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Newspapers help to radicalise far right, says UK anti-terror chief

Neil Basu criticises hypocrisy of mainstream news providers in wake of Christchurch attackBritain’s counter-terrorism chief has said far-right terrorists are being radicalised by mainstream newspaper coverage, while also criticising the hypocrisy of outlets such as Mail Online, which uploaded the “manifesto” of the gunman in the Christchurch terror attack.Neil Basu, one of Britain’s top police officers, said it was ironic that while newspapers have repeatedly criticised the likes of Facebook and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Britain, New Zealand, UK security and counter-terrorism, Christchurch, Neil Basu, Christchurch shooting

The Google News Initiative, one year in

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in newsrooms. There’s still much to be done, but we remain committed to collaborating with publishers to build a stronger future for journalism. Empowering sustainable business growth The business of journalism is u...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, UK, London, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, India, Eu, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria, North, John Green

Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day

The seven African-focused companies which presented as part of Y Combinator’s 200 strong cohort of Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC’s universe. Since 2016, the Silicon Valley accelerator—that provides seed funds and mentorship for early stage startups—has backed 25 companies located in Africa and another 10 with an Africa product focus, according to YC spokesperson Linds...
Tags: Google, TC, Y Combinator, Business, UK, China, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Spokesperson, Economy, Companies, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Silicon Valley, Tanzania

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Google announced a huge gaming initiative: A Netflix-like video-game streaming platform named Stadia. The service is intended to run high-resolution blockbuster games on any device that runs Google's Chrome — from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs. Google unveiled a new controller for its Stadia gaming service on Tuesday, which connects to Google's data centers and pairs with whichever device the game is being ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, EA, Snapchat, Netflix, Aclu, New Zealand, Ubisoft, Stephen Collins, Alexa, Trump, Facebook Twitter

Google’s Stadia Streaming Platform is an All-Out Invasion of Gaming

Stadia is Google’s new all-streaming game platform. Google Today the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Google showed off its brand new game streaming service. Stadia (as in the Latin plural of “stadium”) will be available everywhere that Chrome is: PCs, phones, tablets, and televisions, with current hardware. Google gave us a preview of its system with Project Stream last year. But Stadia is built from the ground up for both streaming and sharing. The service will stream games at ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Europe, UK, Youtube, San Francisco, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Gpu, Bethesda, US Canada, Google Google, Sony Microsoft, Phil Harrison, Jade Raymond, Stadia Games and Entertainment

Google Debuts Video Games Streaming Service Stadia

Google today launched its Stadia cloud gaming service at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. From a report: Stadia is not a dedicated console or set-top box. The platform will be accessible on a variety of platforms: browsers, computers, TVs, and mobile devices. In an onstage demonstration of Stadia, Google showed someone playing a game on a Chromebook, then playing it on a phone, then immediately playing it on PC -- a low-end PC, no less --, picking up where the game left off...
Tags: Google, UK, Youtube, San Francisco, Tech, Chromebook, GDC, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Harrison, Assassin, Phil Harrison, Creed Odyssey, Stadia Google, Stadia Harrison

Snap is under NDA with UK Home Office discussing how to centralize age checks online

Snap is under NDA with the UK’s Home Office as part of a working group tasked with coming up with more robust age verification technology that’s able to robustly identify children online. The detail emerged during a parliamentary committee hearing as MPs in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) questioned Stephen Collins, Snap’s senior director for public policy international, and Will Scougal, director of creative strategy EMEA. A spokesman in the Home Office press o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Government, Social Media, Tech, Policy, United Kingdom, Home Office, Photo Sharing, Collins, Stephen Collins, UK Government, Social Media Platforms

UK’s Automata raises $7.4M for its lightweight industrial ‘desktop’ robot

Manufacturing has been one of the biggest and earliest adopters of robotics innovations in the last several years, but with that early movement has also come entrenchment: the industry is rife with expensive, oversized machines that often run on proprietary operating systems, making them hard to upgrade and use in consort with other robots. Now a startup out of London called Automata is hoping to tap into an appetite for change, with the launch of a “desktop” robotic arm called Eva that it says ...
Tags: UK, London, Tech, Zaha Hadid, Eva, Venice Biennale, Automata, Abb, Chandra, Elsayed, Mostafa, Hummingbird Ventures, Robin Klein, Islington North London, Capital Hardware Club, Suryansh Chandra

This physicist has written over 500 biographies of female scientists on Wikipedia

It’s not surprising how grossly underrepresented women are in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM). Hell, in the UK, half of state schools submitted no girls to study A-Level physics. Although the stats are disheartening, it doesn’t reflect women’s ability, instead it shines an unforgiving light on the realities of the society we live in. Just 17 percent of the English-language biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and female scientists in particular  are badly re...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Wikipedia, Tech, Jessica Wade

misterb&b hits the equity crowdfunding trail to expand into hotels

Homosexuality is illegal in a third of the planet, and in eight countries, it is punishable by death. In the febrile atmosphere of today’s politics, hate crime incidents in the US increased by 17% between 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI. Over 20 of those incidents were crimes against an individual’s sexual-orientation — the largest increase since 9/11. Similar hate crime statistics have increased in the UK and several other western countries. It’s strange and saddening to think that men, wome...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, UK, Collaborative Consumption, US, Tech, Barcelona, Fbi, Lgbtq, Joel Simkhai, Ventech, Jost, Recent Funding, Wefunder

What Are the Most Relevant and Valuable Web Directories for 2019?

Web directories play a different role today than they did historically. They originally were used to direct Internet users to sites by category and topic on the Internet. They also made it easier for users to find what they were looking for when searching for specific products, services, answers, or information. Before modern search engines took over online queries, web directories were “THE INTERNET”. The way web directories are used has changed significantly. However, they are still helpful a...
Tags: Google, Business, UK, Bing, Local Search, Business Directories, Google Places, Google My Business, SEO / Google / Organic Traffic, Botw, Bing Places for Business, DirJournal, Brownbook Brownbook, Aviva Directory Founded, Jayde Jayde

EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech

How companies are finding the right device with Android Enterprise Recommended

We recently returned from Mobile World Congress, where many of our hardware partners showcased their latest devices and how Android is shaping the future of mobility. When we launched  the Android Enterprise Recommended program, our goal was to provide the mobile ecosystem with powerful and versatile solutions, validated for enterprise use. The first validated knowledge-worker devices debuted just over a year ago, and since then the program has expanded to rugged devices, enterprise mobility man...
Tags: Google, UK, Nokia, Mobile World Congress, Sap, Android enterprise, Android Enterprise Recommended, Android enterprise recommended devices, Yorkshire Building Society YBS, Andrew Ellison

EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech

MUIS Software to buy Ctrl BV

MUIS Software, which is backed by Main Capital Partners, said March 18 that it is buying Ctrl BV. Financial terms weren’t announced. Deloitte is the seller. Ctrl, of Heemskerk, the Netherlands, provides an online collaboration platform for financial service providers within the SME market and larger companies. PRESS RELEASE MUIS Software acquires Ctrl from Deloitte MUIS Software and her majority shareholder Main Capital Partners are taking an important step in the expansion of MUIS Software by r...
Tags: UK, Germany, Trends, Tech, ERP, Netherlands, M&a, Deloitte, Scandinavia, Gdpr, The Hague, Dutch Chamber of Commerce, CTRL, Deloitte Global, Main Capital, Heemskerk

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

Plus: UK health service sites contain commercial trackers All but three of the European Union member states' government websites are littered with undisclosed adtech trackers from Google and other firms, with many piggy-backing on third-party scripts, according to an analysis of almost 200,000 webpages.…
Tags: Google, UK, Eu, European Union, Software

UK digital minister raises concerns over use of live streaming

Margot James says footage of Christchurch attack highlights issues around regulationThe digital minister, Margot James, has raised concerns about the regulation of online live streaming in the aftermath of the New Zealand shootings, in which an alleged terrorist broadcast footage of an attack on two mosques live on Facebook.James, whose department is preparing to unveil the government’s proposals on tackling online harms, said she was unhappy that footage of the attack, which could never be allo...
Tags: UK, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News, World news, New Zealand, Christchurch, Live Streaming, Margot James, Christchurch shooting, Facebook James

Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests

The fork in the road for social media and our society

The horror from Christchurch, New Zealand, that exploded across newspaper pages and television, computer and smartphone screens this weekend captured imaginations in ways that no one could possibly have imagined beforehand. The fact that one individual armed with a semi-automatic rifle could visit such an outrage upon people worshipping in a place of religion isn’t the worst of it, awful and distressing though this event is with at least 50 people shot dead and scores wounded, some in cr...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networks, America, Social Media, Communication, Society, Blogging, Web, New Zealand, Reddit, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Online Media

Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeat, study finds

The Apple Watch is able to detect irregular patterns in a person’s heartbeat, according to a new study, in a boost for the company’s ambitions to deploy wearable technology in the healthcare industry. Researchers leading the study, which was funded by Apple and involved over 400,000 Apple Watch users, looked to screen and detect atrial fibrillation - a common form of irregular heartbeat. Around 2000 participants received notifications from their smartwatches of an irregular heart beat. Researche...
Tags: Apple, UK, News, NHS, New Orleans, Silicon Valley, Apple Watch, Stanford University, American College of Cardiology, Marco Perez, EOA

Vaccines Can Help Fight the Rise of Drug-Resistant Microbes

An anonymous reader quotes the Harvard School of Public Health: Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and many other disease-causing agents are flourishing around the world, and the consequences are disastrous -- at least 700,000 people die globally as a result of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) annually, according to a 2016 review on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. It's a perilous situation, but several new st...
Tags: UK, Tech, David Cameron, National Academy of Sciences, AMR, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Trips to the loo and thirst at night: the midlife health warning signs you can't ignore

Do you regularly wake up in the night gagging for a glass of water? Do you experience unexplained tingling sensations in your arms and legs? Are you heaving yourself from your bed multiple times each night for the toilet? If so, you’re not alone: these are all common ‘midlife’ health ailments experienced by people in their forties, fifties, and beyond, doctors say. Type your symptoms into Google, and you’ll probably be told that you have only minutes to live – or perhaps that you should already ...
Tags: Google, UK, Science, NHS, Fenton, Daniel Fenton, London Doctor 's Clinic

Thousands of Britons using extreme far-right online forums

Analysis finds huge numbers of Britons using forums that spread extremist ideology Thousands of Britons are regularly using online forums that espouse rightwing extremism, as experts say the UK is facing a new wave of anti-Muslim hatred.An indicator of the evolving challenge is MI5’s recent move to wrest control over investigating far right plots that “cross the statutory threshold to be considered terrorism” from the police. The security services are currently investigating potential contact b...
Tags: UK, Technology, Internet, UK News, The far right, Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: Brenton Tarrant charged after 50 killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed across two mosques​ PM Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws Suspect appears in court charged with murder Everything we know about the shooter Brenton Tarrant The victims: Afghan refugee viewed country as 'slice of paradise' Tech giants told 'enough is enough' after shooting live-streamed  Everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, London, News, Instagram, Wales, Australia, White House, India, US, Afghanistan, Hungary, West, Canada

A new rash of highly covert card-skimming malware infects ecommerce sites (ars technica)

Enlarge (credit: Daniel Foster / Flickr) The rash of e-commerce sites infected with card-skimming malware is showing no signs of abating. Researchers on Thursday revealed that seven sites—each with more than 50,000 collective visitors per month—have been compromised with a previously unseen strain of sniffing malware designed to surreptitiously swoop in and steal payment card data as soon as visitors make a purchase. One of those sites, UK sporting goods outlet, had been infected si...
Tags: Google, UK, News, Gmo, Dan Goodin, Ars, Fila, Daniel Foster, Group IB

Weekend reading: Thicker than The Thick of It

Warning: Brexit before the links. As ever, please feel free to skip if it’ll make you cross. W hat happens when a farce turns into farce? Is there a negation, and then rationality reigns? If so we’re not there yet with Brexit. Government ministers voting and whipping against their own motions – and still losing. Brexiteers in Parliament voting down Brexit, while those outside deny the contradictions of their own marketing that make it impossible for MPs to “deliver what the people voted for”....
Tags: Google, UK, California, Marketing, US, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Fca, Rics, Philip Hammond, Centrica, Minority Report, Brexit, Morningstar, Seth

UK cyber-security efforts criticised by audit office

The warning comes in a National Audit Office (NAO) assessment of the UK's national cyber-defence plan.
Tags: UK, Tech, National Audit Office NAO

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

Kids Have 'Math Anxiety' Thanks To Parents and Teachers, Report Finds

A new report out of the University of Cambridge studied the experiences of a total of 2,700 primary and secondary students in the UK and Italy and found that primary and secondary school girls had higher levels of both math anxiety and general anxiety than boys. "The study also focuses on how parents and teachers shape math performance and attitudes, perhaps without even realizing it," adds Motherboard. "In the same way that anxious parents can shape their children's anxiety, math-anxious mentor...
Tags: UK, Tech, Italy, University of Cambridge, Nuffield Foundation, Josh Hillman

Daily News Roundup: Google Killed 2.3m Bad Ads, Microsoft Announced Game Stack for XBL, and More

In today’s headlines, we learned that Google is making the web a better place by removing horrible ads (2.3 million last year, in fact), the Edge Insider Addons site for Microsoft’s new Edge-Chrome thing showed up, and more. Note: This post is constantly updated throughout the day as we find more interesting news. Microsoft and Windows News Things have been fairly quiet in Microsoft news this morning, but then Game Stack happened. Oh, and we’re getting a better idea of how Microsoft’s Chrome ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Motorola, Facebook, UK, Microsoft, Samsung, Mit, Ikea, Htc, Gizmodo, Huawei, Engadget

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