Sabina Weston
Samsung’s decision to pull “insensitive” ad is a drag
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Business strategy

Samsung’s decision to pull “insensitive” ad is a drag

Businesses should stop exploiting LGBTQ+ people for profit if they’re not ready to defend them
21 Jan 2022
Google to shut down free G Suite accounts
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Google Docs

Google to shut down free G Suite accounts

Legacy G Suite users have been able to continue using their custom domain accounts for free for ten years
20 Jan 2022
DCMS making “little tangible progress” with superfast broadband rollout
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries arrives for a Cabinet Meeting at Downing Street on November 16, 2021
broadband

DCMS making “little tangible progress” with superfast broadband rollout

New report by the Committee of Public Accounts has found that the UK is unlikely to hit the 85% coverage target by 2025
19 Jan 2022
AT&T and Verizon agree to postpone 5G rollout at US airports
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5G

AT&T and Verizon agree to postpone 5G rollout at US airports

President Joe Biden thanked Verizon and AT&T for agreeing to the delay
19 Jan 2022
Aldi launches its first checkout-free store in London
Aldi Greenwich Store
smart city

Aldi launches its first checkout-free store in London

The store uses facial age estimation technology provided by Yoti to verify the purchase of age-restricted products
18 Jan 2022
European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021

The UK placed sixth on the GDPR fine table with its £20 million fine levied against British Airways
18 Jan 2022
UK businesses urged to join four-day working week trial
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Business operations

UK businesses urged to join four-day working week trial

Participating employees will receive 100% of their usual pay for only four days at work
17 Jan 2022
Russia's "politically motivated" REvil raid could be used as leverage, experts warn
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ransomware

Russia's "politically motivated" REvil raid could be used as leverage, experts warn

The cyber security industry says the FSB's arrests are “unlikely” to signal a change in Russia’s policy
17 Jan 2022
Amazon reverses ban on UK-issued Visa credit cards
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e commerce

Amazon reverses ban on UK-issued Visa credit cards

The retail giant says it is now working with Visa on a "potential solution"
17 Jan 2022
Sony pulls out of MWC 2022
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Business operations

Sony pulls out of MWC 2022

GSMA has branded the decision as “disappointing”
14 Jan 2022
Mobile operators deny blocking Apple's Private Relay feature
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iOS

Mobile operators deny blocking Apple's Private Relay feature

T-Mobile says users were unable to access the VPN-like feature due to a fault in iOS 15.2
13 Jan 2022
Rural businesses face "digital exclusion" due to underinvestment in connectivity
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Network & Internet

Rural businesses face "digital exclusion" due to underinvestment in connectivity

New research finds that the pandemic has created a “Catch-22 situation” for residents and businesses based in rural areas
12 Jan 2022
Goodbye Lightning and USB-C: How I became a wireless charging convert overnight
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Mobile Phones

Goodbye Lightning and USB-C: How I became a wireless charging convert overnight

Stepping into 2022 with a fully-charged phone and a healthier screen-life balance
12 Jan 2022
Nvidia acquires HPC cluster management firm Bright Computing
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Acquisition

Nvidia acquires HPC cluster management firm Bright Computing

The Amsterdam-based company will help Nvidia to expand its accelerated computing portfolio
11 Jan 2022
Virgin Media O2 won't reintroduce roaming fees in Europe
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mobile networks

Virgin Media O2 won't reintroduce roaming fees in Europe

O2 and Virgin Mobile users will be exempt from paying the £2 daily fee that's being brought back by EE, Three and Vodafone
10 Jan 2022
Mozilla suspends cryptocurrency donations following backlash
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cryptocurrencies

Mozilla suspends cryptocurrency donations following backlash

However, the option to donate bitcoin to the Mozilla Foundation might return in the future
7 Jan 2022
Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining to avoid nation-wide energy blackouts
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cryptocurrencies

Kosovo bans cryptocurrency mining to avoid nation-wide energy blackouts

The government hopes to clamp down on large cryptocurrency farms operating in the north of the country
6 Jan 2022
Working over the holidays: a survival guide
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Business strategy

Working over the holidays: a survival guide

We asked the experts for tips on how to stay merry when you have to clock in on Christmas Day
24 Dec 2021
Meta files lawsuit to uncover hackers targeting Facebook, WhatsApp
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phishing

Meta files lawsuit to uncover hackers targeting Facebook, WhatsApp

The company is seeking $500,000 from the unnamed threat actors that ran phishing scam on its platforms
21 Dec 2021
Three and EE to bring 4G connectivity to the London Underground
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Mobile

Three and EE to bring 4G connectivity to the London Underground

All stations and tunnels expected to have uninterrupted mobile coverage by the end of 2024
21 Dec 2021
PC monitor demand shrinks for first time since pandemic began
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monitors

PC monitor demand shrinks for first time since pandemic began

The market has declined by 7.2% compared to the same quarter in 2020, according to IDC
20 Dec 2021
Most UK businesses say data regulations are stifling AI innovation
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Most UK businesses say data regulations are stifling AI innovation

Limited technological capabilities and poor access to data are preventing investment in AI
17 Dec 2021
UK gov to open nine new Institutes of Technology to tackle skills shortage
Students working with computers
Careers & training

UK gov to open nine new Institutes of Technology to tackle skills shortage

Courses lasting between six weeks to a year are designed to help students space out their studies and learn at a pace that works for them
17 Dec 2021
Apple's plans to return to the office delayed indefinitely
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flexible working

Apple's plans to return to the office delayed indefinitely

Employees were scheduled to begin returning to the office by February 2022
16 Dec 2021
Australia and US sign CLOUD Act data-sharing deal to support criminal investigations
US Attorney General Merrick Garland and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews speak at a press conference at the US Department of Justice
cyber crime

Australia and US sign CLOUD Act data-sharing deal to support criminal investigations

The legislation allows law enforcement to simplify the process of obtaining electronic data from another country
16 Dec 2021
Google will fire unvaccinated employees in 2022
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Business operations

Google will fire unvaccinated employees in 2022

The policy will only apply to Google’s 150,000 US employees
15 Dec 2021
LastPass announces integration with Google Workspace
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integration

LastPass announces integration with Google Workspace

Employers can now automatically provide employees with a LastPass account through Google’s directory integration
10 Dec 2021
Hackers publish Vestas data following cyber attack
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cyber attacks

Hackers publish Vestas data following cyber attack

The move suggests the company didn’t comply with the hackers' ransom demands
9 Dec 2021
UK workers are least afraid of being replaced by AI
A cartoon of two workers holding cardboard boxes containing their possessions being shown the door by their boss having been made redundant by a robot worker, who now sits at their desk.
artificial intelligence (AI)

UK workers are least afraid of being replaced by AI

Only 25% of UK professionals are concerned about their role being automated, compared to the global average of 40%
8 Dec 2021
Google files lawsuit against Russian botnet operators
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hacking

Google files lawsuit against Russian botnet operators

The Glupteba botnet infected approximately one million Windows machines to steal data and mine cryptocurrencies
8 Dec 2021
UK to phase out 2G and 3G mobile networks by 2033
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mobile networks

UK to phase out 2G and 3G mobile networks by 2033

The move will enable operators to transition to more energy-efficient and high capacity networks
8 Dec 2021
Major AWS outage knocks a host of services offline
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data centres

Major AWS outage knocks a host of services offline

Coinbase, Venmo, Disney+, and Tinder are among the many services affected
7 Dec 2021
Virgin Media O2 completes gigabit upgrade
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broadband

Virgin Media O2 completes gigabit upgrade

This makes it the only UK operator to have rolled out gigabit speeds across its entire network
7 Dec 2021
Facebook hit with $150 billion lawsuit over Myanmar hate speech
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social media

Facebook hit with $150 billion lawsuit over Myanmar hate speech

The tech giant has been accused of failing to prevent disinformation from thriving on its platform
7 Dec 2021
BitMart suspends withdrawals following hack
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cryptocurrencies

BitMart suspends withdrawals following hack

Hackers managed to get away with at least $150 million (£113 million) in cryptocurrencies
6 Dec 2021
Planned Parenthood cyber attack exposes data of 400,000 patients
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cyber attacks

Planned Parenthood cyber attack exposes data of 400,000 patients

Patients have been advised to check their health insurance statements for fraudulent activity
3 Dec 2021