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Amazon CTO: Pandemic has “ushered in a new era of technology”

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the digitisation of businesses and “ushered in a new era of technology”, according to Amazon chief technology officer (CTO) Werner Vogels. Speaking at AWS Summit, moved online because of the health crisis, Vogels outlined how the cloud has allowed companies to adapt to unprecedented circumstances.

UK’s Huawei 5G stance threatens to “fundamentally alter” US intelligence sharing, congressman warns

The UK government’s current stance to allow Huawei into the non-core parts of the country’s 5G network threatens to “fundamentally alter” the intelligence-sharing relationship with America, a US congressman has warned. Appearing before the UK’s Defence Sub-Committee into the security of 5G, Republican congressman Mike Turner said that while the so-called special relationship “is never going to be diminished”, the way the US shares information with the UK will “inevitably be impacted”.

Trump vs tech: The dilemma of social media censorship, aired

Angered by the addition of fact-checking links to two of his own recent Tweets, President Trump is threatening to make social media companies legally liable for the content posted on their platforms – but the real debate is about censorship and bias. US President Donald Trump has promised a new executive order to make social media platforms legally responsible for the veracity of their users’ posts.

Apple faces EU antitrust probe over App Store practices

The European Commission has launched a fresh antitrust investigation into Apple after e-book firm Kobo joined Spotify in filing a complaint alleging that the App Store has anti-competitive practices. The antitrust investigation, announced today, will focus on two specific “restrictions” that Apple places on the App Store.

 How WiFi hackers target home networks – and how remote workers can fight back

he new remote work reality is good news for cybercriminals seeking to capitalise on security shortcomings – including workers using personal WiFi networks to access corporate resources remotely and without the help of company IT. Many will inadvertently leave their WiFi exposed to threat actors, and this poses a serious threat to your data.

Australia cyberattacks “concerning but not unexpected”

A “state-based cyber actor” has been launching “sophisticated” cyberattacks against Australian public and private sector institutions, the Australian government has revealed. The Australia cyberattacks have taken place over a period of several months and have been growing in intensity, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a press conference.

Furloughed workers look to tech reskilling, with job loss fears rampant

The majority of furloughed workers in the UK are worried that they will not have a job this time next year, causing many to look to technology skills to improve their future employment prospects. This is according to research by the Good Things Foundation, which found that 70% of furloughed workers fear they will be out of a job in the next 12 months. Only 42% believe they will still have a job with the same salary in six months.

Trump “backward-looking and out-of-touch” on Bitcoin: deVere CEO

US President Donald Trump has been slammed as being out of touch on Bitcoin and the wider world of cryptocurrencies by Nigel Green, the CEO and founder of deVere Group, a leading financial advisory firm.

Green made the comments after revelations in The Room Where It Happened, the upcoming memoir by former national security adviser John Bolton about his time in the White House, which reports that Trump instructed Steve Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, to “go after Bitcoin”.

Brits more positive about technology following Covid-19 pandemic

Brits’ attitudes towards technology and its impact on society has changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week, new research from Vodafone and consumer insight company Trajectory has assessed how those in the UK feel towards technology in the wake of the pandemic.

Tory MP: Government should invest £15bn in UK SMEs

A Conservative MP has called for the UK government to invest £15bn in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in exchange for shares. Published on behalf of thinktank the Social Market Foundation, the report explores ways of “delivering transformative growth” once the Covid-19 virus is fully under control. The report, written by Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden Bim Afolami, recommends that the UK government invest £15bn in shares of British businesses, that could then be sold to the British public through the London Stock Exchange.

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