Lockdown

Platform News: Google

Google to lay out new features to keep users clicking after lockdown

Google is expected to unveil updates across many services, including search and Android, as the company showcases its role in a world that has become more digitally connected durin...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

Amazon drops French Black Friday ad campaign as lockdown starts

Amazon is withdrawing advertisements for pre-Black Friday reductions in France, after the government said the effort was unfair to small shops at time when a coronavirus lockdown h...

coronavirus tracing uk

Brits get cycling as data from fitness app shows pandemic boom

Active travel is booming in the United Kingdom as millions of commuters, shoppers and schoolchildren get on their bicycles to prevent confined spaces on public transport during the...

Nordic

Tech savvy, flexible workers boost the coronavirus-hit Nordic economies

Helen Balfors, a project leader at Norwegian conglomerate Orkla, has been working from home for more than the majority of her colleagues after returning from a ski trip to Italy in...

Platform News: Tim Cook is the happy CEO of Apple

Apple’s stock market value hits $2 trillion

Just two years after Apple became the first publicly listed US company to achieve a $1 trillion stock market value, the iPhone maker has topped $2 trillion.

UK

Video gaming during lockdown helps fuel rise in UK inflation rate

UK inflation rose unexpectedly last month, spurred by rising prices for in-demand video game consoles during the coronavirus lockdown, official data has showed.

Platform Industry: Wall Street, IPO's and stock performance

Why investors now worry about tech stocks

Some investors are getting increasingly worried about the outlook for technology and big growth stocks after a massive rally which has pushed the Nasdaq Composite index to record h...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft to close physical stores, take $450 million hit

Microsoft Corp has said it will close its retail stores and take a related pretax asset impairment charge of $450 million in the current quarter.

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon signals entry into alcohol delivery in India with nod in key state

Amazon.com has secured clearance to deliver alcohol in India’s eastern state of West Bengal, according to a document seen by journalists, signalling the US e-commerce giant&#...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Apple to shut some stores in the US due to a rise in COVID-19 cases

Apple Inc has said it is temporarily shutting some stores again in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and North Carolina in the United States, as novel coronavirus cases continue to...

Web Summit

Organiser of Europe’s largest technology event says it will go ahead, as planned

Europe’s biggest technology conference, the Web Summit, will take place in Lisbon in November as planned, its organiser said on Tuesday.

Spain

Data puzzle as Spanish government tweaks coronavirus tracking system

Spain’s Health Ministry has defended changes to its methodology for recording coronavirus data that have led to wild fluctuations in daily statistics and provoked sharp criti...

AI Coronavirus

China’s COVID-19 campaign offers glimpse into extensive surveillance systems

The coronavirus outbreak in China has given unprecedented glimpses into how an extensive system of surveillance cameras works, as monitoring stations are re-branded epidemic “...

Estonia Workplace Passport

Estonia starts testing a digital immunity passport for the workplace

Estonia has started to test one of the world’s first digital immunity passports, created by a team including founders of global tech start-ups Transferwise and Bolt, seeking ...