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UK govt gave contract to IT firm that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn vaccine passports into a national ID card, privacy group warns
The British government has been accused of aiming to covertly implement a national ID programme, after it partnered with a company that has advocated turning vaccine passports into a multi-purpose document.
Facebook, Alphabet keep rising; Apple, Netflix fade
After a synchronized surge last year, so-called FAANG stocks peel away as investors look beyond pandemic
Is the great digital-nomad workforce actually coming?
Are we actually on the brink of remote workers scattering across the globe en masse – or are predictions of the new, great digital-nomad movement overblown?
Telegram And Amazon Are Hosting Fake Vaccine Card Merchants
Fake vaccine card merchants are rampant on Telegram. Meanwhile, fake vaccine card listings continue to fall between the cracks on Amazon, despite a ban on them.
Fastly: Tech firm behind internet outage explains what took down major websites worldwide
Web provider Fastly says that it should have anticipated the issue, and is now deploying a bug fix across its network.
Launch of controversial system to collect GP patient data delayed amid privacy concerns
The programme has been delayed to ensure "data is accessed securely."
US, Japan Covid Aid Aims To Counter China Influence In Indo-Pacific: Taiwan
As Taiwan faces a spike in COVID-19 cases, US and Japan have stepped forward and provided vaccines against the infection to the island.
The G-7 Nations Agree To Make Big Tech Companies Pay Their Fair Share Of Taxes
The wealthy democracies agree to support a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15% to deter multinational companies from avoiding taxes by stashing profits in low-rate countries. It sounds good, but no worries. It’s not going t...
WHO greenlights China's Sinovac coronavirus vaccine
China's Sinovac coronavirus vaccine "meets international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing," the UN health body said on Tuesday.
Dubai announces COVID-19 vaccine bookings via WhatsApp
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has introduced a service that allows the community to book appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine at DHA facilities through WhatsApp.
Facebook lifts ban on posts claiming Covid-19 was man-made
Social network says policy comes ‘in light of ongoing investigations into the origin’ of virus
EU cites ‘anti-vaccine campaign’ as reason to toughen social media code
European Commission proposes more factchecking and algorithm changes to tackle disinformation generated by citizens, but nothing against disinformation generated by governments, journalists, and corrupted officials.
Microsoft chief: AI surveillance like Orwell’s 1984 could be three years away
The president of Microsoft says the dystopian all-seeing eye in George Orwell’s 1984 could be just three years away - if politicians do not get to grips with the march of government-sanctioned AI surveillance.
Why are COVID vaccines linked to blood clots? Scientists have answers
A group of scientists in Germany claims they have cracked the code as to why AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are causing blood clots.
White House partners with dating apps to encourage Covid vaccinations
Starting this week, the White House is hoping Americans swipe right for Covid vaccines, partnering with a series of prominent dating apps to offer incentives to customers who've been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
WHO Chief Warns of 'More Deadly Virus' Yet to Come
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned countries against becoming complacent and praised health care workers battling on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TikTok takes down hundreds of Australian videos in misinformation crackdown
False Covid claims, including that Scott Morrison faked getting his vaccine, among the content removed from the popular platform
Oxford secretly used cell phone data to track millions as part of government-ordered vaccination study
The UK government has admitted it used phone data to analyse people’s movement patterns without their knowledge as part of a vaccination study, a new report claims. Officials are said to have preserved the subjects’ anonymity.
Swipe Right! White House Partners With Dating Apps To Boost Vaccination
The White House has partnered with apps as Match, Tinder and Bumble to boost the vaccination drive in the United States.
Amazon to hire 75,000 workers and pay $100 bonus if they get Covid vaccine
Amazon is hiring 75,000 workers across its warehouse and delivery network in the U.S. and Canada, the company said Thursday. The company will also offer a $100 bonus to new warehouse and transportation hires who show proof of their Covid...
US move on vaccine intellectual property is a 'monumental moment' in COVID-19 fight
A waiver could boost production by lifting intellectual property protections and the EU is also now willing to discuss the move.
EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab
EU seals deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for potential 1.8 billion COVID-19 doses in its biggest vaccine contract so far
Fifty years after Apollo, space is about to transform our life on Earth beyond recognition
An almost unbelievable future is at hand, and Britain is well placed to lay claim to a stake in it
Google and Microsoft's Indian-born CEOs pledge support to the country over coronavirus crisis
Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella are rushing aid to India as the country battles an onslaught of coronavirus cases.
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