carbon emissions generated by their purchases, which it claimed are powered by the independently verified index.
The Chinese government has levied a record $2.75 billion fine on Alibaba following allegations of monopolistic practices, almost triple the $975 million chip manufacturer Qualcomm had to pay Chinese regulators in 2015. Alibaba, currently valued at around $608 billion, controls a significant portion of the Chinese domestic e-commerce and cloud computing markets.
Microsoft is close to finalising a deal to acquire voice recognition company Nuance Communications sources told the Financial Times. The deal would give the Burlington, Massachusetts company a $16 billion valuation, and sources said the deal could be announced in just two weeks.
Elon Musk’s brain implant company has taught a monkey how to play games using its mind. Neuralink is currently developing a fully-implanted, wireless, high-channel count brain-machine interface (BMI) which it hopes will help people with paralysis use their neural activity to operate computers and mobile devices.
Alexandra Leonards explores the environmental technologies dominating the UK budget in 2021. More than a third of UK consumers say they’d prefer future technology to prioritise climate concerns over non-essential needs. With the government recently announcing plans for a £12 billion ‘green industrial revolution,’ the British public may be in luck.
Many were prepared for a cyber onslaught, while ill-equipped businesses fell victim when the COVID-19 hit. Alexandra Leonards explores how the pandemic drove cyber-crime and looks at the UK response to the rise in online attacks. The disruption of an atmosphere of crisis and an influx of workers into home offices has created an online haven for cyber criminals.
Paying too much attention to fake videos could undermine the notion of truth when it comes to online content. Alexandra Leonards explores the dangers of perception, the rise of ‘shallowfakes,’ and discovers how to tackle deepfakes while they’re still in their infancy.
The recent wave of protest sparked by the killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis has raised the issue of racism for corporations across sectors and geographies – and none more so than the tech industry. As young and cool as many big technology companies portray themselves, the majority are still overwhelmingly white, particularly in leadership and technical positions.