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Facebook response to data breach ‘cold and defensive’

Facebook has defended its security following its latest data security breach, but has been criticised for failing to apologise to users.

In recent days it has emerged that personal data linked to more than 500 million Facebook accounts had been posted freely on a hacking forum, including data from about 11 million UK users.


Apple backs more data transparency as it readies new privacy tool

App users should have transparency and control over how their data is used, Apple’s head of privacy has said, as the tech giant prepares to roll out a major new privacy tool.


US Supreme Court backs Google in copyright battle with Oracle

The US Supreme Court has sided with Google in an eight billion dollar (£5.7bn) copyright dispute with Oracle over the internet company’s creation of the Android operating system used on most smartphones worldwide.


Oracle refreshes cloud data warehouse to improve self-service data science

Oracle has announced a raft of updates to Autonomous Data Warehouse, the cloud data warehouse it launched in 2018.

The updates are designed to make tasks such as data loading, cleansing, business modeling, and machine learning, less technical and performable by data analysts and business users without the need of IT support


IBM and Moderna partner to make Covid-19 vaccine supply chain and distribution smarter

First on the to-do list is a pilot of a standardised approach to vaccine distribution that improves supply chain visibility and brings ‘near real-time’ tracking of vaccine administration at the individual batch level, as they travel from manufacturing facilities to administration sites.


Informatica extends serverless cloud data management platform to NVIDIA GPUs

Cloud data management company Informatica has announced the integration of its Spark-based Cloud Data Integration engine with NVIDIA graphical processing units (GPUs).


Persuasive AI could corrupt human behaviour, study suggests

Results reveal that AI-generated advice corrupts people, even when they know the source of the advice. In fact, AI’s corrupting force is as strong as humans”


New AI predicts inner feelings from radio signals

“With deep learning we’ve shown we can accurately measure emotions in a subject-independent way, where we can look at a whole collection of signals from different individuals and learn from this data and use it to predict the emotions of people outside of our training database.”


UK competition watchdog hints at algorithm regulation

Algorithms used to serve people suggested content, services and other options online can reduce competition and potentially harm consumers, a UK watchdog has warned.


Superintelligent AI would be impossible to control, study claims

The prospect of superintelligent machines escaping human control and running amok has haunted humanity for decades, ever since Alan Turing famously argued mere machines could conceivably demonstrate human-like intelligence.


Google finalises £1.5bn takeover of Fitbit, insists deal ‘not about data’

“This deal has always been about devices, not data, and we’ve been clear since the beginning that we will protect Fitbit users’ privacy,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services.


NHSX deploys machine learning to improve coronavirus treatment

Artificial intelligence will be used in an effort to improve the treatment of coronavirus patients.

It is hoped that thousands of scans made available to hospitals will result in patients with Covid-19 receiving faster treatment, improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays.