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UK MPs seeks support for country’s semiconductor sector

The UK Government needs to do more to ensure the viability of the nation’s semiconductor industry, according to a new report published by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. A strategy on the UK’s semiconductor industry was supposed to be published but is late and not enough money is being spent by the UK… Read More


China chip imports fall 12.4% in midst of US tech trade war

Chip imports from China have dropped by more than 12% in September, due in part to chip shortages and intense trade tensions with the United States. New data from the Chinese Government revealed a total of 47.6 billion chip units were imported in September 2022, compared with 54.3 billion the same time last year, marking… Read More


Chinese regulator approves fund focusing on Korean chipmakers

China’s securities regulator has approved the first Chinese mutual fund that will target major Chinese and South Korean chipmakers. The China Securities Regulatory Commission approved Huatai-request PineBridge’s for regulatory approval on August 9, according to a representative of the Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management Co.


Italian court removes antitrust fine against Apple and Amazon

The Italian antitrust watchdog placed a €173.3 million fine against Apple and Amazon for alleged collusion last year, which an administrative court in the country has now scrapped. This penalty was originally set at €203 million but was reduced to €173.3 after the competition authority made an error in their calculations.


U.S. Supreme Court will hear challenge to social media protections

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge relating to the Section 230 provision in the 1996 Communications Decency Act that grants comprehensive legal protection to social media firms around user-generated content. Section 230 was created before the rise of social media firms and was intended to protect freedom of speech.


UK Home Office launches Scale-up visa for tech talent

It’s no secret that top-tier tech talent is hard to find, with skilled staff having a great deal of choice in selecting where they want to work. In a bid to attract skilled workers to the UK, the Home Office has announced the launch of a Scale-up visa for firms to sponsor valuable tech talent.


WhatsApp fined $267M for breaching GDPR rules

After an investigation, Ireland’s data watchdog, the Data Protection Commission, concluded that Facebook-owned WhatsApp fell foul of EU data privacy rules. Handing down a $267M fine, the watchdog said WhatsApp failed to inform European Union citizens enough about how the communications firm collected, used and shared their personal data. The investigation into WhatsApp started in… Read More


Portland’s Union Bank Tower to be repurposed as a data centre

The Union Bank Tower, located in downtown Portland, Oregon, has been put up for sale, and is being marketed as a prime facility for conversion to a data centre.


UK and US blame Russian intelligence service for SolarWinds cyber strike

“The SVR has put at risk the global technology supply chain by allowing malware to be installed on the machines of tens of thousands of SolarWinds’ customers.”


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.


AWS boots controversial social media network Parler off web hosting service

Amazon Web Services has suspended social media network Parler from its hosting services citing posts on the platform that appeared to incite violence.

Parler was founded in 2018 and markets itself as a “free speech” social network. Its popularity has surged in recent months among amid allegations that platforms like Youtube, Twitter and Facebook are stifling debate by censoring certain topics and opinions.


Internet providers slam UK Gov Gigabit pledge scale back

Scaled back plans for faster broadband speeds across the UK will come as “a blow to rural communities”, internet providers have said following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review.

Full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business across the UK by 2025 was a key Conservative manifesto pledge in the 2019 general election, which brought the goal forward by eight years.