Darktrace confirms IPO as revenues soar amid pandemic
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startups

Darktrace confirms IPO as revenues soar amid pandemic

The AI startup is thought to be aiming for a £3 billion float on the London Stock Exchange
12 Apr 2021
NHS to digitise coronavirus testing with new Scandit deal
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digital transformation

NHS to digitise coronavirus testing with new Scandit deal

The announcement of the deal comes days after UK gov pitch for twice-weekly rapid testing
8 Apr 2021
UK gov secures vendors for £1.5bn software services deal
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public sector

UK gov secures vendors for £1.5bn software services deal

Crown Commercial Service establishes a framework for the design and implementation of software for central gov and public bodies
8 Apr 2021
Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users
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privacy

Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users

The AAID is unique to all Android devices and can be shared with third parties for more effective targeted advertising
7 Apr 2021
UK launches digital watchdog to clamp down on big tech dominance
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Policy & legislation

UK launches digital watchdog to clamp down on big tech dominance

The Digital Markets Unit is charged with drawing up codes of conduct for competition and will operate without statutory powers at first
7 Apr 2021
IT Pro News in Review: WhatsApp under scrutiny, Ransomware refunds and people-driven hacking
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public sector

IT Pro News in Review: WhatsApp under scrutiny, Ransomware refunds and people-driven hacking

Catch up on the top stories of the week in just two minutes
2 Apr 2021
UK Space Agency launches fund to develop hospitals of the future
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startups

UK Space Agency launches fund to develop hospitals of the future

A partnership between the UK and European space agencies could see 40 new high-tech hospitals built by 2030
1 Apr 2021
Microsoft signs $22bn deal to supply US Army with HoloLens devices
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augmented reality (AR)

Microsoft signs $22bn deal to supply US Army with HoloLens devices

The custom-made augmented reality (AR) headsets will be used both in training and in combat scenarios
1 Apr 2021
Gov 'forced into major U-turn' on NHS deal with Palantir, privacy group claims
NHS app
Policy & legislation

Gov 'forced into major U-turn' on NHS deal with Palantir, privacy group claims

Open Democracy claims victory despite dropping its lawsuit
1 Apr 2021
Epic files complaint against Apple with UK's competition watchdog
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Policy & legislation

Epic files complaint against Apple with UK's competition watchdog

The firm argues that Apple's App Store rules are "a clear violation of the UK Competition Act of 1998"
31 Mar 2021
Harris Federation disables students' emails following ransomware attack
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ransomware

Harris Federation disables students' emails following ransomware attack

The "temporary" move has left 37,000 students unable to access their correspondence and coursework
30 Mar 2021
Hackers have raked in £34.5 million from COVID-related scams
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phishing

Hackers have raked in £34.5 million from COVID-related scams

City of London Police told IT Pro that a spike in January was caused by vaccine phishing emails
24 Mar 2021
UK watchdog takes Norton to court over auto-renewing contracts
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Business operations

UK watchdog takes Norton to court over auto-renewing contracts

The antivirus provider refused to provide information for the CMA's ongoing investigation
24 Mar 2021
Home Office migrates key HR workloads to Oracle Cloud
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public sector

Home Office migrates key HR workloads to Oracle Cloud

The department shifts payroll, finance and customer support functions to the Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications suite
23 Mar 2021
Businesses in these areas will be the first to benefit from gov's gigabit broadband scheme
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broadband

Businesses in these areas will be the first to benefit from gov's gigabit broadband scheme

More than a million hard-to-reach premises in Cornwall, Essex and Tees Valley among those to benefit from the first phase of the programme
19 Mar 2021
Hancock reveals digital future of NHS
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digital transformation

Hancock reveals digital future of NHS

This includes creating a “consistent data platform” and implementing Shared Care Records across NHS
18 Mar 2021
Advocacy groups say new police bill threatens individuals' data and privacy rights
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Policy & legislation

Advocacy groups say new police bill threatens individuals' data and privacy rights

Groups claim bill will encourage 'digital strip searches'
18 Mar 2021
Intel partners with DARPA to build 'state-of-the-art' security chips
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components

Intel partners with DARPA to build 'state-of-the-art' security chips

A three-year partnership will see the US chipmaker develop bespoke ASICs with built-in security features
18 Mar 2021
Broadband providers welcome Ofcom's new full-fibre rollout rules
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broadband

Broadband providers welcome Ofcom's new full-fibre rollout rules

Openreach announced plans to 'ramp up' FTTP rollout to 3 million premises per year
18 Mar 2021
UK raises more than £1.3 billion in 5G spectrum auction
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5G

UK raises more than £1.3 billion in 5G spectrum auction

EE and O2 were the biggest spenders with each network buying up £450m of 5G spectrum
17 Mar 2021
NHS digital transformation needs “further work”
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digital transformation

NHS digital transformation needs “further work”

A new report suggests technological innovations implemented during the pandemic need to be improved before they're "locked-in"
16 Mar 2021
UK leads Europe on VC investment despite Brexit uncertainty
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Development

UK leads Europe on VC investment despite Brexit uncertainty

UK startups raised £10.84 billion in 2020 to break funding records for the second year in a row
16 Mar 2021
Government secures £1 billion backing for rural 4G project
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mobile networks

Government secures £1 billion backing for rural 4G project

Work to make the Shared Rural Network a reality will finally commence following years of discussion
15 Mar 2021
PAC slams Home Office over failing digital borders project
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public sector

PAC slams Home Office over failing digital borders project

Cross-party MPs criticise the government department for a lack of effective leadership over the £173 million IT project
15 Mar 2021