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TSMC mulls Germany for first European chip plant
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Hardware

TSMC mulls Germany for first European chip plant

The move comes as countries around the world continue to try and attract chipmakers to their territories amid a global chip shortage
26 Jul 2021
Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition
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biometrics

Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition

Prosecutors argued that the Microsoft device could contain footage of the 6 January insurrection
22 Jul 2021
Apple reportedly planning all-5G iPhone lineup for 2022
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Hardware

Apple reportedly planning all-5G iPhone lineup for 2022

The will include a revamped iPhone SE, its budget handset, that will use Qualcomm’s 5G technology
21 Jul 2021
Apple reportedly delays return to the office amid rising COVID cases
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Careers & training

Apple reportedly delays return to the office amid rising COVID cases

This comes after the tech giant told employees it wanted them to work from the office for three days a week starting September
20 Jul 2021
China slams Microsoft hack accusations as ‘groundless and irresponsible’
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cyber attacks

China slams Microsoft hack accusations as ‘groundless and irresponsible’

This comes after the New Zealand government joined international condemnation of China’s alleged exploitation of the Microsoft Exchange Platform
20 Jul 2021
US puts trade restrictions on six Russian organisations
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Policy & legislation

US puts trade restrictions on six Russian organisations

The move comes after the US blamed Russia for the SolarWinds attack in April
19 Jul 2021
Capgemini to acquire Australian cloud services provider for $233 million
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digital transformation

Capgemini to acquire Australian cloud services provider for $233 million

The company believes this will bolster its operations in Australia and New Zealand
19 Jul 2021
Intel reportedly in talks to acquire GlobalFoundries for $30 billion
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Hardware

Intel reportedly in talks to acquire GlobalFoundries for $30 billion

GlobalFoundries executives claim not to be involved in the discussions
16 Jul 2021
Mastercard banned from taking on new customers in India after flouting data rules
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Policy & legislation

Mastercard banned from taking on new customers in India after flouting data rules

The country’s reserve bank found that the payment provider did not comply with a data policy established in 2018
16 Jul 2021
Google opens its second cloud region in India
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cloud computing

Google opens its second cloud region in India

The new Delhi region follows the launch of its Mumbai zone in 2017
15 Jul 2021
Microsoft customers will be able to record, report, and reduce their emissions
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cloud computing

Microsoft customers will be able to record, report, and reduce their emissions

The company said that the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability will allow organisations to meet carbon reduction and sustainability goals
14 Jul 2021
Microsoft unveils Windows 365 ‘Cloud PC’ service
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cloud computing

Microsoft unveils Windows 365 ‘Cloud PC’ service

This is a new cloud service that streams the ‘Windows experience’ to any device on the Microsoft Cloud
14 Jul 2021
Microsoft lowers marketplace transaction fee from 20% to 3%
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platform as a service (PaaS)

Microsoft lowers marketplace transaction fee from 20% to 3%

The tech giant says it wants to show it is investing in its partner ecosystem
14 Jul 2021
Macquarie Telecom to build new Sydney data centre
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data centres

Macquarie Telecom to build new Sydney data centre

The Australian telco said it will meet the needs of government and multinational customers and enhance NSW’s cyber security capabilities
14 Jul 2021
US senate confirms former NSA official as CISA head
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Security

US senate confirms former NSA official as CISA head

Jen Easterly will lead the agency as its first official director since November 2020
13 Jul 2021
Australia green lights $5.6 million blockchain pilot projects
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blockchain

Australia green lights $5.6 million blockchain pilot projects

Two companies have been awarded the funding and will implement the tech in the country’s minerals and food and beverage sectors
13 Jul 2021
Biden signs executive order calling for net neutrality to be restored
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Policy & legislation

Biden signs executive order calling for net neutrality to be restored

The president is aiming to 'restore competition' in the US economy
12 Jul 2021
Victoria to spend $35.2 million on digital twin
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digital transformation

Victoria to spend $35.2 million on digital twin

It is being built on a successful pilot project that created a digital twin for the country’s largest urban renewal project and is set to launch in la…
12 Jul 2021
Microsoft employees to receive $1,500 bonuses after "challenging year"
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Careers & training

Microsoft employees to receive $1,500 bonuses after "challenging year"

Employees at Microsoft subsidiaries LinkedIn, GitHub, and ZeniMax will not be eligible
9 Jul 2021
Attorneys general from 37 states sue Google over 'unlawful Play Store monopoly'
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Policy & legislation

Attorneys general from 37 states sue Google over 'unlawful Play Store monopoly'

Lawsuit claims that the tech giant allegedly paid off Samsung and app developers too
8 Jul 2021
NSW Department of Education cyber attack leaves teachers stranded
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cyber attacks

NSW Department of Education cyber attack leaves teachers stranded

Teachers are unable to access key classroom materials or email systems just one week before remote learning is set to begin
8 Jul 2021
Singapore to add 20,000 digital jobs
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Careers & training

Singapore to add 20,000 digital jobs

A government minister made the pledge at an event, highlighting that investments in the country could lead to more digital roles
7 Jul 2021
Cisco launches Webex for Defense for the Pentagon
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Software

Cisco launches Webex for Defense for the Pentagon

The collaboration platform is authorised to work with the DoD's national security systems and mission-critical information
7 Jul 2021
Hong Kong defends privacy laws amid big tech backlash
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Policy & legislation

Hong Kong defends privacy laws amid big tech backlash

A technology industry body has proposed a number of amendments to the laws which it says are too broad
6 Jul 2021
Chinese-owned firm buys Welsh semiconductor manufacturer
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Hardware

Chinese-owned firm buys Welsh semiconductor manufacturer

An MP has asked the government why it has ‘turned a blind eye’ to the acquisition that could have geopolitical ramifications
6 Jul 2021
Japan’s Sumitomo Electric to create 5G chips in US
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Hardware

Japan’s Sumitomo Electric to create 5G chips in US

The company will produce semiconductors for the US and European markets as the global chip shortage continues
5 Jul 2021
Nokia and TPG Telecom launch 'world’s first' 5G service in Sydney
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5G

Nokia and TPG Telecom launch 'world’s first' 5G service in Sydney

The companies say it is the first time a 700MHz standalone network has been launched
5 Jul 2021
New Zealand's internet capacity set to double with biggest ever submarine cable
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Network & Internet

New Zealand's internet capacity set to double with biggest ever submarine cable

The cable will connect to Australia and the US carrying data at 72 terabits/sec
2 Jul 2021
India aims to produce $22 billion worth of IT hardware by 2025
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Hardware

India aims to produce $22 billion worth of IT hardware by 2025

A $1 billion incentive plan includes cash incentives to produce laptops and servers locally
2 Jul 2021
Australia's National Archives given $67 million to digitise historical artefacts
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digital transformation

Australia's National Archives given $67 million to digitise historical artefacts

WW2 service records and tapes of the Stolen Generation royal commission are said to be at risk in their current form
1 Jul 2021
Microsoft says it receives thousands of secret data requests each year from US government
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Policy & legislation

Microsoft says it receives thousands of secret data requests each year from US government

The company claims many of these lack legal justification and are either rejected outright or challenged through litigation
1 Jul 2021
Australian government invests $8 million to boost cyber skills
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Careers & training

Australian government invests $8 million to boost cyber skills

The eight projects aim to improve the skills and availability of cyber security professionals in the country
30 Jun 2021
GitHub Copilot is an AI tool that helps devs to write better code
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software development

GitHub Copilot is an AI tool that helps devs to write better code

The company said it could aid engineers with their work and encourage more people to explore software development
30 Jun 2021
Japan's Fugaku retains title of world's fastest supercomputer
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high-performance computing (HPC)

Japan's Fugaku retains title of world's fastest supercomputer

The Arm-based machine was three times as fast as the machine that came second in the ranking
29 Jun 2021
GitHub bug bounty payouts surpass $1.5 million
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Development

GitHub bug bounty payouts surpass $1.5 million

The Microsoft-owned company's bounty programme, which launched on HackerOne in 2016, awarded more than $500,000 in the last 12 months
28 Jun 2021