Former Facebook CEO says tech giant is trying to ‘bully and intimidate’ Australia by banning news

The former CEO of Facebook has accused the social media giant of trying to ‘bully and intimidate’ Australia by banning its news sources.   Facebook blocked Aussies from reading and sharing local news in response to a world-first law to make tech companies pay media outlets for the content they use. From Thursday, when Australians went … Read more

Facebook news ban: Australian PM says ‘tech giants think they’re bigger than governments’

Facebook has blocked Australians from accessing and sharing news in protest at a new law which would have forced the site to pay for the content it hosts. Furious Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the move shows big tech companies ‘think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them’. … Read more

IAN HERBERT: If big tech giants do not use AI to unmask trolls then they are as good as condoning it

We’ve spent the last week hearing the social media giants’ assurances about all the work they’re doing to protect players from abuse. Facebook’s Fadzai Madzingra told the BBC last week that abusive accounts would be stopped ‘the moment they are created.’ So I undertook a random 20-minute check, today, of accounts which have issued racist, … Read more

Investing in tech could give UK economy a £232bn boost, says report

Digital technology investment could boost the economy by £232bn over the next 20 years, reseacrh finds Tech investment in health and social care alone could add £33bn to UK GDP  Starting investment early could add £74billion to Britain’s economy by 2025 Covid-19 has accelerated flexible working and the delivery of digital services By Harry Wise … Read more

Amte Power seeks listing to raise funds for battery cell tech development

Amte Power seeks stock market listing to finance its development of battery cell tech for use in cars and the energy industry Thurso-based Amte Power has said it would like to raise around £7million Amte Power is one of the UK’s only five commercial battery cell producers  Ultra High Power, Ultra Safe and Ultra Prime … Read more

US pursuit of UK tech tycoon Mike Lynch may last for years

US pursuit of UK tech tycoon Mike Lynch on fraud charges may last for years, lawyers claim By Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter Published: 21:51 GMT, 10 February 2021 | Updated: 21:51 GMT, 10 February 2021 British tech tycoon Mike Lynch faces being pursued by American authorities for years even if his extradition is … Read more

British tech tycoon Mike Lynch battles extradition to US

British tech tycoon battles extradition to US: Mike Lynch faces ‘degrading’ treatment, claim lawyers By Matt Oliver For The Daily Mail Published: 23:11 GMT, 9 February 2021 | Updated: 23:11 GMT, 9 February 2021 British tech tycoon Mike Lynch faces ‘degrading’ treatment in a US prison if he is extradited on fraud charges, a court … Read more

EU plan to copy Australia and make big tech companies such as Google and Facebook pay for news 

EU plan to copy Australia and make big tech companies such as Google and Facebook pay for news  EU is looking into plans to make big tech companies pay for news content  Could also require companies to tell publishers about changes to story rankings  MEPs are reportedly divided over how best to introduce such reforms … Read more

Nevada governor announces plan to allow tech firms to set up their own local governments

Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments. Democratic Gov Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday. The zones would permit companies with large areas … Read more

The high tech patch which could save you from a stroke

A patch stuck on to the chest could protect thousands of Britons against deadly strokes caused by a common heart problem. The high-tech patch, the size of a small watch, monitors the heart’s electrical activity, even during sleep or in the shower. It is able to detect abnormal patterns that indicate atrial fibrillation (AF), a major … Read more