The government has announced plans to upgrade broadband so that rural primary schools have better digital connections. Over the next three years, up to 3,000 schools across rural England will get fast gigabit broadband under the new scheme.
Amazon has said it is restricting search results relating to the LGBT community on its United Arab Emirates (UAE) website.
Google has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a court dispute between app developers over the money they earned creating aps for Android smartphones. The developers had accused Google of using agreements with smartphone makers, technical barriers and revenue sharing agreements to shutter the app ecosystem and kettle most payments through its Google Play billing system with a default service fee of 30 per cent.
NatWest has launched a business builder toolkit and accompanying campaign on TikTok. The new online toolkit is specifically designed for fledgling entrepreneurs and comes as a response to the growing number of people starting their own businesses.
Hugo Boss is deploying a new cloud platform across its retail business.
Virgin Media O2 has deployed a small cells network across London to accelerate its 4G and 5G rollout.
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has outlined a new approach to working with public authorities. UK information commissioner John Edwards penned an open letter to public authorities about the new approach, outlining aims to make consultation with public authorities more effective.
H&M and Google Cloud are partnering on a new core data platform.
The Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA), a charity coalition of third, public, and private sector organisations, has called for more action from national bodies and local communities to address digital poverty in the UK.
Deliveroo has announced the launch of a new advertising platform.
Commissioner Brendan Carr of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called on Apple and Google to drop TikTok from its app stores. Citing security concerns over the social media platform, which is owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, commissioner Carr shared a letter addressing Google and Apple in a Tweet.
As the use of live facial recognition (LFR) increases, a better legal and regulatory framework for biometric data is urgently needed, a new report has said.
Healthcare startup Careful has launched an app to help with the patient handover process in a range of different care settings. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 15 per cent of all hospital expenditure is wasted on adverse, sometimes fatal, occurrences for patients – and that 80 per cent of those are due to poor handover practices.
Two thirds of teens and young adults have recently come across at least one piece of harmful online content, according to Ofcom. But only around one in six go on to report the content, said the regulator.
The vast majority - 97 per cent - of senior security professionals hold cybersecurity concerns regarding the future of UK businesses following Brexit, according to research from CyberArk.
Almost a third of those surveyed - 32 per cent - highlighted inconsistencies in security legislation between Europe and the EU as a risk factor.
The UK’s largest broadband and mobile operators will allow customers struggling to pay their bills to move to cheaper packages without charge under new measures announced by the government.
Charac, the digital platform for independent pharmacies, has announced a £1 million strategic investment from Royal Mail Group. The company was founded in 2020 with the aim of providing a platform for the 7,200 independent pharmacies unable to offer digital services.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Home Office has spent more than £44 million on remote working devices, a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request can reveal.
One-in-four organisations don’t have faith in open source security according to a report commissioned by cybersecurity firm Snyk and The Linux Foundation. The findings were based on a survey of more than 550 respondents, as well as data pulled from “1.3 billion” open source projects from Snyk’s Open Source platform.
Shareholders at Toshiba are expected to endorse all proposed directors at its annual general meeting on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters. The news comes after bidders valued Toshiba at up to $22 billion, according to the news agency.
Google has revealed that an Italian spyware company used a number of tactics to target mobile users on iOS and Android.
Deliveroo has signed a partnership deal with SPAR UK. The tech business will cover all 2,160 SPAR stores across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Twitter has announced the release of closed caption subtitles for Android and iOS-enables devices. In a Tweet, the company said that it is currently testing out a new ‘CC’ button to provide users with subtitles generated from transcripts and linked to videos on its platform.
Instagram is starting to test out new ways of verifying age on its platform. The social media platform is also partnering with online verification specialist Yoti to assist with its aims.
eBay has acquired a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace. UK-based KnownOrigin was founded in 2018 and enables artists and collectors to create, buy, and resell NFTs via blockchain-supported transactions.
Twitter has confirmed it is working on a way to write longer posts on its platform. Confirming the details in a Tweet, the social media giant said it is testing a new feature called Notes which will enable users to make posts beyond the traditional 280-word limit up to a maximum of 2,500 words.
Twitter is set to partner with Shopify on a new sales offering. Via the new Twitter sales channel, merchants will now be able to reach consumers directly from their Twitter profiles.
A new electric ferry which ‘flies across water’ will be launched in Stockholm next year. The high-speed ferry, built by marine technology company Candela, has three carbon fibre wings that extend underneath the hull.
Google is the frontrunner to partner with Netflix for the development of an ad-based subscription tier, according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Netflix’s mulling of the introduction of adverts to their pricing plans was first revealed via internal notes seen by the New York Times in May.
Technology company Port has launched a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) for rent as part of its ‘dark hub concept’. The EVs are locked and charged in a docking station in a Q-Park parking facility situated in Leicester Square.
The number of girls interested in STEM subjects has increased by more than 50 per cent, according to a new survey.
Creating a ‘clinical satnav’ for doctors will save lives, according to a new report by the professional body for IT.
Meta and Microsoft are among the founding members of a new standards forum for the metaverse. The Metaverse Standards Forum (MSF) also counts technology companies Adobe and NVIDIA among its founding members.
Deliveroo is offering its picking and inventory management technology to supermarkets for the first time. This will mean that grocery retailers can facilitate rapid delivery direct from store.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and City of Dublin have announced a successful proof-of-concept trial of smart city Wifi project OpenRoaming. Initially deployed at Bernardo Square, Dame Street and the City Council’s Amphitheatre, WBA OpenRoaming enables residents and visitors to log in only once and then maintain seamless connectivity as their smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi devices automatically switch between different public Wi-Fi hotspots.
New research suggests that the number of global digital loyalty programme memberships is to exceed 32 billion by the year 2026.
Spending on industrial asset management software (IAM) will reach $11 billion in the next four years, according to a new study.
Ocado Group has announced plans to raise £575 million from investors.
LloydsPharmacy has announced plans to expand its existing partnership with Deliveroo.
The government has said that new fusion facilities will be regulated by existing authorities and excluded from rules that apply to nuclear energy. Fusion energy research aims to capture the same energy process that powers the sun.
The number of hydrogen vehicles in service around the world will increase to more than one million by 2027, new research suggests.
Reddit has acquired Spell, a machine learning (ML) platform. Reddit, one of the world’s largest social and link sharing platforms says its vision to connect people to the topics, interests, and passions they care about the most, adding that Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence were important tools to help make these connections faster and more relevant to people.
The government is pledging around £43 million towards green automotive technology. Part of the money will be spent on projects that are developing an electric motorbike and a 4x4 electric delivery truck.
The government has made a U-turn on plans to move several powers of the biometrics and surveillance camera commissioner over to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). It had previously proposed to hand oversight of police use of DNA and fingerprints to the ICO.
Snapchat is trialling a new subscription feature called Snapchat+. A spokesperson for Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. confirmed with Reuters that the subscription feature is currently being tested internally.
Samsung has announced the launch of a digital wallet, enabling users of the firm’s Galaxy handsets to store digital information on a single platform. Available at launch in six markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US -Samsung Wallet can be used to store the likes of payment and loyalty cards, digital keys, and boarding passes.
The government has said it will spend a record £743 million to support the development of new technologies. During London Tech Week, it announced that it has plans to fund projects developing autonomous vehicles and airborne laboratories.
A south London man has been jailed for four and a half years after he sold software designed to help criminals get access to consumer bank accounts.
The number of technology-based job opportunities has hit a 10-year high as the demand for digital services continues to increase.
Apple is facing a £750 million class action-style lawsuit in the UK over battery ‘throttling’ on its handsets. Lodged with the UK judicial body the Competition Appeal Tribunal by consumer rights campaigner Justin Gutmann, the filing alleges that Apple concealed a battery management system in a software update in 2017 which slowed down the performance of older iPhones.
A European court has invalidated the decision to impose fines of almost €1 billion on Qualcomm in the case of Commission vs. Qualcomm over alleged abuse of dominance of the worldwide chipset market. Qualcomm develops and supplies baseband chipsets designed for use in smartphones and tablets, enabling them to connect to cellular networks.
Over half of employees in the UK and US have admitted falling victim to a business email compromise attack, according to new research.
Twitch is upgrading its ad revenue model to provide creators with bigger pay outs from ads. The videogame streaming platform said it has traditionally calculated creator earnings from ads through a fixed cost per mile (CPM) — a flat rate for every 1,000 ad views on their channel.
Under new rules that come into force today, some prison-leavers will face alcohol bans and having their drinking electronically monitored.
The UK is welcoming a cohort of startups from New Zealand to attend London Tech Week 2022. Following the signing of a trade agreement, the UK Government has created a tailored programme for New Zealand technology companies in partnership with Kea New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
Meta is rolling out new security and control tools for parents and teens in VR and on Instagram. For Instagram, parents and guardians can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools - previously only teens could send invitations; set specific times when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram; and see more information when their teen reports an account or post, including who was reported, and the type of report.
An engineer at Google has claimed that an AI system developed by the company “has feelings”.
The Port of Tyne has partnered with BT to launch its 5G internet network. Announced at the recent Maritime innovation Week, the Newcastle-based port wants to bring 5G to users of the port, and the partnership with BT will enable them to deliver port users advanced technology including AI, robotics and autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Things (IOT) applications.
Amazon has revealed plans to introduce 'Prime Air' drone deliveries in California later in 2022.
UK tech minister Chris Philp has unveiled the government’s new UK Digital Strategy at London Tech Week.
Over three quarters of UK adults have been targeted by a scammer this year, according to figures from Citizens Advice. The study, which surveyed over 2000 Brits, found that the number of people being targeted by scams was up 14 per cent compared to 2021.
Bill payments system PayPoint is launching a new product called PayPoint Donate to facilitate charitable giving. The new offering leverages digital solutions for the acquisition and reconciliation of payments and donations to charities.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced plans to launch an investigation over Google and Apple’s market power in mobile browsers and Apple’s restrictions in cloud gaming. Following a year-long study of the companies, the CMA determined that Apple and Google had an ‘effective duopoly on mobile systems’ and that their practices enabled them to effectively exercise a stranglehold over these markets.
Rapyd, a ‘FinTech as a service’ platform, is launching a hackathon for developers which gives them the chance to win a ride to the edge of space. The Hack the Galaxy challenge will begins this week and runs until 3 October 2022, with Rapyd offering tickets for Space Perspective’s ‘Spaceship Neptune’ service, launching in 2026.
Zumo and its partner Zero Labs have been awarded a grant by Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, which will go towards funding the firms’ continued research into the decarbonisation of cryptocurrency. The Edinburgh-based cryptocurrency platform recently concluded its Zero Hero pathfinder project’s live trial to compensate for electricity usage of bitcoin purchased through the Zumo app.
Multiverse has become the UK’s first EdTech unicorn with its latest funding round, giving it a valuation of $1.7 billion.
A “unicorn” is an independently owned tech company with a valuation of $1 billion.
JP Morgan Growth Equity Partners has led a $100 million Series C funding round in software start-up Codat. Codat provides an API which allows small businesses to integrate different pieces of software together, including tools for accounting and HR.
TechUK is calling on the government and industry to deliver a properly regulated Digital Identity (ID) marketplace.The technology trade association said that closer collaboration is needed to strengthen business confidence that the UK has a viable digital identity ecosystem.
Tech Nation is launching a new initiative aimed at encouraging British tech companies to tap into the rapid growth in Southeast Asian technology markets.The GBxAsia initiative will serve as a community of British entrepreneurs and others involved in the tech scene in the region to come together for mutual help and support.
More than 80 per cent of Brits are concerned by the privacy of their data online, according to new research. The survey of 2,019 consumers by Perspectus Global on behalf of Motive.co also revealed that 95 per cent felt it was important their data was protected when online while 67 per cent of consumers reported leaving a website due to concerns around how their data would be used.
USB-C is set to become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in the EU by Autumn 2024. European parliament lawmakers said the new measures are part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.
Uber has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to transport emergency assistance to people in need in urban areas of Ukraine as Russia’s war of aggression rages on. Using a custom-built version of its ride-hailing app, the collaboration enables the WFB to better coordinate, dispatch and track a fleet of smaller vehicles delivering relief items to people in densely populated areas of Ukraine, WFP said.
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is sending its miniaturised space weather instrumentation suite on the first UK satellite launch.The Dstl is sending the technology, known as CIRCE, as one of the payloads aboard the Virgin Orbit satellite launch, which is due to take off this summer from Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay.
The government has approved the Post Office and Yoti as the UK’s first providers of a certified digital identity service. The service, which enables employers to verify a UK citizen’s Right to Work will allow them to complete identity checks digitally via the Post Office Easy ID app or the Yoti ID app.
HSBC is set to invest £500 million in the UK tech sector. The investment will come as part of a wider £15 billion fund earmarked for investment in SMBs (Small to Medium Sized Businesses).
China has sent its third crew to its under-construction Tiangong Space Station which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 after launching its core module, Tianhe, in April 2021. Carried by a Long March 2F rocket, the Shenzhou 14 spacecraft lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on 4 June.
New York state lawmakers have passed a bill proposing a two-year moratorium on cryptocurrency mining based on carbon sources. The bill will mean a two year hold on new permits for miners that use carbon-based fuel for their operations and calls for an environmental impact study around crypto mining.
Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of Binance, the digital asset and crypto giant, has launched a new $500 million investment fund. The fund will invest in projects that can extend the use cases of cryptocurrencies and drive the adoption of Web3 and blockchain technologies, said Binance Labs.
Oxford Metrics has sold its physical infrastructure asset management division, Yotta, in a deal worth £52m. Yotta helps over 200 customers manage their physical infrastructure including highways, street lighting and waste management.
Ultima Genomics has secured $600 million in funding to support its research into new approaches to flow cell engineering, sequencing chemistry, and machine learning for its gene-sequencing platform. The company has developed a new sequencing architecture designed to scale beyond conventional approaches and will use the funding to support what the company dubs a ‘new era in genomics-driven research and healthcare’ for their gene-sequencing platform which aims to deliver the ‘$100 genome’.
London has retained its title as Europe’s most attractive city for foreign direct investment (FDI), according to new research from Ernst and Young.There were 394 FDI-backed projects in London in 2021, a 2.9 per cent rise from 383 projects in 2020, but a fall from the capital’s peak of 538 in 2019.
Sweden’s national supercomputer has been expanded with technology from Lenovo and Nvidia artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is using the new infrastructure technology to help power the Alvis [old Norse meaning “all-wise”] supercomputer project.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it will investigate the anticipated merger between BT Group and Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. First proposed in May 2022, the merger is aimed at creating a new premium sport offering for the UK and Ireland.
Machine learning AI trained on the night sky can surpass the ability of astronomers to analyse large datasets and make new observations humans could miss, such as the discovery of new exoplanets, a new research paper has shown.
Astronomers at the University of Berkley, California recently published a paper in the journal Nature Astronomy, that detailed how an AI algorithm was developed to identify exoplanets.
The battery manufacturer Britishvolt has partnered with logistics real estate operator Prologis to build a £200 million battery cell scale-up facility in the West Midlands and cement its reputation as a “Battery Corridor”.
The company states the Battery Corridor concept behind the plans will enhance the UK’s existing battery ecosystem and powers the country ahead in the next industrial revolution.
US chipmaker Qualcomm is interested in purchasing a stake in Arm, according to a report in the Financial Times. Qualcomm chief executive Cristiano Amon told the newspaper that Arm is a “very important asset and it’s an asset which is going to be essential to the development of our industry.”
Telecoms firms BT and Ericsson have announced a multi-million-pound partnership to deliver commercial 5G private networks to the UK.
Private networks will provide the UK with indoor and outdoor 5G cellular coverage to factories, university campuses and other locations where security and ultra-low latency connectivity are important.
US chipmaker Broadcom is set to buy cloud computing giant VMware in a cash-and stock deal worth $61 billion. VMware, based in California , is primarily known for its cloud computing and virtualisation offerings.
UK synthetic data start-up Neurolabs has raised €3 million in a seed funding round. The Edinburgh-based firm produces synthetically generated data to help companies, such as retailers, develop object recognition models more efficiently.
Joby Aviation, a US company developing an aircraft taxi service, has received,a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – taking the company a step closer to beginning commercial operations. A Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is one of three FAA approvals required for Joby to operate its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft taxi service.
Funding for ‘purpose-driven’ start-ups has soared to £2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) in the past 10 years, according to research from Tech Nation and Google for Startups.
HMRC saw the number of chatbot interactions jump from under 200,000 before the pandemic, to almost 2.5 million in 2021. The numbers, obtained via a Freedom of Information request by a Parliament Street think tank, increased by 1,150 per cent in the space of a year.
Greater Manchester Police and Blackberry, Vodafone Business UK, and Asda and AND Digital were among the winners to take home trophies at The National Technology Awards last night.
Campaigners have claimed that Meta’s VR platform Horizon Worlds is a hotbed for sexual assault, racism, and homophobia.
The UK’s competition watchdog has opened a second investigation into Google’s practices in digital advertising.
Twitter has agreed to pay a $150 million settlement over allegations the social media platform misused users’ private information between May 2013 and September 2019, according to reporting by Reuters. The settlement purportedly encompasses allegations that Twitter misrepresented the “security and privacy” of users’ data and misused the likes of phone numbers to target advertising, according to court documents.
Dyson is moving beyond robotic-floor based vacuums and developing new robot prototypes designed to carry out household chores and other tasks.
Ad Astra, a UK-based non-fungible token (NFT) agency has launched with the aim of using end-to-end NFT services to connect artists, art collectors, and galleries. The agency aims to provide education, creative direction, legal contracts, and marketing and sales services.
techUK has published a new report calling on the government to invest in quantum to help bring the technology to commercial viability in the UK.
The government has announced a new post-Brexit law designed to ‘cut the red tape’ around the development of crop technology.
The Cabinet Office has revealed that nearly 800 electronic devices have been either lost or stolen in the past three years.
BUD, a user-generated metaverse platform, has announced a $36.8 million Series B funding round. The round is set to be led by Sequoia Capital India, with participation from ClearVue Partners, NetEase and Northern Light Venture Capture.
Zoom saw revenue jump 12 per cent to $1.07 billion in the first quarter of 2022 as workplaces began to consolidate the hybrid working model.The video conferencing platform, which has experienced hypergrowth since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, also reported that net profits had halved to $113.6 million in the three months to April 30.
Technology can play a role in preventing the outbreak of conflict, according to the UK’s ambassador to the UN.
techUK has published a new report calling for the roll out of digital innovation across the UK’s local public services
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined facial recognition database Clearview AI £7.5 million for using images of people in the UK that were collected from the web and social media.
Boeing’s Starliner capsule spacecraft at the International Space Station (ISS) is officially open to astronauts for the first time. Starliner arrived at the ISS on an uncrewed test flight on 20 May and was opened by NASA astronaut Robert Hines.
The UK government has launched a £40 million competition fund to propel the roll out of commercial self-driving services across the UK from 2025. The competition will cement the UK’s reputation as a global leader in self-driving vehicle technology, the government has said.
British organisations need to “fight back” against economic headwinds by boosting digital skills and embracing digital-first methods for working.
App-based insomnia treatment ‘Sleepio’ could save the NHS money and reduce prescriptions for sleeping pills, a health public body has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the app as an effective alternative for sleeping pills like zolpidem and zopiclone, which can be addictive.
Ripple has pledged to invest $100 million in carbon markets with the aim of accelerating development of carbon removal technology and climate-focussed FinTechs.The enterprise blockchain and crypto exchange giant said the funding will target innovative carbon removal companies and help to modernise carbon markets.
Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle (EV) company, has unveiled a prototype of a dedicated ride-hail vehicle developed in collaboration with Uber. The prototype was unveiled this week at Techcrunch’s TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 conference in San Mateo, California.
Sainsbury’s has expanded its existing relationship Deliveroo, announcing that a further 65 stores will be available on the delivery app. The new locations are: Winchester; Marlow; Barking; Loughborough; Watford; and Lancaster.
Mercedes-Benz has joined the Aura Blockchain Consortium of luxury brands as a founding member.
Investment in technology is the number one priority for small and medium sized businesses in the next 12-months, according to new research from Cynergy Bank. The study surveyed 500 senior decision makers at SMEs in November last year.
A decision to only allow advertisements for the financial services sector from FCA approved organisations has impacted revenue, Google has said.
By the year 2050, the UK’s small businesses will be run by personal avatars, according to a new futurology report by Virgin Money.
Digital advertising exposes people’s data 376 times a day in Europe, a new study suggests. The number grows even higher in the US, where a person has their online activity and location revealed as many as 747 times across a 24-hour period, claims the report.
London-based start-up Wayve is using supercomputing infrastructure from Microsoft to develop AI-based models for autonomous vehicles (AVs) on a global scale. The company, which focusses on the development of deep learning for driverless cars, said the move would enable it to scale faster than a rules-based approach.
The government has announced the launch of a new app designed protect businesses and the public from espionage.
Mastercard is launching a new biometrics programme that will use face and fingerprint technology to verify customers at checkout. The company said it will use the same technology used to unlock phones to speed up the process.
techUK has released a new guide highlighting the benefits of the growth of the private network roll out in Britain. The trade association said that further adoption will enable “new and transformative” technologies for enterprise.
Changes to Britain’s GDPR rules must not put the flow of data between the UK and the EU at risk, according to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The UK’s professional body for information technology issued the warning following the UK government’s proposal of a new post-Brexit data reform bill as announced in the Queen’s Speech last week.
Singapore’s Ministry of Affairs’ e-commerce safety ratings system has given Facebook’s Facebook Marketplace just one out of four in its tick-based safety rating. Launched on 14 May, E-commerce Marketplace Transaction Safety Ratings (TSR) is a government initiative created to better inform consumers on the anti-scam measures major e-commerce platforms have in place in order to foster a safer online environment.
Tech Nation has today opened applications for seven government-backed growth programmes aimed at accelerating the growth of the UK’s scaleup companies. The growth network for the UK’s tech firms has relaunched its growth stage and sector programmes: Upscale, Future Fifty, Libra, Applied AI, Fintech, Net Zero as well as launching the new Net Zero X, programme, aimed at later-stage climate-tech companies.
Northern Ireland (NI) is the top region in the UK in terms of opportunities for software developers, according to research from the Code Institute. NI has around 9,744 opportunities available for software developers, but with an average salary of £43,690, lower than other regions in the UK on average.
Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalisation, has returned to parity with the US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency designed to remain the same value as another asset, in Tether’s case the US dollar.
The value of cryptocurrency TerraLuna plummeted by around 98% this week, after a stablecoin currency linked to TerraLuna, called terraUSD (UST) decoupled from its pegging to the US dollar. Terra Luna’s token peaked at a value of $118 (£96) in April 2022, and fell 99 per cent to $0.09 on 12 May.
The UK’s first purpose-built virtual reality (VR) centre, the Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR), has launched at the University of Portsmouth. The centre is billed as a one-stop-shop exhibiting the latest kit in virtual, augmented, and extended realities.
Royal Mail is planning to scale up its use of drone technology, creating more than 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years.The plan is subject to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval, and is part of a new partnership with Windracers, the logistics drone company.
Netflix is considering introducing advertisements to its streaming platform as early as October 2022, according to an internal note to employees seen by the New York times. Despite Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings having long been against introducing ads to the platform, saying in a 2020 interview with Variety that “we want to be the safe respite where you can explore, get stimulated, have fun, enjoy, relax — and have none of the controversy around exploiting users with advertising”, a lower-tier price plan which includes ads is now under consideration, according to documents reported by the New York Times.
Security software vendor CyberArk has unveiled a $30 million global investment fund, and has announced the first three startups to receive cash. CyberArk Ventures is partnering with Venrock, YL Ventures, Team8 Capital and Merlin Ventures in the initiative.
Google is set to launch augmented reality (AR) glasses that can display translations of conversations in real time. At the tech giant’s annual I/O developer conference, Eddie Chung, director of product management at Google said the unnamed device would provide “subtitles for the world”, according to a report from Reuters news.
World leaders should “think more laterally” and consider the deployment of drones to improve severely disrupted supply chains in Ukraine, according to Robert Garbett, chief executive and founder of Drone Major Group Ltd. Speaking as world leaders gather to discuss the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on world food supplies and, Garbett called for creative solutions to Russian moves to cut off supply lines to Ukrainians on the front lines and those trapped in regions like Donbas.
Technology trade association techUK has welcomed the announcement of reforms to existing data protection laws by the government.
Vodafone is launching a new programme based on Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) technology to enable its business customers to create ‘futuristic’ and mixed reality services.
The UK’s technology industry has shown strong post-pandemic recovery, bouncing back “bigger and better” than before, figures from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT have found.
Wales is to gain a £9.5 million innovation hub as part of the country’s drive to become a global leader in cybersecurity.
Luxury fashion brand Gucci has revealed it will launch a trial in the US to test cryptocurrency purchases.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that this week the company will begin trialling digital collectibles on Instagram, enabling creators and collectors to display Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) on their profiles. With plans to bring similar functionality to Facebook and other Meta apps in future, Zuckerberg also shared that the company is working on augmented reality, ‘basically 3d NFT’s’, that users will be able to bring to their Instagram stories using Meta’s augmented reality (AR) platform, Spark AR.
The UK arm of HCL Technologies has announced it is acquiring Swiss digital banking and wealth management consulting business Confinale.
Mastercard has teamed up with Enterprise Nation to launch a new app aimed at helping the UK's micro and small businesses make business plans on their smartphones.The programme, supported by Strive UK, is an initiative from the Mastercard Centre for Inclusive Growth that aims to empower 650,000 micro and small businesses succeed in the digital economy over the next three years.
Payments platform Paysafe has signed a global partnership with gambling technology provider Playtech. The agreement is the extension of an existing partnership between the two companies into the UK and Europe from the US, where Playtech offers Paysafe’s solutions to its iGaming operator customers.
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, comprised of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, has announced a joint plan to expand support for a common ‘passwordless’ sign-in standard.
Password-only authentication remains one of the largest security concerns across the internet; managing multiple passwords for different websites is burdensome for consumers, often leading them to use the same password across platforms – a practice which can lead to costly account takeovers, data breaches, and stolen identities.
Sensorium, a leading metaverse developer, has announced a strategic partnership with the Humanity 2.0 Foundation to develop the first-ever Virtual Reality (VR) and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) gallery hosting the Vatican’s art, content, and educational initiatives. The Humanity 2.0 Foundation is a non-profit organisation which tackles obstacles surrounding humanity’s socio-economic development.
The government has announced its final plans for how the new digital markets regulator will tackle the dominance of technology giants like Facebook and Google.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a financial institution owned by the world's central banks, has called for a new governance system that gives consumers and companies more control over data shared with social media platforms and banks.
The global cryptocurrency market is projected to reach a value of $4.9 billion by 2030, according to a report by Allied Market Research. In line with this rapidly growing market, banks across the globe are continuing to investigate how Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) could help to meet the needs of their increasingly digitally savvy customers.
Millions of people in the UK are sharing their passwords with scammers on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram without knowing, research from TalkTalk has found. “With internet usage at record levels, it’s never been more important to stay safe online,” said TalkTalk’s head of customer security, Mark Johnson.
DPD UK has announced a new deal with Ford for 1,000 e-transit vans.
Nearly 50 per cent of firms in the European Union (EU) have invested in digitalisation as a response to Covid-19, a new report from the European Investment Bank (EIB) has found. The research revealed that digital companies fared better than non-digital organisations during the pandemic.
Hundreds of thousands of app store users could be putting their data and money at risk by downloading malicious apps, according to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The UK government said it has plans to combat this threat this with a ‘first-of-its-kind solution’.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recorded a 71 per cent hike in revenue to $5.9 billion in the first quarter of the year. The results follow what the US semiconductor business described as the “largest acquisition” in the history of the industry, after the company bought technology and semiconductor organisation Xilinx in February.
Meta AI is set to make its large language model – also known as a natural language processing (NLP) system - Open Pretrained Transformer (OPT-175B) publicly available. OPT-175B has 175 billion parameters trained on publicly available datasets, and in a first for a language technology system of its size, the release includes pretrained models along with the code with which to train and use them.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has suggested in a tweet that while casual Twitter users will be to use the platform for free following his $44bn acquisition of the tech giant, commercial and government accounts may be subject to a ‘slight cost’. Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s $44bn offer to buy the platform on 25 April – a deal funded by $21bn of his own money, $12.5bn borrowed against his shares held in in Tesla and with the remaining sum made up by loans from banks.
TAFT, the direct-to-consumer men's footwear brand, has launched a new NFT collection.
Tech Nation has said that the UK needs to do more to keep British technology companies in Britain. After the collapse of its planned sale to Nvidia, Arm’s parent company SoftBank reportedly said that a US listing would be most suitable.
The UK’s Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has seen a near 1000 per cent increase in customer interactions with its chatbots since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Data obtained via a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request issued by the Parliament Street think tank revealed a rise in customers’ interactions with bots from 512,017 in 2019-20, to 2,802,256 in FY-2020-21, and with a near doubling to 5,423,277 by 2021-22.
Apple is abusing its dominance in the market for mobile wallets on iOS devices, according to the European Commission.
The UK’s competition watchdog has raised concerns about a merger between two emergency service software providers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that NEC Software Solutions’ purchase of SSS raises competition concerns in the “supply of vital software to emergency services and transport customers”.
Brownies will have the opportunity to learn new digital skills like coding and working with algorithms as part of a partnership with Google. Girlguiding, the UK charity behind the Brownies, is expanding an existing relationship with the tech giant with the aim of inspiring young girls and women to pursue technology interests.
Amazon recorded a loss of $3.8 billion in the first quarter compared to an $8.1 billion income during the same period of last year.
Europe’s small deep tech companies are lagging behind companies in the US, according to a new report from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Patent Office (EPO). The study identifies the “unique obstacles” that SMEs face in developing advanced digital technologies in the EU.
The number of daily active users on Facebook is once again on a positive trajectory. The social media platform saw the number of daily users increase by four per cent in the first quarter of the year, despite reportedly recording its slowest revenue growth in 10 years.
techUK has launched a new report calling for data to be positioned at the centre of the criminal justice system to “improve user experience”. The technology trade association says that the challenges of data sharing are disrupting the development of an efficient criminal justice system.
Pinterest has unveiled an extension for WooCommerce, the customisable, open-source e-commerce platform built on WordPress. The extension gives more than 3 million merchants who use WooCommerce the power to turn their entire product catalogues into shoppable Product Pins on Pinterest.
The chancellor has announced a new fraud squad made up of analytics experts and economic crime investigators to “crack down on criminal gangs” stealing taxpayer money. The £25 million central government taskforce, based in the Cabinet Office, is set to be operational by the summer.
The UK’s Chartered Institute for IT is encouraging companies around the world to give Ukraine’s tech consultancies “serious consideration when tendering for contracts”.
The global FinTech sector has seen a 182 per cent increase in tech job growth for the first quarter of 2022, but the industry will have a problem filling vacancies.
In the near future, all consumers will use an app that empowers people to control and earn from their data, the founder of tech company Gener8 has said. Sam Jones, who pitched his idea on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den programme last year, launched a company that gives people the choice to keep their data private online or be rewarded from it.
Digital assets are set to cause chaos in divorce settlements, warn lawyers, with couples being recommended to adopt prenups to help avoid problems. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, over 2.3 million UK adults now hold some form of crypto asset, such as Bitcoin.
The board of Twitter has agreed to allow a $44 billion takeover offer from Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.The social media platform, known as the 'world's town square' had initially pushed back advances from Musk to acquire the platform after it was revealed he had bought a 9.2% stake in the company.
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk could agree the acquisition of Twitter later today in the US, a Reuters report has revealed. The deal could be worth around $43 billion, the amount Musk said was his “best and final” offer earlier this month, through an unsolicited approach.
Mastercard launched identity tech which is designed to improve the e-commerce experience whilst tackling fraud.
Twitter creators who opt in will now be able to have their earnings paid into a crypto wallet, payments giant Stripe has said.
Amidst rising cyber fears in higher education institutions, it’s been revealed that University College London (UCL) faced almost 60 million “malicious” email attacks in the first three months of 2022.
The UK’s largest mobile providers – O2, EE, Vodafone and Three – are being beaten by smaller rivals on customer service and value for money, according to research from Which?.
Research for today’s Earth Day 2022 suggests that although UK climate technology is playing a “crucial role” in tackling global climate change, challenges in accessing funding and a lack of support from the government is “impeding” the development of the industry.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced that the UK has joined the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to share updated mitigation advice against Russian state-sponsored and criminal cyber threats.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has splashed out well over £20 million on data scientists and data analysts, according to official figures.
Netflix says it will move to reduce the large number of people watching its services for free, after its first quarter results showed that it had lost 200,000 subscribers. The company also warned shareholders that it expected another 2 million subscribers could disappear by July.
The government has launched a new group made up of aviation experts who will focus on the tech, infrastructure, and regulation needed to develop zero-emission flights.
GRIDSERVE has opened its latest electric forecourt in Norwich, hosting 36 electric vehicle chargers. The Norwich, East Anglia site forms part of the company’s £1 billion UK-wide investment into charging infrastructure.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are replacing skilled professionals and threatening employment opportunities in the performing arts industry, a union has warned.
Amazon shareholders will for the first time be asked to vote on workers’ rights this year. Activist investor platform Tulipshare said that the move comes after it successfully defeated the e-commerce giant’s attempt to exclude the proposal from this year’s proxy statement.
The government is planning a set of new reforms which could make it against the law to pay someone to write or host a fake review.
The government has said planned changes to The Highway Code will enable owners of self-driving cars to view content on built-in display screens while the vehicle is in control. It will still be illegal to use mobile phones in self-driving mode, which the government says poses a greater risk in distracting drivers.
Amazon is unlikely to introduce cryptocurrencies as a payment option, its chief executive has said.
10 Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were allegedly hit with a number of Pegasus spyware infections in 2020 and 2021, according to research group The Citizen Lab.
New online safety legislation which includes tougher criminal sanctions for tech bosses will be debated in the commons on Tuesday.
Beanstalk, the decentralised credit-based stablecoin, was hacked over the weekend – resulting in around $182 million being drained from the company’s reserves. The hacker used a flash loan to exploit the platform’s governance mechanism to send the funds to a wallet they controlled.
More than two fifths – 42 per cent – of UK consumers want to use augmented reality (AR) to find product information when shopping, according to research from product experience management company Akeneo.
Mercedes-Benz has trialled its VISION EQXX electric vehicle, travelling 1000 km on a single battery charge. The automaker says the car is the most efficient its ever built.
The UK’s biometrics commissioner has written to Dahua Technology to ask the company about the extent of its involvement in surveillance activity within Uyghur ‘political re-education camps” in China.
Google is set to invest $9.5 billion in its US offices and data centres during 2022. The BigTech is also set to create 12,000 new full-time jobs, in addition to ‘thousands more’ among its local suppliers, partners, and communities.
The government has pledged £7.6 million for what it describes as “cutting-edge” rail technology as part of a competition in association with Innovate UK. Minister for rail Wendy Morton has this week announced this year’s ‘First of Kind’ competition, which calls for bids from companies specialising in ways to modernise the UK’s railways.
Predictive visual analytics platform Dragonfly AI has raised £3 million in a Series A funding round. Co-founded in 2018, by entrepreneurs Mark Bainbridge and David Mitchell, Dragonfly AI said its solution helps brands improve creative performance by predicting what their target audience sees.
Private equity firm KKR is set to buy cybersecurity firm Barracuda Networks. The size of the deal was not disclosed in the announcement, but sources reported by Reuters pegged the deal at $4 billion inclusive of debt.
The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) has called for greater focus on real-life cyber resilience following the launch of government research on UK cybersecurity breaches. The study found that 39 per cent of UK businesses had experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months – the same percentage as last year.
Honda has announced it is planning to launch 30 electric vehicle (EV) models globally by 2030. The company said that it will have a production volume of two million units every year.
Video game company Epic Games has raised $2 billion from Sony and Lego-owner Kirkbi at valuation of $31.5 billion. The North Carolina-based company is responsible for franchises such as Fortnite and Gears of War.
The Council of Europe has issued guidelines for digital political campaigning to its 46 member states. The guides aim to “address the challenges to the fairness and legitimacy” of electoral processes created by new digital techniques.
UK video game technology company Improbable has raised $150 million. The company’s flagship project “M Squared” promises to connect different metaverse worlds via a blockchain, including communities in sports, music, fashion, and entertainment.
The European Union (EU) has launched its new Digital Finance Platform. The new platform is designed to support financial innovation and digital technologies in the European Union.
The government has announced plans to run fast broadband through water pipes in parts of South Yorkshire. The move aims to get better internet access to people at a faster pace.
The government has announced it will spend £375 million on supporting “innovative energy technologies” to power UK homes and businesses. The investment includes £240 million to support the production of hydrogen, £2.5 million of funding to develop “next-generation” nuclear tech, and £5 million towards research into carbon capture.
Twitter has rolled out new accessibility features. The new features will make alt text image descriptions more prominent for all users.
Meta is planning to launch new virtual coins, called 'Zuck Bucks', which will be used on its social media platforms. According to a report by the Financial Times, the company will also introduce tokens and lending services on its platforms.
The UK's central bank has spent nearly £3 million on its data roles, according to figures from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request from the Parliament Street think tank. Between 2017 and 2021, the Bank of England quadrupled its data scientist payroll.
Businesses on Amazon are exploiting weaknesses in the company’s review system to fraudulently boost their listings with reviews from unrelated items, an investigation by Which? has found.
US climate technology start-up Watershed is set to create a co-headquarters in London. The San Francisco-based company provides a software platform which allows companies to measure their climate emissions.
Dell Technologies is expanding its asset recovery services with new availability in the UK. The service helps to properly dispose of IT equipment, including laptops, desktops, servers, peripheral or accessory.
Nearly a third of UK shoppers plan to use crypto as a form of payment in 2022, according to research from payments giant Checkout.com.
Google is set to launch a new data lake storage engine dubbed BigLake. The BigTech said the new product will allow enterprises to break down the barriers between their data warehouses and data lakes, providing a unified interface across storage layers, according to sources reported by ZDNet.
NatWest and Coutts have launched a programme to help entrepreneurs in the Interactive Entertainment (IE) space build and develop their businesses.Starting in June 2022, the six-month accelerator is aimed at e-sports, gaming, social media and streaming entrepreneurs across the UK who have recently started a business or are thinking about forming a company.
Up to six million adults in the UK only started playing video games last year, according to research from Marmalade Game Studio. The gaming company said that overall there are around 44 million video game users in the UK.
The Ukraine ware could lead to a global recession, according to the chief global economist at Deloitte. At the World Retail Congress in Rome, Ira Kalish told guests that the conflict has thrown a “massive monkey wrench” into what was a gradually improving post-pandemic picture.
Google is set to offer its employees free electric scooters to tempt them back into the office, according to sources reported by The Verge. The BigTech’s new program, called “Ride Scott”, will allow employees to cover the full cost of Model One scooters produced by manufacturer Unagi.
The government has announced that it plans to bring stablecoins into regulation and that the cryptoassets will be recognised as a form of payment in the UK. The move is part of government plans to make Britain a “global hub for cryptoasset technology and investment”.
Lenovo has committed to hiring 12,000 new employees specialising in research and development (R&D) over the next three years. To mark the start of its financial year the company set out its vision for the coming 12-months, which also includes pledging to achieve net-zero by 2050 and doubling R&D investment.
Tesla produced over 305,000 vehicles and delivered more than 310,000 cars in the first quarter of the year. The company reported a record quarter, despite facing “ongoing supply chain challenges” alongside factory shutdowns.
New research has shown that the metaverse could be between $8 trillion and $13 trillion in the next eight years. The report, from Citi Bank, said that total metaverse users could number around five billion by the 2030.
Just under a fifth - 18 per cent - of UK adults now own cryptocurrency, according to research from crypto exchange Gemini. Nearly half of these UK adults - 45 per cent - invested in cryptocurrency for the first time in 2021.
Dyson has announced the launch of its new purifying headphones.
DHL Parcel UK has announced it is partnering ZigZag, the e-commerce returns technology platform.
A new predictive tool that uses artificial intelligence could diagnose type 1 diabetes in children earlier, reducing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – a serious and possibly life threatening complication.
Meta paid a consulting firm to sow distrust about TikTok, according to the sources reported by The Washington Post. The sources alleged the firm, called Targeted Victory, placed “op-eds and letters to the editor in major regional news outlets, promoting dubious stories about alleged TikTok trends that actually originated on Facebook”.
techUK has published a new paper on data governance which lists six key principles for the UK to “seize post-Brexit opportunities”. The UK technology trade association released the proposals ahead of the government’s publication of the consultation response, ‘Data: A new direction’.
Phishing attempts were the most common attack method identified by UK businesses over the past 12 months. The study, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, found around one in five - 21 per cent - of these businesses identified a more sophisticated attack type such as a denial of service, malware, or ransomware attack.
Chinese tech giant Alibaba has led a $60 million investment in augmented reality glasses manufacturer Nreal as appetite for metaverse technology grows. The Beijing-based firm said it will use the capital from the Series C funding round to invest in research and development, expand into new markets including its native China, and strengthen its existing partnerships with developers and partners.
Visa has launched a new programme designed to help digital-first creators develop their small businesses with NFTs.
On-demand delivery business Gorillas is digitally transforming its HR management strategy with a new partnership. The company is using technology from Workday Human Capital Management to roll out the digitalisation plans.
Around $600 million of cryptocurrency has been stolen from Ronin Network. Ronin Network is the blockchain which powers online game Axie Infinity, which allows users to trade Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) within a virtual world.
DHL has announced the roll out of what3words location tech on its UK parcel platform. From Wednesday, customers will be able to add their what3words address to the delivery preferences section on the DHL Parcel App.
HP is set to acquire audio and video device manufacturer Poly for $1.7 billion. The all-cash deal will see Poly’s shareholders receive $40 per share.
GiveStar has announced the launch of tap-on-phone, a technology which can turn any smartphone into a contactless donations point for charity fundraising.
Almost a third – 29 per cent – of companies have lost a client or customers due to sending an email to the wrong person, according to research from Tessian.
Deliveroo has announced that WHSmith is trialling its online delivery service. The move will give customers access to 600 WHSmith products, including stationary, home office products, and books.
Ukrtelecom, a national telecoms provider based in Ukraine, has reportedly been hit with a major cyber-attack. NetBlocks – which tracks network disruptions and shutdowns – said that the disruption was the most severe registered since the invasion by Russia.
The FinTech industry is pushing the UK’s tech ecosystem to record growth, with the country’s tech sector now worth a landmark $1 trillion valuation. According to data compiled by Dealroom and analysed for the UK Digital Economy Council the country has become the third in the world ever to reach the landmark valuation of $1 trillion.
The installed base of operational data centres is set to exceed 1,200 by 2026, according to research from Synergy. The research was based on analysis of the data centre footprint and plans of 19 of the world's largest cloud and internet service firms, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.
Musk ‘giving serious thought’ to creating a social network. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he is “giving serious thought” to the idea of creating a social network in a recent Tweet.
Epic Games has announced that it is sending all Fortnite proceeds from 20 March to 3 April to humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine. The company said that Xbox is also committing their net proceeds for the game during this time.
European lawmakers have given the green-light for new EU rules that will limit the market power of large online platforms like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Risk analytics start-up Climate X has raised £4.1 million in a seed funding round. The London-based firm provides a platform, called Spectra, which allows firms to estimate the physical risks posed by climate change to their assets.
Mitek has announced it has purchased UK-based KYC tech company HooYu in a £98 million deal.
Meta and NatWest have formed a new partnership that will offer "financial readiness training" and other support to female entrepreneurs. The training is part of Meta’s #SheMeansBusiness initiative, which provides digital skills training and opportunities to expand business connections and networks.
Multinational tech business Lenovo has announced the expansion of its UK and Ireland digital equity programme. Lenovo said it is working with local authorities, education experts, and charitable organisations to make sure “technology, time and money” reach those most in need.
US robotics firm Skyline Robotics has raised $6.5 million in a pre-Series A funding round. The company provides a high-rise cleaning robot called Ozmo, which it said is soon to see its first customer deployment in New York City.
Nvidia is introducing new features designed to make it easier for gaming developers to share assets, sort asset libraries, collaborate, and roll-out AI to animate characters’ facial expressions.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) has announced that it has been a victim to a “sophisticated and criminal” cybersecurity attack. The organisation said that it is difficult to understand why perpetrators would want to disrupt work relied on by vulnerable people.
Private equity firm Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy enterprise software firm Anaplan for $10.7 billion. Anaplan, based in San Francisco, provides subscription-based business planning software.
The government is facing a three-day hearing at the London High Court after being accused of using “disappearing messaging apps” like WhatsApp to conduct business.
Getty Images has launched what it describes as an “industry-first” model release form designed to support data privacy in AI and machine learning. The form aims to address recent lawsuits around the use of biometric information without explicit consent of people featured in visual imagery.
Livestock data platform Breedr has raised £12 million in a Series A funding round led by Investbridge Capital. The Chichester-based company’s solutions enable farmers to record information about their animals on their smartphones, including weight, health, fertility, genetics, and medication regimen.
One in five retail employees in the UK have been involved in cyber security incident or loss of secure data, according to new research.
The government has announced it will fund a new organisation aimed at boosting innovation in the UK telecoms supply chain.
BlackBerry has announced it is partnering with Samsung on critical event management. The company will use rugged Samsung Galaxy devices for its solution, which is designed for first responders and front-line workers.
While 70 per cent of technology companies plan to increase UK investment, they are being hindered by "significant R&D challenges" and the digital skills gap, according to research from techUK.
Amazon has said that its most recent Amazon Fresh store is the first of its kind to try to achieve zero-carbon certification.
Fraudulent advertisements requesting donations to Ukrainians are appearing on the Darknet, according to research from cybersecurity firm Check Point. The Darknet is a part of the internet that isn’t visible to search engines, which requires the use of anonymised browsers such as Tor to access and is frequently used for trading illegal drugs.
Currys has pledged to tackle e-waste with a new initiative. 'Long Live Your Tech' aims to educate and help consumers make more informed choices when buying and disposing technology.
The CMA has found that NortonLifeLock’s approximately £6 billion purchase of Avast raises competition concerns and may now be referred for an in-depth investigation. The news comes after the US cybersecurity firm agreed to buy the EU-based company in August.
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has published a consultation on its proposals for a new space spectrum strategy.The strategy sets out plans to coordinate the space domain whilst ensuring there is appropriate spectrum available for all users.
Technology investment in Northern Ireland reached over £100 million in 2021, according to research from analyst firm Catalyst. This represents a significant rise from the £5 million in total investment the region received in 2014, and a 127 per cent rise over 2020 levels.
Microsoft for Startups and third-party tech vendor Ansarada have announced a new global partnership aimed at making it easier and faster for startups to raise capital and grow. Ansarada is the first company of its kind to form a worldwide partnership in the Microsoft for Startups programme.
As the government announced the introduction of the long-awaited Online Safety Bill to parliament today, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has said that singling out algorithms as responsible for children’s online safety is ‘passing the buck’.
The government will introduce what it describes as a set of “world-first” online safety laws in parliament today. The long-awaited Online Safety Bill includes tougher and quicker criminal sanctions for tech bosses, as well as new criminal offences for falsifying and destroying data.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is set to invest £1.8 billion into building out its UK data centre presence over the next two years. The BigTech giant said this will bring AWS’s total investment in the UK to more than double what it is today, benefitting existing customers as well as strengthening the UK’s digital infrastructure.
HSBC has announced it is entering the metaverse through a new partnership with blockchain gaming business The Sandbox. HSBC is to buy a plot of land in The Sandbox metaverse, which will be developed to engage with sports, e-sports, and gaming enthusiasts.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commision (DPC) has issued a fine of €17 million to Meta Platforms Ireland after the company broke EU data privacy rules.
The former president and chief operating officer of Nintendo has said that he does not buy into the idea that Meta – formerly Facebook – will be successful in the metaverse. Reggie-Fils Aime told Bloomberg journalist Emily Chang that he believes the metaverse is the cloud of five years ago and the internet of 20 years ago at an event in Austin, Texas.
Interpol, the international criminal police organisation, is partnering with IDnow, an identity proofing firm, to share expertise through global training programmes. The 12 month collaboration will see IDnow experts deliver a series of training programmes to local law enforcement and immigration departments, starting in Abu Dhabi later this month.
UK semiconductor giant Arm could be axing up to 975 roles from its workforce following the collapse of its planned sale to Nvidia.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning self-assessment customers to be on their guard following more than 570,000 scam reports in the last year. The tax authority said that following the deadline for tax return submission in January this year, scammers have been targeting self-assessment customers to try and steal money or personal information.
The Home Office is reportedly facing an investigation for allegedly capturing data from the phones of migrants entering the UK, according to an exclusive report by Sky News.
Online textbook subscription service Perlego has announced the close of a $50million Series B funding round.
UK start-up OW Smell Digital, which develops smell-based technology for the metaverse, has raised £1 million. OW said its digital smell technology ‘will transform an ecosystem dominated by sound and vision’ and that its hardware and software ‘can identify smells and their unique perceptual effects’.
There are currently six boys to one girl in many areas of computing education, according to a new report from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. However, the research also found that once young women do choose computing they generally outperform their male counterparts.
Co-op has announced it is expanding its Starship Technologies-run robot delivery service to an additional five stores in Northampton. The expanded robot service, which delivers same day, on-demand grocery orders, will add a further 20,000 households to the delivery remit.
The education sector is the most likely to pay ransomware demands, according to new research from Immersive Labs. The Bristol-based cybersecurity firm surveyed 2,100 organisations and their responses across 1,500 separate threats and incidents.
Skechers has announced it is entering the metaverse. The footwear brand said that it is the first to sign a lease in the fashion district of Decentraland.
The government has announced that cyberflashing will become a criminal offence under the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
Meta – which owns social media giants Facebook and Instagram – has reportedly made an exception to its rules by allowing violent speech against Russian soldiers and Vladimir Putin.
Blockchain and crypto solution business Ripple has announced the first independent creators to receive money for their NFT projects through its Creator Fund.
eBay has announced a number of new digital products and services as part of the company’s new tech-led strategy.
A new commission has been formed to investigate the potential for tidal power generation on the Severn estuary. The Severn estuary is a body of water which flows into the Bristol Channel between England and South Wales, and the second largest tidal range in the world.
Two board members from the UK branch of Huawei have reportedly resigned over the company’s alleged silence about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
YouTube and Google Play have both announced they are “pausing” payment services in Russia. In a statement, Google Play said it was stopping its billing system for users in Russia.
London-based consumer technology company Nothing has raised $70 million in a Series B funding round. The earphone manufacturer said it will use the capital for product development and to open a new London design hub, led by former Dyson design head Adam Bates.
The government has announced a new series of loans worth £150 million, designed to support the UK’s innovative SMEs.
45 per cent of UK parents are concerned about children spending too much time on games, according to figures from digital board game publisher Marmalade Game Studio.
During the 100 days since the start of the COP26 conference last October, climate technology businesses have experienced a strong uplift in venture capital (VC) investment, according to data from Tech Nation.
Google is set to buy US cybersecurity firm Mandiant for $5.4 billion. The search giant offered 32$ per share in an all-cash deal, a 53 per cent premium to Mandiant’s share price at the time of the offer.
The government has announced an update to draft legislation that will give regulators power to tackle “harmful and misleading” adverts on social media and search engines.
Brent and Merton councils have collectively been hit by five successful ransomware attacks since 2016, according to a report by Parliament Street. The data was obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requested by the think tank.
HMRC is urging the British public to stop sharing personal information online to avoid their identities being used to claim fake self-assessment tax refunds.
UK sustainability technology start-up Provenance has raised £4.1 million in its latest funding round. The company said its product, called ‘Proof Point’, enables consumers to verify the corporate sustainability claims made on webpages.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced new commitments from Gridserve – owner of major chargepoint operator The Electric Highway – which will reduce the length of exclusive rights to a number of motorway service companies.
Amazon has purchased Swansea-based retail technology company Veeqo. The company, founded in 2013 by Matt Warren, provides tools which help sellers on e-commerce platforms manage their orders, covering inventory, picking, shipping, purchasing, and reporting.
Phishing attacks increased 15 per cent over the course of 2021, according to research from cybersecurity firm Egress. The research surveyed 500 IT leaders from a variety of industries, with an equal number of UK and US respondents.
Changes to existing planning laws could see the faster roll out of 4G and 5G across the UK’s rural areas.The government has said that reforms to legislation will mean fewer phone masts will be needed to boost 4g and 5G coverage, as telecoms companies will be able to upgrade existing infrastructure over building new masts.
LifeScore, the AI music technology business, has announced a £11 million funding raise.The company creates what it describes as “adaptive music on demand that is algorithmically tailored to the context and needs of the listener,” whether they want to relax, focus, or energise to “support the emotional narrative of a performance or immersive experience”.
Amazon is reportedly facing pressure from investors over tax transparency. 24 institutional investors want to have a better understanding about how much tax the e-commerce giant pays globally, according to a report by the Financial Times.
PayPal has joined a host of companies who have suspended operations in Russia. The move comes after Visa, Mastercard, and American Express stopped processing transactions for Russian financial organisations in the past week.
The United Kingdom has been ranked fourth in the world for automated vehicle (AV) readiness, according to research from Confused.com. The UK received a 6.92 out of 10 ready score.
Amazon has announced the launch of its own range of apparel, home, beauty, and household essentials made from more sustainable materials. The retail giant said the new products will be made from recycled polyester, organic cotton, and bio-based ingredients and will have certifications specific to product type.
Britain has opened a new prison designed “from top to bottom” with smart technology to help cut crime.
Founder-led venture capital firm Sure Valley Ventures has completed a £85 million first close of a £95 million UK software technology fund. The fund includes a £50 million investment from the British Business Bank through its enterprise capital funds programme.
Amazon has announced that it will be closing all of its Amazon 4-star, Books, and Pop Up stores in the UK and US. The company said that it want to focus more on its Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, Amazon Go, and Amazon Style stores, as well as its ‘Just Walk Out Technology’.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the least reliable fuel type and spend longer off the road than other cars when they need to be repaired, according to a survey by Which?. The consumer organisation has called on car manufacturers to improve the reliability of EVs.
BKwai, the company which aims to help engineers develop smarter and more sustainable built infrastructure, has announced a £2.2 million seed funding round.
APG has announced a new partnership with what3words. The company, which specialises in cross-border e-commerce delivery solutions, will offer its UK retail partners delivery to an exact what3words address.
Netflix has announced plans to acquire Finnish mobile games company Next Games. The Helsinki-based games developer, which was launched in 2013, specialises in mobile games based on popular entertainment franchises.
Google has removed Russian state-funded media – including Russia Today and Sputnik – from its Google News search platform. The search giant said it also blocking YouTube channels connected to Russian state media across Europe, and that this action builds on its indefinite pause of the monetisation of Russian state-funded media across its platforms, meaning media outlets such as RT are not allowed to monetise their content or advertise on its platforms.
The government has announced funding a number of UK projects developing technologies for future space science missions.
Advertising technology, or AdTech, is set to grow from $438 billion to $1 trillion by 2030, according to figures from analytics company GlobalData.
JP Morgan has invested in blockchain intelligence company TRM Labs. TRM Labs, founded 2017, provides software that allows businesses to manage and prevent cryptocurrency-related fraud and crime.
Ukraine’s government and military sector has seen a 196 per cent increase in cyber attacks since the Russian invasion, according to data from Check Point research. The cybersecurity firm said it had also detected a four per cent increase in attacks directed at Russian organisations.
Toyota is "suspending" Japanese factory operations following a suspected cyber-attack against one of its suppliers. A report by Reuters suggested the move will mean the company loses roughly 13,000 cars of output.
The number of people under the age of 19 becoming a victim of online dating-related sexual assaults has increased since 2016, according to data from the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Hybrid-cloud and edge computing business Pulsant has completed the takeover of data centre and cloud services provider Amito.
The Ukrainian government and non-government organisations (NGOs) providing support to the military, have raised almost $18.9 million in cryptocurrencies. The figures, from blockchain analysis company Elliptic, come after Ukraine’s government posted an appeal on its official Twitter account on Saturday, sharing two cryptocurrency addresses.
John Lewis has announced it is replacing its home services fleet with electric vehicles. The trial is part of the retailer’s commitment to transition 4,000 cars, vans and light trucks to EV by 2030.
Over three-quarters - 76 per cent - of British workers think excellent connectivity is crucial for economic growth, according to new research from Cisco. The networking giant’s research surveyed over 59,796 workers across 30 markets.
83 per cent of organisations have increased supply chain investments, according to research from Blue Yonder. The study, which surveyed 250 supply chain decision-makers in the UK, found that 97 per cent of organisations have faced disruption over the past 12 months.
The government has said it is “step[ping] up the fight against anonymous trolls” by adding new measures to the draft Online Safety Bill. The measures are designed to give social media users more control over what they see online and who can interact with them.
HMRC has reported just under 1,500 electronic devices lost or stolen over the past five years, according to data from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request.
The UK’s energy industry was identified as the country’s top target for cyber-attacks, accounting for 24 per cent of all incidents, according to a report from IBM. This was followed by manufacturing and financial services, which both took on 19 per cent of attacks.
UK cybersecurity company Darktrace has acquired Cybersprint for €47.5 million. Cybersprint, based in The Hague in the Netherlands, provides attack surface management solutions.
Facial recognition search engine Clearview is aiming to win its first large US government contract, according to sources reported by Reuters. The New York-based company, founded in 2017 by Hoan Ton-That and Richard Schwartz, also told the news publication that it plans to expand its team by a third.
London-headquartered technology business Weavr has announced the close of a $40 million funding round led by Tiger Global.
The vast majority – 75 per cent – of businesses who improved data quality last year exceeded annual objectives, according to research from Experian. These include objectives relating to customer experience, managing talent, and workforce development, data security, and business resilience.
Dolce&Gabbana (D&G) has announced the launch of DGFamily, a new NFT community, in collaboration with marketplace for digital luxury UNXD.
Former president of the United States Donald Trump has launched a new social media platform. The app – which is now available to US users on the App Store and Google Play – is described on its website as America’s “Big Tent” social media platform.
London-based RegTech start-up Umazi has raised £750,000. The pre-seed funding round included investment from government-backed innovation agency Innovate UK and various angel investors.
DPD has partnered with UK location technology firm what3words. The London-based technology start-up has divided the world into a grid of three metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three words, with around 57 trillion squares in total.
A UK logistics firm which handles orders for some of Britain’s largest retailers has agreed to a possible buy-out deal worth around £940 million from GXO Logistics.
Dell Technologies and VMware have announced they are working with Munich Re to help improve the reinsurer’s global IT operations. The technology companies are also aiming to help the business better adhere to compliance requirements.
The number of people in the UK applying for computer science degrees has jumped by 13 per cent this year, the highest increase of any UK university subject, according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Ransomware attack volume rose 227 per cent to 33.5 million in the UK in 2021, according to research from Sonic Wall. The company’s survey looked at data from over 1.1 million security sensors in over 215 countries.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has joined a new working group of international competition regulators to tackle collusion in the supply chain.
Aviva has issued a warning to homes with virtual reality headsets after receiving a flood of claims relating to VR games. The insurer saw home contents claims involving VR headsets jump by 32 per cent in 2021 compared to the previous year.
DeepMind said it has been able to use its AI to control a nuclear fusion reactor. The London-based Alphabet subsidiary said it collaborated with the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL to develop a deep reinforcement learning (RL) system to autonomously discover how to successfully control the coils and plasma in a tokamak.
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the proxy advisory firm, has reportedly urged shareholders to vote against a £73 million ($99 million) pay package for Apple chief executive Tim Cook.
Stablecoin provider Circle has hit a $9 billion valuation. The Boston-based company is primarily known as a provider of the USD Coin (USDC), a “stablecoin” or a cryptocurrency which tracks the value of the US dollar.
JPMorgan Chase, Toshiba, and Ciena have created what the partnership describes as a “first-of-its-kind” quantum key distribution (QKD) network for metropolitan areas.
KPMG and Blue J have launched a new AI-powered tax analysis tool for the UK. Blue J is a provider of predictive analysis tools for tax positions in North America.
Around 1,800 British cyber security firms made £10.1 billion in the most recent financial year, representing a 14 per cent increase, according to government figures. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) annual cyber report found that the sector contributed roughly £5.3 billion to the UK economy last year.
Nick Clegg has been promoted to president of global affairs at Meta. The news comes after Clegg, a former deputy prime minister in the UK government, first joined the BigTech as vice president for global affairs and communications in 2018.
Zoom Video Communications is partnering with electronic agreement company DocuSign. Through the new partnership, Zoom will enable organisations to sign agreements virtually via its video platform.
HMRC has nearly tripled its yearly spend on data analyst and data scientist roles in the past five years, according to figures from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request.
Police forces across the UK should limit the data they share with immigration enforcement about vulnerable victims of crime such as domestic abuse, a new report has urged.
Intel has announced plans to takeover Israeli company Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion. The chip giant said the move is part of plans to expand its manufacturing capacity, global footprint, and technology portfolio to address “unprecedented industry demand”.
The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has said that 22 supervisory authorities across the EEA will launch investigations into the use of cloud-based services by the public sector.
Millions of low-income families are missing out on an annual £144 broadband saving, according to Ofcom. The regulator said that while special discounted broadband packages – sometimes known as social tariffs.
A new robot-assisted surgery technique designed to improve cancer surgical outcomes and patient care has received £1.25 million in funding. The method is being developed by researchers from the National Robotarium.
Vodafone UK has chosen technology from Oracle Communications help lead network policy for its standalone 5G network. Oracle said that its cloud-native network policy management technology could give Vodafone customers access to holographic calls.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reportedly made its first seizure of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). An NFT is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger - or a blockchain - that certifies the uniqueness of a digital asset.
Cisco Systems made a bid for US software firm Splunk worth over $20 billion, according to sources reported by The Wall Street Journal. Splunk, founded in 2003, provides software which helps firms search, monitor, and analyse machine-generated data.
AI-powered machines are quicker and more accurate at identifying images of fake faces than humans, according to research from biometrics company ID R&D. People find it much more difficult to pick out images used by fraudsters in spoofing attacks than computers and are nearly 10 times slower, the study found.
Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH) has announced plans to become what it describes as “the first strategic retail consultant in the UK” for companies looking to expand into the metaverse. The consultancy plans to open a new arm in its retail division that will focus on how retailers can operate in the third generation of the internet – widely known as Web 3.0.
The Robotics Growth Partnership (RGP), launched by the government in 2019, has published a document outlining a new infrastructure for smart robotics in the UK. The Vision for cyber-physical infrastructure (CPI) explores how a “connected ecosystem of virtual and physical infrastructure” could help drive faster and cheaper innovation.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured legally binding commitments from Google to address competition concerns over its Privacy Sandbox. The BigTech’s Privacy Sandbox initiative aims to remove commonly used tracking mechanisms, like third-party cookies, and block techniques such as fingerprinting.
More than half of enterprise IT spending will shift to the cloud by 2025 according to Gartner, overtaking spending on traditional IT. Gartner said its ‘cloud shift’ research only includes enterprise IT categories that can transition to cloud within the application software, infrastructure software, business process services, and system infrastructure markets.
The government has pledged “up to £23 million” to create more AI and data conversion courses which it says will help young people from underrepresented groups including women, black people, and people with disabilities join the industry.
Amazon Care’s virtual health services are now available across the whole of the US, with in-person services being rolled out in over 20 new cities in 2022. The company said that it is continuing to invest in growing its clinical care team and in-person care services nationwide.
During the final three months of 2021, the total number of Uber trips surged by 23 per cent to around 19 million daily. Revenue was up by 83 per cent to $5.8 billion during the same period.
Domino’s is set to implement UK location technology firm what3words’ solution. The London-based start-up’s technology has already been tested at Domino’s franchises in the UK, North America, and Saudi Arabia.
49 per cent of British students see coding languages as being either more or equally as valuable as foreign language skills, according to research from software business KX. The company surveyed 2,000 students in further education aged 16-23 – half were from the UK and half were based in the US.
The US Justice Department said that it has seized $3.6 billion in stolen bitcoin, linked to the 2016 hack of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange. The department seized 94,000 bitcoins from a New York couple, Ilya Lichtenstein and his wife Heather Morgan, arresting them for alleged conspiracy.
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, is set to step down from the Meta board. Thiel has served on the BigTech’s board of directors since 2005 and will continue to serve as a director until its annual meeting in May.
Digital minister Chris Philp announced a new legal duty that will require porn websites to roll out "robust checks" to ensure users are over 18. The new rule, which will come under the highly anticipated Online Safety Bill, could force sites that publish pornographic content to implement age verification technology.
Meta has warned it may be forced to remove a number of its platforms and services from the European market – including Facebook and Instagram – because of restrictions to data transfer.
The sale of UK semiconductor giant Arm to Nvidia has collapsed. Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, Arm’s current owner, said the deal had been officially ended due to "significant regulatory challenges".
Peloton Interactive – the New York-based exercise equipment business – has reportedly received interest from Amazon and Nike as potential buyers of the company.
Re-commerce company musicMagpie has expanded its rental subscription service to tablets, games consoles, and MacBooks. The service, which was first launched in October 2020, was originally available for smartphones. Since its establishment, the company has attracted 13,500 active subscribers.
Meta is set to introduce new personal boundary features to its metaverse virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds. Horizon Worlds, released in December 2021, allows users to interact with each other in an online world using the BigTech’s Oculus headsets.
The digital secretary has announced that the draft Online Safety Bill will include a set of new criminal offenses and an additional list of illegal content for tech firms to remove “as a priority”.
Amazon reported strong financial results for 2021, despite facing labour and supply issues during the period. Last year sales jumped by 22 per cent to $469.8 billion compared to $386.1 billion in 2020.
Meta has been fined £1.5 million by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after it failed to tell the regulator about key staff leaving the company. As part of an investigation into Meta’s purchase of Giphy, in 2020 the authority issued an initial enforcement order (IEO), which is as standard practice for mergers.
Non-Fungible Token (NFT) start-up Yuga Labs is in financing talks at a valuation between $4 billion and $5 billion, according to sources reported by The Financial Times. Yuga Labs is behind the notable NFT collection the Bored Ape Yacht Club, which is the second most traded collection on NFT marketplace OpenSea, currently the world’s largest NFT marketplace.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is inviting organisations in the health industry to get involved in workshops on privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs). PETs relate to a vast range of processes for protecting personal data which help improve data protection.
The snack producer behind McCoy’s, Hula Hoops, and Tyrells crisps has announced it is facing disruption to its manufacturing and shipping processes following a ransomware incident which took place last Friday.
DeepMind has created a new system, called AlphaCode, it said can write computer programs at a competitive level using artificial intelligence. The London-based AI company, which is a subsidiary of BigTech firm Alphabet, said the new system achieved an estimated rank within the top 54 per cent of participants in programming competitions.
For the first time in its 18-year history, the number of daily active users (DAUs) on Facebook is no longer growing. The social media giant reported 1.93 billion daily active users in the final months of 2021 – the same figure published for the previous quarter.
Google-owner Alphabet has reported a 41 per cent increase in revenues for 2021 in comparison to the previous year. The technology giant made $257.6 billion over the 12-month period versus $182.5 billion in 2020.
Meta has announced a set of new updates to its 3D avatars in a move which the company says is part of the early stage of its metaverse plans.
Nearly ‘three quarters’ think Great Resignation has increased security risks. Nearly three quarters - 71 per cent - of IT leaders have said that the ‘Great Resignation’ has increased security risks in their organisation, according to research from cybersecurity company Tessian.
Visa has called for the standardisation of payment systems at electric vehicle (EV) charging points across Europe. The payments tech company said that because there is no widespread industry standard for payment acceptance at charging points.
Banking and financial services were the most popular target for ransomware attacks in the third quarter of 2021. The research, from cybersecurity company Trellix, found that the industry was more prone to ransomware attacks than the utility industry, which it said accounted for 20 per cent of ransomware attack detections, and the retail industry, which it found accounted for 16 per cent of detections.
Technology industry initial public offerings (IPOs) raised £6.6 billion in 2021 in the UK, according to data from the London Stock Exchange (LSE). This is more than double 2020’s total of £3.1 billion according to the exchange’s figures.
Apple has released a new personal safety user guide for its AirTag following concerns about the use of the device tracker for stalking. AirTags can be attached to items like wallets, keys, and bags to help users find them when misplaced.
Pinterest is rolling out new augmented reality (AR) technology to enable its users to virtually place items in their home. The Pinterest Lens camera will allow consumers to visualise furniture and accessories from Crate & Barrel, CB2, Macy’s Walmart, West Elm, and Wayfair.
Sony is set to acquire video game developer Bungie in a $3.6 billion deal. The Washington, Seattle-based company - which has over 900 employees - is known for game series such as Destiny and Halo.
UK Export Finance (UKEF) has guaranteed 80 per cent of a new £625 million loan from 12 commercial banks that will support Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) electric vehicle (EV) plans. The £500 million Export Development Guarantee, announced by international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, will be used for the development and export of battery electric vehicles.
Innovate Technology, which develops biometric tech designed to estimate age, has been approved as a participant in a UK government programme. The Home Office invited companies to come up with digital methods of verifying customer ages for the sale of alcohol.
Microsoft UK has appointed Alan Lewis as its general manager of public sector. The executive will succeed Chris Perkins, who has led Microsoft’s public sector business for the past five years, and who is set to transition to a new role leading Microsoft UK’s enterprise commercial business.
Spotify’s chief executive has announced a set of new measures to address Covid-19 misinformation on its platform following backlash from a number of musicians. The move comes after Neil Young and Joni Mitchell asked to have their music taken off the streaming app when Spotify refused to remove Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Remote access software provider Citrix is nearing a deal to be acquired for around $13 billion by private equity, according to sources reported by Bloomberg. The news organisation’s sources said that Elliott Investment Management and Vista Equity Partners are close to agreeing a deal that would value the company at close to $104 per share.
Google Cloud is set to launch a digital assets focused team. The BigTech said the new team will support its customers’ needs in building, transacting, storing value, and deploying new products on blockchain-based platforms.
The University of Westminister has been targeted with nearly 20,000 malicious emails every month since October 2020, according to data from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has urged British companies to “bolster their cyber security resilience” following malicious cyber incidents which took place in Ukraine. The UK organisation said that there have been no current threats to the country identified so far but that the guidance would enable businesses to build resilience ahead of potential incidents.
Capita is set to sell IT firm Trustmarque to a private equity firm, One Equity Partners, for £111 million. The FTSE 250-listed outsourcing company first purchased Trustmarque from competitor Liberata in 2016 for £57 million.
Spotify is reportedly deleting Neil Young’s music from its app after deciding it would not remove Joe Rogan’s podcast, which the musician said spreads misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.
PQShield, a cybersecurity company specialising in post-quantum cryptography, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round. Post-quantum cryptography refers to cryptographic algorithms believed to be secure against an attack by a quantum computer.
The number of technology roles in England and Wales reached record highs in 2021, according to new research. The study, by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters and data analytics company Vacancysoft, found that there were more than 12,800 new vacancies for tech professionals last year.
Meta is set to sell its stablecoin project - The Diem Association - to Silvergate Capital, according to sources reported by The Wall Street Journal. The deal, which includes the venture’s technology, was worth around $200 million according to the publication’s sources.
A quantum computer could break the encryption of Bitcoin and simulate a key molecule in the fight against global food shortages and climate change, according to new research.
RealThing Ai has launched a new fully voice accessible smartphone designed for those with sight loss. The RealSAM Pocket V4 includes several new features, including Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Object Recognition and an enhanced emergency on-call assistant.
The percentage of the global population that remains unconnected to the internet is set to drop from 42 per cent to 30 per cent, according to market research firm Omdia. However, 30 per cent of the world population will only be accessing the internet via a mobile device by 2026 according to the firm, and only 40 per cent will have fixed broadband at home.
Under new proposals from the UK’s Law Commissions, the person in the driving seat of an automated vehicle would no longer be responsible for how the car drives. Instead, the company behind the vehicle would face regulatory sanctions if anything goes wrong.
Dual-mode car-aircraft AirCar has been given permission by the Slovak Transport Authority to fly. The official ‘certificate of airworthiness’ was issued following 70 hours of flight testing compatible with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.
Bosch and Volkswagen Group subsidiary Cariad have announced a new partnership that aims to speed up the production of hands-free driving. Cariad is an automotive software company established by the German car manufacturer in 2020.
The carbon emissions of the largest public cloud vendors are set to become one of the top three cloud purchase decision criteria by 2025, according to research from Gartner. The analyst house said over 90 per cent of companies have increased their investments in sustainability programs since the start of the pandemic, compared to its figures from 2017.
The highly anticipated UK cyber security strategy has today been launched, with the public now able to report cyber incidents with new digital services. Steve Barclay, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, said that the UK’s public services will now be strengthened to further protect them from the risk of being “shut down by hostile cyber threats”.
Nike is set to bring its metaverse-based Nikeland experience to its Fifth Avenue store in New York, according to sources reported by WWD. The project, located on the first floor of Nike NYC, House of Innovation, will provide customers with a variety of augmented reality experiences delivered via Snapchat Lenses according to the sources.
UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Digital Security by Design (DSbD) challenge and Digital Catapult have launched a new Technology Access Programme. UKRI describes itself as the largest public funder of research and innovation in the UK, with a budget of more than £8 billion.
Nicholas Francis, founder of Unity Technologies, is launching a specialised Agricultural Technologies (AgriTech) VC fund in partnership with Investbridge Capital. Francis’ career to date has involved predicting how software will develop in the face of hardware evolution and societal change. He co-founded Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based video game software development company in 2004. The company reported revenues of $772 million in 2020.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued £2.2 million in penalties for privacy regulation breaches between 2020 and 2021, according to figures revealed in a recent government report.
Over half - 55 per cent - of UK business decision makers think that quantum computing is an overhyped technology, according to research from KPMG. The research surveyed 750 UK business decision makers at companies with over 250 employees during December 2021.
In its current form, the government’s draft legislation tackling online safety would fail to prevent the sharing of the most “insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls, according to a new report by MPs.
Netflix shares took a tumble on Thursday as the streaming giant forecast lower new subscriber numbers for the start of the year than anticipated by analysts. The company saw paid memberships increase by 8.3 million in the final quarter of 2021.
Tinder is charging young gay and lesbian users and over-30s more for its premium service, an investigation by Which? has found. The consumer organisation said the discovery suggests possible discrimination and could potentially be a breach of UK law.
Ex-DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman is set to join venture capital (VC) firm Greylock as a venture partner. Suleyman was previously vice president of AI product management and AI policy at Google.
UK battery company Britishvolt has been given £100 million by the UK government for a new factory. The government said the planned “gigafactory” in Blyth, Northumberland is set to produce 300,000 electric vehicles each year.
The Omicron variant has helped contribute to a 521 per cent rise in Covid-test related scam emails, according to figures from Barracuda Networks. Incidents recorded took place between October 2021 and January 2022.
The government has said that new laws are needed to drive up security standards in outsourced IT services used by nearly all UK companies.
The Public Accounts Committee has said that it is not convinced the government will meet its downgraded targets for the national roll out of gigabit broadband. In 2020, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) admitted its initial plan to deliver nationwide super-fast broadband by 2025 was unachievable.
Over a third - 34 per cent - of European jobs are at risk from automation according to new research by Forrester. The analyst firm said that by 2040 12 million jobs will be lost to automation across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, which it called Europe-5.
Sensei, the Amazon rival developing autonomous stores in Europe, has chosen Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as its original equipment manufacturer. The company said that HPE’s ProLiant servers will give retailers access to real-time insights.
Santander has bought a 30 per cent stake in venture debt manager Atempo Growth, which has just launched a fund focussing on financing European tech businesses with high growth potential.
Mastercard has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase on a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace. An NFT is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger - or a blockchain - that certifies the uniqueness of a digital asset.
Microsoft has agreed to buy video game company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. The deal would be the BigTech firm’s largest acquisition ever.
The government has published plans to strengthen the rules on cryptoasset advertisements and protect consumers from misleading claims. The government said it plans to introduce legislation to address misleading cryptoasset promotions.
Nearly €1.1 billion worth of GDPR fines have been imposed in 2021, according to research by DLA Piper. This figure represents a 594 per cent year-on-year increase in fines imposed since 28 January 2021, compared to €158.5 million during the same period the year before.
Wayve, an autonomous mobility startup, has announced $200 million in funding from backers including Microsoft and Virgin.The London-based company used ‘embodied intelligence’ to develop autonomous vehicle technology.
Microsoft has launched a new start-up accelerator, which is looking for UK start-ups tackling environmental issues. The BigTech said that the AI for Environmental Sustainability Accelerator will help companies that have a product or solution idea that uses artificial intelligence to have a positive impact in one of six areas: Carbon, water, waste, ecosystems, climate equity, and green skilling.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has cracked down on well-known cybercrime organisation REvil. In a statement, the FSB said the action was at the behest of US authorities, who it said had reported the leader of REvil.
Volta Trucks has partnered with The Crown Estate and Clipper Logistics to help decarbonise deliveries for Regent Street retailers.The electric vehicle manufacturer's Volta Zero, which will launch as a trial in the summer, will play a role The Crown Estate's latest delivery consolidation scheme, which aims to reduce emissions throughout the West End.
The UK Space Agency has said that a planned satellite launch from Spaceport Cornwall is one step closer following the completion of a similar mission in the US this week. On Thursday, Virgin Orbit successfully completed its third mission from California, launching several satellites into orbit from beneath the wing of a 747.
Google has spent $1 billion on a new London office. The office is located near Covent Garden and is part of Central Saint Giles, a mixed-use development where Google is already a tenant.
Meta could be hit with £2.3 billion in damages over claims it abused its market dominance. Today Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, director of the Competition Law Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, announced that she is launching a major class-action against the tech giant.
Meta – formerly Facebook – has lost a battle against an American antitrust lawsuit which calls for the technology giant to sell several of its platforms. The US Federal Trade Commission alleges that Meta has a monopoly power in the market for social networking services.
Kim Kardashion, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Paul Pierce, are being sued alongside executives from EthereumMax over ‘misleading’ promotion of the company’s cryptocurrency. The lawsuit has been filed by investors who purchased ‘EMAX Tokens’ between 14 May and 27 June 2021.
A new health and wellbeing platform has announced it plans to raise £1 million for UK charities. After a successful beta stage last year, WellGiving launched this month.
The UK government is launching a project with leading institutions aimed at setting new global technical standards for artificial intelligence (AI).The pilot for the AI Standards Hub will be led by The Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution and the National Physical Laboratory.
Nokia is to drive 5G private wireless adoption with a new partnership. Tech Mahindra, a digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering service company, will use Nokia’s private wireless DAC for customers across industries and facilitate in automating 5G Private Wireless network management on a cloud.