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More Than 500,000 Full Electric Cars Sold So Far This Year In Europe

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Carmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in the automotive industry's move away from fossil fuels. Sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, have surpassed 1m during the year in the UK and the largest 17 European markets, according to data collated by Schmidt Automotive Research. During the whole of last year only 354,000 battery electric sales were recorded across the region. In th...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Tech, Norway, Schmidt Automotive Research During


US Broadband Speeds Jumped 90% In 2020. But No, It Had Nothing To Do With Net Neutrality.

An anonymous reader shares a report from Techdirt: Last last week, a report out of the UK topped the trending news items at Hacker News. The report found that U.S. broadband speeds -- historically the poster child for mediocrity -- jumped roughly 90% during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The improvements weren't consistent geographically, and the report was quick to note that by and large, the U.S. remains relatively mediocre when it comes to broadband speeds (in large part due to limited competition):...
Tags: UK, Fcc, US, Tech, Austin, Hacker News, Dallas Seattle, Thomas Buck


Joe White MBE appointed new UK Consul-General in SF, with new Technology Envoy role

Joe White MBE — a general partner of Entrepreneur First, a Greylock-backed early-stage deep tech fund — is leaving after being appointed as Her Majesty’s Consul-General, San Francisco, and Technology Envoy to the United States in a new, combined and powerful, role for the U.K. government. One of the key figures from the last two decades of the tech industry in the U.K., most recently White has been co-chair of GBx, a curated network of British entrepreneurs; a non-executive director for the U.K....
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, US, San Francisco, Tech, David Cameron, United States, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Biden, White, Brexit, Greylock, Entrepreneur First


6 new ways Android can help this holiday season

With the holidays around the corner, we’re sharing six new Google features for Android—a few more ways your phone gets more helpful over time, even outside of major OS updates. Whether you’re texting holiday greetings to loved ones or winding down with a book, here’s how Android can help. 1. Mix up more of your favorite emoji Click on the image above to see a video of the latest mixing experience coming to Emoji Kitchen  With Emoji Kitchen on Gboard, people have mixed their favori...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Maps, UK, Accessibility, Android Auto, Eta, Voice Access, Emoji Kitchen, Ajay Gokhale


Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Reveals 20 New Cast Members

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series reveals 20 new cast members Amazon Studios today announces twenty additional cast members joining the ensemble cast of the Amazon Original series based on the iconic The Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The newly revealed cast members, including Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker, will join the previously announced global cast and crew, currently filming in New Zealand. PB = PB || {}; P...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Usa, UK, TV, London, Movies, Nbc, Australia, China, Amc, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Syfy, Bbc


CEO of Yandex Self Driving Group predicts that autonomous vehicles will roam freely around major cities within five years

Yandex's self-driving car Mikhail Pochuyev/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Pochuyev\TASS via Getty Images Russian internet giant Yandex is competing with US tech giants such as Google in driverless cars. Its driverless cars unit claims 4 million kilometers driven, and has raised $150 million in fresh funding to spin out from its parent firm. Business Insider named CEO of Yandex Self Driving Group Dmitry Polishchuk to our list of 10 leaders transforming consumer tech in Europe. Vis...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, UK, Putin, Russia, US, Trends, Moscow, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Yandex, Business Insider, TASS


Facebook to remove false claims about Covid vaccines

Move marks strongest push yet to prevent platform being used for anti-vaccination rhetoricCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook is to begin removing false claims about Covid vaccines, the company has announced, as the UK prepares to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.It is the strongest move yet by Facebook to prevent its platform from being used to promote anti-vaccination rhetoric. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Advertising, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year

New rules for online political advertising will be put forward by European Union lawmakers next year, with the aim of boosting transparency around sponsored political content. The Commission said today that it wants citizens, civil society and responsible authorities to be able to clearly see the source and purpose of political advertising they’re exposed to online. “We are convinced that people must know why they are seeing an ad, who paid for it, how much, what microtargeting criteria were use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Europe, UK, Privacy, Eu, European Union, Policy, Commission, Brussels, Parliament, Gdpr, Vera Jourova, Jourova, DSA


More than 500,000 full electric cars sold in Europe in 10 months

Milestone comes as sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, pass 1m in 18 European marketsCarmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in a move away from fossil fuels.Sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, have surpassed 1m during the year in the UK and the largest 17 European markets, according to data collated by Schmidt Automotive Research. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Automotive Industry, Motoring, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Schmidt Automotive Research Continue


Oakland Care and Nest help residents connect for the holidays

Editor's note: This story is guest authored by Aaron White, Business Services Manager at Oakland Care, a leading provider of residential care homes in the United Kingdom.The current pandemic has been devastating in many ways, and as someone who works for a group of care homes, Oakland Care, it’s been particularly heartbreaking to see its effects on our residents. UK Government guidelines required care homes to ensure residents maintain a social distance from their loved ones. Visits from sons, d...
Tags: Google, UK, London, United Kingdom, Max, Winnie, Margaret, Carole, Aaron White, Google Nest, Google in Europe, Volara, Nest Hub Max, Google Nest Hub Max, Oakland Care, Aaron White Business Services


Food robotics startup Karakuri unveils automated canteen, plus $8.4M investment led by firstminute

Last week I witnessed for myself how a new kind of robot really could — as sci-fi has been telling us for many years — create and serve us food. Today, Karakuri, a food robotics startup, unveils its first automated canteen to make meals: the “DK-One” robot. It’s also revealing a $8.4 million (£6.3million) investment, led by firstminute capital, which includes funding from Hoxton Ventures, Taylor Brothers, Ocado Group and the UK’s government-backed Future Fund. It has now closed a total of £13.5m...
Tags: Food, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, United Kingdom, Food Waste, Robot, Chairman, Brent Hoberman, Wragg, Hoxton Ventures, Co-founder, Simon Watt, Karakuri, Hoxton Ventures Taylor Brothers Ocado Group


UK Seeks Site For World's First Fusion Power Station

sciencehabit writes: The U.K. government today invited communities around the country to volunteer a site for a prototype fusion reactor, which would be the first -- it is hoped -- to put electricity into the grid. The project, called Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP), began last year with an initial 222 million pounds over 5 years to develop a design. The U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, the government agency overseeing the effort, says construction could begin as soon as 2032, with o...
Tags: UK, Tech, U K Atomic Energy Authority


UK Becomes the First Country To Approve Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine, Roll Out To Start Next Week

Hope Thelps shares a report: The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain's medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out. The first doses are already on their way to the UK, with 800,000 due in the coming days, Pfizer said. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS will contact people about jabs. Elderly people ...
Tags: Health, UK, Scotland, Tech, Britain, NHS, Nicola Sturgeon, Belgium, Pfizer, Hancock, Matt Hancock, MHRA


iPhone Upgrade Program Resumes in England

As England's second national lockdown comes to an end today, after four weeks of waiting, many customers enrolled in Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program are finally able to go in-store to complete their upgrade. England entered a second national lockdown on Thursday, November 5, meaning that Apple stores in England were forced to close, with some converting to a click-and-collect service only. Unlike the United States, ‌iPhone‌ Upgrade Program customers in the United Kingdom have to attend an in-...
Tags: Apple, UK, England, United States, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Retail, Apple Retail, Max, Scotland Wales, Apple Stores, England United Kingdom, iPhone Upgrade Program, Upgrade Program, COVID-19 Coronavirus, Max Customers


The UK approves the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The UK government has approved the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 for emergency use, following the recommendation of the national medicines regulator. The UK is the first country to approve the vaccine for widespread use — paving the way for some of the most “high risk” citizens, such as elderly care home residents and front-line healthcare workers, to get the jab before the end of the year. The BBC reports that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has sa...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Tech, Bbc, NHS, National Health Service, Simon Stevens, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Vaccine, Hancock, Matt Hancock, MHRA, BioNtech, Albert Bourla


Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, picks up additional £60M in funding

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank now with more than 4.8 million customers, has closed another £60 million in funding, priced the same as and effectively an extension of the its previous top-up round in June. This saw Monzo valued by private investors at around £1.2 billion, marked by industry observers as a down round because it was lower than the upstart bank’s previous — perhaps overheated — valuation before the Coronavirus pandemic skewed leverage in favour of investors or forced a legitimate ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Las Vegas, Amex, U K, Anil, Tom Blomfield, Monzo, TED Global, Sujata Bhatia, Novator Kaiser


Revolut launches early salary feature in the UK and web app

Fintech startup Revolut has two new features this week. First, the company is launching a web app for its regular users — not just business users. Second, in the U.K., Revolut has partnered with Modulr to let you receive your salary a day early. Revolut has historically focused its efforts on its mobile app. If you have a business account with Revolut, you know that you can see your past transactions and access your account from a regular web browser. But the company’s 13 million customers co...
Tags: Startups, Europe, UK, Finance, Tech, Fintech, Revolut, Challenger Bank, Modulr, U K Revolut


Vaughn, Ellin & Henry Partner for UK Soccer Drama Day 1’s

Vaughn, Ellin & Henry partner for UK soccer drama Day 1’s In his near-25-year career, BAFTA nominee Matthew Vaughn has dominated the big screen while only flirting with executive producer work in television and now he’s found his first directorial project with the UK soccer drama Day 1’s, in which he is partnering up with Entourage creator Doug Ellin and French soccer star Thierry Henry, according to Deadline. RELATED: Exclusive: Kevin Dillon Confirms Entourage Creator Considering Revival! ...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, UK, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Premier League, TV News, BAFTA, Thierry Henry, Chris, Kevin Dillon, Henry, Kingsman, Darren, Doug


Android Enterprise Essentials offers easy, automatic security

Many small and medium-sized businesses believe that because they’re smaller, their security risk is relatively small as well. But that isn’t always the case. Some small and medium-sized businesses also worry that mobile security requires a large, complex investment, perhaps beyond their budget or expertise.Smaller organizations, however, are increasingly the target of malicious attackers and may be required by local laws to protect company data. And with more business and customer data residing ...
Tags: Google, UK, US, Tech Data, Synnex, Android enterprise, James Nugent, Mark Bowker, Android Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Strategy Group During ESG


A top VC warns that 'fundamentally sound' healthcare startups might go under in 2021

Welcome to Business Insider's daily healthcare newsletter, your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Today in healthcare news, a little break from the barrage of vaccine news: A lot of healthcare startups are "effectively walking dead," Amwell is open to working with big tech, and the 4 home care startups that have raised the most funding.  Some companies with "fund...
Tags: Apple, Google, Florida, UK, America, Trends, Pfizer, Nea, PitchBook, Novavax, Amwell, Mohamad Makhzoumi, BLAKE DODGE, Megan Hernbroth, Makhzoumi, Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer


Facebook to pay news publishers in UK for content from 2021

Facebook will launch its curated news platform, Facebook News, in the United Kingdom in January 2021. The social media giant announced on Monday that it will begin paying news publishers in the UK for featuring content — that is not already on the platform — in a dedicated news tab in the Facebook app. The company said some of UK’s biggest news publishers such as Conde Nast, The Economist, Guardian Media Group and so on will feature on Facebook News. “We expect many more partners to join prior t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, News, Australia, France, Germany, US, United States, United Kingdom, Antitrust, Conde Nast, Google Facebook, Facebook News, Interestingly Facebook


Apple One Marked as Expired for Some Customers and Other Billing Issues Emerge as 30-Day Trial Ends

Today marks one month since the launch of Apple One, which allows customers to subscribe to multiple Apple services in a single bundle, and it appears there are some billing-related issues as the free trial period begins to elapse. Apple One includes a 30-day free trial for any services that customers did not already subscribe to individually, and that trial period ends today for those who signed up for Apple One on its first day of availability. Following the end of the trial period, however...
Tags: Apple, UK, Featured, Apple TV, Apple News, Apple Music Apple, Chris Barnes, United States Australia Canada, Apple One, Bobby Trif


Equity Monday: HungryPanda raises $70M, trade tensions, and cross-border VC

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and don’t forget to check out last Thursday’s edtech deep dive from our own Natasha Mascarenhas. ...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, UK, Etsy, Australia, China, India, America, Tech, Zappos, Huawei, Equity, Tony Hsieh, Primer, Firstminute Capital


Gartner: Q3 smartphone sales down 5.7% to 366M, slicing Covid-19 declines in Q1, Q2

We are now into the all-important holiday sales period, and new numbers from Gartner point to some recovery underway for the smartphone market as vendors roll out a raft of new 5G handsets. Q3 smartphone figures from the analysts published today showed that smartphone unit sales were 366 million units, a decline of 5.7% globally compared to the same period last year. Yes, it’s a drop; but it is still a clear improvement on the first half of this year, when sales slumped by 20% in each quarter, d...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Mobile, UK, China, US, Samsung, Smartphones, Asia Pacific, Xiaomi, Gartner, Brazil, Huawei, Latin America, Idc, Holiday Sales


10 things in tech you need to know today

Tony Hsieh speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative America at the Sheridan Downtown Denver. Andy Cross / The Denver Post via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.And for the biggest stories in politics, sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, UK, India, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Mit, Netflix, Connecticut, Amsterdam, Silicon Valley, Zappos, Vietnam, Huawei


Firstminute Capital launches second $111 fund, featuring a whos-who of founders as LPs

London HQ’d Firstminute Capital has announced its second early-stage venture fund of $111m (£87m). Founded and cornerstoned in 2016 by Brent Hoberman CBE (best known as co-founder of lastminute.com and MADE.com), together with Spencer Crawley (formerly of Goldman Sachs), this new fund comes after the first fund of $100M, giving Firstminute $211M assets under management, investing across Europe and the US at the seed stage. Firstminute’s team of 18 is based in London, Stockholm and Berlin and now...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, La, Berlin, US, Tech, Goldman Sachs, North America, Eric Schmidt, Brexit, Atomico, Index Ventures, Partner, Crawley


Firstminute Capital launches second $111 fund, featuring a who’s-who of founders as LPs

London HQ’d Firstminute Capital has announced its second early-stage venture fund of $111m (£87m). Founded and cornerstoned in 2016 by Brent Hoberman CBE (best known as co-founder of lastminute.com and MADE.com), together with Spencer Crawley (formerly of Goldman Sachs), this new fund comes after the first fund of $100M, giving Firstminute $211M assets under management, investing across Europe and the US at the seed stage. Firstminute’s team of 18 is based in London, Stockholm and Berlin and now...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, La, Berlin, US, Tech, Goldman Sachs, North America, Eric Schmidt, Brexit, Atomico, Index Ventures, Partner, Crawley


UK to set up new Big Tech regulator to address Google, Facebook dominance

The United Kingdom (UK) government will set up a new body exclusively for the purpose of regulating Big Tech companies. The country’s competition regulator Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) new dedicated Digital Markets Unit (DMU) will enforce a new statutory code to ensure “acceptable behaviour” by technology companies such as Google and Facebook. It will begin operating from April 2021. The new code, the UK government claims, will support the sustainability of the news publishing indus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Japan, UK, News, Microsoft, US, Eu, European Union, Competition, United States, United Kingdom, Antitrust, Biden, Competition And Markets Authority


Netflix to declare more than $1.3 billion in UK revenue, increasing pressure on other big tech firms over their favorable tax arrangements

Netflix. Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images Netflix on Saturday said it would declare more than $1.3 billion in UK revenue, according to The Guardian. The move is likely to put pressure on other tech giants like Amazon and Google, many of which use tax jurisdictions to their favor.   The streaming giant has about 50 productions based in the UK, including "The Crown" and "The Witcher," with plans to double UK spending, Variety reports.  Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, US, Trends, Tax, Netflix, Amsterdam, Guardian, Witcher, The Crown, Tech Insider, Variety Netflix, Joe Biden Joe Biden, Britta Pedersen, UK Weekend


Weekend reading: Enough Bitcoin

What caught my eye this week. T he question of ‘enough’ is a perennial one in the circles this blog moves in. Seriously! We can barely check into a Personal Finance and Investing Blogger Cult Meeting before a heated debate breaks out over how much is enough given sustainable withdrawal rates, official inflation versus lifestyle inflation, ‘one more year’ syndrome – or even whose round it is. (The argument that buying a round of drinks will tack three months onto a future retirement date is an ...
Tags: Google, Topshop, UK, Putin, Russia, Marketing, US, Bbc, Bitcoin, New York Times, Oxford, Reddit, RPI, Philip Green, Brexit, Terry Smith



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