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England’s new contact-tracing app has a big distance problem

A revamped version of England‘s troubled contact-tracing app is beginning trials today, but the new system has got problems of its own. The app uses Bluetooth to detect if people have recently been close to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19. The government says the system’s “designed with user privacy in mind so it tracks the virus, not people.” Unlike the previous version, user data will stay on the phone rather than go to a central database. The app also includes a range of new featur...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Apps, UK, England, Neural


England's Exposure Notification App Entering Trials as Engineers Work Out Bugs

England is developing a contact tracing app that uses Apple and Google's Exposure Notification API, and while there are still bugs to be worked out, it's set to be trialed in a few areas in the country starting tomorrow. According to the BBC, the app will be trialed on the Isle of Wight and in one other area with a volunteer group. The experiment is being launched quietly as there's no word on when a formal national rollout might happen. Even as the app enters a trial period, engineers are s...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, England, Bbc, National Health Service, University of Oxford, Apple Google, Wight, Exposure Notification, Turing Institute


UK eyeing disclosure labels for online political campaigning

The UK government is considering changes to the law that would require online political campaign material to carry labels disclosing who is promoting and funding the messaging . The , which is being put through a public consultation until November, follows years of warnings over the lack of regulation around online political ads. The government said the measures would mean voters get the same transparency from online campaign material as they do from leaflets posted through their letterbox. ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Government, Russia, Marketing, US, Tech, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, General Election, Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, Chloe Smith


Police Use of Facial Recognition Violates Human Rights, UK Court Rules

An appeals court ruled today that police use of facial recognition technology in the UK has "fundamental deficiencies" and violates several laws. Ars Technica reports: South Wales Police began using automated facial recognition technology on a trial basis in 2017, deploying a system called AFR Locate overtly at several dozen major events such as soccer matches. Police matched the scans against watchlists of known individuals to identify persons who were wanted by the police, had open warrants ag...
Tags: UK, London, Tech, Ars Technica, Cardiff, Court of appeal, Metropolitan Police, South Wales, Ed Bridges, Liberty Bridges


Secretive Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


POWER PLAYERS: Meet 11 American Express execs leading the card giant's digital payments and small-business lending push

The adoption of digital payments has taken off amid the coronavirus pandemic, as consumers look to avoid cash. American Express, both a card network and credit issuer, is riding the digital wave with products like contactless cards, partnerships with players like Venmo, and QR codes to pay. And now, the card giant is eyeing an acquisition of small business lender Kabbage, according to Bloomberg. From fraud monitoring to credit decisioning to exploring new ways to pay, here are the 11 power pla...
Tags: Apple, Home, Motorola, Facebook, UK, Australia, US, Trends, Walmart, Bloomberg, Paypal, Marriott, American Express, Crop, Amex, Yuan


Secretive data-analytics firm Palantir Technologies has thrived in the shadows, but a coming IPO could poke holes in its most valuable asset — its reputation

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


10 YouTube creators break down their exact monthly incomes from the platform — from under $600 to over $140,000

Creators who are a part of YouTube's Partner Program can monetize their YouTube videos with ads.  These ads are placed by Google and creators earn a certain rate for the views on their videos based on factors like content category and viewer demographic. YouTube creators are paid out monthly and Business Insider spoke with ten influencers who broke down how much they'd earned in a month from the platform.  Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. This is th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, Texas, Youtube, Trends, Harvard, University Of Arizona, US Navy, Business Insider, Alexander, Lee, Pratt, Stephan, Ethan, Ramirez


Court finds some fault with UK police force’s use of facial recognition tech

Civil rights campaigners in the UK have won a legal challenge to South Wales Police’s (SWP) use of facial recognition technology. The win on appeal is being hailed as a “world-first” victory in the fight against the use of an “oppressive surveillance tool”, as human rights group Liberty puts it. However the police force does not intend to appeal the ruling — and has said it remains committed to “careful” use of the tech. The back story here is SWP has been trialing automated facial recognition (...
Tags: UK, London, Wales, Court, Tech, Bbc, NEC, Bridges, Liberty, Cardiff, South Wales, South Wales Police, SWP, Megan Goulding, Liberty Bridges, AFR Locate


Making the right call: Contact centres in the new normal

This is a guest post by Gary Williams, Director of Sales and Consultancy at Spitch. The onset of the national lockdown in the UK resulted in […]
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Change, Team, Call Centre, Gary Williams, IVR, Employee Experience, Customer Satisfaction, Contact Centre, Service Experience, Spich


I’m using Google Maps to plan summer family fun

Due to COVID-19, this is the summer for staycations and local day trips. In London, where my family and I live, we’re trying to figure out what that looks like for us. We have a toddler, so our ideal day trip is somewhere she can run around and we can have a picnic—and where the public restrooms have reopened (or, failing that, a discreet wooded area…). So how do I find a destination that checks all our boxes? Here’s what’s worked. Meet at a fun halfway point My cousin and her famil...
Tags: Google, Maps, UK, London, Google Maps, Google in Europe, Katie Malczyk, Weald Country Park


Google Rival's Study Urges Letting Mobile Users Pick Search Defaults

Google could lose 20% of the mobile search market that it dominates if more users had the option to choose their default search provider via a preference menu, privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo argues in new research. From a report: This study fleshes out that idea and gives DuckDuckGo ammunition it can give authorities investigating Google for anticompetitive practices in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Google developed the Android operating system, which is used by roughly 80 percent ...
Tags: Google, UK, Australia, Tech, Australia Google


Why the UK’s decarbonization plan is good, but not great

It’s not often that a government transport document leaves you gobsmacked. But there was one line in the foreword of the latest in this genre by Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, that did just that. It reads: [In the future] public transport and active travel (walking and cycling) will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network. That line makes Shapps the first Brit...
Tags: Startups, UK, Tech, Grant Shapps, Shift, Syndication


How COVID Has Affected Christians’ Faith [Survey Results]

Just over a month ago we started a survey to see how COVID has affected Christians and the role technology has played. How have churches, at least from the perspective of respondents, been affected? We’re naturally curious people and we wondered what sort of trends there might be.Has people’s faith been strengthened or weakened?What role has technology played in this time?What technology have people found the most helpful?How have churches leveraged technology during this time?What opportunities...
Tags: Google, UK, Seo, Ui, United States, Nepal, Jesus, Surveys, Uae, Sar, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19, Malaysia Gabon Ghana


Winston Churchill Praises the Virtue of “Brevity” in Memos to His Staff: Concise Writing Leads to Clearer Thinking

George Orwell and Winston Churchill didn’t agree on much. For example, while Orwell wrote with deep sympathy about coal miners in The Road to Wigan Pier, Churchill, as home secretary, brutally crushed a miner’s strike in Wales. Orwell’s early years as “an apparatchik in the last days of the empire… left him with a hatred of authority and imperialism,” writes Richard Eilers. Churchill was a committed imperialist all his life, instrumental in prolonging a famine in British India that killed “at l...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Writing, Wales, College, Nazis, India, George Orwell, Winston Churchill, Times, Orwell, Churchill, Cormac Mccarthy, Kurt Vonnegut


Firefox Gets Fix For Evil Cursor Attack

Firefox has fixed a bug that was being exploited in the wild by tech support scammers to create artificial mouse cursors and prevent users from easily leaving malicious sites. From a report: The bug was discovered being abused online by UK cyber-security firm Sophos and reported to Mozilla earlier this year. A bugfix was provided and has been live in Firefox since version 79.0, released last week. he bug is a classic "evil cursor" attack and works because modern browsers allow site owners to mod...
Tags: Firefox, UK, Tech, Mozilla, Sophos


Weekend reading: Direct indexing seems inevitable

What caught my eye this week. P assive investing is a solved problem. Invest regularly into index funds or their ETF equivalents, allow your money to compound for 30 years, and then enjoy the fruits of the market’s return by spending down your portfolio in your later years. Sorted. Next! Well maybe. It’s been hundreds of years since much of anything stayed the same for long. So it seems likely to me our kids and grandkids (maybe future Monevator readers?) will be doing it their own savvy way. ...
Tags: Google, UK, London, China, Marketing, US, Bank Of England, Atlantic, Italy, Fca, Birmingham, Jeff Bezos, Republican, Shell, ESG, Cnbc


Brand Moves for Friday August 7

Twenty-three weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Australia, New York City, Advertising, Disney, Canada, United States, Ofcom, New Zealand


View 250,000 British Paintings & Sculptures Free Online

A little over four years ago, discriminatory and arbitrarily confusing travel bans descended on the U.S., tearing refugee families apart and leaving thousands in diplomatic limbo. This seemed nightmarish enough at the time. But it took a viral pandemic to bring travel bans and restrictions down on the entire world, more or less, with countries appearing on bulletins that vaguely look like lists of enemies on governing bodies’ websites, including the CDC's. Likewise, almost all 27 countries that...
Tags: Google, Art, UK, Cdc, College, European Union, Paris, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Rodin, Edward Hopper, Great Britain, Facebook Twitter, Mark Brown, Harlow, Goodwin


Facebook extends coronavirus work from home policy until July 2021

Facebook has joined Google in saying it will allow employees to work from home until the middle of next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021,” a spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency. Facebook also said it will provide employees with an additional $1,000 to spend on “...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Work From Home, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, UK, New York, London, Office, Tech, Remote Work, Atlanta, Reuters, Denver Dallas


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Trump issued two executive orders aimed at Chinese-owned apps, barring US companies from doing business with TikTok parent company ByteDance and messaging app WeChat. The order, which is set to go into effect in 45 days, claims TikTok "continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States." Mark Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Pixel


Daily Crunch: Twitter and Facebook take action against Trump

Facebook and Twitter are taking a stronger stand against pandemic misinformation, we preview the latest version of macOS and a mental health startup raises $50 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 6, 2020. The big story: Twitter, Facebook take action against Trump misinformation Facebook and Twitter both took action against a post from President Donald Trump and his campaign featuring a clip from a Fox News interview in which he misleadingly described children as “almost immune” to...
Tags: Apple, Social, Facebook, Twitter, UK, US, Tech, Intel, Policy, Fox News, Philadelphia, Michigan, Donald Trump, Venrock, Trump, Twitter Facebook


PayPal's CFO outlines ambitious plans to become your virtual wallet and why potential partnerships with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba make more sense now

PayPal has been an independent company for five years since it was spun off from eBay, which acquired the payments platform in 2002. With the expiration of its eBay operating agreement, PayPal is eyeing growth through partnerships with global e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Shopify. The company has been red-hot in 2020, with its stock more than doubling since mid-March.  John Rainey, PayPal's CFO, told Business Insider the payments giant wants to do more than process payments for other c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, UK, Etsy, Ebay, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Alibaba, Brazil, American Express


PayPal's CFO outlines ambitious plans to become your virtual wallet — including a potential partnership with the likes of Amazon or Alibaba

PayPal has been an independent company for five years since it was spun off from eBay, which acquired the payments platform in 2002. With the expiration of its eBay operating agreement, PayPal is eyeing growth through partnerships with global e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Shopify. The company has been red-hot in 2020, with its stock more than doubling since mid-March.  John Rainey, PayPal's CFO, told Business Insider the payments giant wants to do more than process payments for other c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, UK, Etsy, Ebay, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Alibaba, Brazil, American Express


POWER PLAYERS: Meet the 11 American Express execs leading the card giant's adoption of digital payments

The adoption of digital payments has taken off amid the coronavirus pandemic, as consumers look to avoid cash. American Express, both a card network and credit issuer, is riding the digital wave with products like contactless cards, partnerships with players like Venmo, and QR codes to pay. From fraud monitoring to credit decisioning to exploring new ways to pay, here are the 11 power players leading Amex's digital push. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While the adoption o...
Tags: Apple, Home, Motorola, Facebook, UK, Australia, US, Trends, Walmart, Paypal, Chase, Marriott, American Express, Crop, Amex, Yuan


UK reported to be ditching coronavirus contacts tracing in favor of ‘risk rating’ app

What’s going on with the UK’s coronavirus contacts tracing app? Reports in the national press today suggest a launch of the much delayed software will happen this month but also that the app will no longer be able to automatically carry out contacts tracing. The Times reports that a repackaged version of the app will only provide users with information about infection levels in their local area. The newspaper also suggests the app will let users provide personal data in order to calculate a pers...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, UK, Tech, Bbc, NHS, Northern Ireland, The Times, Silicon Valley, Times, Edwards, BBC Radio, The Republic of Ireland, DHSC, Department for Health and Social Care DHSC


How armchair activism became a force for change during COVID-19

According to Urban Dictionary, an armchair activist is someone who “sits in their armchair or desk chair and blogs or posts activists’ issues… without ever really doing anything about said issues”. Armchair activism (also see: “slacktivism”) has long been considered the lazier cousin of getting out into the world to make real change. After all, while protesting, fundraising and campaigning require getting out from behind a screen, changing your profile pic or posting on your grid is hardly on th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, London, China, US, Social Media, Seo, Ikea, L'oreal, Greene King, Lloyds, Hyundai, Black Lives Matter, Internet Culture, Guinness


TikTok announces first data center in Europe

TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app that’s found itself at the center of a geopolitical power struggle which threatens to put hard limits on its global growth this year, said today it will build its first data center in Europe. The announcement of a TikTok data center in the EU also follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court last month that put international data transfers in the spotlight, dialling up the legal risk around processing data outside the bloc. TikTok said the forthcoming ...
Tags: Security, Social, Cloud, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Russia, India, Disney, US, Social Media, Tech


Rolling updates on Beirut, a city and a tech community devastated

It was only relatively recently, in October 2018, that TechCrunch held Startup Battlefield MENA to unpack startups in the Middle East and North Africa. When TechCrunch went looking for a city in the region to host the event in, it quickly became clear that Beirut was the one for us. Vibrant, full of creative entrepreneurs, and a fantastic startup scene made it a natural TechCrunch choice. That year Beirut came into its own as tech cluster, with the ongoing emergence of the Beirut Digital Distric...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Microsoft, US, Tech, Canada, Middle East, Red Cross, Beirut, Lebanon, Adobe Systems, Syracuse University, Stanford Business School, Leap Ventures, Startup Battlefield MENA



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