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NATO is holding the biggest ever international live-fire cyber defence exercise this week.
Posted: 14/4/2021
30 civil rights groups across Europe, including Amnesty International and Privacy International, have called on the EU to ban ‘unlawful tracking and surveillance’ in online advertising.
Posted: 14/4/2021
Trackable wristband firm Buddi is preparing for a floatation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), at a valuation reported to around £500 million. The firm, founded in 2005 by Sara Murray, makes wristbands for vulnerable people, which can detect falls and allow them to contact assistance if needed.
Posted: 14/04/2021
The UK should introduce a code to ensure BigTech provides adequate compensation to news publishers, said the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The news comes after Australia won a longstanding legal battle to make BigTech pay local publishers for news, which saw Facebook block 25 million Australian users from viewing news content on the platform.
Posted: 14/04/2021
Although many British companies are “cautiously optimistic” about complying with the EU’s proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA), 92 per cent are concerned about the new regulations.
Posted: 13/4/2021
Republican Josh Hawley has put forward a bill that would stop BigTech companies worth more than $100 billion from buying or merging with other businesses. The proposed legislation would impact the US’ five biggest technology companies: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
Posted: 13/4/2021
A new update on the NHS Covid-19 mobile app has been paused after Apple and Google blocked it from their stores over privacy breaches. The NHS’ Test and Trace app was due for the update on 8 April in time for the easing of restrictions.
Posted: 13/4/2021
Mastercard has partnered with Swedish FinTech Doconomy to release a new carbon calculator.
The payments giant said the solution can give consumers a snapshot of the carbon emissions generated by their purchases, which it claimed are powered by the independently verified index.
Posted: 13/04/2021
Singapore tech company OTSAW Digital is trialling a robot delivery service in the city. The company said that it wants to “disrupt and transform” the last mile delivery service with its robot as-a-service business model for delivery companies and retailers.
Posted: 12/4/2021
Elon Musk’s brain implant company has taught a monkey how to play games using its mind. Neuralink is currently developing a fully-implanted, wireless, high-channel count brain-machine interface (BMI) which it hopes will help people with paralysis use their neural activity to operate computers and mobile devices.
Posted: 12/4/2021
Microsoft is close to finalising a deal to acquire voice recognition company Nuance Communications sources told the Financial Times. The deal would give the Burlington, Massachusetts company a $16 billion valuation, and sources said the deal could be announced in just two weeks.
Posted: 12/04/2021
The Chinese government has levied a record $2.75 billion fine on Alibaba following allegations of monopolistic practices, almost triple the $975 million chip manufacturer Qualcomm had to pay Chinese regulators in 2015. Alibaba, currently valued at around $608 billion, controls a significant portion of the Chinese domestic e-commerce and cloud computing markets.
Posted: 12/04/2021
Nation state cyber-attacks are becoming more frequent and varied in their nature and moving closer to a point of ‘advanced cyberconflict’ than at any time since the inception of the internet, according to a new study. The academic research sponsored by HP and led by Dr. Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey found that there has been a 100 per cent rise in ‘significant’ nation state incidents between 2017-2020.
Posted: 09/04/2021
California-based TAE Technologies, the world’s biggest fusion energy company, has raised $280 million in funding.
Posted: 9/4/2021
Redcar and Cleveland Council said it is being given £3.68 million in government financial support following a ransomware attack in February 2020. A ransomware attack is when cybercriminals encrypt data or systems, preventing access to them, usually followed by a ransom demand in exchange for access.
Posted: 09/04/2021
Electric-battery powered (EV) freight trucks can be economically competitive with diesel trucks, a new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) claims. Heavy transportation trucks generate roughly 7 per cent of global carbon emissions according to the research.
Posted: 09/04/2021
Social media giant Facebook is reportedly testing Hotline, a Q&A app which is similar to Clubhouse but with a video option. The online platform enables users to interact with an audience who can pose questions via audio or text.
Posted: 8/4/2021
Twitter has held talks with Clubhouse in recent months about a potential buyout.
Posted: 8/4/2021
The NHS’ Test and Trace app will now require all members of a party to check-in at hospitality venues from Thursday 8th April.
Posted: 8/4/2021
The global chip shortage has hit Apple MacBook and iPad production, according to sources reported by Nikkei Asia. The shortages have delayed the mounting of components on printed circuit boards before the final assembly of the MacBooks according to the sources.
Posted: 08/04/2021
Apple is reportedly launching a new privacy tool which stops apps tracking online users without permission later this month.
Posted: 7/4/2021
T-Mobile Netherlands has announced that it will spend at least €700 million on a new fibre optic network to make high-speed internet available to urban areas. The telecoms business has said that over five years, one million households will have access to the fibre optic broadband.
Posted: 7/4/2021
Following reports that 530 million Facebook users had their information publicised, the social media platform has said that the data leak was a result of “scraping” rather than a hack of its system. The social media giant said that malicious actors obtained the data by scraping it from the platform before September 2019.
Posted: 7/4/2021
The Digital Markets Unit (DMU), a regulator which seeks to limit the powers of BigTech, has now launched after it was originally announced in December. The government said the DMU will oversee plans to give consumers more choice and control over their data, promote online competition, and crack down on unfair practices on behalf of consumers and businesses.
Posted: 07/04/2021
The US Supreme Court has ruled that Google’s use of Oracle software to build an android operating system did not break copyright law. The decision overturned a previous court ruling that claimed the company’s use of Oracle software code violated the legislation.
Posted: 6/4/2021
Most workers in the UK - 71 per cent - want flexible working options to continue post-pandemic, according to new research from Microsoft. The software giant’s report surveyed over 30,000 people in 31 countries and analysed “trillions of productivity labour signals” across Microsoft 365 and LinkedIn.
Posted: 06/04/2021
Tesla stocks surged by almost 8 per cent on Monday, which could see its market value increase by $50 billion, after the electric vehicle company published its quarter one sales. Tesla said that it produced more than 180,000 vehicles and delivered nearly 185,000 vehicles in the time period.
Posted: 6/4/2021
The NHS it is rolling out an injection that cuts the amount of time breast cancer patients spend in hospital from two and a half hours to around five minutes.
Posted: 6/4/2021
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the principal public agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales, is preparing for a rise in the number of prosecutions related to cryptocurrency scams. Sources told the Financial Times that the government's response to the uptick is expected to include the opening of a specialised City of London court dedicated to financial crime by 2026.
Posted: 06/04/2021
Cambridge-based cybersecurity company Darktrace is reportedly ready to announce its initial public offering (IPO) next week at a valuation of around £3 billion. The firm, founded in 2013, uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to detect and respond to potential cyberthreats.
Posted: 06/04/2021
US president Joe Biden has called out Amazon for not paying federal taxes. At an address in Pittsburgh, Biden talked about increasing taxes on multinational companies and raising corporate tax rates.
Posted: 1/4/2021
Technology giant Microsoft has won a contract providing augmented reality headsets for the United States Army. The deal is worth $21.9 billion over 10 years, a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters.
Posted: 1/4/2021
Brazil’s central bank, Banco Central do Brasil (BCB), has licensed the use of WhatsApp for initiating fund transfers. WhatsApp attempted to launch the transfer service last June, but the bank said that licencing the service could negatively impact the country’s existing payments system.
Posted: 1/4/2021
Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has said that dealing with ransomware will be a top priority for national security. A ransomware attack is when cybercriminals encrypt data or systems, preventing access to them, usually followed by a ransom demand in exchange for access.
Posted: 01/04/2021
72 per cent of workers in Britain are interested in learning digital skills to help with digital transformation needs driven by covid-19 and Brexit, according to research which surveyed 250 full time UK employees.
Posted: 31/3/2021
Deliveroo shares declined by 30 per cent in the company’s London debut on Wednesday, with the sharp drop cutting company value by £2 billion. The disappointing listing comes days after several important investors decided to shun the offering.
Posted: 31/3/2021
Google Maps is using insights from the US Department of Energy to build a new routing model that aims to choose routes with lower fuel consumption. The app will use factors like road incline and traffic congestion to help identify the most eco-friendly route.
Posted: 31/3/2021
Google is set to contribute €25 million to help launch the European Media and Information Fund, which it said will help strengthen media literacy skills, fight misinformation and support fact checking. The news comes amid rampant criticism of BigTech in the US and EU from regulators regarding their handling of misinformation during the 2020 US election and Covid-19 pandemic.
Posted: 31/03/2021
BigTech spent a total of $124 million on lobbying and campaigns during the 2020 US presidential election cycle – eclipsing spending by telecommunications and weapons companies. The research by Washington-based consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said the spike was led by Amazon and Facebook, who spent 30 per cent and 56 per cent more respectively since 2018.
Posted: 30/03/2021
A ransomware attack on the Harris Federation, a London-based multi-academy trust has left 37,000 pupils without email access. A ransomware attack is when cybercriminals encrypt data or systems, preventing access to them, usually followed by a ransom demand in exchange for access.
Posted: 30/03/2021
AI-powered technology that can detect ‘invisible’ risk in people with possible heart disease has been given the go-ahead to be used by doctors across the UK and Europe, and can now be rolled out across the NHS.
Posted: 30/3/2021
The US government has threatened to impose a 25 per cent tariff on British exports over the UK’s digital services tax on BigTech companies.
Posted: 30/3/2021
London-based car marketplace Cazoo is set to go public at a $7 billion valuation in the latest special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal. Cazoo was one of seven “unicorns” the UK has produced in 2020 according to TechNation, alongside Octopus Energy, Arrival, Gymshark, infobip, Gousto and Hopin.
Posted: 29/03/2021
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Uber’s purchase of Autocab following a merger investigation.
Posted: 29/3/2021
Social media giant Facebook has been ranked Europe’s most popular technology brand. A study by RebootOnline.com analysed annual search volumes for each of the 20 most valuable technology brands and divided by the quantity of years since they were founded in order to establish a standardised annual search volume for each company.
Posted: 29/3/2021
Facebook is planning to connect Singapore, Indonesia, and the US via two undersea cables, in a project with Google and several telecommunications companies. The move, first revealed by Reuters, aims to help improve internet connection capability between North America and Southeast Asia.
Posted: 23/3/2021
Romanian-founded robotic process automation (RPA) software company UiPath, recently valued at $35 billion, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO). RPA software looks to automate repetitive digital tasks normally performed by people, such as extracting data from documents or filling in forms.
Posted: 29/03/2021
WeWork is set to go public via a merger with BowX Acquisition Corp in a special purpose acquisition (SPAC) deal, at a valuation of $9 billion. Blank-check firm BowX raised $420 million in its initial public offering (IPO) in August 2020. WeWork is set to receive around $1.3 billion in cash from the merger.
Posted: 26/03/2021
UK Finance has called for new legislation to make online platforms responsible for taking down fraudulent content and protecting consumers from scams.
Posted: 26/3/2021
Ofcom plans to open a new tech hub in Manchester ahead of taking on its new role as the UK’s first online regulator. In February 2020, the government announced it intended Ofcom to play a larger role in internet regulation to protect users from "harmful and illegal content".
Posted: 26/03/2021
The chief executives of Twitter, Facebook, and Google faced US lawmakers at a hearing on Thursday, where they were grilled about the mishandling of fake news and online extremism.
Posted: 26/3/2021
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is to become the latest tech firm to start producing electric vehicles (EVs), according to sources reported by Reuters. Founded in 2010, Xiaomi is the largest smartphone producer by market share in China, and has interests in mobile apps, laptops, home appliances, bags, shoes, and consumer electronics.
Posted: 26/03/2021
LawtechUK, the government-backed project to boost the UK legal sector via technology, has finished the three-month pilot stage of the first Lawtech Sandbox. The pilot, launched in December last year, has helped the development of several early-stage LawTech scaleups.
Posted: 25/3/2021
The UK needs increased collaboration between government, academia, research institutions and industry to reach the potential of edge computing, according to techUK. The call comes as part of a new report by the trade organistion for the UK's tech industry argues for the key role of edge computing in UK business transformation.
Posted: 25/03/2021
Brits are the least likely to be optimistic about a future that includes ‘augmented people,’ compared to people in Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain, according to new research.
Posted: 25/3/2021
Europe needs to spend €300 billion on its telecoms infrastructure by 2025 if it wants to fully roll out 5G with gigabyte speeds, according to a study commissioned by telecoms lobbying group ETNO. The study, carried out by consulting firm BCG, claimed this investment will generate an annual increase of €113 billion in GDP and create 2.4 million new jobs across the 27-country bloc by 2025.
Posted: 25/03/2021
Employment law is failing to keep pace with the rapid expansion of AI at work, which could lead to “widespread” discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace, according to research commissioned by the TUC.
Posted: 25/3/2021
Amazon delivery drivers are reportedly being forced to sign biometric consent forms or risk losing their jobs. Last month the e-commerce giant announced it was installing AI-powered cameras across its delivery vans to monitor drivers.
Posted: 24/3/2021
An AI-powered job coach has won a £120,000 prize awarded by the Department of Education and Nesta Challenges. Bob, the AI job counsellor designed by open source technology firm Bayes Impact, and their research partner ACH will use the prize to continue to develop and grow their solution so that as many people as possible can benefit from the online coaching platform.
Posted: 24/03/2021
NASA has said that 8 April will be the earliest it makes the world’s first ever attempt to complete a controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. Before the four-pound Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attempts its first flight, both it and its team need to meet a series of milestones.
Posted: 24/3/2021
Amazon has appointed Salesforce executive Adam Selipsky to lead its cloud computing unit Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is currently the tech giant’s most profitable division, posting $13.5 billion in profit for its 2020 financial year.
Posted: 23/03/2021
Amazon is to cut its stake in Deliveroo from 15.8 per cent to 11.5 per cent after it goes public next month, according to plans outlined in the food delivery company's IPO prospectus.
Posted: 23/3/2021
Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and fake negative test papers are currently available on the darknet, according to research from cybersecurity company Check Point. The darknet is an overlay network within the internet that can only be accessed with specific software such as the Tor browser, with transactions generally being made via cryptocurrency.
Posted: 23/03/2021
Microsoft is reportedly in talks to purchase instant messaging platform Discord for more than $10 billion.
Posted: 23/3/2021
Digital identification firm Jumio has announced a $150 million Series B funding round.The investment was led by Great Hill Partners, which last year acquired Notonthehighstreet.
Posted: 23/03/2021
The government is to cut the army to 72,500 soldiers as part of a shift to drone and cyber warfare. Announcing the plans in the defence command paper, defence secretary Ben Wallace said the cuts- which amount to a 10,000 reduction in personnel over the next five years - come as the army converts operations to “increased deployability and technological advantage.”
Posted: 23/03/2021
Mastercard, IBM, and SoftBank, alongside others, have asked the G7 to form a new organisation to improve international co-operation on important tech governance issues. The organisation, called The Data and Technology Forum, would provide recommendations on tech governance across countries, rather than providing strict rules.
Posted: 23/03/2021
The number of UK technology job listings dropped by 57 per cent in 2020, according to new research from Accenture. There were fewer than 55,000 roles advertised last year, with the overall decline driven by a reduced number of job listings for data analytics and cyber security professionals, which dropped 53 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.
Posted: 22/3/2021
Former US president Donald Trump is reportedly launching his own social media website. Trump’s adviser Jason Miller told Fox News that it is likely that the ex-president will be “returning to social media in probably about two or three months.”
Posted: 22/3/2021
The department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS) lost 306 mobile and laptop devices in the last two years. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Parliament Street Think Tank found that the gadgets were lost or stolen during the calendar years 2019 and 2020.
Posted: 22/03/2021
Facebook has announced that between October and December 2020, it took down more than 1.3 billion fake accounts. The announcement comes as the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce plans to examine how technology platforms including Facebook are tackling misinformation online later this week.
Posted: 22/3/2021
Bank of England (BoE) governor Andrew Bailey has reportedly been lobbying to make it a legal requirement for BigTech giants to tackle online financial fraud. The report, originally by the Sunday Times, claimed Bailey had been lobbying home secretary Priti Patel to include the measure in the Online Harms Bill expected to be put before parliament later this year.
Posted: 22/03/2021
Deliveroo said its London initial public offering (IPO), scheduled for April, will value the company at up to £8.8 billion. This would mark the UK’s largest IPO since the Royal Mail in 2013, which debuted at a valuation of £3.3 billion.
Posted: 22/03/2021
A plan by Google to block the tracking “cookies” tool is raising concerns at the US Justice Department, according to a report by Reuters. Investigators at the department have asked advertising execs if the block would negatively impact the tech giant’s smaller rivals, people familiar with the situation told the news agency.
Posted: 19/3/2021
Microsoft has chosen 13 startups using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to help the UK’s health, manufacturing and resource sectors recover from the impact of COVID-19. The startups will join Microsoft’s AI for Social Impact 2021 programme, which is co-managed by Social Tech Trust, to develop solutions for organisations across a range of industries to help improve people’s lives.
Posted: 19/03/2021
China-based autonomous driving start-up Momenta has received $500 million from Toyota, the state-owned SAIC Motor, and auto parts manufacturer Bosch. The news comes as players in the space continue to receive large investments, fueled by the special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) boom.
Posted: 19/03/2021
NASA has successfully tested engines on a Boeing built rocket for the upcoming Artemis series of moon missions. The Artemis program aims to land the first woman and the first man in 49 years on the moon by 2024, more specifically the lunar south pole.
Posted: 19/03/2021
The Department for Transport (DfT) will reduce the grant for electric vehicle (EV) purchases from £3,000 to £2,500 and restrict it to purchases below £35,000. The changes will come into effect from today.
Posted: 18/03/2021
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has warned that digital vaccine passports come with both ethical and data privacy challenges. The institute said that these passports could mean entry to cinemas or pubs is “denied by an algorithmic decision.”
Posted: 18/3/2021
There were 13,343 cases of social media and email hacking last year, according to research which analysed data across 43 police forces in England and Wales. The data, obtained from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and analysed by AddictiveTips.com, found that the accumulative financial loss that victims suffered was more than £3.5 million.
Posted: 18/3/2021
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said it will not place price controls on what Openreach charges telecoms providers for full-fibre connections. Ofcom said the decision is intended to speed up the rollout of full-fibre by “driving competitive investment”.
Posted: 18/03/2021
The government will spend over £1 billion to cut emissions from industry, schools, and hospitals, as it announces an “ambitious blueprint” to deliver the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector.
Posted: 17/3/2021
The government has said that the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub is almost a reality, as it pledges £3 million to the project and unveils an “official masterplan.”
Posted: 17/3/2021
During the pandemic, 49 per cent of people in the UK and the US have struggled, or know someone else who has struggled, to gain access to basic online services like healthcare, grocery delivery, and education, because of how they are offered online.
Posted: 17/3/2021
Uber said it will treat its 70,000 UK drivers as “workers” instead of self -employed contractors for the first time. The move by the ride hailing app means that drivers will receive a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions.
Posted: 17/03/2021
Apple said it has allotted $2.8 billion raised from “green bonds”, as part of its aim of becoming carbon neutral across its complex supply chain by 2030. A green bond is a type of fixed-income instrument that is specifically earmarked to raise money for climate or environmental projects.
Posted: 17/03/2021
The use of technology is one of four key objectives outlined in a new government review on UK national security, defence, and foreign policy over the next decade. The government said that sustaining strategic advantage through science and technology (S&T), by incorporating it as an “integral element” of national security and international policy, would “firmly” establish the UK as a global S&T and responsible cyber power.
Posted: 16/3/2021
Venture capital (VC) investment in UK technology companies exceeded France, Germany, and India in 2020, but lagged below the US and China according to new research from TechNation. Total UK VC investment reached $15 billion in 2020, which is $200 million higher than 2019’s record breaking year, despite uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.
Posted: 16/03/2021
Companies are increasingly investing in low-code, a visual approach to software development, to help support their business post-Brexit. Research from Mendix revealed that 58 per cent of financial services leaders say that low-code has helped them develop new applications to support their company post Brexit.
Posted: 16/3/2021
Shared e-scooter company Bird has announced it will spend $150 million on an expansion across Europe. European riders already account for nearly half of Bird rides globally, with people on average traveling more than 30 per cent longer on the company’s e-scooters during the pandemic.
Posted: 16/3/2021
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued nurseries and childminders specialist guidance about dealing with cyberattacks. The news comes after South and City College Birmingham was forced to send its 13,000 pupils’ home for a week following a ransomware attack.
Posted: 16/03/2021
Deliveroo has confirmed its plans to float on the London Stock Exchange and has announced it will sell approximately £1 billion worth of new shares. The listing is predicted to be the biggest in over seven years.
Posted: 15/3/2021
Bitcoin reached a record high of $61,781 (around £44,445) over the weekend, before dropping sharply on Monday. The surge came after US president Joe Biden signed off on a $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus and ordered a speedier roll out of vaccinations.
Posted: 15/3/2021
Microsoft and Google have made their feud public as the tech giants face scrutiny over a hacking scandal and antitrust issues. The open dispute has largely been driven by pressure from regulators and governments over the power both companies have in the US, according to a report by Reuters.
Posted: 15/3/2021
The UK needs to improve its cyberpower to protect its interests from foreign powers, said Boris Johnson in a statement on Saturday. The news comes as the prime minister prepares to present an Integrated Review of security, defence, development, and foreign policy to parliament on Tuesday.
Posted: 15/03/2021
Job search engine Adzuna have said one in six of the 20,302 advertised IT vacancies it found were suitable for young people. The news comes after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that youth unemployment reached 14.4 per cent between October and December 2020, and that less than 284,000 16-to-24-year-olds were in employment between January to March 2020.
Posted: 15/03/2021
More than 500 UK email servers could have been breached as part of global hacking campaign targeting Microsoft Exchange, cyber-security firm Eset told the BBC.
Posted: 12/3/2021
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, has highlighted the importance of universal internet access. In a joint letter written with Web Foundation co-founder Rosemary Leith, Berners- Lee claimed that too many young people are without internet access and that the pandemic has widened the digital divide.
Posted: 12/03/2021
A Home Office trial using two internet providers to track and collect websites visited by customers has received backlash from privacy campaigners.
Posted: 12/3/2021
Mastercard is partnering with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), to develop digital health pass solutions to speed up recovery from the pandemic. The organisations claimed that world governments are still reliant on paper-based processes to determine the COVID-19 test results and vaccine status of travellers, and that these paper processes are difficult to validate, easily falsified, and inconvenient for people to use.
Posted: 12/03/2021
Open source software contributes between £10.5 billion and £43.15 billion to the UK economy, according to a new report from OpenUK. Open UK, founded in 2018, is a not-for-profit company which supports open source collaboration and open technologies.
Posted: 11/03/2021
The surge of bitcoin price earlier this year could leave a carbon footprint the size of London’s, research has found. Dutch economist Alex de Vries, who created the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index, revealed that the record-breaking rise of bitcoin value at the start of the year could see the network consuming as much energy as all data centres globally.
Posted: 11/3/2021
The equivalent of 1.4 million full-time UK jobs could be automated in the next year, according to a study by Faethm AI. This number represents 4.8 per cent of the work currently undertaken across the country.
Posted: 11/3/2021
Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group, Visa, and Russian bank Sber have joined forces to launch ‘pay-with-a-glance’ technology in stores. The technology is already available at check outs across 52 Perekrestok supermarkets.
Posted: 11/3/2021
Facebook has asked a federal court to dismiss antitrust cases filed by the US Trade Commission. The social media giant said that the commission had failed to show that the company had a monopoly or harmed consumers, according to a Reuters report.
Posted: 11/3/2021
Digital secretary Oliver Dowden has revealed government plans to reform data protection laws now that the UK has left the EU. The UK’s secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, told reporters that the reforms, which aim to drive growth in the digital economy, would enable freer movement of information.
Posted: 11/3/2021
Over half of businesses are not actively trying to address a lack of diversity in their tech teams, according to research by methree. A further 40 per cent said they were struggling to recruit diverse entry-level tech talent.
Posted: 10/3/2021
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has said that online abuse via social media platforms is the “biggest obstacle” facing women in public life. Foster urged social media companies to take more responsibility for addressing abuse by anonymous users.
Posted: 10/3/2021
A group of hackers have breached up to 150,000 Verkada surveillance cameras across hundreds of companies and organisations around the world. The hackers were able to gain access to live and archived footage from inside a Tesla factory in China and a show room in California, as well as an Alabama jail, hospital rooms, a police interview area, and a community gym, according to a report by Reuters.
Posted: 10/3/2021
Bitcoin is in the process of replacing gold as a reserve asset as a store of digital value, according to a new report from Bloomberg Intelligence. The research arm of the financial media company said that rising demand for the cryptocurrency alongside diminishing supply means that Bitcoin has the potential to hit the $100,000 price level this year as it builds towards becoming a global digital reserve asset.
Posted: 10/03/2021
Microsoft has warned that customer email servers are being attacked by a number of groups, not just China, a report by Sky News has revealed.
Posted: 9/3/2021
A new sizing app powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) could cut returns on clothing items by a fifth. According to Fitly.AI, the company behind the app tech, more than a fifth of all orders are returned due to the wrong size, while a further 33 per cent of purchases are dropped because of size uncertainty.
Posted: 9/3/2021
An estimated $223 billion in value would be at risk if the world’s top brands experienced a data breach, according to an Infosys-Interbrand study. This number represents 9.6 per cent of the cumulative value of the biggest global brands.
Posted: 9/3/2021
Eric Yuan, Zoom’s founder and chief executive, has transferred $6 billion of his 40 per cent stake in the company last week. According to the regulatory filing, 18 million shares of the video conferencing giant were sent as gifts to unknown recipients.
Posted: 09/03/2021
Billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla has lost a third of its value for the third time in a year. Because investors are concerned about rising interest rates and dumping high-valuation stocks in the past few weeks, the company’s market capitalisation has dropped by nearly $300 billion since its January high of $550 million, said Reuters.
Posted: 9/3/2021
The European Union (EU) is set to release its 2030 Digital Compass, a plan which outlines the bloc’s strategies for minimising its dependence on Chinese and US technologies. The news comes as the pandemic demonstrated Europe’s reliance on technology produced by non-European companies in key areas.
Posted: 09/03/2021
Dija, a new grocery delivery start-up founded by former senior Deliveroo employees, has launched its ten-minute delivery service in London. The company, which has around 50 riders on electric bikes and mopeds, is now delivering groceries in South Kensington, Fulham, and Hackney.
Posted: 8/3/2021
Chris Ume, the visual effects expert behind a set of Tom Cruise deepfakes that went viral on TikTok last week, has said he wants people to know that his sophisticated videos aren’t easy to replicate. Responding to fears prompted by his realistic videos about the use of this technology for misinformation, Ume told The Financial Times (FT) “it’s a fantasy that people can do this from their own computer.”
Posted: 8/3/2021
Panasonic is set to acquire supply chain software company Blue Yonder in a deal expected to be worth $6.5 billion, according to sources originally reported by Nikkei. Blue Yonder, founded in 1985, develops software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to optimise supply chains by predicting factors such as customer demand and delivery dates.
Posted: 08/03/2021
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has announced that its Microsoft Exchange Servers have been hit by a cyber-attack. The authority said that because the vulnerability is linked to its email servers, access to personal data via emails held there could have been obtained by the attacker.
Posted: 8/3/2021
The UK government is set to invest £153 million in quantum technologies, with the move expected to have a significant impact on quantitative finance and data security in the financial services industry. The investment, which will be delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will focus on the development of new products and services based on advances in quantum technologies.
Posted: 5/03/2021
A care home in Blackpool has become the first one in Britain to trial a biometric certification system for covid-19 testing, which doesn’t rely on smartphones. The system uses vein mapping technology, designed by FinGo, which enables the verification of care workers’ test results as they move between care homes. The tech also has the potential to verify vaccine credentials.
Posted: 5/3/2021
57 per cent of people working in the UK tech industry think gender roles have been set back significantly because of the pandemic, according to a survey by accelerateHER. More than a third of those surveyed said that they think women’s roles have regressed 10-20 years, because they have to shoulder the burden of home-schooling, work, and an increase in household tasks.
Posted: 5/3/2021
Apple could face an EU antitrust charge because of claims by Spotify that it unfairly pushed its own streaming service, Reuters has reported.
Posted: 5/3/2021
Square is to pay $297 million for a significant majority owner stake in Tidal, Jay-Z’s global music and entertainment platform, in a move that could help popularise blockchain. On Twitter, the payment company’s chief executive said that that it will “create ecosystems of tools for sellers and individuals” for artists on the platform and “bring fans closer together” using simple integrations for merchandise sales, modern collaboration tools, and new revenue streams.
Posted: 5/3/2021
The number of vaccine-related emails used for phishing attacks has increased by 26 per cent since October. Data from cloud security company Barracuda, which analysed phishing emails between October 2020 and January 2021, also found that the number of vaccine-related attacks increased by 12 per cent immediately following vaccine availability announcements from Pfizer and Moderna in November last year.
Posted: 4/3/2021
Deliveroo has picked London for its initial public offering (IPO), which is expected to the one of year’s largest following an extended lockdown-driven surge in demand. The food delivery giant’s decision comes after Rishi Sunak endorsed significant changes to listing rules, which will allow founders to have more control after public listings.
Posted: 04/03/2021
The HealthTech market is expected to continue to grow substantially over the next couple of years, according to WELL.
Posted: 4/3/2021
SpaceX Starship SN10, a heavy-duty launch vehicle prototype, successfully rose 6.2 miles in a test flight from Boca Chica, Texas, before exploding after an otherwise successful landing. The prototype was able to fly back to the surface 6 minutes and 20 seconds after lift-off to achieve the first upright landing for a Starship model but detonated eight minutes later.
Posted: 04/03/2021
Samsung is looking at sites in Arizona, New York, and Texas for a new $17 billion chip plant, according to documents filed with Texas state officials. The documents, which are dated 26 February, estimate tax abatements from Travis County in Texas and the city of Austin for the plant will be around $1.48 billion over 20 years, up from the $805.5 million previously mentioned, said a report by Reuters.
Posted: 3/3/2021
FSIs are spending a total of $6.55m every year on digital transformation equal to 3.5 times more digital investment than any other sector, according to new research. Telstra, an Australian telecommunications and technology company, has published a report covering the impact of COVID-19 on European businesses and their digital transformation plans.
Posted: 03/03/2021
Microsoft has unveiled a mixed reality platform which uses holographic technologies on a range of devices to enable people in different physical locations to share in experiences and collaborate. Microsoft Mesh, which runs on Azure’s cloud-based platform, enables users of Microsoft HoloLens, VR headsets, smartphones, tablets or PCs to collaborate, solve problems and design new things from different places.
Posted: 03/03/2021
Postmates, the delivery startup acquired by Uber last year, is spinning out its robotic delivery division as an independent company. Uber has decided to spin out the new company, called Serve Robotics to continue development of autonomous delivery robots in urban environments, putting the company in competition with the likes of Amazon’s plans to rollout robot delivery.
Posted: 03/03/2021
Newcastle-based human stem cell model business Newcells Biotech has secured £5.25m in funding to accelerate its growth in the international life sciences market. Newcells Biotech is a commercial stage life science company which uses its proprietary technology in stem cells and cell biology to build models of human tissues.
Posted: 2/3/2021
Google for Startups is now accepting applications for its $2 million Black Founders Fund from black-led tech startups across Europe. The search giant highlighted statistics which said that less than 0.25 per cent of venture capital (VC) funding goes to black-led startups in the UK, and that only 38 black founders have received venture capital funding in the last 10 years.
Posted: 02/03/2021
Boeing will base its US Air Force Skyborg plane on a pilotless jet developed in Australia, according to an executive at the company. The move, first reported by Reuters, comes days after Boeing Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force carried out a successful first test of its uncrewed “Loyal Wingman” aircraft.
Posted: 2/3/2021
Volvo has pledged to sell only electric vehicles by 2030, in a move that will see it phase out all car models with internal combustion engines, including hybrids. The Swedish carmaker, owned by Hangzhou-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, also said it will “radically reduce” its product range’s complexity and make significant investments in online sales.
Posted: 02/03/2021
Starling Bank, Revolut, Wise (formerly TransferWise), and GoCardless have joined a ‘Tech Zero’ taskforce that aims to accelerate government plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Green energy supplier Bulb is leading the taskforce, with the backing of Tech Nation, and Net Zero Business champion Andrew Griffith MP.
Posted: 1/3/2021
Bill Gates has said that if you have less money than Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, you should “probably watch out” when it comes to Bitcoin. Gates, who is the world’s third richest man, told Bloomberg: “Elon has tonnes of money and he’s very sophisticated, so I don’t worry that his Bitcoin will sort of randomly go up or down.”
Posted: 1/3/2021
News publishers and technology giants like Facebook should devise deals that “benefit both sides,” the chief executive of UK newspaper group Reach has said. Reach is one of UK’s largest news publishers, incorporating newspapers and publications such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday People, Daily Record, Daily Star, OK!, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Birmingham Mail and Bristol Post.
Posted: 1/3/2021
Cyber security company PiiQ Media have suggested that bots may have hyped up GameStop shares – and other trending assets – on social media platforms such as Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.The Massachusetts based firm, who specialise in social media-based threats, implicated organised economic or foreign actors in the manipulation.
Posted: 01/03/2021
TikTok has agreed to pay a $92 million settlement in response to a case accusing it of misusing consumers' data using artificial intelligence (AI). The video-sharing social networking service denied all allegations but claimed it wanted to avoid a court case.
Posted: 26/02/2021
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched an online cyber security self-assessment service to help UK small market enterprises (SMEs) do business safely online. The NCSC says the tool, called the Cyber Action Plan, provides advice tailored to businesses individual circumstances from UK cyber security experts.
Posted: 26/02/2021
£480 million could be reimbursed to more than 29 million mobile phone owners if legal action against tech giant Qualcomm is successful. Qualcomm is a global manufacturer of chipsets and owner of patents, used in a range of products including certain smartphones, to enable these products to connect to 4G networks.
Posted: 26/2/2021
Social enterprise Code First Girls has agreed corporate partnerships with companies including Rolls Royce’s R2 Data Labs, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Aviva, BT and Dell Technologies aimed at closing the gender gap in technology. The partnerships will see Code First Girls provide up to £10,000 of free education to every woman undertaking a course.
Posted: 26/02/2021
The path of UK FinTech is at crossroads of “opportunity and risk,” with competition from overseas and Brexit fallout threatening its leading position in the market, a government-commissioned review has found.
Posted: 26/2/2021
Cyberattacks on healthcare, manufacturing and energy firms doubled in 2020 as hackers launched a wave of attacks on critical infrastructure during the pandemic, according to a new report from IBM.
Posted: 26/02/2021
The Irish Data Protection Commision (DPC) has warned that businesses could face significant disruption to transatlantic data flows because of a 2020 EU court ruling. In July Europe’s highest court decided that an EU to US data transfer agreement was invalid because of concerns about the US surveillance regime not respecting the privacy rights of citizens in the European bloc, according to a report by Reuters.
Posted: 25/2/2021
A highly anticipated law that forces technology companies to pay for media content has finaly been passed in Australia. The news comes days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg held negotiations with the Australian government, which ultimately resulted in the amendment of the law.
Posted: 25/2/2021
Technology giant Microsoft has announced the launch of its new cloud platform for the financial services market. Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services integrates existing and new capabilities in Microsoft 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Power Platform.
Posted: 25/2/2021
The NHS is facing legal action from media platform openDemocracy over its contract with US data analytics firm Palantir. The case involves Palantir’s involvement in the analysis of public health data and includes allegations that Palantir lobbied a senior NHS official over watermelon cocktails valued at £60.
Posted: 25/02/2021
Facebook has today announced it will spend $1 billion on the news industry over the next three years. The move comes less than a week after the social media giant blocked Australian users from accessing news on the site over a new law that forces tech companies to pay for media content.
Posted: 24/2/2021
The UK’s competition watchdog has said it is planning a number of antitrust investigations into the practices of tech giants throughout the year. Chief executive of the Competition and Markers Authority (CMA) Andrea Coscelli, told The Financial Times that the organisation would launch a series of probes into BigTech companies including Facebook, Google, and Amazon over the coming months.
Posted: 24/2/2021
The UK has come second in a worldwide ranking of sceptical online searches about 5G. According to research by Prolifics Testing, there are around 93,000 online searches a month by Brits concerning the possible negative implications of 5G.
Posted: 24/2/2021
Sidewalk Labs, Google’s sister firm as part of Alphabet, has terminated a project to track mobility patterns in US city of Portland, Oregon. The news comes after Google shelved a project to build a digital city in Toronto on a space of disused Waterfront land in May 2020.
Posted: 24/02/2021
Drones have started delivering Covid-19 test samples between NHS medical facilities in the Scottish region of Argyll & Bute. Skyports, which operates the drones, has become the first operator to receive permission by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to carry diagnostic specimens by drone.
Posted: 23/2/2021
BT has added the Acronis web security technology to the services it offers to small businesses and small office/home office (SOHO) setups, as cyber attacks increase during the pandemic as more people work remotely. The solution offered is based on Acronis’ AI-enhanced integration of data backup and anti-malware. It ensures users have backups that are free of malware, enabling safe recoveries when required.
Posted: 23/2/2021
Facebook is unblocking Australian after the government confirmed a number changes to new legislation that forces tech giants to pay for media content. Last week Facebook blocked news stories for Australian users just days before the government planned to pass the law.
Posted: 23/2/2021
Luxury electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors has agreed to merge with Churchill Capital IV Corp (CCIV), in a deal which gives the new organisation a valuation of $24 billion, the largest reverse merger to date. The deal will include $2.5 billion of funding from Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund, BlackRock, Fidelity and other sources.
Posted: 23/02/2021
WorkerTech startup Orka Technology Group has raised £29 million in its latest funding round to help scale up its wage access and work search products for shift workers.The new funding was a mixture of debt financing from Sonovate and equity funding involving the British Business Bank Future Fund and existing investors, including former UK chief executive of Adecco Peter Searle.
Posted: 22/2/2021
The European Commission has announced it will launch three flagship projects involving drone technologies, space-based connectivity, and space traffic management. The announcement is part of a wider action plan on synergies between civil, defence, and space industries to “further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.”
Posted: 22/2/2021
The European Commission will allow the continued free flow of personal data from the EU and wider European Economic Area. Positive draft data adequacy decisions under both the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive (LED) found that the UK’s data protection standards should be found ‘adequate.’
Posted: 22/2/2021
Rishi Sunak has announced plans to introduce new fast-track visas for FinTech employees in the next budget on 3 March. The new visas will represent one part of a collection of moves intended to boost the UK’s FinTech sector and attract international talent.
Posted: 22/02/2021
Liu Young-way, chairman of Foxconn, has said he anticipates limited impact from the ongoing global chip shortage on Foxconn and its clients. Foxconn is a Taiwan-based multinational electronics manufacturer, who counts Apple as their biggest client.
Posted: 22/02/2021
Facebook's WhatsApp says it is going ahead with controversial privacy policy changes that will share the messaging platform's users' data with Facebook and other group businesses. Following the plan announced at the beginning of the year a number of WhatsApp users moved to rival messaging apps like Telegram and Signal.
Posted: 19/2/2021
A new bill could be passed in the US that would make it easier for smaller news organisations to negotiate with BigTech companies like Google and Facebook, according to a Reuters report. Ken Buck, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, told the news organisation that the panel would bring out a number of antitrust bills, the first being legislation that would allow smaller news organisations to negotiate collectively with BigTech players.
Posted: 19/2/2021
Uber has lost its appeal in the Supreme Court which means it must now treat its drivers like staff employees rather than self-employed contractors. The ruling means that thousands of drivers are now entitled to both minimum wage and holiday pay.
Posted: 19/2/2021
Google has appointed its vice president of engineering Marian Croak as responsible artificial intelligence (AI) research and development lead. The search giant said Croak will lead a new centre of expertise on responsible AI within Google Research, reporting to Google AI lead Jeff Dean, and will manage 10 teams doing research related to accessibility, social good and fairness in health algorithms.
Posted: 19/02/2021
Facebook has blocked news stories for Australian users just days before the government plans to pass legislation that would force tech giants to pay for media content. Next week Australia plans to introduce legislation that addresses “bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media and digital platforms, specifically aimed at tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Posted: 18/2/2021
68 per cent of Brits have no idea how to report a cybercrime or illegal online behaviour, according to an analysis by Reboot Online. The data, taken from the European Commission, finds that the UK ranked 13th in a list of the Europeans most unaware of how to report cybercrime.
Posted: 18/2/2021
Record numbers of people have applied to study computer science degrees in 2021, according to figures from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.There are currently 129,610 applications for computing courses at UK universities this year, an increase of 4 per cent on last year, according to the analysis of UCAS data.
Posted: 18/02/2020
London-based cryptocurrency wallet provider Blockchain.com has landed $120 million in funding, as bitcoin surged past $50,000 earlier this week. Investors in the round included Google Ventures, Moore Strategic Ventures, Kyle Bass, Access Industries, Rovida Advisors, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lakestar, and Eldridge.
Posted: 18/02/2021
Letitia James, New York’s attorney-general, has sued Amazon over allegations that it failed to ensure employee safety in two facilities in her remit during the pandemic. The legal case against the e-commerce giant alleges that “Amazon has repeatedly and persistently failed to comply with its obligation to institute reasonable and adequate measures to protect its workers from the spread of the virus.”
Posted: 18/02/2021
A number of Australian media companies have secured lucrative deals with Google just days before the government plans to pass legislation that would force tech giants to pay for content. It’s been reported that two of Australia’s biggest free television broadcasters have secured deals worth $47 million collectively.
Posted: 17/2/2021
80 per cent of healthcare apps do not meet NHS standards, according to data from Orcha, which reviews digital health platforms for several NHS trusts. Orcha chief executive Liz Ashall-Payne told the BBC that failings include a lack of security updates, poor information, and insufficient awareness about regulatory requirements.
Posted: 17/2/2021
Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler, has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their preferred cloud provider. The motor manufacturer firm said the tie up will enable it to process the huge volumes of real-time data required to test its new series of autonomous trucks in New Mexico and Virginia.
Posted: 17/02/2021
The European Commission has chosen payment and transaction business Worldline to lead its ‘TruBlo’ blockchain project. TruBlo (Trusted Blockchain) aims to design innovative projects based on blockchain tech to help ensure the exchange of reliable content.
Posted: 17/2/2021
The government has pledged £10 million to develop two new green finance research hubs based in London and Leeds. Energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said that the investment would mean the two cities would be home to a new UK centre for “driving global green finance and investment.”
Posted: 17/2/2021
A collection of civil and digital rights groups has called on the EU to "strictly regulate" the use of biometric mass surveillance to protect fundamental human rights. The collective has launched a European Citizens' Initiative petition urging the bloc to “strictly regulate the use of biometric technologies in order to avoid undue interference with fundamental rights.”
Posted: 17/02/2021
Over 50 per cent of UK healthcare businesses have yet to benefit from digital transformation, according to a new report from Equator. The research surveyed 20 private equity backed healthcare businesses to assess the sector’s digital maturity.
Posted: 16/02/2021
A robotic glove designed to improve muscle weakness has received support from the Edinburgh Business School’s Incubator, meaning potentially millions could recover muscle grip in their hands. The glove, based on AI technology, is aimed at the 2.5 million people living in Britain that suffer from hand weakness because of muscle mass loss as they age or due to illnesses like Multiple sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Posted: 16/2/2021
The European Consumer Organisation BEUC has filed a complaint against TikTok over breaches of EU consumer rights laws and failing to “protect children from hidden advertising and inappropriate content.”
Posted: 16/2/2021
Microsoft President Brad Smith has claimed the recent SolarWinds hack is likely to have been the work of at least 1,000 cybercriminals, describing it as the “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen". The SolarWinds attack, uncovered in December 2020, saw hackers use the infrastructure of SolarWinds to distribute trojans to the users of network and applications monitoring platform Orion, compromising 18,000 companies including 425 of the Fortune 500 and the US military according to reports.
Posted: 16/02/2021
bp has joined the IBM Quantum Network, in a move bp said will enhance its ability to leverage quantum computing and will advance the use of the technology in the energy industry. As an industry partner, bp said they will have access to IBM’s quantum expertise and software, as well as quantum computers via the cloud, including a 65-qubit quantum ‎computer, thought to be the largest quantum system available to industry today.
Posted: 16/02/2021
Social media is having an increasing influence on UK investors according to research by behavioural finance company Oxford Risk, which surveyed 1,008 adults across the UK in mid-December.

The research said 7 per cent of those surveyed use Facebook as a source of information for their investment decisions, while 6 per cent look to Twitter and 5 per cent look to LinkedIn.
Posted: 15/02/2021
Uber has urged regulators to recognise the value of independent contracts, as the EU considers new laws to protect those working in the ‘gig economy.’ The ride-sharing and food delivery platform said that it had published a white paper called ‘A Better Deal’ to call on policymakers, platform companies, and social representatives across Europe to “set a new standard for platform work.”
Posted: 15/2/2021
Investment in digital technology will see a £232 billion boost to the UK economy by 2040, representing a 6.9 per cent increase in GDP, according to research. The new study by Virgin Media Business and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), which explores how more digital ways of working can support the UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19, also found that investment in tech could boost the economy by £74 billion in 2025.
Posted: 15/2/2021
Post Office have announced a partnership with digital identity company Yoti which will allow customers to create a reusable ID on their phone using personal and biometric data. Yoti said the tie up would allow the company to expand its presence in the identity services market and roll-out a suite of new products.
Posted: 15/02/2021
As part of a new agreement on the use of online press stories, Google has agreed to pay 121 French publishers $76 million across three years. Last month French publishers represented by the Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale (APIG) signed an agreement with Google France relating to the use of their digital news stories.
Posted: 15/2/2021
Nissan Motor has said it is not in negotiations with Apple to collaborate on an autonomous car project, following earlier reports that Apple had approached the Japanese car maker. According to Reuters, the news comes after negotiations between Apple and Hyundai Motor Group collapsed, due to issues the South Korean automaker had about being a contract manufacturer.
Posted: 15/02/2021
Online dating app Bumble is now worth $13 billion after the company listed shares. The company raised $2.2 billion at $43 a share in its initial public offering (IPO.)
Posted: 12/2/2021
In a UK Supreme Court verdict next Friday, that will affect the growing UK “gig economy” as a whole, Uber will find out whether it has to treat its drivers like staff employees rather than self-employed contractors. A group of Uber drivers claimed employment rights at an employment tribunal in 2016 and won.
Posted: 12/2/2021
Microsoft has recently approached Pinterest about a potential takeover of the $51 billion social media company, according to reports. But according to The Financial Times, which first broke the news, talks about an acquisition are not currently active.
Posted: 12/2/2021
Reinvent Technology Partners, a special purpose acquisition company owned by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga founder Mark Pincus, are in final stages of negotiations to buy flying taxi firm Joby Aviation. The deal will value the flying taxi developer at around $5.7 billion and will lead to an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange if finalised.
Posted: 12/02/2021
The Australian government is launching a new code on Monday that will force tech giants like Google and Facebook to pay for content from media companies. The news comes after heavy backlash from Google, which last month threatened to block its search engine in the region if the government went ahead with the legislation.
Posted: 12/2/2021
The problem of large scale “credential spills” - the theft of usernames and/or passwords - continues to be a major problem despite the total number of credentials being stolen falling between 2016 and 2020, according to research from security firm F5. While the annual volume of spilled credentials has declined, the number of annual major credential spill incidents more than doubled between 2016 and 2020 (from 52 to 117).
Posted: 11/2/2021
Solidatus, a data lineage and metadata management company, has raised £14 million in a Series A funding round led by AlbionVC. The deal was led by Emil Gigov and Jay Wilson for AlbionVC, and included two of Solidatus’ global enterprise clients, HSBC Ventures and Citi. As part of the commitment, Jay Wilson will join Solidatus’ Board of Directors.
Posted: 11/02/2021
Instagram has announced that it will “take tougher action” against people breaking its hate speech rules in direct messages (DMs) by permanently banning repeat offenders. The move follows reports of online racist abuse targeted at footballers in the UK.
Posted: 11/2/2021
United Airlines has announced plans to purchase 200 flying electric taxis, making the US carrier one of the first major airlines to commit to investing in flying taxis.

The company said they hope these will be able to fly passengers to the airport by 2026 and have invested $1.1bn (£800m) in California based flying taxi firm Archer Aviation to develop the aircraft.
Posted: 11/02/2021
The European Union (EU) must deploy one million electric vehicle charging points in the next three years, the region’s car lobby said on Thursday. In a joint letter to the EU climate, transport, industry, and energy commissioners, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), Transport & Environment (T&E), and the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), called for this year’s revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure law to require the rollout of 3 million charging points across the EU by 2029.
Posted: 11/2/2021
Twitter users are three times more likely to follow back the accounts of strangers if they share the same political views, according to a new study that sheds light on the phenomenon of “political echo chambers” on social media.
Posted: 10/2/2021
Electric-vehicle developed Rivian will go public as early as September with a valuation of around $50 million, according to Bloomberg News. The company, backed by Amazon and Ford, has been in discussions with bankers about the IPO plans, however an official timeline for the offering has not been set, the news website reported.
Posted: 10/2/2021
After a breach, over half of UK workers changed their user settings and 47 per cent permanently stopped using the company’s services. Nearly two-fifths (39 per cent) of Brits said they have lost trust in a company due to a data breach or misuse of data they have heard about, with this figure even higher in the US (56 per cent) and Australia (40 per cent), according to research by Okta.
Posted: 10/2/2021
The UK government has established the UK Cyber Security Council, an independent organisation aimed at addressing the skills gap and providing a governing voice for the cybersecurity industry. The government said the body will be responsible for making sure there are enough skilled workers in the cyber security field, that they have the necessary training and experience, and that there is sufficient diversity in the workforce.
Posted: 10/02/2021
A group of 70 investors, who control over $20 billion in Amazon shares, has reportedly told the company not to interfere with unionisation efforts by its workers as they prepare to vote in Alabama. According to a report in the Financial Times, 5,800 employees based in Bessemer, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, began mail-in voting this week.
Posted: 10/02/2021
The government is suggesting almost 600,000 Covid-19 cases could have been prevented thanks to its Test & Trace app, a key plank of its £22 billion NHS Test & Trace system. The system's app, using technology from Google, Apple and Amazon Web Services, was launched last September, and alerts contacts after a user inputs a positive test result into their phone.
Posted: 9/2/2021
Automaker Volkswagen is exploring the feasibility of developing flying cars in China. “Beyond autonomous driving the concept of vertical mobility could be a next step to take our mobility approach into the future, especially in the technically affine Chinese market,” the car manufacturer said in a statement.
Posted: 9/2/2021
The European Union (EU) could follow in the footsteps of the Australian government by forcing BigTech companies like Google and Facebook to pay for news. Last month Google threatened to block its search engine in Australia if the government went ahead with a new code of conduct that would see it pay for content from media companies.
Posted: 9/2/2021
Reddit has doubled its value to $6 billion following a $250 million Series E investment round. Funding was sourced from from both existing and new investors.
Posted: 9/2/2021
Cyber criminals deluged NHS staffers with a total of 137,476 rogue emails last year, according to official figures from NHS Digital, the technology provider for the national health service. The total could be far higher though, as the data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Parliament Street think tank is based on reported cases by NHS staff to NHS Digital using report buttons on email accounts - not all staff bother using them.
Posted: 8/2/2021
Video-sharing site TikTok is to take on Facebook in the US e-commerce market, the Financial Times has reported. The Chinese social media platform has been in discussion with advertisers about several potential new features, including a tool that allows its most popular users to share links to products and earn commission on sales, the newspaper said.
Posted: 8/2/2021
Hyundai has said it is no longer in talks with Apple about developing electric cars for the tech company. “We are receiving requests for cooperation in joint development of autonomous electric vehicles from various companies, but they are at early stage and nothing has been decided,” Hyundai said in a statement on Monday. “We are not having talks with Apple on developing autonomous vehicles.”
Posted: 8/2/2021
International wireless technologies R&D community Cambridge Wireless has launched a 5G mobile private network testbed in partnership with Huawei. The facility will be located at the Cambridge Science Park, UK and includes an accelerator programme to develop and test 5G technologies.
Posted: 8/2/2021
Lockheed Martin has selected California start-up ABL Space Systems to launch an RS1 rocket from a new spaceport on the island of Unst in the Shetland Islands. The mission, called the UK Pathfinder launch, will place a tug developed by MOOG in the UK into orbit which will then deploy six 6U cubesat satellites.
Posted: 08/02/2021
Uber is acquiring US on-demand alcohol marketplace Drizly for around $1.1 billion in stock and cash. Drizly operates in more than 1,400 cities across a majority of US states, working with thousands of local merchants to deliver beer, wine and spirits to consumers.
Posted: 5/2/2021
Amazon is to install AI-powered cameras across its delivery vans to monitor drivers. The retail giant said that the cameras, developed by transportation technology company Netradyne, were being implemented to improve safety for its drivers.
Posted: 5/2/2021
Google has launched its news showcase in Australia following government legislation plans that would force the search engine to pay for content from media companies in the region. Last month Google threatened to block its search engine in Australia if the government went ahead with implementing the new code of conduct.
Posted: 5/2/2021
There has been a shift towards technology-based degrees in the past year, according to UCAS data which shows the growing popularity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Acceptances in the 2020 application cycle for computer science courses have risen by almost 50 per cent - from 20,420 in 2011 to 30,090 in 2020 - while acceptances to engineering courses are up 21 per cent from 25,995 in 2011 to 31,545 in 2020.
Posted: 04/02/2021
Cyber criminals are sitting back and letting the robots do the dirty work to unleash a wave of automated attacks on companies' web applications, according to research. Data from security provider Barracuda Networks found that the top five web application attack types were dominated by those performed using automated tools, and that these five alone contributed to over 54 per cent of all cyber attacks blocked by Barracuda in November and December 2020.
Posted: 4/2/2021
Technology trade association techUK has published a HealthTech report to help accelerate the digitisation of the health and care sector. The report includes 10 recommendations for public sector stakeholders to help bring digital technology to the forefront of healthcare.
Posted: 4/2/2021
The UK’s dependency on just two companies for its 5G rollout poses risks to both network resilience and security, a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has found. The committee said reliance on these companies is due to poor “strategic foresight”, and comes after years of telecommunication market consolidation, as well as the more recent exclusion of Huawei from the marketplace.
Posted: 4/2/2021
Cryptocurrency Ethereum hit an all-time peak of $1,698.56 on Wednesday, as investors displayed enthusiasm ahead of the launch of ethereum futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange next week. Bitcoin, the currently most dominant cryptocurrency, rose 1.2 per cent to $38,120.
Posted: 04/02/2021
Despite the impact COVID-19 has had on recruitment activity, UK professional IT vacancies fared well in the second half of 2020, with the number of jobs available rising 52 per cent when compared to the first half of the year. The data, provided by recruitment business intelligence specialist Vacancysoft, revealed that the increased requirement for tech professionals to keep Britain working, learning and connected during the pandemic resulted in demand for IT talent “intensifying” between the first and second half of the year.
Posted: 03/02/2021
The North West of England is a ‘perfect’ spot for tech start-ups, scale-ups, and unicorns, according to a new report by London Tech Week. The region, which includes Manchester and Liverpool, is currently home to six of the UK’s 14 digital unicorns, representing a 43 per cent share of the market.
Posted: 3/2/2021
SpaceX has failed to successfully launch a rocket prototype for the second time. The development of the company’s ‘Starship’ prototype is part of its plans to establish a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Posted: 3/2/2021
Jeff Bezos has announced plans to step down as Amazon chief executive later this year to focus on other ventures, including spaceflight firm Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and tackling climate change. Bezos, who started the e-commerce giant as an online bookstore in 1994, will be replaced at the helm of the company now valued at more than $1 trillion by Andy Jassy, who currently leads AWS, Amazon's cloud computing division.
Posted: 03/02/2021
A total of 84 per cent of people post sensitive information to their social media accounts which helps hackers launch attacks at least once a week, with 42 per cent posting this data daily, according to new research. The report from security firm Tessian, entitled “How to Hack a Human”, included findings from a survey of 4,000 professionals in the UK and US, alongside interviews with hackers from the HackerOne community.
Posted: 02/02/2021
Retail Giant Amazon is expanding its Amazon One biometric palm reader across further stores in Seattle. The system will now be available across eight Amazon retail stores.
Posted: 2/2/2021
Half of enterprises in EMEA have suffered an increase in outages since the pandemic hit the West last March, according to research, despite increased spending on IT security and automation. IT monitoring firm LogicMonitor questioned 600 global IT leaders - with 200 of them in EMEA - and over three-quarters of them overall “feel their input and importance within the boardroom has increased in the last 12 months”.
Posted: 2/2/2021
EU antitrust regulators are set to decide by 5 March whether to approve Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Fallout and Doom games developer Bethesda Softworks.

This will be U.S. tech giant’s biggest gaming acquisition to date and comes amidst strong demand during the pandemic.
Posted: 02/02/2021
The UK government has promised £20m to support electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and revealed that the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme will continue for an additional year, demonstrating its commitment to EV adoption. The move will lead to the installation of 4,000 new charge points.
Posted: 02/02/2021
The UK’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Uber’s anticipated buyout of Autocab. Uber’s plans to buy rival Autocab were first announced last August.
Posted: 1/2/2021
Stablecoins and digital asset classes have generated more than $1.2 trillion in transactional volume since 2017, according to a new report which highlights the growth of the blockchain across financial services and a host of other industries. The global blockchain trends survey compiled by Invesco and Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Alternative Finance has tracked rapid growth across the blockchain industry in the past 18 months, with distributed ledger technologies opening up new opportunities for investors.
Posted: 01/02/2021
bluShift Aerospace launched Stardust 1.0 on Sunday, which the Maine-based startup has claimed as the world's first biofuel powered commercial booster. The small sounding rocket is powered by a "bio-derived" solid fuel and stands at six meters tall with a payload capacity of eight kilograms.
Posted: 01/02/2021
Microsoft is “confident” Bing could replace Google if it decides to withdraw from Australia, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. Earlier this month Google said it would block its search engine in Australia if the government goes ahead with a new code that will make it pay for content from media companies.
Posted: 1/2/2021
Electric vehicle maker Faraday Future (FF) is seeking an IPO through special purpose acquisition company Property Solutions Acquisition to raise $1 billion to drive growth for its hyper-connected motors. The planned IPO for the combined company - which would be worth an estimated $3.4 billion after the process - would lead to Los Angeles-headquartered Faraday being listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “FFIE”.
Posted: 29/1/2021
General Motors (GM) has announced plans to invest $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles in a bid to become carbon neutral by 2040. The funding, which will be invested over the next five years, represents a $7 billion increase on GM’s original investment plans before the pandemic.
Posted: 29/01/2021
The government has announced new grants worth £84 million too develop a greener aerospace market that could see zero-emissions flights launched as early as 2023. Half of the money will come from the government’s ATI Programme, while the rest will be matched by industry.
Posted: 29/1/2021
Behavioural security platform CybSafe has secured a £5.6 million Series A1 funding round to enhance its go-to-market and research capabilities. The funding round was led by deep tech investor IQ Capital with participation from Hannover Digital Investments (HDI Group) and B8 Ventures.
Posted: 29/1/2021
The Council of Europe has called for the banning of facial recognition technology to hire and fire people based on their moods, personality or level of engagement in the workplace. The non-binding plans, drafted by the committee of representatives from the 27 council member states, are the most extensive proposals in Europe for legislation on the technology.
Posted: 28/01/2021
Almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of businesses see a digital skills shortfall as one of the most significant challenges facing their company in 2021. The figures are based on research commissioned by FTSE 250 professional services firm FDM Group, which questioned 200 business decision-makers in large- and medium-sized companies about their attitude to hiring and improving IT and digital skills for 2021.
Posted: 28/1/2021
The Biometrics Institute has issued a statement stressing the importance of public health and privacy to parties developing biometric solutions to COVID-19. The statement was released on Data Privacy Day 2021, ahead of a review of its privacy guidelines for biometrics.
Posted: 28/01/2021
Google is reportedly renewing plans to launch its own licensing programme with news publishers in Australia. The move comes as the search engine fights new government legislation that will force it to pay for content from media companies in Australia.
Posted: 28/1/2021
Octopus Ventures has announced the launch of £100m fund targeted at early-stage HealthTech companies. The firm intends to raise the funds with parent company Octopus Group as cornerstone investor.
Posted: 27/01/2021
Swiss startup Aktiia has beaten Fitbit, Apple and other HealthTech players to become the first firm to get regulatory approval to sell a wearable bracelet that automatically measures blood pressure 24/7. The firm has won a CE Class IIa medical device mark for its bracelet, which allows it to sell its technology across the European Economic Area, the UK, Australia and Canada. But it's entering the UK market first, as it is seen as the most lucrative for this type of technology in Europe.
Posted: 27/1/2021
Tech Nation has unveiled its inaugural Scale Ratio, which compares the number of seed stage, early growth and late growth companies in the UK’s tech ecosystems, to help measure tech hub potential and success. The Scale Ratio comes as industry body Tech Nation announces the latest cohort of its Upscale programme, consisting of 33 UK startups that will get six months of scale-up support - 48 per cent of them are based outside London.
Posted: 27/01/2021
Microsoft’s 2020 final quarter profits hit $15.5 billion, increasing by around a third compared to the previous year amid a surge in demand for cloud-based services during the pandemic. The software giant saw revenue jump by 17 per cent to $43.1 billion in the same period.
Posted: 27/1/2021
The European Union (EU) is lagging behind in the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) while the United States (US) is leading the way and China is improving rapidly, according to a new report. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation assessed AI advancement using 30 metrics including human talent, research activity, commercial development and investment in hardware and software based on 2020 data.
Posted: 26/01/2021
Google workers from around the world are joining forces to create a global union alliance. The new union, ‘Alpha Global,’ was formed in partnership with UNI Global Union, which represents 20 million workers across the globe.
Posted: 26/1/2021
Social media platform Twitter has banned My Pillow chief executive Mike Lindell for violating its policy on election misinformation. Lindell, who had almost 500,000 followers before his account was suspended, repeatedly made baseless claims of voter fraud in the US presidential election.
Posted: 26/1/2021
Facebook has launched a news feature in the UK which will pay publishers for stories “not already on its platform,” across hundreds of national, local, and lifestyle outlets. The social media platform said that the move would gives publishers more advertising and subscription opportunities, and that the it the beginning of a series of international investments in news.
Posted: 26/1/2021
Global IT spending will jump 6.2 per cent this year to $3.9 trillion, after it fell 3.2 per cent in 2020 as CIOs prioritised spending on technology and services that were deemed “mission-critical” during the first stages of the pandemic. All IT spending segments are forecast to return to growth in 2021, with enterprise software expected to have the strongest growth at 8.8 per cent - reaching $506 billion - as remote working environments are expanded and improved.
Posted: 26/1/2021
Riverlane has raised $20m in Series A funding to build Deltaflow, an operating system for quantum computers. The Cambridge based start-up will use the funding to expand internationally to the US and Europe.
Posted: 26/01/2021
Swapp, an AI-powered construction planning software company, has raised $7 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Point72 Ventures and Entrée Capital with the participation of existing investors.
Posted: 25/1/2021
Hong Kong's Hanson Robotics is to roll-out four models of its humanoid robots from its factory to take advantage of demand generated by the pandemic. With demands on healthcare spiralling and more people stuck at home on their own, the company's service robots - including Sophia who was unveiled in 2016 - are looking to carve out a niche for themselves.
Posted: 25/1/2021
A SpaceX rocket has launched 143 satilities into space, hitting a new record for the most spaceships sent to space in a single mission. The launch is part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Programme, designed to give smaller satellite operators affordable access to space.
Posted: 25/1/2021
Elon Musk has promised a $100 million prize for whoever develops the “best” carbon capture technology. The billionaire tweeted: “Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology.”
Posted: 25/1/2021
The European Commission has fined Valve, owner of the online PC gaming platform Steam, and five games publishers - Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax - a total of €7.8 million (£6.9 million) for breaching EU anti-trust rules.
Posted: 22/1/2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is continuing to struggle against a ransomware attack it suffered on Christmas Eve, which it said had “significantly impacted the organisation” - including the loss of its email system.
Posted: 22/1/2021
Twenty-five companies and seventeen trade associations from across Europe have agreed to take specific steps to make data centres climate neutral by 2030. One year after the adoption of the European Green Deal, cloud infrastructure providers and data centre operators have created the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact - a self-regulatory initiative - with leading industry associations.
Posted: 21/1/2021
Google has said it will block its search engine in Australia if the government goes ahead with a new code that will make it pay for content from media companies. Australia is introducing a mandatory code of conduct called the News Media Bargaining Code which has been developed to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media and digital platforms, specifically Google and Facebook.
Posted: 22/1/2021
French publishers represented by the Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale (APIG) have signed an agreement with Google France relating to the use of their online press stories. The deal covers remuneration under French law and seeks to address EU copyright laws.
Posted: 21/1/2021
The UK government urgently needs to establish an ambitious new digital operation model for a green future and better connectivity, a report backed by Huawei has said. The report by Public Policy Projects, which was put together in collaboration with Chinese tech company Huawei and co-written by Anderson Strategy, outlines recommendations to the UK government for a broad new digital overhaul that will help local, regional, and central governmental bodies hit connectivity and sustainability targets.
Posted: 21/12/2020
58 per cent of UK business decision makers identify security concerns as their biggest barrier to adopting public cloud. Research by Centrify, which surveyed 200 business decision makers, also found that 35 per cent of organisations who have already adopted cloud are less than 80 per cent confident that it’s completely secure.
Posted: 21/1/2021
Retail giant Amazon is suing EU antitrust regulators after they allowed an Italian competition authority to carry out its own case against it. Amazon argues that the case should be part of an EU investigation, reported Reuters.
Posted: 21/1/2021
Mercedes-Benz is taking on Tesla with its new EQA electric compact SUV. The electric car, which launched in February, will at first have a range of 426 kilometres.
Posted: 20/1/2021
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating how algorithms can reduce competition in digital markets and harm consumers if they are misused. The authority is gathering information from academics and industry experts on the potential harms to competition and consumers caused by the deliberate or unintended misuse of algorithms.
Posted: 20/1/2021
The president of the European Union has called for the international regulation of technology giants in a speech on the inauguration of president elect Joe Biden. In her statement to the European Parliament Plenary, EU president Ursula von der Leyen said that democratic limits must be imposed on the “untrammelled and uncontrolled political power of the internet giants.”
Posted: 20/1/2021
Half of all IT directors admit to destroying hardware as opposed to having data erased because of a fear it won’t be done properly, according to a survey by DSA Connect. The research found that three in 10 IT directors admit to mothballing IT hardware for the same reason.
Posted: 19/1/2021
Two hospitals in South Warwickshire are using blockchain to track the storage and supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Distributed ledger provider Hedera Hashgraph and digital asset tracking and monitoring company Everyware are working with the NHS facilities to monitor the cold storage equipment being used to store COVID-19 vaccines.
Posted: 19/1/2021
Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of business leaders across Europe see organisational agility as critical in driving business performance and growth, but many are overestimating their capabilities, according to research. Analyst house IDC and digital workflow firm ServiceNow surveyed 875 senior decision makers from large businesses across Europe to examine their organisations' agility amid the pandemic, applying a bespoke assessment model to determine their maturity in this area.
Posted: 19/1/2021
The wiping of records from the UK Police National Computer database - as revealed last week - was “likely” due to best practice not being followed linked to three key roles, says BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The “coding error” that is said to have caused the loss of 150,000 records on the police database - including fingerprints, DNA and arrest history - had been blamed on human error.
Posted: 18/1/2021
NASA tested its Space Launch System (SLS)rocket on Saturday, hitting a snag when engines shut down only a minute into the trial. The trial needed the rocket’s engines to fire for just over eight minutes, the same length of time it would take to send it up into space following launch.
Posted: 18/1/2021
Amazon workers will vote for the first official unionisation at the company in the US from next month, as the company continues to resist the attempt. A branch of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Bessemer, Alabama would potentially cover up to 6,000 workers, if they vote for it.
Posted: 18/1/2021
One of two former Obama administration officials are likely to take on the top antitrust job at the US Department of Justice. Whoever is chosen for the role will be responsible for tackling Big Tech and other antitrust issues, which has been identified as a key issue for the upcoming Biden administration.
Posted: 18/1/2021
Google has announced the completion of its $2.1 billion buyout of Fitbit. The digital health business first entered an agreement with Google in November 2019.
Posted: 15/1/2021
DNS (domain name system) services are the most attacked part of telcos’ networks during the pandemic, but cloud protection is the hardest to deliver, according to the Telecoms.com Annual Industry Survey. Of 500 telecoms professionals questioned for the survey, 16 per cent said DNS services suffered the most attacks, followed by attacks on network infrastructure elements like network bandwidth and network protocols (15 per cent).
Posted: 15/1/2021
A UK-based COVID-19 digital passport, developed by tech companies Mvine and iProov, is moving into a live testing phase. The passport, backed by Innovate UK, enables a person’s test result or vaccination status to be registered and proved without disclosing their identity, and without the need for extensive new infrastructure.
Posted: 15/1/2020
Volkswagen is to use commercetools’ cloud-based software to launch a new group-wide e-commerce platform. The partnership will help the car manufacturer deliver new commerce functionality and online channels.
Posted: 15/1/2020
Concerns have been raised by several watchdogs about Amazon’s “manipulative” design techniques that make it unreasonably difficult to unsubscribe from its Prime service. A study by The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) said that the process of cancelling an Amazon Prime subscription is “riddled with a combination of manipulative design techniques, known as ‘dark patterns.’”
Posted: 15/12/2020
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is reportedly forming an engineering team that will focus on self-driving technologies. According to Reuters, job posts have revealed that the business is hiring engineers for auto electronics, autonomous driving, and in-car software.
Posted: 14/1/2021
Parler, the self-proclaimed alternative to Twitter, could be cut off permanently, its chief executive John Matze told Reuters on Wednesday. Parler is currently in the process of suing Amazon Web Services (AWS) over its decision to suspend the social media platform.
Posted: 14/1/2021
Sennder, which bought Uber’s freight business last year, has raised $160 million in investment. The funding puts the value of the business at over $1 billion.
Posted: 14/1/2021
Environmental researchers are set to benefit from a powerful supercomputer that will slash their data workload processing times. Plymouth Marine Laboratory is offering out its first HPC (high performance computing) service for applying artificial intelligence to earth observation data.
Posted: 13/1/2021
Worldwide spend on mobile apps jumped by 20 per cent to $143 billion last year. Top markets driving the increase include China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, according to App Annie’s latest State of Mobile report.
Posted: 13/1/2021
The majority of European businesses say COVID has accelerated their use of data in operations, but many are still struggling to win the confidence of customers when it comes to safely handling that data. Over 800 senior managers responsible for data in companies of 100-plus employees and 4,100 consumers across the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands were questioned about the effect of the pandemic on data analytics and management as part of research commissioned by data analytics company Splunk.
Posted: 13/1/2021
General Motors (GM) has announced plans to develop a flying Cadillac that will transport passengers across cities. The self-driving vehicle, which is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone, will be able to carry a single passenger, and will travel from city rooftops at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.
Posted: 13/1/2021
Alternative messaging platforms are experiencing a surge in users after WhatsApp announced new data sharing rules earlier this month. Platforms Signal and Telegram have reportedly seen heightened downloads as a result of the announcement about data sharing rules.
Posted: 12/1/2021
UK cloud security incidents are being blamed on a lack of trained IT staff, a lack of budget and cloud complexity. Cyber security vendor Netwrix commissioned research among around 950 IT professionals worldwide who use private and public cloud services to store their data.
Posted: 12/1/2021
Overall cyber security start-up funding since lockdown increased by 52 per cent year-on-year - in contrast to the 10 per cent decrease across all UK tech sectors. However, investment in UK cyber security start-ups is dominated by later stage firms, as companies raising capital for the first time fell by 96 per cent.
Posted: 12/1/2021
Parler is suing Amazon Web Services (AWS) over its decision to suspend the social media platform. The tech giant, which up until Sunday supported the microblogging website with its cloud computing service, suspended the account after it found posts encouraging violence.
Posted: 12/1/2021
European Union commissioner Thierry Breton has said violence by pro-Trump rioters at the US Capitol will prompt an era of tougher social media regulation. The EU commissioner for internal market compared the fallout from the storming of the government building to the global crackdown on terrorism that was triggered by the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
Posted: 11/12/2020
Payment processing business Stripe has banned all donations to the Trump campaign in response to violence that took place in Capitol Hill last week. Last Wednesday pro-trump rioters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, resulting in the deaths of at least five people.
Posted: 11/12/2020
Hyundai has said it is in early talks with Apple after local media reported an electric car and battery tie-up between the two businesses, said Reuters. The news pushed Hyundai shares up by around 25 per cent.
Posted: 8/1/2021
Three major Chinese telecom firms have lost $5.6 billion in their value after leading index providers dropped them from their benchmark portfolios. China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom have now shed more than 20 per cent of their value since November.
Posted: 8/1/2021
Elon Musk has overtaken Amazon's Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person, with his net worth passing the $185 billion (£136 billion) mark yesterday. This was a result of a 5 per cent jump in the share price of Musk's Tesla electric car company.
Posted: 8/1/2021
Those using WhatsApp in the UK and EU will avoid new rules that force users to share their data with Facebook. Users outside of the European region will have to agree with updates to data sharing rules by 8 February or delete their accounts.
Posted: 8/1/2021
Cyber criminals have dumped a large batch of sensitive documents stolen from Hackney Council on the dark web, following a ransomware attack on the North East London council last October. It is not known whether the council paid the ransom demanded by last year's attackers.
Posted: 07/01/2021
Donald Trump has been banned from various social media accounts after yesterday's attack on Washington's Capitol Building led to the deaths of four people. The security team defending the House Chamber, where president-elect Joe Biden's confirmation hearing was taking place, shot dead 35-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt from San Diego, California, who was part of a mob trying to enter the room.
Posted: 07/01/2021
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has said it is disappointed that algorithms have again been blamed in general for last year’s exams results crisis. The institute said that while the government’s decision cancel exams this summer is “understandable,” it did not agree that algorithms were solely responsible for mistakes made in determining exam results last year.
Posted: 07/01/2021
A new tech academy is to teach 100,000 UK students critical digital skills training over the next five years. According to Bright Network, the careers company responsible for launching the free tech school.
Posted: 07/01/2021
Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps.
The ban aims to curb the “threat to Americans posed by Chinese software applications, which have large user bases and access to sensitive data,” according to a senior administration official that spoke to Reuters.
Posted: 06/01/2021
More than three in five IT directors (62 per cent) believe their employer’s IT budget will increase for 2021, according to research commissioned by DSA Connect, the IT asset disposal company. The findings -based on interviews with 50 UK IT directors - showed nearly half (48 per cent) cited the need to invest in more cloud technology as a key reason for greater IT spending.
Posted: 6/01/2021
Sainsbury’s is among several major UK firms to back the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme, with grants of up to £100,000 being made available to innovative startups. The grocery retailer is a partner of the Digital Catapult innovation centre, which is itself backing the match-funded Made Smarter initiative, aimed at fast-forwarding the adoption of new technologies directly into industry.
Posted: 6/01/2021
Google could include privacy labels across its iOS apps as early as this or next week. The new policy will require developers to reveal how data is collected from App Store users and used to track them, reported Reuters.
Posted: 06/01/2021
While professional hiring across England and Wales decreased by a third (33 per cent) in 2020, other sectors like IT “remained resilient”, according to recruitment firms. Research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and business intelligence specialist Vacancysoft shows that in Q4 2020, IT vacancies were up year-on-year, with November’s numbers increasing 9.9 per cent on the same period in 2019.
Posted: 5/01/2021
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has called for data charges on education websites to be waived during lockdown. The organisation said that educational websites, like Purple Mash and Classcharts, should be exempt from mobile data charges to help the poorest families.
Posted: 05/01/2021
Over 200 Google and other Alphabet Inc employees have established a labour union to address working conditions. The creation of the “Alphabet Workers Union” is a continuation of years of protests by employees about the conglomerate’s alleged poor business practices.
Posted: 05/01/2021
Despite the hype, AI/automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the least important technology topics for IT leaders right now, according to research. Senior leaders at 300-plus global companies were independently polled on behalf of Meet the Boss, the virtual round-table platform and subsidiary brand of GDS Group.
Posted: 4/01/2021
The children’s commissioner for England plans to bring action on behalf of a 12-year-old girl against TikTok over misuse of personal data. Commissioner Anne Longfield intends to bring the action against six corporate defendants said to be involved in or responsible for the operation of the social media platform.
Posted: 04/01/2021
Rules about how users can operate drones in the UK and across the European Union have come into force. The amendment to existing regulations, which was implemented on Thursday, has categorised drones into three risk categories.
Posted: 04/01/2021
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing everyone online, technology was pushed to the fore in 2020. But what does this mean for digital transformation in 2021? To mark the end of a challenging 12 months, the editorial team at National Technology News have rounded up a host of industry experts to tell us their top technology predictions for the year ahead.
Posted: 22/12/2020
With the end of 2020 in sight, we crunched the numbers to bring you a round-up of National Technology News’ most popular stories of the year.
Posted: 22/12/2020
Almost a third (28 per cent) of UK businesses offer no cyber security training to managers and staff, to reduce the likelihood and severity of data breaches while working from home, according to research.Managed cloud services and security provider iomart questioned 1,167 C-level, director, manager and employee staff about their businesses’ cyber security provisions, including the level of training offered, the extent of data backup policies in place, and their awareness of how to identify a cyber attack.
Posted: 22/12/2020
Apple is aiming to launch a self-driving passenger car that could include its own battery technology by 2024, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Apple is not the only BigTech company dabbling in autonomous vehicle technology; only last week Amazon publicly unveiled its autonomous ride-hailing robotaxi ‘Zoox.’
Posted: 22/12/2020
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has reported 17 “serious” data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), affecting a total of 121,355 people, according to official figures.
The data, contained in the MoJ’s annual report (2019-2020), and analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, reveals a catalogue of major incidents of personal data loss, including a misplaced, unencrypted USB stick containing documents from a trial; the names of children in a domestic violence case; and the loss of a laptop and phone containing the personal details of MoJ staff members.
Posted: 22/12/2020
Facebook has announced that it has made changes across Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook for European users to comply with new EU privacy laws. The social media platform said that the new rules prohibit messaging and calling services from “using data to prevent, detect and respond to child abuse material and other forms of harm.”
Posted: 22/12/2020
Despite the pandemic spurring enterprises to increase innovative IT projects, on average enterprises are now wasting $5.5 million annually on failed, delayed or scaled-back digital transformation projects - the majority for reasons not related to the pandemic - according to research.NoSQL database provider Couchbase commissioned research among 450 heads of digital transformation - such as CIOs, CDOs and CTOs - in organisations with 1,000 employees or more in the the US, the UK, France and Germany.
Posted: 22/12/2020
A committee of MPs has warned the Government that it risks failing to meet its watered-down target for the rollout gigabit-capable broadband and 5G in the face of considerable challenges to infrastructure rollout. Evidence to the Broadband and the road to 5G inquiry launched by the Commons Select Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS Committee) found “little confidence” that nationwide gigabit-capable broadband by 2025 could be delivered and “no genuine belief" within the sector that it was achievable.
Posted: 22/12/2020
Over a fifth (21 per cent) of Britons have already been a victim of cyber crime, according to commissioned research from personal cyber security app Clario, with the average victim losing £1,276. In its Great Cyber Surrender report, based on the research, Clario looks at how the British police and the government have “abandoned” cyber crime victims, and predicts the problem will only get worse following Brexit.
Posted: 21/12/2020
The European Commission has approved Google’s long-awaited purchase of Fitbit for $2.1 billion, following an in-depth investigation. Fitbit first entered an agreement with the BigTech business in November last year, but the purchase was subject to approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals, including an EU investigation into how the purchase would impact competition in the digital health space.
Posted: 21/12/2020
Almost two-thirds of European citizens on average do not trust public bodies - including governments, local authorities and police - with the security of their data, according to research. Digital marketing agency Reboot Online analysed data from the European Commission among around 28,000 EU citizens, and found that those in Spain (78 per cent) trust public authorities with their personal data the least.
Posted: 21/12/2020
The University of Manchester has teamed up with Spectra Analytics and Advanced to develop an AI solution for GP letter correspondence.Together they are establishing ‘Docman10X’, an AI version of existing healthcare software, which will automatically read patient letters and only show a GP correspondence when the tech thinks it needs further action.
Posted: 18/12/2020
Facebook has attacked Apple's plans to warn iOS users about the data access it has when users install the app on their Apple gadgets. The delayed Apple privacy control on a future version of iOS for Facebook and other apps has drawn a serious reaction from Facebook, which has held a press conference about it accompanied by full page ads in major US newspapers.
Posted: 18/12/2020
Mission-critical US government agencies and large companies, including Microsoft, have been hit by a huge cyber-attack using IT monitoring software from Texas-headquartered SolarWinds. They have now been ordered by US security agencies to deactivate the software to stop the long-term attacks spreading, which are believed to have started at the beginning of the pandemic in March, when thousands of updates to the software were downloaded by government agencies and companies.
Posted: 18/12/2020
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a new Data Sharing Code of Practice. The code gives practical advice for businesses on how to responsibly share data.
Posted: 18/12/2020
It will be 30 years before there is gender parity in computer science degrees, according to the Chartered Institute for IT. The data reveals that gender equality in IT is making slow progress, with women accounting for 16.2 per cent of all computer science students in 2020, up 1 per cent on last year, according to analysis of UCAS data.
Posted: 17/12/2020
Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of business decision makers are anticipating Covid-themed phishing attacks targeting their company to increase in 2021. A study of 200 business decision makers from Centrify, a privileged access management solution provider, found that more than half (52 per cent) of business decision makers have anticipated an increase in cyber attacks facing their organisations, as triggered by the most recent national lockdown in the UK, which ended on the 2 December.
Posted: 17/12/2020
New EU privacy laws could see BigTech companies banned from using automatic detection tools used to find child abuse images and grooming. Many believe these detection methods breach the privacy of people using messaging apps.
Posted: 17/12/2020
Strava has seen a 33 per cent increase in activities compared to last year. The social platform for athletes, which has 73 million worldwide users, said that the coronavirus pandemic has driven a “boom in global exercise” this year.
Posted: 16/12/2020
The UK will establish its first commercial corridor in Reading next year. BT, along with Altitude Angel, and several UK tech start-ups has been chosen by UK Research and Innovation to deliver ‘Project XCelerate,’ a key Future Flight Challenge project.
Posted: 16/12/2020
Global consulting firm Accenture has made a strategic investment in CleanTech Reactive Technologies, which provides power and grid technology to help utilities accelerate their transition to low-carbon energy. Reactive Technologies is already backed by alternative investment firm Ingenious and offers measurement and analytics services for grid operators, an energy optimisation platform for corporates and an enhanced power purchase agreement for renewable generators.
Posted: 16/12/2020
The EU has revealed plans for new rules that could see BigTech companies face fines of up to 10 per cent of turnover if not complied with. Companies that recurringly break the rules will be obliged to take structural measures, potentially leading to divestiture of certain businesses where no alternative measure is available to ensure compliance.
Posted: 16/12/2020
Twitter has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide global cloud infrastructure for delivery of its timelines. As part of a multi-year deal, the social media platform will use Amazon’s cloud service to support the delivery of millions of daily tweets.
Posted: 16/12/2020
UK Internet of Things and smart city operator Connexin is rolling out a nationwide IoT network, providing carrier-grade long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) connectivity and infrastructure to firms. The national “low cost” network will better enable every type of organisation to adopt IoT solutions, said Connexin.
Posted: 15/12/2020
More than 60 per cent of jobs furloughed in the first half of 2020 were in sectors at high risk of automation, a new study has found. The final report of the two-year Commission on Workers and Technology revealed that the COVID-19 crisis is accelerating the take-up of job-replacing technologies, especially among low-skilled workers.
Posted: 15/12/2020
The World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative has released a proof of concept to trace emissions across the supply chain using distributed ledger technology.The initiative is a collaboration between seven global companies and the World Economic Forum (WEF) that aims to accelerate an industry solution for operational visibility and ESG requirements.
Posted: 15/12/2020
The UK government will today launch its highly anticipated online harms legislation to protect internet users. It’s been reported that social media companies could be fined up to £18 million for failing to protect users as part of the new rules.
Posted: 15/12/2020
Amazon’s Zoox has publicly unveiled its autonomous ride-hailing robotaxi. In June, Amazon signed an agreement to acquire Zoox, with chief executive Aicha Evans and chief technology officer Jesse Levinson staying on to lead the company as a standalone business.
Posted: 14/12/2020
Charity Privacy International has expressed concerns about the launch of facial recognition across 18 Co-operative stores. Southern Co-operative, which has more than 200 Co-operative stores in the south of England, said that the technology had been deployed in response to an 80 per cent increase in assaults and violence towards staff this year.
Posted: 14/12/2020
US treasury emails have been hacked by cyber criminals believed to be working for the Russian state, Reuters has reported. According to Reuters, sources familiar with the matter said the cyber-attack was so serious that it led to a National Security Council meeting at the weekend.
Posted: 14/12/2020
Electronic Arts (EA) has announced it will buy British game developer Codemasters for $1.2 billion. The US video game company expects the deal to complete in the first quarter of next year.
Posted: 14/12/2020
Industrial automation and digitalisation firm Siemens Digital Industries is using a new cloud-based integration platform to connect its data management systems, and provide over 80 regional sales teams with product master data in real-time. Master data is crucially important to Siemens and its sales teams, but as the volume of data grew the IT team decided to review how to manage the growing demand for existing applications more efficiently.
Posted: 11/12/2020
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has agreed to fast-track its investigation into the proposed Virgin and O2 merger. The decision came after a request by Virgin and O2 for the CMA to move quickly to the in-depth Phase 2 stage of the investigation.
Posted: 11/12/2020
The American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued Facebook, alleging that the company is illegally maintaining a social networking monopoly through a “years-long course of anticompetitive conduct.” The action follows a lengthy investigation by the FTC in cooperation with a coalition of attorneys and alleges that Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy, including its 2012 acquisition of Instagram, its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp, and the imposition of anticompetitive conditions on software developers to eliminate threats to its monopoly.
Posted: 11/12/2020
Both Visa and Mastercard have announced they have banned the use of their cards on Pornhub. The decision came after an investigation found the existence of unlawful content on the porn website.
Posted: 11/12/2020
Unused software licenses cost European public service organisations an average of £2.4 million a year, research by Insight has revealed. According to the global tech business, the inability for businesses to optimise IT costs has meant they have had to find savings elsewhere.
Posted: 10/12/2020
The government is considering establishing tougher VAT regulations for businesses in the sharing economy, including Uber and Airbnb. In a recently published ‘call for evidence’ document the government said that although the sector creates huge opportunities for the UK economy, it is aware that the sharing economy could “potentially create certain challenges to the VAT tax base.”
Posted: 10/12/2020
The World Economic Forum has today launched 37 initiatives across six continents as part of a multi-year effort to shape the development of the Internet of Things, to improve security, governance and aid the safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.The pandemic has “accelerated” remote working, telehealth, distance learning and automation, according to a new report from the WEF's Global Internet of Things Council and PwC.
Posted: 10/12/2020
Google has been fined €100 million by a French regulatory body for putting advertising cookies on users’ computers without consent. The sanctions came as the Commission Nationale de l'informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) fined Amazon €35 million for the same reason.
Posted: 10/12/2020
The National Technology Awards 2021 are open for entries, with a deadline of 12 March 2021 to get your company’s name in the running. The fifth annual awards, which celebrate the pioneers of innovative technology and excellence in the industry, will take place on 27 May 2021.
Posted: 9/12/2020
UK information commissioner Elizabeth Denham CBE has been announced the winner of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT’s prestigious Society Medal 2020. The new annual award recognises Denham’s outstanding contribution to making digital technology good for society.
Posted: 9/12/2020
Plans by tech giants for more encrypted messaging risks greater child exploitation and abuse, the children’s commissioner for England has warned. A report by commissioner Anne Longfield warns that the privacy of direct messaging platforms can conceal some of the most serious crimes against children, including grooming, exploitation, and the sharing of child sexual abuse material.
Posted: 9/12/2020
Four of the top six types of cyber security incidents affecting companies are now related to insider actions, according to research from data security firm Netwrix. The company's Cyber Threats Report is based on feedback from 940 IT professionals worldwide about the cyber threats they have recently faced.
Posted: 9/12/2020
Following an intervention by international authorities, Apple will now indicate on its App Store what personal data each app uses. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), alongside the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the Norwegian Consumer Authority, took a lead role in the international effort to improve information available on the use of personal data by applications on Apple’s App Store.
Posted: 9/12/2020
Onfido, the global identity verification and authentication provider, says the risk of identity fraud has “increased significantly” with attacks occurring more frequently since the start of the pandemic. Over the past 12 months, according to Onfido's Identity Fraud Report 2020, the identity document (ID) fraud rate increased by 41 per cent over the previous year, as first-time fraudsters “appear to be more prevalent”.
Posted: 9/12/2020
BMW Group has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop cloud-enabled solutions to increase efficiency, performance, and sustainability across the automotive life cycle.
BMW will migrate data from across its business units and operations in over 100 countries to AWS.
Posted: 8/12/2020
New research shows worldwide losses from cyber-crime now total more than $1 trillion. According to a new report by McAfee and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), losses from cyber-crime have seen a 50 per cent increase from 2018.
Posted: 8/12/2020
Griffin Law has accused HMRC of “breath-taking incompetence” over 11 ‘serious’ personal data breaches that affected more than 20,000 people. Last month HMRC published its annual report which outlines several data breach incidences.
Posted: 8/12/2020
Mark Zuckerberg threatened to pull Facebook’s investment from the UK in a private meeting with Matt Hancock, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed. Minutes from a meeting in May 2018 show that Zuckerberg spoke of an “anti-tech UK government” and joked about making the UK one of two countries he would not visit.
Posted: 8/12/2020
The UK is in ‘urgent’ need of increasing its digital capabilities to tackle COVID-19 challenges and to deliver a levelled-up economy, a new report by TechUK has found. The UK-wide report says that policies must extend beyond the most obvious levers of broadband and digital skills to encompass issues such as digital adoption, data ecosystems, innovation funding, and investment and trade support.
Posted: 7/12/2020
A UK-led space biomining experiment could help the first space settlers gather minerals needed to survive on other planets. The experiment, which was launched on a SpaceX rocket at the weekend, will take up match-box sized containers carrying asteroid rock, which will then be used to grow bacteria and fungi in an incubator for three weeks to investigate how gravity affects interaction between the microbes and rock in reduced gravity.
Posted: 7/12/2020
The government has awarded funding to 21 UK organisations that have “radical ideas” on how to tackle climate change through earth observation. The £7 million funding, provided by the UK Space Agency’s National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP), will also be distributed across businesses and universities addressing satellite communications challenges.
Posted: 7/12/2020
Cisco has announced that it is buying IMImobile, a UK-based cloud communications services company, for $730 million. Cisco will use IMImobile’s cloud communications software and services to deliver a comprehensive customer experience as a service.
Posted: 7/12/2020
The widespread use of masks must mark a “step change” in how identity is managed and the way facial recognition biometrics are developed and applied, says the Biometrics Institute. The Biometrics Institute is an independent international organisation for biometric users, and includes banks, airlines, government agencies, biometric experts, privacy experts, suppliers and academics among it membership.
Posted: 4/12/2020
The government has announced the launch of a new framework for data quality management. The framework, which has been developed in collaboration with the Government Digital Service, contains principles and approaches that can support better management of data quality in organisations.
Posted: 4/12/2020
The European Investment Bank Group (EIB) is investing up to €150 million in artificial intelligence businesses to address a European funding gap. The money, which will be invested alongside funding backed by the European Investment Fund (EIF), will be spent on European companies that are active in the AI sector and in technologies that directly compliment AI, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics.
Posted: 4/12/2020
The National Cyber Centre (NCSC) has launched a Cyber Aware campaign aimed at helping people shop securely online this Christmas.The government campaign, led by the cyber security arm of GCHQ, is aiming to raise awareness of the risks after research found that victims of online shopping fraud in England and Wales lost an average of £775 during last year’s festive period.
Posted: 4/12/2020
Many were prepared for a cyber onslaught, while ill-equipped businesses fell victim when the COVID-19 hit. Alexandra Leonards explores how the pandemic drove cyber-crime and looks at the UK response to the rise in online attacks. The disruption of an atmosphere of crisis and an influx of workers into home offices has created an online haven for cyber criminals.
Posted: 3/12/2020
IBM has exposed a global phishing campaign targeting organisations associated with a COVID-19 Vaccine cold chain. The multinational tech and consulting business found that the cyber operation started in September 2020 and spanned across six countries.
Posted: 3/12/2020
British software teams may be more “risk-averse” than their counterparts in the US and across Europe when it comes to coding, according to data from code building systems provider CircleCI - but they are more accurate.
Posted: 3/12/2020
UK employees waste over 40 working days a year each on routine tasks that could be automated by robots, according to research. Over half of office workers (53 per cent) said processes made their job “more challenging”, 39 per cent said they “wasted their time”, and a third (32 per cent) were “let down” by them.
Posted: 3/12/2020
Facebook’s independent Oversight Board has chosen its first six cases to review. The Oversight Board, which began accepting cases last month, is an independent body that users can appeal to if they disagree with decisions Facebook has made about their content on either Facebook or Instagram.
Posted: 2/12/2020
Almost half (47 per cent) of IT teams in large and medium-sized firms are using temporary staff to cope with the “sizeable workload” caused by COVID-19 and remote working, shows research. Business software provider Zoho commissioned research among 200 decision-makers at companies, which revealed that over two-thirds (70 per cent) of businesses are also planning to outsource key IT functions in 2021, in an effort to “cut costs” during the pandemic.
Posted: 2/12/2020
Salesforce has bought communication platform Slack for $27.7 billion as part of its strategy to develop an extensive open ecosystem of apps and workflows for business. Salesforce will combine Slack with its customer relationship management (CRM) platform ‘Salesforce Customer 360’ to create a new operating system for workforces.
Posted: 2/12/2020
Infogrid has raised $15.5m Series A funding to accelerate growth and address the climate crisis. The AI company, which automates facilities management and develops smart buildings, will use the funding to help businesses reduce the environmental and social cost of their buildings.
Posted: 2/12/2020
Facebook’s Libra Association has announced that it will be changing its name to The Diem Association to represent “a new day for the project.” The association, which is responsible for overseeing the rollout of Facebook Libra digital currency and payments and Novi digital wallet systems, also said that it has recruited key executives to help achieve regulatory approval and progress toward launch of the project, which is reportedly due early next year, albeit in scaled back form.
Posted: 1/12/2020
Facebook will pay some publishers for content on its UK news platform which launches next year. Facebook News, a dedicated space for national and local news, will pay news outlets for content that is not already on the platform.
Posted: 1/12/2020
Amazon Web Services is partnering with BlackBerry to develop and market BlackBerry’s intelligent vehicle data platform, IVY. IVY is a cloud-connected software platform designed to help automakers read vehicle sensor data and create actionable insights so they can personalise and enhance in-vehicle services for drivers and passengers.
Posted: 1/12/2020
Consumer virtual reality content will bring in over $7 billion of global revenue in 2025, an increase of over 160 per cent on the $3 billion it is expected to generate in 2020, according to Juniper Research. The primary driver for consumer content in this space will be console gamers, which will account for 41 per cent of revenue generated in 2025, the research firm found.
Posted: 1/12/2020
PayPoint and Bulb have switched on a new partnership that will allow Bulb’s customers to pay for their energy top-ups at 27,500 convenience stores across the UK. Bulb currently supplies 100 per cent renewable electricity and gas to 1.7 million people. The deal means Bulb customers can top up their pre-payment meters - whether they have a traditional or smart meter - at PayPoint’s extensive retailer network.
Posted: 1/12/2020
UK SMEs are in a better position than large corporates in facing the new year when it comes to technology and skills, according to research from recruitment firm Harvey Nash and consulting firm KPMG. SMEs are “better prepared” for remote working, “less distracted” by cyber attacks and “less held back” by skills shortages than larger firms, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
Posted: 30/11/2020
UK SMEs are in a better position than large corporates in facing the new year when it comes to technology and skills, according to research from recruitment firm Harvey Nash and consulting firm KPMG. SMEs are “better prepared” for remote working, “less distracted” by cyber attacks and “less held back” by skills shortages than larger firms, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
Posted: 30/11/2020
UK SMEs are in a better position than large corporates in facing the new year when it comes to technology and skills, according to research from recruitment firm Harvey Nash and consulting firm KPMG. SMEs are “better prepared” for remote working, “less distracted” by cyber attacks and “less held back” by skills shortages than larger firms, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
Posted: 30/11/2020
UK SMEs are in a better position than large corporates in facing the new year when it comes to technology and skills, according to research from recruitment firm Harvey Nash and consulting firm KPMG. SMEs are “better prepared” for remote working, “less distracted” by cyber attacks and “less held back” by skills shortages than larger firms, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
Posted: 30/11/2020
UK SMEs are in a better position than large corporates in facing the new year when it comes to technology and skills, according to research from recruitment firm Harvey Nash and consulting firm KPMG. SMEs are “better prepared” for remote working, “less distracted” by cyber attacks and “less held back” by skills shortages than larger firms, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
Posted: 30/11/2020
UK SMEs are in a better position than large corporates in facing the new year when it comes to technology and skills, according to research from recruitment firm Harvey Nash and consulting firm KPMG. SMEs are “better prepared” for remote working, “less distracted” by cyber attacks and “less held back” by skills shortages than larger firms, according to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
Posted: 30/11/2020
The government has today announced that operators will be banned from installing Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021. Earlier this year, in response to US sanctions, the government announced that operators should stop procuring new Huawei equipment from the end of 2020 and remove all Huawei equipment by the end of 2027.
Posted: 30/11/2020
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is helping Manchester United recover from a cyber-attack. A NCSC spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident affecting Manchester United Football Club and have been working with law enforcement partners in response.”
Posted: 30/11/2020
The COVID-19 crisis is “accentuating” the need to bridge digital divides, says the OECD, and has called on governments to quickly open up more wireless spectrum and broadband connectivity to mitigate global difficulties. In a report, the OECD says improved internet connectivity and skills have helped “many countries” to cope with the health and economic crisis from COVID-19. Yet, it says, the pandemic has “raised the bar” for digital transition and “underscores” the need to close digital divides that “risk” leaving some people and firms worse off than others in a post-COVID world.
Posted: 27/11/2020
Facebook’s Libra stablecoin cryptocurrency is set to launch as early as January, according to the Financial Times, who cited three unidentified people involved in the launch. Since the project’s announcement in 2019, it has sparked regulatory and political backlash from governments and central banks, and as a result the official launch of the stablecoin will represent an even more scaled back version of the project’s wider ambitions for payments, which were already watered down earlier this year.
Posted: 27/11/2020
The government is launching a new regime for BigTech which will give consumers more choice and control over their data, help SMEs thrive and make sure news outlets are not forced out by their bigger rivals. The Digital Markets Unit, set up within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), will also work with Ofcom and the Information Comissioner’s Officer to enforce a new code that will oversee the behaviour of platforms currently dominating the market, including Google and Facebook.
Posted: 27/11/2020
The British Army has selected military simulation provider Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) to lead the advanced phase of its Virtual Reality In-Land Training (VRLT) pilot programme, which will examine the value of VR in defence training.
Posted: 27/11/2020
Altana AI, a startup working to “de-risk” global supply chains, has secured seed investment of $7 million. The funding round was led by Amadeus Capital Partners, the London-based venture capital firm with a track record of backing artificial intelligence, risk management and national security technology companies.
Posted: 26/11/2020
A UK-built space rover is a step closer to reaching Mars after tests of the parachutes set to land the vehicle were successful. The European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover, built by Airbus to detect life on Mars, is due for launch in September 2022.
Posted: 26/11/2020
MPs have demanded Amazon explain why its Alexa service gives access to antisemitic messages and conspiracy theories.In a letter to Amazon UK’s VP country manager John Boumphrey, The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPG) asked him to explain how these messages were made accessible on the service.
Posted: 26/11/2020
Calls for IT support at UK SMEs have ballooned during the pandemic, according to research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Cantium Business Solutions. The survey of 939 IT decision-makers at SMEs logged the increase in IT support tickets and requests since lockdown restrictions first came into place in mid-March this year.
Posted: 25/11/2020
Medical students at Imperial College London are using mixed reality technology from Microsoft to experience real patients in hospitals despite COVID-19 restrictions. Imperial’s faculty of medicine is using Microsoft HoloLens technology to overcome the challenges of face-to-face training in hospitals as healthcare providers sought to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
Posted: 25/11/2020
Legacy technology is holding UK business back during lockdown and could leave them vulnerable to future disruption, according to commissioned research from ServiceNow. Prior to the announcement of the second and current national lockdown, both C-level leaders and employees had “low confidence” that they would be able to adapt to another major business disruption, the survey found.
Posted: 24/11/2020
Vodafone UK is to launch a range of Internet of Things (IoT) services, expected to remove barriers for UK adoption of the digital technology. Vodafone is partnering with IoT.nxt, which is already part of the Vodafone Group, to deliver every part of an IoT solution with a single data management platform and the capability to integrate old and new devices in one system.
Posted: 24/11/2020
Manchester United Football Club announced on Friday that it experienced a cyber-attack on its systems. The Club said it took swift action to contain the attack and worked with expert advisors to investigate the incident and minimise ongoing IT disruption.
Posted: 23/11/2020
MPs have experienced nearly 23 million email cyber-attacks in eight months, averaging 2.7 million attacks per month, a 60 per cent increase compared to last years figures. In 2019, there were just 1.7 million monthly average attacks per month.
Posted: 23/11/2020
A new Microsoft UK report has found that Britain’s digital skills gap could pose a risk to economic recovery. While the report revealed 78 per cent of UK leaders think having a large pool of digital talent will be essential to driving UK competitiveness, it also found that 69 per are currently facing a digital skills gap.
Posted: 23/11/2020
Facebook and Google are among series of tech giants to join a new collaborative effort led by Full Fact to tackle misinformation online. The fact-checking organisation is assembling experts from a range of companies and institutions, including the UK Government, Twitter, Google and Reuters to help address the issue.
Posted: 20/11/2020
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will investigate a proposed merger between Virgin Media and O2 because of its potential impact on competition in UK telecommunications. After the announcement of the deal was made earlier this year, the CMA said it would make a formal request to the European Commission (EC) to review the merger.
Posted: 20/11/2020
The government will fund a National Cyber Force (NCF), an Artificial Intelligence (AI) agency and a new Space Command as part of its largest military investment in 30 years. Earlier this week Number 10 announced an increase of £16.5 billion for the UK defence budget.
Posted: 20/11/2020
The Tech Nation Global Talent Visa for the UK has a significant rise in applications in the last two years, and the numbers are expected to rise further as the UK leaves the European Union at the end of this year. The Tech Nation Global Talent Visa – a government visa administered by industry body Tech Nation - enables IT pros to move to the UK to work for IT firms or set up their own businesses.
Posted: 19/11/2020
Uber has entered a partnership with Marqeta to streamline payment experiences for its apps. The global modern card issuing platform will assist Uber in providing one central payment experience across multiple modes of transit and help the ridesharing and delivery service create new efficiencies in its Eats product.
Posted: 19/11/2020
The prime minister has set out a £12 billion ten point plan for a “green industrial revolution”, that also aims to create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the blueprint supports the government's aim of the UK achieving net zero by 2050, when it comes to helping tackle global climate change.
Posted: 19/11/2020
Nearly half of all worldwide cybersecurity related patents filed over the past four years have been focussed on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), according to Wipro’s latest cybersecurity report. The global IT company said its research, based on a survey of 194 organisations and 21 academic, institutional and technology partners, found a paradigm shift towards cyber resilience amid the rise in global remote work.
Posted: 18/11/2020
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with NXP Semiconductors to deliver an edge-to-cloud compute solution for next generation vehicles. The solution includes expanded access to real-time, vehicle-wide data, secure connectivity to the cloud and streamlined machine learning.
Posted: 17/11/2020
The future of the cyber security industry and the security of everyone’s personal data will hinge on managing four technologies and trends, according to a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF conducted a 14-month study with the University of Oxford to examine how shifts in technology will impact the cyber-security industry, based on the input of over 100 leaders in the cyber security community spanning businesses, governments, academia and civil society.
Posted: 16/11/2020
Machine identity-related cyber attacks grew by more than 400 per cent over the two-year period of 2018 and 2019, according to research, with the problem potentially set to get worse as the Internet of Things (IoT) adoption grows. Venafi, a provider of machine identity management, examined malware, vulnerabilities and attacks using machine identities over the last five years. Its study found that the machine identity attack surface is “exploding”, with a rapid increase in all types of machine identity-related security events in 2018 and 2019.
Posted: 16/11/2020
The IT industry should be regulated to ensure ethical standards in areas like artificial intelligence (AI), according to the public. Research among 2,100 UK adults - commissioned by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT - found the majority (59 per cent) believed the IT profession should be “kept focussed” on “solving society’s problems” by an independent regulatory body.
Posted: 11/11/2020
The Open University has been bombarded by 1,191,312 malicious email and spam attacks over the past nine months, but says it has managed to defend itself against the lot. The scale of the attacks is reported through official data obtained by the Parliament Street think tank via a Freedom of Information request. The data covers the period from January to September 2020, and shows that all the malicious messages - which included spam, malware and phishing attacks - were blocked by the University’s servers.
Posted: 9/11/2020
Businesses overwhelmingly agree that their biggest technology challenge of the pandemic has been the switch to remote working, and that cyber security is their priority for the coming year. The 2020 Business Tech Priorities Report from IT infrastructure provider Softcat questioned almost 1,600 businesses in the private and public sectors in the UK and Ireland, and also found that “enhancing the digital workspace” to “boost productivity, engagement and happiness” has been a major challenge during 2020 and one that will continue into 2021.
Posted: 9/11/2020
Healthcare, finance and insurance were the top targets for cyber criminals as attacks spiked 260 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. An analysis of more than 6.6 billion encrypted threat reports by cloud security firm Zscaler found that cybercriminals stepped up their attacks on critical infrastructure from January through to September 2020, using encrypted channels to exploit vulnerabilities.
Posted: 9/11/2020
The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) has launched a competition awarding prizes of up to £5000 for ideas focussed on energy-usage in space exploration technologies. The BIS, a think tank exploring space development, is looking for participants to come up with the best ideas relating to the storage and handling of antihydrogen.
Posted: 09/11/2020
The number of IT small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in “significant” financial distress now stands at 36,000 - up eight per cent since the end of the first quarter and four per cent increase since the second quarter - potentially endangering 82,000 jobs. The figures are from the latest Business Distress Index from business recovery firm Begbies Traynor's RealBusinessRescue unit, which analysed data from Red Flag Alert's proprietary credit risk scoring system and lists of County Court Judgements for unpaid bills.
Posted: 06/11/20
Bentley has laid out plans to switch its entire model range to plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles by 2026, and full electric vehicles only by 2030. The British luxury car manufacturer detailed its Beyond100 strategy today, which also includes the aim of being an end-to-end carbon neutral organisation as it embarks on its second century.
Posted: 06/11/20
Two innovations to help companies tackle financial crime are the latest results to come out of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) regulatory sandbox. Onfido has worked in the ICO sandbox to identify and mitigate bias present in the biometric identity verification technology it designed to enable its clients to prove their customers are who they claim to be.
Posted: 06/11/20
A group of 10 Spanish companies are working together to develop a self-managed digital identity model for customers using blockchain technology. The Dalion project includes Banco Santander, Bankia, BME, CaixaBank, Inetum, Liberbank, Línea Directa Aseguradora, Mapfre, Naturgy and Repsol, along with the Alastria blockchain consortium.
Posted: 05/11/20
Business spend management vendor Coupa Software has acquired supply chain design and planning player LLamasoft for $1.5 billion. Both companies are headquartered in the US and LLamasoft’s technology is used by global brands such as Boeing, Danone, Home Depot and Nestle. “The acquisition will strengthen our supply chain capabilities, enabling businesses to drive greater value through business spend management (BSM),” said Coupa.
Posted: 05/11/20
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Microsoft are looking for cyber security companies to “help protect the UK”. The tech giant's partnership with the NCSC Cyber Accelerator programme is aiming to find and develop startups that can make the UK the “safest place to live and work online”.
Posted: 05/11/20
A Freedom of Information request to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed that 68 per cent of the fines it has levied since January 2019 have not been paid. A year ago The SMS Works, an SMS Application Programming Interface firm, reported initial findings around problems the data regulator was having collecting penalties.
Posted: 05/11/20
Insurance broker Policywise has selected InsurTech ThingCo to support a mass market telematics solution. Policywise will be offering customers ThingCo’s solar powered, artificial intelligence, voice-enabled Theo device.
Posted: 05/11/20
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has opened the second round of applications for funding under its AI in Health and Care initiative. Tech firms, researchers and developers can now bid for support in developing and testing artificial intelligence and machine learning products and systems for use in the NHS.
Posted: 05/11/20
Intervention from the Chinese government has blocked what was shaping up to be the largest Initial Public Offering (IPO) in history. Ant Group was due to launch the £34.4 billion IPO on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges tomorrow, but Chinese authorities summoned key executives to a meeting in which they were told the group's online lending business would face much more scrutiny.
Posted: 04/11/20
The UK's tech skills gap is set to narrow as half of British workers are considering a career change to IT, helped by their experience of the ongoing pandemic. CWJobs commissioned research among 2,150 professionals, comprising of 1,120 tech workers and 1,026 non-tech workers.
Posted: 04/11/20
Sugar has closed a round of pre-seed financing to further develop its platform. The company provides automated, data-driven finance to help game and app studios scale up, without them having to raise equity finance.
Posted: 04/11/20
Robots that patrol UK roads to detect and repair cracks and potholes, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce beer waste, and converting seaweed into compostable packaging, are just some of over 1,000 projects that will receive £134 million of government investment. Businesses from Glasgow to Devon are set to benefit from the investment, enabling 1,069 clean growth projects to develop new technologies, secure and create new jobs, drive productivity and tackle climate change.
Posted: 04/11/20
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - a part of government intelligence agency GCHQ - says it defended the UK from 723 cyber incidents in the last year, among other attacks listed in its fourth annual review. The NCSC said it protected the country from an average of 60 attacks per month during a year which saw its resources “proactively focused on the coronavirus response”.
Posted: 03/11/2020
An academic consortium dedicated to researching trust in autonomous systems has been announced as part of a £3 million project. Led by Heriot-Watt University, home to the National Robotarium, the project brings together academic expertise in robotics, cognitive science and psychology from Imperial College London and the University of Manchester.
Posted: 03/11/20
British Patient Capital (BPC), the UK government investment arm, has stated that its total investments now total over £1 billion. BPC is a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank, the UK government’s economic development bank.
Posted: 02/11/20
The global number of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connections will increase from 17.7 billion in 2020 to 36.8 billion in 2025 - representing an overall growth rate of 107 per cent. Juniper Research identified smart manufacturing as a key growth sector of the IIoT market over the next five years, accounting for 22 billion connections by 2025.
Posted: 02/11/20
The tech sector bounced back in the third quarter, according to KPMG’s quarterly survey compiled by IHS Markit, as business activity started to recover from a record drop caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown in the second quarter. The UK Tech Monitor Index showed that the sector was back into expansion mode during the third quarter, at 53.3, which is above the neutral 50 level and up sharply from 31.8 in the second quarter
Posted: 02/11/20
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined US-headquartered Marriott International £18.4 million for failing to keep millions of customers’ personal data secure. Marriott estimated that 339 million guest records worldwide were affected following a cyber attack in 2014 on Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
Posted: 30/10/20
More than 1,000 schools, colleges and universities internationally have been targeted by over 3.5 million 'spear-phishing' attacks from June through to September, attempting to catch out staff with damaging hacks as they struggle to continue running their establishments during the pandemic. Spear-phishing is a personalised phishing attack that targets a specific organisation or individual.
Posted: 30/10/20
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is creating a website following intensive user research with businesses and researchers. The site will ultimately integrate all the UKRI corporate websites, including Innovate UK, to deliver an informative, inspiring user experience – providing a unified voice for UKRI and its nine councils.
Posted: 30/10/20
Two thirds of Europe’s enterprises now have the majority of their business applications running in the cloud, but secure connectivity to those applications may not be certain for some. A survey commissioned research among 606 executives across the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands by cloud connectivity company Zscaler found that nearly half (48 per cent) of European enterprises expect the number of people working remotely to grow between 25 and 50 per cent in the next year, but only a third were confident they had a secure remote access infrastructure in place.
Posted: 30/10/20
London is Britain's hacking danger zone, according to retailer GAME. The capital saw 4,348 reported hacking cases in the year up to September, that cost victims a total of £4,031.
Posted: 29/10/20
The Finance Forward Europe 2020 accelerator - backed by PayPal, MetLife Foundation and Village Capital - has unveiled the five winners of $150,000 funding. The 10 participating tech ventures from across Europe are aiming to tackle challenges that face financially excluded groups, with these becoming more difficult during the ongoing pandemic.
Posted: 29/10/20
SpaceX has released a public beta test of its Starlink broadband internet service, which is beamed to users via small satellites. Various local government departments across the US are already using it, but it is now being rolled out to a select group of individual consumers.
Posted: 29/10/20
Barclays is launching a 12-week virtual accelerator programme designed to help early-stage tech businesses, founded by one or more Black entrepreneurs, in order to boost diversity in entrepreneurship. The accelerator, in partnership with social enterprise organisation Foundervine, includes a series of masterclasses focused on a number of core business skills, including product development, sales strategy, operations and leadership.
Posted: 29/10/20
Employers are being called on to forge closer links to schools to stem the IT skills gap, as data shows there has been a 40 per cent slump in the total number of GCSE and A-level students studying computing qualifications between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, 144,635 students studied some form of IT/computing qualification at GCSE or A-Level, but in 2020 that figure dropped to 87,335, according to the latest Ofqual figures.
Posted: 28/10/20
Ericsson has been selected by BT as its main 5G partner for London and other major UK cities. BT and other operators had been ordered by the government not to use core 5G equipment from Chinese firm Huawei.
Posted: 28/10/20
Daimler Trucks and Waymo have signed a global strategic partnership to deploy autonomous driving technology. Initially they will combine Waymo's tech with a unique version of Daimler's Freightliner Cascadia, to enable autonomous driving.
Posted: 28/10/20
Investment in the UK’s sustainable startups increased by nearly tenfold in the five years from 2014 to 2019. Research from Tech Nation and Dealroom showed that investments in ‘impact startups’ - those addressing one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - increased by 9.5 times over the five-year period.
Posted: 27/10/2020
While almost all IT security professionals have transitioned to remote work because of COVID-19, only a third described that transition as “smooth”. This is according to a new survey, carried out by Dimensional Research on behalf of One Identity, among 1,216 IT security stakeholders between at the end of August.
Posted: 27/10/20