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Platform News: Chipmakers Chip Semiconductors from Intel

US chipmaking industry pushes back on proposed export rule changes

Leading industry groups are pushing back on proposed changes to US export controls that would impact the sale of certain semiconductors and other technology to China. 

Darkweb

Sellers on the ‘Darknet’ tout face masks for bitcoin, researchers say

The “Darknet” trading platforms where contraband such as drugs to stolen credit card information usually change hands are offering face masks and other coronavirus-rela...

UK

BT commits to no job losses over coronavirus

The head of Britain’s largest telecoms firm BT said he would donate his salary to health workers for at least six months and award a pay rise to his frontline staff who are m...

Factory

How one Silicon Valley factory keeps running in the age of coronavirus

Managers at a small Silicon Valley electronics factory thought they would have to close when the San Francisco Bay Area directed non-essential businesses to temporarily shut down a...

Platform News: Google movements

Google location data shows slump in trips to offices and shopping centres

As we reported yesterday, Google has published reports for over a hundred countries showing whether visits to shops, recreational parks and workplaces dropped last month, when many...

Ikea

IKEA’s parent group buys start-up to boost virtual home decorating tools

Ingka Group, the owner of most IKEA stores worldwide, has bought Geomagical Labs so it can use the US startup’s technology to give customers more options when trying out furn...

WeWork

WeWork troubles deepen as SoftBank pulls $3 billion tender offer

SoftBank Group said it has terminated a $3 billion tender offer for additional WeWork shares agreed last year with shareholders, drawing threats of legal action and plunging the fl...

Security

Italy’s social security website hit by major cyber attack

Computer hackers have attacked Italy’s social security website, forcing it to shut down on Wednesday just as people were starting to apply for coronavirus benefits, the head ...

Platform Innovation: Coronavirus track and trace apps and software

The new inventions, innovations and gadgets dreamt up to fight coronavirus

Driving to work at his factory to the west of London last week, designer Steve Brooks had coronavirus on his mind. What could he make that would let him open a door without touchin...

Facial Recognition

Washington State signs facial recognition curbs into law; critics want ban

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first US state law that sharply curbs law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology, while civil rights activist...

UK Supermarkets

‘Like Glastonbury tickets’ – Britons chase online grocery slots in coronavirus crisis

British supermarkets are frantically trying to build up their online operations during the coronavirus emergency but no matter how hard they work they will not have enough capacity...

Online Groceries

Instacart workers strike as labour unrest grows during coronavirus crisis

Some of the roughly 200,000 workers at US online grocery delivery company Instacart said they were striking on Monday as labor unrest grows globally over safety and wages for peopl...

Platform News: Samsung Electronics retail store for smartphones and other hardware

Olympics delay deals setback to Samsung’s plans to win over Japan

For South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 were going to be the springboard to gain significant inroads into Japan’s lucrative smartphone market ...

Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

Cybersecurity experts come together to fight coronavirus-related hacking

An international group of almost 400 volunteers with expertise in cybersecurity formed on Wednesday to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus. Called the COVID-19 CTI Leagu...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank criticises Moody’s after two-notch downgrade

SoftBank Group Corp on Wednesday hit out at credit ratings agency Moody’s after it downgraded the tech conglomerate by two notches to Ba3 and took the unusual step of asking ...