‘Alexa, are you invading my privacy?’ – the dark side of our voice assistants

October 09, 2019 at 06:00AM There are more than 100m Alexa-enabled devices in our homes. But are they fun time-savers or the beginning of an Orwellian nightmare One day in 2017, Alexa went rogue. When Martin Josephson, who lives in London, came home from work, he heard his Amazon Echo Dot voice assistant spitting outContinue reading “‘Alexa, are you invading my privacy?’ – the dark side of our voice assistants”

Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP

October 08, 2019 at 10:30PM Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, set for a dual role in the next Commission, faced three hours of questions from members of four committees in the European Parliament this afternoon, as MEPs got their chance to interrogate her priorities for a broader legislative role that will shape pan-EU digital strategyContinue reading “Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP”

Nadella warns government conference not to betray user trust

October 08, 2019 at 05:29PM Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, delivering the keynote at the Microsoft Government Leaders Summit in Washington, DC today, had a message for attendees to maintain user trust in their tools technologies above all else. He said it is essential to earn user trust, regardless of your business. “Now, of course, theContinue reading “Nadella warns government conference not to betray user trust”

83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel

October 07, 2019 at 12:21PM 83North has closed its fifth fund, completing an oversubscribed $300 million raise and bringing its total capital under management to $1.1BN+. The VC firm, which spun out from Silicon Valley giant Greylock Partners in 2015 — and invests in startups in Europe and Israel, out of offices in London andContinue reading “83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel”

The Lovelace effect: Chips with Everything podcast

October 07, 2019 at 06:00AM Ada Lovelace Day is in its 10th year, and to mark it, Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the founder of the event, Suw Charman-Anderson, to talk about why we need to do more to help support women working in STEM. She also talks to Dr Tilly Blyth, the headContinue reading “The Lovelace effect: Chips with Everything podcast”

‘We are hurtling towards a surveillance state’: the rise of facial recognition technology

October 05, 2019 at 10:00AM It can pick out shoplifters, international criminals and lost children in seconds. But as the cameras proliferate, who’s watching the watchers? Gordon’s wine bar is reached through a discreet side-door, a few paces from the slipstream of London theatregoers and suited professionals powering towards their evening train. A steep staircaseContinue reading “‘We are hurtling towards a surveillance state’: the rise of facial recognition technology”

Facial recognition row: police gave King’s Cross owner images of seven people

October 04, 2019 at 03:06PM Met apologises after local police passed on images for controversial surveillance scheme Images of seven people were passed on by local police for use in a facial recognition system at King’s Cross in London in an agreement that was struck in secret, the details of which have been made publicContinue reading “Facial recognition row: police gave King’s Cross owner images of seven people”

Osano makes business risk and compliance (somewhat) sexy again

October 03, 2019 at 09:12PM A new startup is clearing the way for other companies to better monitor and manage their risk and compliance with privacy laws. Osano, an Austin, Texas-based startup, bills itself as a privacy platform startup, which uses a software-as-a-service solution to give businesses real-time visibility into their current privacy and complianceContinue reading “Osano makes business risk and compliance (somewhat) sexy again”

Here’s how much the all-electric Polestar 2 will cost in its launch markets

October 03, 2019 at 06:44PM Volvo group’s Polestar electric performance car sub-brand has announced pricing for the Polestar 2, the company’s second production car, a four-door mid-sized fastback that will begin production in 2020 and start shipping as early as next June. Starting prices are set at between 58,800€ (around $63,720 U.S.). Those prices includeContinue reading “Here’s how much the all-electric Polestar 2 will cost in its launch markets”

‘It’s going to be a revolution’: driverless cars in new London trial

October 03, 2019 at 10:10AM Self-driving vehicles reach UK milestone with first demo in ‘complex urban environment’ in Stratford Work to bring driverless cars to Britain’s streets has reached a milestone with the first demonstration of an autonomous fleet driving in a “complex urban environment” in London. Ford Mondeos fitted with autonomous technology from theContinue reading “‘It’s going to be a revolution’: driverless cars in new London trial”

Time: ‘You Go to the Mat and Fight.’ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Address Elizabeth Warren’s Break-Up Calls in Leaked Audio

October 01, 2019 at 05:52PM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought to rally employees amid a litany of challenges the social media company has faced over the past year and a half, speaking candidly in two hours of leaked audio recordings published by the Verge. While Zuckerberg often got laughs and tried to create a friendlyContinue reading “Time: ‘You Go to the Mat and Fight.’ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Address Elizabeth Warren’s Break-Up Calls in Leaked Audio”

EU’s new cookie rules that change how people are tracked around the internet

October 01, 2019 at 10:44AM Users must opt in to being followed, European Court of Justice says EU's new cookie rules that change how people are tracked around the internet … Selected by softengoxford Search Web: EU's new cookie rules that change how people are tracked around the internet

Minecraft Earth is coming – it will change the way you see your town

October 01, 2019 at 09:07AM As the augmented-reality spinoff from the block-building game arrives this month, players will be taking their creations to the streets Six of us are huddled together in Cavendish Square Gardens in central London, fighting a horde of warrior skeletons. To passersby, however, we must look like a bunch of adultsContinue reading “Minecraft Earth is coming – it will change the way you see your town”

Google will soon open a cloud region in Poland

September 27, 2019 at 05:14PM Google today announced its plans to open a new cloud region in Warsaw, Poland to better serve its customers in Central and Eastern Europe. This move is part of Google’s overall investment in expanding the physical footprint of its data centers. Only a few days ago, after all, the companyContinue reading “Google will soon open a cloud region in Poland”

Time: The First Google Doodle in 1998 Was a ‘Bit of a Joke.’ Here’s the Story Behind the Design That Started it All

September 26, 2019 at 11:02AM When Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were headed to Nevada’s Burning Man festival in August of 1998, they wanted users and employees to know they wouldn’t be at the search engine’s helm for a while. The Ph.D. students at Stanford University decided to replace the second ‘O’ inContinue reading “Time: The First Google Doodle in 1998 Was a ‘Bit of a Joke.’ Here’s the Story Behind the Design That Started it All”

‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Only Applies To Websites Inside EU, European Court Says

September 24, 2019 at 07:11PM The ruling is a win for Google, adding new restrictions to a 2014 EU court decision that affirmed individuals’ right to have URLs removed from search results. ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Only Applies To Websites Inside EU, European Court Says…

Google: Right to be forgotten will not be extended beyond EU borders after France loses court battle

September 24, 2019 at 11:40AM Politicians say there is ‘no obligation’ for search engine to extend rules outside of Europe Google will not have to extend the controversial “right to be forgotten” rules beyond Europe, following a landmark ruling by the EU’s top court. The US search giant had faced resistance from French privacy regulatorContinue reading “Google: Right to be forgotten will not be extended beyond EU borders after France loses court battle”

Uber granted two-month extension to London licence

September 24, 2019 at 10:23AM Transport for London again rejects ride-hailing firm’s application for a full licence Uber’s application to renew its private hire operating licence in London has been rebuffed again by regulators. Transport for London has instead given the ride-hailing firm only a two-month extension to its licence, which is due to expireContinue reading “Uber granted two-month extension to London licence”

Google wins case to keep right to be forgotten EU only

September 24, 2019 at 09:07AM Court rules Google does not have to remove sensitive information from global search Google does not have to remove links to sensitive personal data globally, Europe’s top court has ruled in a landmark case that pits privacy rights against the right of free speech. The ruling centres on Google’s disputeContinue reading “Google wins case to keep right to be forgotten EU only”

Time: After a Few Glitches, Samsung’s Folding Phone Finally Hits the U.S.

September 24, 2019 at 02:22AM NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s folding phone is finally hitting the U.S. Samsung will start selling the Galaxy Fold, a phone with a screen that folds together like a book, on Friday. There will be an AT&T version as well as an unlocked version sold at Best Buy and SamsungContinue reading “Time: After a Few Glitches, Samsung’s Folding Phone Finally Hits the U.S.”

How to survive a Twitter storm

September 22, 2019 at 10:00AM Tanya Gold published a piece about a plus-size mannequin one Sunday. By Monday morning the internet had gone mad and was out for her blood It was my fault. Sometimes I write glibly. I make an argument for myself and forget that people read it. It still surprises me, afterContinue reading “How to survive a Twitter storm”

Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe

September 20, 2019 at 01:54PM Google announced today that it was investing 3 billion euro (approximately $3.3 billion USD) to expand its data center presence in Europe. What’s more, the company pledged the data centers would be environmentally friendly. This new investment is in addition to the $7 billion the company has invested since 2007Continue reading “Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe”