Technology

Facebook suffers most severe outage in its history

Facebook has suffered the most severe outage in its history, with key services rendered unusable for users globally for much of Wednesday. The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users – compared with around 2.3bn monthly users today. Facebook’s main product, its two messaging […]

Tackle tech giants ‘bullying tactics’ review urges

The UK needs to tackle “bullying tactics by market leaders” and the other consequences of a lack of competition in the technology sector, according to a new report. A six month review of the sector has concluded tech giants like Facebook and Google should face greater competition. Philip Hammond will give his initial response to […]

Lords urge tougher new privacy rules for tech firm

Tech firms, such as Google and Facebook, must improve their “inadequate” responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, a House of Lords report says. The House of Lords Communications Committee wants a digital authority to help laws keep pace with technology. Content moderation used by tech firms was “unacceptably slow,” it said. The […]

Over emphasis on technology restricting digital transformation success

By placing an all-encompassing focus on the role of technology when making digital transformation decisions, UK businesses are ironically reducing their chances of success. This was one of the main findings of Telstra’s Disruptive Decision-Making research, which surveyed 3,810 senior decision-makers from 12 industries in 14 markets around the world to uncover insights into strengths […]

Facebook boss Zuckerberg signals ‘privacy-focussed’ change in direction

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms. In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a “privacy-focused platform.” Facebook owns Messenger and WhatsApp, but message encryption limits its ability to make money through targeted adverts. The social media giant […]

BBC and ITV to launch Netflix rival

The BBC, home to crime drama Luther, and ITV, maker of Love Island and I’m A Celebrity, are in the “concluding phase of talks” to create a rival to Netflix. The BBC’s director general Tony Hall said the aim was to launch the “BritBox” rival to Netflix in the UK the second half of 2019. […]

Oracle research finds enterprises ready for benefits of 5G

While much of the discussion around 5G has centered on consumer devices, enterprises are looking towards the tremendous impact the technology can have on their ability to serve customers and the bottom line. Not only are most companies (97 percent) aware of the benefits of 5G, but 95 percent are already strategically planning how they […]

Facebook and Google news should be regulated says Cairncross Review

A regulator should oversee tech giants like Google and Facebook to ensure their news content is trustworthy, a government-backed report has suggested. The Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry said such sites should help users identify fake news and “nudge people towards reading news of high quality”. It also backed tax […]