Technology | The Guardian

‘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 nightmareOne 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 out fragmentary… Continue reading ‘Alexa, are you invading my privacy?’ – the dark side of our voice assistants

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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 strategy… Continue reading Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP

Enterprise – TechCrunch

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, the… Continue reading Nadella warns government conference not to betray user trust

Enterprise – TechCrunch

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 and… Continue reading 83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel

Technology | The Guardian

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 head… Continue reading The Lovelace effect: Chips with Everything podcast

Technology | The Guardian

‘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 staircase plunges… Continue reading ‘We are hurtling towards a surveillance state’: the rise of facial recognition technology

Technology | The Guardian

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 schemeImages 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 public for… Continue reading Facial recognition row: police gave King’s Cross owner images of seven people

Enterprise – TechCrunch

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 compliance… Continue reading Osano makes business risk and compliance (somewhat) sexy again

GreenTech – TechCrunch

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

Technology | The Guardian

‘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 StratfordWork 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 the UK tech… Continue reading ‘It’s going to be a revolution’: driverless cars in new London trial

Molly Schuetz / Bloomberg · TIME

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

The Independent - Tech

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

Technology | The Guardian

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 streetsSix 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 adults pointing… Continue reading Minecraft Earth is coming – it will change the way you see your town

Enterprise – TechCrunch

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 company… Continue reading Google will soon open a cloud region in Poland

Rachel E. Greenspan · TIME

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’ in… Continue 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

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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: Right to be forgotten will not be extended beyond EU borders after France loses court battle ... Selected by softengoxford Search Web: Google: Right to be forgotten will not be extended beyond EU borders… Continue reading Google: Right to be forgotten will not be extended beyond EU borders after France loses court battle

Technology | The Guardian

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 licenceUber’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 expire on Wednesday… Continue reading Uber granted two-month extension to London licence

Technology | The Guardian

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 searchGoogle 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 dispute with France’s… Continue reading Google wins case to keep right to be forgotten EU only

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

Enterprise – TechCrunch

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 2007… Continue reading Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe