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As China factories reopen, production may be hampered by ongoing measures to combat the pandemic

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Tech companies including Apple and Sony have seen their production facilities in China reopen, but the persistence of broader supply chain uncertainty will slow their return to full speed. Sony, for instance, reopened its four manufacturing plants in China af...
Tags: Apple, UK, China, India, Trends, Malaysia, Sony, Vietnam, Reuters, US State Department, India Vietnam, Business Insider Intelligence, China Foxconn, Foxconn Apple


Grab makes e-scooter and cab rides free for frontline coronavirus workers in the Philippines

Essential workers in the Philippines are getting a helping hand from mobility company Grab in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. In an update to users last week, Grab said it has deployed 50 e-scooters to local governments specifically use by health care workers and other essential employees. [Read: UK takes next step toward world of e-scooters, self-driving cars, and autonomous drones] Workers in Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Marikina, and Pasig will have the chance to...
Tags: Startups, UK, Tech, World, Philippines, Shift, Grab, Pasig


Zoom booms as demand for video-conferencing tech grows

Estimated net worth of founder has increased by more than $4bn since coronavirus crisis startedFrom nursery school sing-alongs to FTSE 100 boardrooms and even UK cabinet meetings hosted by the poorly prime minister, a socially distanced world is reconvening in cyberspace with the help of Silicon Valley video conferencing app Zoom.As governments across the world have placed their citizens on lockdown, downloads of video conferencing apps have soared to record highs and the companies behind them h...
Tags: UK, Technology, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, Ftse, Silicon Valley, Rich lists, Digital Video, Zoom, Coronavirus outbreak


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Amazon fired a New York warehouse worker who helped lead a protest on Monday against its coronavirus response. The worker, Chris Smalls, said he was fired in retaliation for his activism. Electric scooter startup Bird laid off 30% of staff as it tries to keep enough cash to last until the end of 2021. Bird said it is providing four weeks of pay, three months of health coverage and an extended time frame of 12 months for laid-of...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, UK, New York, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Beverly Hills, Bird, Airbnb, Iger, Jeff Bezos, Electric, Rudy Giuliani, Bangalore, Alexa


Muzmatch adds a button to video chat with a match’s dad

Muslim matchmaking app Muzmatch is getting (slightly) involved with video: It’s adding a button to enable users to request a video chat with a prospective match’s father. If the user impresses on camera, the dad can grant a ‘Dad Verified’ badge to add to their profile — as an added layer of parental vetting for a community that’s seriously focused on finding a life partner. YC backed Muzmatch has been building out a community-sensitive approach to app-based swipe-to-match ‘dating’ for Muslims fo...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, UK, US, Tech, Dating, Muslim, Dating Apps, Yc, Muzmatch, Shahzad Younas, Video Dating


Apple TV+’s Trying Trailer Starring Rafe Spall, Esther Smith & Imelda Staunton

Apple TV+’s Trying Trailer Starring Rafe Spall, Esther Smith & Imelda Staunton Apple TV+ has launched the official trailer for Trying, the streamer’s first UK comedy series starring Rafe Spall (The Big Short, The War of the Worlds, Just Mercy), BAFTA nominee Esther Smith (Funny Valentines, Cuckoo, Black Mirror), and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, the Harry Potter franchise, Pride). You can check out the trailer now below! RELATED: Defending Jacob Trailer Starring Chris Evans & Jae...
Tags: Apple, Video, UK, TV, Movies, Apple TV, TV News, BAFTA, Harry Potter, Streaming, Rafe Spall, Imelda Staunton, ComingSoon, Trying, Nikki Smith, Apple TV Plus


The US is tracking people's movements with phone data, and it's part of a massive increase in global surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new index from digital rights group Top10VPN documents which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study the movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are galvanizing...
Tags: Google, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Bbc, Taiwan, Austria, Brooklyn, Italy


Google, Microsoft, and Palantir are building a COVID-19 dashboard for the UK's health system

Google, Palantir, and Microsoft will create a COVID-19 dashboard for the UK's healthcare system, it has been confirmed. The three companies will help the UK's NHS corral data about from lots of different sources and clean it up, theoretically making it easier to decide where to boost resources, who is at risk, and where to place staff. Early reports of the project sparked privacy concerns from activists who worry about US firms profiting from sensitive UK patient and medical data. The NHS said...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, England, London, Microsoft, US, Trends, Bbc, NHS, Beverly Hills, Pentagon, Jeff Bezos, NHS england, Palantir, Open Rights Group


Online tutoring marketplace Preply banks $10M to fuel growth in North America, Europe

Online learning looks likely to be a key beneficiary of the social distancing and quarantine measures that are being applied around the world as countries grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. In turn, this looks set to buoy some relative veterans of the space. To wit: Preply, a 2013-founded tutoring marketplace, is today announcing a $10 million Series A. It said the funding will be used to scale the business and beef up its focus on the US market, where it plans to open an office by the end of t...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Berlin, US, Tech, Spain, Upwork, Kirill, Barcelona Spain, North America Europe, Kyiv Ukraine, Gary Swart, Unity Technologies, Arthur Kosten, Hoxton Ventures


The US is using mobile ad data to track people's movements during coronavirus lockdown

The US is setting up a system to study where people are moving and congregating during the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports. Sources told the Journal that federal and state governments are using location data gleaned from the online advertising industry. The data is anonymized, so authorities are studying general population movement rather than tracking individuals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US has started using anonymized mobile phone locati...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Cdc, Singapore, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Prospect Park, Italy Germany, Woodhams, Sam Woodhams


European Union: Google's Move To Avoid Data Uncertainty Is Unfairly Criticized As GDPR Evasion - Womble Bond Dickinson

No, despite having exited the European Union the UK is not free of its GDPR obligations.
Tags: Google, UK, News, European Union, Womble Bond Dickinson


Test and trace with Apple and Google

After the shutdown, the testing and tracing. “Trace, test and treat is the mantra … no lockdowns, no roadblocks and no restriction on movement” in South Korea. “To suppress and control the epidemic, countries must isolate, test, treat and trace,” say WHO. But what does “tracing” look like exactly? In Singapore, they use a “TraceTogether” app, which uses Bluetooth to track nearby phones (without location tracking), keeps local logs of those contacts, and only uploads them to the Ministry of Healt...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, South Korea, UK, Opinion, China, Singapore, US, America, Tech, Canada, NHS, Alipay, Google Play Services, Brooklyn Bridge


Help Needed To Rescue UK's Old Rainfall Records

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? Well, why not get on the computer and help with a giant weather digitisation effort? From a report: The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets. You're not required to rummage through old bound volu...
Tags: UK, Tech, Met Office, Ed Hawkins, Rainfall Rescue Project


Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response

One of the newer companies attempting to join the rarified group of private space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has redirected its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19 response. Skyrora, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is answering the call of the UK government and the NHS to manufacturers to do what they can to provide much-needed healthcare equipment for frontline responders amid the coronavirus crisis. Skyrorary says that the entirety of its UK...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Space, UK, Scotland, Tech, Chemistry, NHS, United Kingdom, World Health Organization, Rocket, Edinburgh, Hygiene, Aerospace, Ethanol


Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, Has the Coronavirus

For weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a defiant holdout among Western leaders in refusing to lock down his country against the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, he became the first of those leaders known to have contracted the disease. From a report: Mr. Johnson's diagnosis, confirmed in a test on Thursday, threatened to throw an already rattled British government into turmoil. Fears of a wider contagion grew, as another senior official disclosed he was also infected. Britain faced the...
Tags: UK, Tech, Britain, Boris Johnson, Johnson


UK tech industry forms Code4COVID.org to fight the Coronavirus crisis

A coalition of grassroots UK tech initiatives has come together to co-ordinate the key groups of tech industry people supporting the UK’s response to the Coronavirus. COVID19 Tech Response (CTR) aims to co-ordinate the supply of available tech talent; work on the problems that need solving and the matching of the two. So far, they have brought over 400 tech volunteers together, mostly from the UK, some of whom have been providing volunteer support to local Covid Mutual Aid groups whic...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, US, Tech, Ctr, Marc Sloan, Mike Butcher, Nathan Young, Josh Russell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Covid19, Newspeak House, Tech Response Airtable


Edward Snowden says COVID-19 could give governments invasive new data-collection powers that could last long after the pandemic

Edward Snowden said in an interview on Monday that increased surveillance amid the coronavirus outbreak could lead to long-lasting erosion of civil liberties. Specifically, he theorized that states might demand access to people's health data — such as their heart rate — from wearables. Countries have been rapidly ramping up their surveillance of citizens to study and curb the spread of the virus, ranging from mapping anonymized phone location data to highly invasive powers, like allowing the s...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, UK, Snowden, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Taiwan, Edward Snowden, Italy, Poland, National Security Agency


Amazon, Microsoft, and Palantir will help the UK health service map its coronavirus response, raising privacy worries

Amazon, Microsoft, and Palantir have signed on to help create an interactive coronavirus response dashboard for Britain's National Health Service (NHS). The dashboard will pool data from the NHS and its partners and help healthcare workers make decisions about allocating resources. The deal throws up privacy concerns, as the NHS will be sharing sensitive health data with the companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The digital wing of Britain's National Health Service, N...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, UK, London, US, Trends, Bbc, Britain, NHS, Who, Pentagon, Privacy International, Jeff Bezos, Palantir, Open Rights Group


The firm behind the UK's coronavirus volunteer scheme faces questions over privacy. We asked GoodSAM how it handles user data.

GoodSAM has helped recruit more than 650,000 volunteers in the UK as part of nationwide effort tackle COVID-19. At the time of writing, there were over 11,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the UK, with at least 578 deaths linked to it. But after being fast-tracked into a contract with the UK's National Health Service, the firm has faced questions over how it handles user data.  Business Insider spoke to cofounder and director Ali Ghorbangholi to find out more.  Click here for mor...
Tags: Apple, UK, England, Australia, Trends, NHS, Jp Morgan, National Health Service, Mark Wilson, Imperial College London, Companies House, Babylon, US UK, Royal Voluntary Service, COVID, Ali Ghorbangholi


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Nine Tesla employees criticized the company's response to the novel coronavirus in interviews with Business Insider. Workers criticized a lack of hand sanitizer, mixed messages from CEO Elon Musk, and poor enforcement of social distancing. Tesla will temporarily lay off some employees in Norway for at least one month at the beginning of April, according to internal email sent on Tuesday by a Tesla's director in the region. A sig...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, UK, Instagram, Cdc, Senate, Germany, US, Trends, Tesla, Ministry Of Defence, Treasury, Boris Johnson, Norway


Daily Crunch: Airbnb offers housing for healthcare workers

Airbnb says it will subsidize housing for 100,000 workers at the front lines of COVID-19 care, Groupon gets a new CEO and Stripe invests in a universal checkout startup. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 26, 2020. 1. Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers Airbnb’s effort will work by allowing Hosts on its platform to opt-in to making their space available, with any fees that Airbnb would normally charge for using its platform waived for those who pa...
Tags: Google, TC, UK, Groupon, Tech, Harvard, Williams, Airbnb, Huawei, Cto, Monzo, Plastiq, Eliot Buchanan, COVID, Ryoma Ito, Domm Holland


Dyson and Gtech answer UK call for ventilator design and production to support COVID-19 response

Companies around the world are shifting production lines and business models to address the needs of governments and healthcare agencies in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two companies answering that call are Dyson and Gtech, both of which are working on ventilator hardware, leveraging their experience building vacuums and other motor-driven airflow gadgets to spin up new designs and get them validated and produced as quickly as possible. Dyson, the globally recognized applianc...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, UK, Hardware, Tech, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Boris Johnson, Fda, James Dyson, Dyson, UK Government, Grey, CNC, GTECH


Delivery Hero urges users to go cashless, no contact for food deliveries

Delivery Hero has switched to cash-less, non-contact for deliveries in areas it defines as “high risk” for the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to reduce personal contact between couriers and customers during the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s encouraging all customers to make the switch. “By introducing contactless delivery, we can ensure that our service is safe and convenient for customers, riders and restaurants,” said CEO, Niklas Östberg, in a press release. “We now encourage custome...
Tags: UK, Saudi Arabia, Berlin, US, Tech, Czech Republic, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Red Cross, Latin America, Mena, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Europe Asia, Niklas Östberg, Control ECDC, Damejidlo


Privacy activists fear the UK might spy on its own citizens to tackle COVID-19. Here's what we know.

The UK government is in talks with mobile phone providers and tech firms including Google to use phone location data to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. No formal measures have been announced, meaning it's hard to know whether the UK plans to monitor people individually or just at a broad level. But statements given by the tech and telecommunications firms suggest the UK wants to track people's movements in a general way. Privacy activists are concerned that COVID-19 will lead to a broad increas...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, UK, Singapore, Bt, Israel, Trends, Taiwan, NHS, Italy, Vodafone, Poland, Belgium, Health Service Journal, Open Rights Group


Apple Adds British Government Coronavirus PSA to UK App Store

U.K. iPhone and iPad users who open the App Store this morning are being met with a COVID-19 public service announcement from the British government, signaling an expansion of Apple's efforts to prominently display official coronavirus alerts on its devices. Tapping on the prioritized card takes users to an NHS app link and a video containing coronavirus protection guidance from the UK government's chief medical officer, professor Chris Whitty: To help save lives, stay at home. Anyone can sp...
Tags: Apple, UK, White House, NHS, United Kingdom, App Store, Chris Whitty, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus, App Store United Kingdom COVID


Boris Johnson will keep using Zoom for the government's private weekly meeting despite security and privacy concerns

The UK government has defended using video-call service Zoom among senior government officials – including Boris Johnson – due to 'unprecedented circumstances' caused by the coronavirus.  On Monday, the firm's stock price climbed 22%. The firm is worth about $37 billion. But cybersecurity experts have raised questions around Zoom's security and data privacy policies, with reports that the Ministry of Defence has banned staff from using it.  Boris Johnson used Zoom on Tuesday to hold his first ...
Tags: Google, UK, Trends, Ministry Of Defence, Boris Johnson, Cabinet, Press Association, Check Point


India’s MX Player expands to US, UK and other markets in international push

MX Player, the on-demand video streaming service owned by India’s conglomerate Times Internet, is expanding to more than half a dozen new international markets including the U.S. and the UK to supply more entertainment content to millions of people trapped in their homes. The Singapore-headquartered on-demand video streaming service, which raised $111 million in a round led by Tencent last year, said it has expanded to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Nepal in addition to the U.S....
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Asia, UK, Media, Singapore, India, Disney, Tech, Nepal, Middle East, Tencent, Times, South Asia, Gaana, US UK


Meri Williams steps down as CTO of UK challenger bank Monzo

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank that now counts over 4 million account holders, has lost its CTO, TechCrunch has learned. According to multiple sources, Meri Williams, who joined the fast-growing fintech in September 2018 to much fanfare, announced internally that she was departing, saying that she wanted to voluntarily help with cost-cutting measures. However, it is worth noting that Williams had already cut back her involvement with Monzo and had been consulting for other tech companies. On...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, Tech, Williams, Cto, Deliveroo, U K, Monzo, Mike Hudack, Meri Williams, Williams CTO, Jonas Huckestein, Monzo Williams


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Ticketing platform StubHub has placed hundreds of its employees on temporary unpaid leave until at least June, Business Insider has learned. Around 450 StubHub employees have been asked to take an unpaid leave of absence that could last until June. Andreessen Horowitz-backed Wonderschool laid off 75% of staff on a Zoom call, telling employees the coronavirus could dry up any more funding for 2 years. Wonderschool also laid off...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Trends, Tesla, Fbi, Portugal, Public Health England, Alexa, Stubhub, The World Health Organization, Amazon Alexa, Hawthorne California


DoNotPay's New Service Will Try To Help You Get Bill Extensions Due To Coronavirus

DoNotPay is ready to help you out if you need to delay your rent, credit card, or utility bill payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The company, known for its legal aid chatbot, is launching a new service that requests waivers and payment extensions from companies and landlords. The Verge reports: The new product allows the service to identify any bills such as utilities and rent that are eligible for an extension or a late fee waiver. DoNotPay will then reach out to the company to ...
Tags: Apple, UK, US, Tech, Browder, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay



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